Returning to Charleston's McAlister Field House next month for the Southern Conference tournament, Appalachian State's wrestling team secured an outright championship at the same site Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers wrapped up their third straight SoCon title and a second straight unbeaten run through the league with a 45-6 victory at The Citadel.
Wins by Randall Diabe, Angel Najar, Cary Miller, Gavin Londoff, Laken Cook, Alan Clothier, Codi Russell, De'Andre Swinson-Barr and Joe Accousti were part of a coastal coronation for coach JohnMark Bentley's team, which ended the regular season at 7-0 in the conference and 9-4 overall.
Eight of App State's nine wins against the Bulldogs (1-12, 0-7) involved bonus points, as Swinson-Barr (125 pounds) and Cook (165) recorded pins. Russell (133) won by forfeit, and Najar's match at 157 ended with a medical forfeit, while Accousti (174) and Clothier (184) had back-to-back technical falls. Londoff (149) and Miller (heavyweight) won with major decisions. Diabe (197) pulled out a 3-2 decision against Sawyer Root.
With three freshmen and three sophomores in its customary lineup, App State posted its 10th regular-season SoCon championship (dating back to 1994) and three-peated for the second time. The Mountaineers also won three consecutive titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Diabe (7-0 at 197 pounds), senior Forrest Przybysz (5-0 at 174) and Najar (5-0 at 157) went unbeaten in SoCon dual meets. Clothier (184), Miller (heavyweight), Londoff (149) and Russell (133) finished with 6-1 records.
Diabe and Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) were the only returning starters who wrestled at the same weight during the 7-0 run to a SoCon title last year. Przybysz and Londoff were also back in the lineup, but at different weights, and the Mountaineers' 3-3 start to a new-look season included losses to three teams that have been ranked: fifth-ranked ACC champion NC State, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
App State capped the regular season with six wins in its last seven dual meets, including the close road victories in lively atmospheres at Campbell and Chattanooga. The Mountaineers were ahead 15-12 in Buies Creek before Londoff claimed a 5-4 decision in the final match, and they trailed 16-12 in Chattanooga before Diabe upset highly ranked Scottie Boykin by a 3-2 score and Miller clinched the victory with a 7-5 decision. That comeback set the stage for a championship-crowning win at The Citadel.
The Mountaineers return to action at the SoCon tournament on March 3 at McAlister Field House.
App State 45, The Citadel 6
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Will Jacobs (CIT), fall, 2:13 (6-0)
133: Codi Russell (APP) won by forfeit (12-0)
141: Doug Gudenburr (CIT) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), fall, 3:31 (12-6)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Ethan Phillips (CIT), 15-4 maj. dec. (16-6)
157: Angel Najar (APP) won by medical forfeit (22-6)
165: Laken Cook (APP) def. Houston Curtis (CIT), fall, 3:00 (28-6)
174: Joe Accousti (APP) def. Michael Mewhorter (CIT), 20-5 tech. fall (33-6)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Michael Lopouchanski (CIT), 17-1 tech fall (38-6)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Sawyer Root (CIT), 3-2 dec. (41-6)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) vs. Michael McAleavey (CIT), 10-2 maj. dec. (45-6)
Appalachian State softball took home two wins on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Holy Cross and Alabama State. App State is now 3-5 on the season and 2-2 this weekend in the Black & Gold Tournament hosted by Alabama State.
Game One vs. Holy Cross (W, 5-4)
App State did not give up after being down 4-1 through six innings against Holy Cross. Callie Kuykendall started and allowed Holy Cross’s four runs before Katie Williford pitched the remainder of the game. Williford gave up two walks and five hits in 28 at bats.
In the first inning, Keri White singled. Her aggressive base running allowed her to advance to second base on the throw. White stole third base before Alisha Josey brought her across the plate for the first run of the game with a single to shortstop.
Holy Cross scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first inning to answer back to the Mountaineers. App State scored one run in the third and fourth inning, bringing the score to 3-4. In the third, Megan Walker singled to center field for an RBI. In the fourth, Ally Walters and White each had a single. Sidney Russell advanced Walters to third base. On a first and third play, Walters scored on the throw for the App’s third run of the game.
It wasn’t until the top of the seventh that App State regained the lead, the first time since the top of the first inning. Jenny Dodd had a pinch-hit single through the left side. Walker hit another single for an RBI to tie up the game at 4-4. Baylee Morton came up big to bring home the winning run with a single to center field. The Crusaders came up short in the bottom of the seventh, and the Mountaineers won the game 5-4.
White went 3-3 with a walk against the Crusaders. Walker went 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Two pinch hitters stepped up against Holy Cross – Jenny Dodd and Kayla Fredendall, each 1-1.
Game Two vs. Alabama State (W, 6-1)
In App State’s second game against Alabama State this weekend, the Mountaineers’ offense shut down the Hornets. Kenzie Longanecker pitched the full seven innings, allowing five hits and one run for Alabama State. Longanecker had four strikeouts.
Keri White started the game off with a bunt for a hit before Sidney Russell singled to left field. After White and Russell each stole a base, Jenny Dodd drew a walk to load the bases. Haley Stewart drove in the first run of the game with a fielder’s choice. Before the third out, App State scored another run to bring the score to 2-0 after the top.
The Apps scored two again in the third inning after Russell reached on an error, Dodd singled, Stewart singled, and all advanced on a throw. With the bases loaded, Ally Walters walked to bring in the second run.
Back-to-back walks to start the top of the sixth inning led to Laura Sales’ at bat. Sales advanced to second base on an error by the first baseman while White advanced to third Wheatley scored. Dodd and Stewart each had a walk, Stewart for an RBI. A fly out and two strikeouts ended the inning for the Mountaineers after putting up two more runs.
Dodd was the only Mountaineer to have a multi-hit game, going 2-2 with 2 walks against the Hornets. Stewart accounted for three runs for the Mountaineers with her three RBIs in game two of the day.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (14-13, 8-11) suffered a 73-65 loss to Tusculum (16-7, 11-6) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting despite the loss.
Senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 14 points and junior guard Kendell Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) had a line consisting of 13 points, seven assists and seven steals for the Bears, who were swept in the season series to the Pioneers.
Tusculum took control in the fourth period – outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 28-17 margin – and was led by Sydney Wilson (Greensboro, N.C.) and Mia Long (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Wilson finished with 19 points and Long had a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Toineeta continues to lead the league in assists with 139.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens for Senior Day on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (11-14, 9-10) picked up a much-needed 82-79 South Atlantic Conference road victory over Tusculum (6-19, 4-14) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) led the way with a game-high 22 points in addition to seven assists and seven rebounds while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) came off the bench to score 19 points in the victory.
The Pioneers lost despite hitting 11 treys and putting four players in double figures. Donovan Donaldson (Nashville, Tenn.) scored a team-high 16 points for Tusculum.
LR redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) – who scored 10 points – gave the Bears the lead for good with a trey at the 4:02 mark to break a 69-all tie.
The Bears swept the season series from the Pioneers.
Diallo continues his impressive play of late and is now leading the squad in scoring (15.4), assists (106), free throw percentage (.796) and steals (38).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) – with 12 points on the day – now has 1,087 career points (43rd on the school’s all-time list). Lucas also has 217 treys for his career.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on second-ranked Queens in a South Atlantic Conference game for Senior Day on Wednesday at 8pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (8-2) kept its offense in full throttle with a 23-3 win over Goldey-Beacom (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) hit a three-run home run while redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) added three hits and five runs batted in to lead the Bears’ 22-hit attack.
The Bears took control early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first frame and leading by a 9-1 score after three innings of work.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win in middle relief for the Bears.
For Goldey-Beacom, Raul Perez-Duran (Trenton, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs while Jake Kinsell (Carmichaels, Pa.) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) drove in three runs for the second straight game while the Bears’ 23 runs and 22 hits were season-highs.
The Lightning was playing its first game of the 2018 campaign.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (3-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, rallied from a four-goal deficit to pull off an improbable double overtime win over No. 9 Seton Hill (1-1), 14-13, Saturday afternoon in a battle of two of the best teams in the country at Moretz Stadium.
LR junior All-American long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the game-winner 43 seconds into the second overtime off an assist from senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), who finished with three goals and a pair of assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne – which trailed by an 8-4 score midway through the second period – also received four goals and two assists from junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Buduo also scored with 35 seconds remaining in the final period to force overtime.
Seton Hill, which held a 45-41 advantage in shots taken, was led by Zach Rusch (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and John Miller (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) with three goals each.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) came up big for the home team, totaling a career-high 19 saves. Seton Hill’s Max Eismann (Rochester, N.Y.) suffered the loss in goal despite 11 stops on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne defeated a highly-ranked team for the second straight week. Last Saturday, the Bears downed previously top-ranked and the defending national champion Saints of Limestone by a 17-13 score on the road.
The Bears are 26-4 in their last 30 contests dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the field on Monday to take on Molloy beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team kept its winning streak in tact on Saturday, knocking off host Wake Tech, 83-66.
Shaniya Lester scored 20 points to lead the Red Hawks (19-4, 14-1 in Region X), who won their eighth-straight contest this season.
Three other Catawba Valley basketball players also reached double figures in scoring, including Zharia Brown with 16 points and Tory Agrusa and Tanisha Wall with 13 points each.
Wake Tech, which drops to 10-12 overall and 6-11 in Region X play, was led by Myrayna Watkins’ 20 points.
The Red Hawks pulled ahead of the Eagles 40-29 at halftime behind seven points from Lester and six points from Brown.
Free throw shooting was critical for Catawba Valley down the stretch, and the Red Hawks made 14 of their 18 attempts from the line to maintain their advantage on their way to the Region X win.
It’s a short break for the CVCC women’s basketball team, which returns to action on Sunday for a road conference contest against Lenoir Community College in Lenoir, N.C. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.
In the state individual wrestling championships this weekend, in the 2A class, Hayden Wike of Hibriten won the championship in the 160 pound class, and Fred T. Foard's Landon Foor won in the 170 pound class, and Allen Pyatte won in the 182 pound class. Foard won the team competition.
In the 3A class, Freedom's Spencer Leonhardt won in the 145 pound class, and Alexander Central's Isaac Chapman won in the 285 pound class.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 92-66 loss to conference leader Louisburg in its home final on Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
Freshman Marcus Talley paced the Red Hawks (10-16, 5-12 in Region X) with a career-high 18 points in the contest, including four made 3-pointers.
Before the game, the Red Hawks honored their four sophomore men’s basketball players — guards Caleb Bryson, Dante Starr and Myles Williams and forward Steve Ruszala — who were playing the final home game of their Catawba Valley careers.
The visitors proved to be spoilers on this special day for CVCC, and paced by 12 points from Armoni Lee, the Hurricanes (23-4, 16-2 in Region X) pulled ahead 52-28 at halftime.
Louisburg led by as many as 20 points in Saturday’s conference game, but Catawba Valley was able to reduce that deficit to as little as 13 points thanks in large part to 10 second-half points from Talley.
However, the Hurricanes would hold a 40-39 edge in scoring during the half to pull away for the 26-point conference win.
Isayah Johnson added 11 points for the Red Hawks, and Tyrell Oglesby also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 10 points.
Jordan Oakley scored a game-high 20 points for Louisburg, while Lewis Freeman and Armoni Lee finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The CVCC men’s basketball team closes out its regular season with three-straight road games starting Wednesday at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team limited Troy to just 27.6 percent shooting in a 65-54 victory on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Trojans (13-14, 7-8 SBC) went just 16-of-58 from the field and 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) on three-pointers. Both percentages marked season lows for Troy. In the first half, the Trojans went 9-of-30 (30.0 percent) from the field and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from deep. The Mountaineers (12-16, 7-8 SBC) continued to contest every shot in the second half and held Troy to just 25.0 percent (7-of-28) shooting and a 13.3 percent (2-of-15) mark from beyond the arc.
App State opened the game strong, scoring the first 13 points in the first three and a half minutes to build an early advantage.
After Troy would trim the Black and Gold lead to five points, the Apps countered with the next seven points to push their lead back to 12 points at 24-12 with 10:22 left in the opening stanza.
App State held the lead for the remainder of the half and took a 34-27 edge into the break.
Just like the first half, the Black and Gold had a strong opening to the second half, building a 49-29 lead thanks a 15-3 run over the first eight minutes.
Troy would battle back and used an 8-0 run to pull within 14 points at 55-41, with just over seven minutes to play.
The Trojans would continue to chip away at the Mountaineer lead and pulled to within eight points on a three-pointer from Troy's Jordon Varnado with 1:26 to play. App State would get a free throw from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to push the lead back to nine points at 61-52 with 1:13 remaining.
Following a Troy missed three, the Black and Gold would turn the ball over and Darian Adams converted on a layup with 43 seconds left to bring the Trojans within seven.
Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) was then fouled and drained a pair of free throws to make the score 63-54 with 36 seconds to play.
App State would force a tough three that was no good. Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) pulled down the rebound and sophomore Justin Forrest(Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) was fouled. He would hit both free throws to make the score 65-54 and put the game away.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) finished with a team-high 15 points and three assists. Senior Griffin Kinney (Delware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 12 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting and eight rebounds.
Forrest had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Isaac Johnson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. It marked the second straight game and 11th time this season Isaac Johnson had had 10 or more rebounds in a game.
Varnado paced the Trojans with game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds.
App State also dominated the points in the paint battle, outscoring Troy 38-18.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday for the first of two road games in Arkansas. App State will take on Arkansas State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST and then play at Little Rock on February 24 at 6 p.m. EST.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-19, 5-10 SBC) suffered a 93-64 decision to Troy (14-11, 9-5 SBC) in the annual Play4Kay Game on Saturday afternoon.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) turned in a career-high of 18 points with 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. Plummer shot 5-of-11 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. After scoring just 11 points over the past three games, Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) got back to her scoring ways with 17 points on six shots that included four 3-pointers. Wilson also added five rebounds and two assists.
The Mountaineers got the start they needed in the first quarter, jumping out to a 21-9 advantage going into the second frame thanks to a string of six straight field goals over a 2:45 span. Wilson spearheaded the charge hitting her first four shots while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) hit a trifecta and Plummer chipping in with a layup. With App leading 8-7 at the 7:04 mark, the Black and Gold pieced together a 13-2 run the rest of the way to go up by 12.
Troy got back into the game in the second quarter outscoring the hosts, 25-12. The Trojans continued to hit shots, and after Plummer hit a pair at the line to give App a 33-28 lead, Troy ended the half on a 6-0 run to go into the break with a one-point edge.
Appalachian got back into its groove early in the third quarter with an 8-4 surge in the first 3:35 of the half that gave the Black and Gold the lead following a pair of foul shots from Lainey Gosnell, 41-38. That's when Troy's Amber Rivers started to get into a rhythm where she scored the next eight points for her team. However, App stayed to within striking distance despite Troy going up by as much as six, 56-50. Three straight free throws from Anna Perez Gomez (Canet De Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) and a layup by from Plummer capped off a 5-1 spurt to bring the deficit to just two. Appalachian would head into the final quarter trailing by only four, 59-55.
However, the Trojans' five 3-pointers and 55.6 percent shooting floor in the final frame proved to be too much for the Apps, leading to the win for Troy. The Trojans showed why they're the second-best offensive rebounding team as they pulled down 27 offensive rebounds. Appalachian also committed 24 turnovers that led to 24 points for the visitors.
Amber Rivers led four Trojans in double figures with 27 points and shot 6-of-8 from deep. Troy would hit 12 3-pointers at the end of the day, shooting 42.9 percent.
App will return to action on Thursday against Arkansas State at 6 p.m. (ET).
Appalachian State University women's tennis (5-4) defeated UNC Asheville (2-2) in a home-opening 6-1 triumph on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers clinched the doubles point for the third straight contest before capturing five of six singles matches to earn the win. Appalachian matches last season's win total and captures back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign.
Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) got things started for the Black and Gold with a 6-1 triumph over Amalie Davidsen and Anastasia Horvat as the No. 3 in the lineup. Clinching the doubles tally for App was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who downed Hannah Francisco/Kylee Shipley as the top tandem, 6-2. Teaming up for the first time this season was Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Swede)/Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast), and they didn't disappoint as they netted a 6-4 victory over Morgan Ingram and Emily Sidor for the clean sweep.
Appalachian's doubles play has been exceptional with a 15-8 record. Sevo and Machado are 7-2 this season with three straight victories, while Swope and Zacarias have won five matches in a row en route to a 5-2 mark thus far.
Appalachian wasted no time in singles play as it collected the first three singles matches to clinch the victory. Sevo continued her solid day in a straight-set, 6-3, 6-0 toppling against Francisco as the No. 2 in the lineup. At the No. 1 spot, Zacarias defeated her counterpart in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, to push Appalachian to a 3-0 lead. Bygrave registered a hard-earned win as she needed a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaking first set before a 6-2 win over Watson-Steele that sealed the deal for the Black and Gold.
Machado was the next to finish in a 6-3, 6-1, toppling over Taylor Love as the No. 6, which made Machado one of four Mountaineers (Bygrave, Sevo, Zacarias) with five singles wins this season. Swope fell in a 10-point tiebreak but fought back from a one-set deficit after falling in the first set to Sidor, 6-1. The junior claimed the second frame, 6-3, followed by the tiebreak where she only suffered the decision by two points, 10-8.
Concluding the day on a high note for App State was Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake). The junior also came back from an early deficit, 7-6 (7-4), against Davidsen, before forcing the 10-point tiebreak in the second stanza, 6-4. Morse won convincingly by six points for her second singles triumph of the season.
Appalachian State held a one-run advantage at three different times in its 2018 baseball opener and led in the seventh inning of a 10-3 road loss against UNCG on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (0-1) were ahead 1-0 in the fourth, 2-1 in the fifth and 3-2 in the sixth. The Spartans' third game-tying, solo homer of the night evened the score again against first-time App State starter Andrew Vaccacio in the bottom of the seventh inning, and he departed right before Cesar Trejo's two-run shot produced a 5-3 lead with one out in the seventh.
UNCG, which won the Southern Conference tournament and played in an NCAA Regional last season, broke Friday's game open with a five-run eighth inning.
"Andrew did a great job," second-year App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "We did some good things defensively, and we got a couple of big hits early. I think there's some positives to take away, no doubt. We get to the seventh inning with a lead and our starter is still on the mound. We just played a really good team, and they took advantage of a couple bad pitches."
The Spartans' tiebreaking homer followed a one-out throwing error that triggered a pitching change, as senior Reed Howell, senior Tristan Helms and freshman Jason Cornatzer finished the game in relief of the left-handed Vaccacio. He allowed three earned runs on four hits, struck out five batters and walked only two in 6.1 innings.
There were seven other newcomers in the starting lineup for the Mountaineers, who are scheduled to face the Spartans (1-0) again Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Junior shortstop Joel McDaniel went 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run and one hard-hit lineout, freshman designated hitter Jason Avers reached base three times (with two walks) in four plate appearances and freshman left fielder Kendall McGowan had an RBI single one inning after he scored a run. In addition to hitting an RBI double, junior third baseman Drew Beck snagged a line drive and initiated a 5-4-3 double play with a strong defensive effort near the bag.
McDaniel led off the fourth inning with a line-drive single to right and scored from first on a double to the right-center gap from Beck to push App State ahead 1-0. The Spartans' first hit, Dillon Stewart's two-out homer to left, tied the game and ended Vaccacio's streak of 10 straight retired batters.
App State reclaimed the lead when McGowan, who had reached on a 3-2 walk, scored from second on a ground-rule double to the left-center gap by McDaniel. UNCG's second hit off Vaccacio, a pulled homer over the right-field wall from Ryan Clinch, tied the game again in the bottom of the fifth before the Mountaineers put up a run in their third straight frame.
Avers reached base for the third straight time by drawing his second walk, and Conner Leonard's seven-pitch walk created a one-out threat. With two away, McGowan hit a soft liner over the second baseman's outstretched glove for an RBI single that brought Avers home with the go-ahead run.
The Mountaineers held that one-run lead for a longer stretch, as Vaccacio retired the side in order in the sixth, but Jake Kusz's homer tied the game in the seventh and Trejo gave UNCG the lead for good two batters later.
The Appalachian State football team will travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Sept. 10, 2022.
The matchup will be the Mountaineers’ first against the Aggies and adds to the list of Appalachian’s annual scheduling of some of the nation's most recognizable programs.
The Mountaineers have played seven games against teams from Power Five conferences in head coach Scott Satterfield’s first five seasons. They're now set to play at least one game against a Power Five team in each of the next seven seasons, starting with a 2018 visit to Penn State on Sept. 1.
App State also has future Power Five matchups scheduled for 2019 (at North Carolina), 2020 (at Wisconsin, at Wake Forest), 2021 (at Miami), 2022 (North Carolina at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone), 2023 (at North Carolina) and 2024 (at Clemson).
"We're excited to add another nationally recognized program like Texas A&M to our future football schedule," director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “The trip to Texas should be a great experience for our team and fan base.”
Texas A&M will be the latest SEC opponent for the Mountaineers, following recent trips to Tennessee in 2016 and Georgia last year. The Aggies have appeared in nine straight bowl games, winning four of them. Entering his first season as the Aggies’ head coach, Jimbo Fisher brings an 83-23 career record and 5-2 mark in bowl games.
App State has hosted P5 teams from Miami (2016) and Wake Forest (2017) the last two years and has traveled to LSU (2008), Florida (2010), Virginia Tech (2011), Georgia (2013, 2017), Michigan (2014), Clemson (2015) and Tennessee (2016) over the last decade.
The Mountaineers are entering their fifth season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference with hopes to reach their fourth straight bowl game in the first four seasons of eligibility for FBS postseason play.
Satterfield’s team has been crowned champions in each of its bowl games over the last three seasons, becoming the first program to accomplish that feat immediately after transitioning to the FBS ranks. Along with Camellia Bowl Championships in 2015 and 2016 and the Dollar General Bowl Championship in 2017, Appalachian has earned a share of the Sun Belt Conference title in both 2016 and 2017 and is looking to continue that same storyline in the upcoming season.
Texas A&M joins North Carolina and Marshall on the Mountaineers' 2022 non-conference schedule.
APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL FUTURE NONCONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
Sept. 19 at Wisconsin
SEPT. 26 vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Sept. 4 vs. EAST CAROLINA (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)
SEPT. 25 vs. MARSHALL
Sept. 3 vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 10 at Texas A&M
Sept. 17 at Marshall
Sept. 9 at North Carolina
Sept. 16 vs. EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 7 at Clemson
Sept. 14 at East Carolina
Sept. 5 at East Carolina