App State raises over $5,000 in cancer awareness
BOONE — Appalachian State University women’s basketball raised over $5,000 in funds for cancer awareness and research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge during the month of February and early March.
“I am proud of our overall efforts in raising money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as well as the American Cancer Society,” head coach Angel Elderkin said. “We are grateful to everyone who supported our efforts, to not only raise money but also raise awareness.”
The team helped raise $2,500 during it’s Play4Kay contest on Feb. 4 against Georgia State, where a silent auction took place and App State ROTC students rode stationary bicycles in the arena to raise funds. Head coach Angel Elderkin presented a check with senior woman’s administrator Brittney Whiteside before the game against UL Monroe on Feb. 25.
The Mountaineers also did their part during the month-long Suits and Sneakers 3-Pointer Challenge held by the American Cancer Society. The Sun Belt Conference partnered with Coaches vs. Cancer to launch the 2017 3-Point Challenge. Each school competed against each other during the month. App nailed 37 3-pointers during the drive, which amounted to a total of $3,239 or $87.53 per 3-pointer.
On a national scale, App State was first amongst women’s programs while finishing ninth overall in the nation between both men’s and women’s basketball programs. Penn State finished first with an estimated $12,154 raised in February. Fellow Sun Belt member, Texas State, was second amongst women’s basketball programs raking in $2,542 and 12th overall. The Bobcats’ men’s team was first in the Sun Belt on the men’s side.
The Sun Belt raised an impressive $15,662 across the league, which was the third amongst all conferences behind only the Big Ten Conference and the ACC.
Satterfield family establishes scholarship fund
BOONE – Appalachian State Athletics announced today that Head Football Coach Scott Satterfield and his wife Beth have made a personal financial commitment in support of A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive For Excellence. Their gift will establish the Satterfield Endowed Scholarship Fund in support of athletic scholarships in football and track & field, with preference given to walk-on athletes that have not received scholarship aid.
A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive For Excellence was launched at the beginning of March and is a comprehensive initiative to impact and grow the financial foundation of App State Athletics across all sports and facilities. New video boards at both Kidd Brewer Stadium and the Holmes Convocations Center were a part of the initial announcement two weeks ago. Establishing the Satterfield Endowed Scholarship Fund is something Scott, Beth and their family wanted to do for App State.
“We’ve always wanted to give back,” Satterfield said. “Obviously, this is a school to which both Beth and I both have strong ties. We love the school and what App has done for us, giving us a great education and allowing us to compete at the highest level. Our hope is that we will inspire more out there that are in a position to give back.”
Satterfield and his wife Beth are both Appalachian State graduates and former athletes. Both were walk-ons at App State in the early 1990s. Satterfield played quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1991-95 and has spent all but three seasons of his coaching career in Boone. He has led Appalachian State to one of the most successful transitions from FCS to FBS in history, including back-to-back bowl wins and the 2016 Sun Belt Championship. He enters as App’s head coach this fall and expectations have never been higher for a program that continues to explode. Despite football’s success, Satterfield knows it will take a continued commitment for all programs to realize their full potential.
“In order to continue to recruit the best athletes, we have to keep striving to build and create the best possible facilities and environment,” Satterfield added. “The lifeline of all of our programs at App State is recruiting. The things (A Mountaineer Impact) is aiming to accomplish in the future will benefit all sports. It will help us continue to invest in our student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the field.”
A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive For Excellence initiative is a vision of the Appalachian State Athletics department to provide resources for identified funding needs of over $60 million. Comprehensive in nature, the initiative is designed to impact every Mountaineer student-athlete and sports program. A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence will construct and enhance athletic facilities, provide critical scholarship support, impact the overall athletic experience for student-athletes and fans, while strengthening campus and community. To make a gift in support of A Mountaineer Impact today, contact the Athletic Development office at 828-262-3108 or visit www.appstatesports.com.
Hampton’s 10 Ks Give Baseball the 7-5 Victory
DURHAM – Left-handed pitcher Bobby Hampton had a career afternoon on Wednesday as Appalachian State University got its second-straight win over NC Central, 7-5, at Durham Athletic Park.
The Mountaineers (8-9) outlasted a late push by the Eagles (9-8) to get their second-straight midweek win and 12-plus hitting night.
Sophomore Hampton went 6.2 innings on the evening, allowing just two runs, seven hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters. He becomes just the sixth Appalachian pitcher since 2013 to strike out double-digit batters in a game.
Mountaineer batting was also on display on Wednesday, having four players with a multi-hit effort. Tyler Stroup and Chandler Seagle both led with the way with 2-3 outings, with Stroup having an RBI. Avery Jackson and Calev Grubbs went 2-4 and 2-5, respectively, with Jackson having an RBI triple in the fourth.
Appalachian got on the board first in the top of the third when after a few walks and a bunt, Grubbs singled to left field to put Drake Zupcic on second and Stroup on third. Then, the Eagles’ pitcher failed on a pickoff attempt and allowed Grubbs to take second and Zupcic and Stroup to score.
No inning would see more damage offensively than the fourth, however, as a leadoff single by Seagle and the Jackson triple scored the first run, before Stroup lined one to the right field fence to bring home Brian Bauk from second. Zupcic then reached first before capitalizing on a wild pitch and throwing error by the pitcher to make it to third. Grubbs then rocketed one down the left-field line to bring him home.
The final run for App State would come in the fifth when a Matt Vernon single, followed by a Jackson laser through the left side. Vernon then scored on heads-up baserunning when Bauk reached on a fielder’s choice that was close and as the defense waited on the call that was eventually safe, Vernon ran home.
Several Mountaineer pitchers got to see action over the last quarter of the game with Tristan Helms, Matt Brill and Seth Hardin all facing batters in relief. The Eagles then loaded the bases late in the ninth and, with the tying run on deck, Reed Howell came in to finish the game and get the save.