LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Scott Satterfield made it official Dec. 4 when he was hired to be the new head football coach at Louisville. The move was announced at a press conference in Louisville, Ky.
Satterfield was the head football coach at Appalachian State for the past six seasons. His teams won at least 10 games in least three of the past four seasons including 2018, when the Mountaineers finished 10-2 and won a Sun Belt Conference championship.
He was introduced at the press conference to a rousing standing ovation. He, his wife Beth and kids Bryce, Isaac and Alli joined him on stage with his kids wearing Louisville jackets.
Satterfield praised his staff at Appalachian State for helping him create a culture of winning and a culture of high character. He wants to create the same at Louisville.
“It’s what dreams are made of for me,” Satterfield said. “It proves the point that if you work your tail off and have a great attitude every single day, your dreams can be met and they will come true, because I’m living those dreams at the University of Louisville.”
Appalachian State 30,
BOONE — Appalachian State’s football team has captured its share of firsts since the year 2000.
Appalachian State picked up another first Dec. 1 on a drizzly day at Kidd Brewer Stadium. This time, the Mountaineers captured a 30-19 victory over visiting Louisiana in the inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship Game.
The Mountaineers improved to 10-2 overall this season and earned a bid into the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, which is given to the Sun Belt champion. Louisiana (7-6) will play in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Both games are Dec. 15.
App State won a share of the 2017 and 2016 Sun Belt championships, but having a championship game allowed the Mountaineers to claim the 2018 title alone.
Satterfield acknowledged that not the entire win was beautiful, but the Mountaineers never trailed after taking a 7-3 lead on a Marcus Williams 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Yet, the Mountaineers had just 10 yards rushing, and minus five yards passing, giving them five total yards after one quarter of play. Things started to pick up for the Mountaineers, who were outgained by Louisiana 301-300 in total yardage.
HICKORY — When Watauga’s Jackson Greene played quarterback and receiver for the Pioneers’ offense, he was an impact player.
When he played safety for the Watauga defense, he was an impact player.
Greene had enough of an impact to be named the Player of the Year for the Northwestern Conference by the league’s coaches. Greene was one of 15 Pioneers named to the All-Northwestern Conference team.
Watauga coach Ryan Habich grabbed one of the five major awards given by the league by being named Coach of the Year. Habich guided the Pioneers to a 13-1 overall record, a 7-0 record and a NWC championship and a berth in the third round of the state 3-AA playoffs.
Also named All-Northwestern Conference were kicker Kyran Densham, wingback/cornerback Zach West, tight end/outside linebacker Jake Watson, inside linebacker Eli Suggs, quarterback Anderson Castle, running back Bryce Satterfield, center Sterling Sauls, wingback/cornerback Jaiden Bond, inside linebacker Ben Critcher, defensive back/receiver Grant Oliver, right tackle Eli Bentley, defensive lineman Sam Sappington and linebacker Braeden Myers.
Weddington 42, Watauga 14
BOONE — Watauga’s offense has been known to bully Northwestern Conference football teams in 2018, and managed to bully a couple of state 3-AA playoff opponents this year.
On Nov. 30, it was Weddington that pushed Watauga around on both sides of the ball in its 42-14 victory at Jack Groce Stadium. The Pioneers’ season ends with a 13-1 record after ending with their first outright NWC championship since 1980.
It was the first time that Watauga had reached the third round of either the state 3-AA or state 4-A football playoffs in Ryan Habich’s tenure in Boone. Weddington (13-1) reached the third round for the fifth straight season, and was state 3-AA champs in 2016.
“They were good,” Habich said. “We knew we had to block on the perimeter and we had to throw the ball a little bit. They’re so athletic and they’re very experienced. A lot of those guys played on the state championship team two years ago. We missed key blocks to keep drives going.”
That wasn’t the case on the Pioneers’ first drive. Watauga’s offense, in familiar fashion took the opening kickoff and marched 80-yards in 12 plays on a drive capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Bryce Satterfield.
Weddington managed to do the same, but instead of scoring on just its first possession, the Warriors scored on their first three possessions. Weddington rung up a 21-7 halftime lead, including a drive that started on the Watauga 42-yard line when Satterfield failed to pick up a first down on a fourth-and-three.
BOONE — As the Watauga softball team’s catcher, Kloie Greene wears the protective gear while catching that has been called “the tools of ignorance.”
Never let it be said that Greene is ignorant. A carrier of a 4.2 weighted grade point average, Greene will be attending Lees-McRae next fall for two reasons. One is to attend nursing school.
The other is to play softball for the Bobcats.
“I actually looked at the school first for academic and then looked into the softball team,” Greene said.
Greene would like to study emergency room nursing while at Lees-McRae.
She also would like to bring her catching skills to the Bobcats’ softball team. Lees-McRae finished 17-26 in 2018, including 11-9 in the Conference Carolinas.
Her coach at Watauga, April Yandle, was not surprised that Greene chose the academic side over the athletic when choosing a school.
Ashe indoor track and field
WEST JEFFERSON — With teams that head coach Phil Morrison said are the best in school history, Ashe County’s indoor track squads have looked good in early showings, as many athletes have qualified for the state meet.
In their first meet of the year, the Huskies traveled to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem Nov. 20, competing against 13 other schools. The boys team scored 50 points and came in sixth, while the girls team put up 39 points and wound up seventh. In the meet, Ashe County had a handful of state-qualifying times and distances.
The girls 4-by-800 relay team, consisting of Mahaley Cronk, Malorie Eller, Olivia Randolph and Zoe Schell, won first place with a time of 11:01, qualifying themselves for the state meet. High jumper Bella Potter won the high jump competition at the meet, jumping 5 feet, as she also qualified for the state competition.
Overall, Morrison praised his girls team as the best the school has ever had because of the number of participants and their ability.
WEST JEFFERSON — A Tri-match turned into a head-to-head matchup with Mitchell for the Ashe County wrestling team Wednesday, Nov. 28, after weather postponed the match a day and travel conditions kept South Caldwell from coming to West Jefferson.
Despite Mother Nature’s attempt to impact the match, the Huskies came out on top over Mitchell, wining 42-36. A total of seven Huskies contributed to Ashe County’s 42 points.
JJ Mannan (138) pinned Isaac Holmes in the first period, Drake Elliott (145) beat Issac Biddix after Biddix suffered an injury, Kabel Dillard (170) pinned Zebulon McKinney in the first period, Gabriel Bare (182) took down Bryan Hernandez in the second round, Zachariah Bare (285) downed Samuel Shook in the second period, Nate Brown (113) won by forfeit and Trent Baker (126) pinned Trenton Wheeler in the second period.
App State men’s
GREENVILLE — Appalachian State’s Ronshad Shabazz had a game-high 25 points and Justin Forrest added 24, but Appalachian State men’s basketball suffered a tough 83-81 setback at East Carolina on Nov. 30.
Shabazz finished 10-of-20 from the field and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He moved into seventh place on the all-time scoring list, passing Rick Howe (1,593) for eighth place and D.J. Thompson (1,599) for seventh.
Forrest shot 10-of-17 from the field and added two steals. He has scored over 20 points in three games this season.
App State wrestling
BOONE — A strong start and finish weren’t enough Nov. 30 for Appalachian State’s wrestling team, which lost 25-16 to Ohio in Varsity Gym.
App State heavyweight Cary Miller opened the dual meet with a pin that was worth six points, and the Mountaineers (2-3) trailed 25-12 before Randall Diabe posted a 12-4 major decision at 197 pounds in the final match of the night. Along the way, Appalachian also got wins from redshirt freshman Jonathan Millner (7-4 decision at 149 pounds) and senior Michael Elliott (8-5 decision at 165 pounds).
App State women’s basketball
BOONE — The Appalachian State women’s basketball used a stellar fourth quarter to fend off College of Charleston in an 80-66 victory on Dec. 2 in the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State (5-3) had five players scored in double figures with Ashley Polacek, Tierra Wilson, and Bayley Plummer each scoring 12 points. Plummer once again dominated the glass with a game-high 20 boards for her second double-double of the season.
Maya Calder came off the bench to score 10 points and despite being in foul trouble, Lainey Gosnell still managed to score 10 on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
Wilson dished out four assists in her first start of the season, and both Polacek and Madi Story also recorded four assists. Story scored seven points and added six off the glass.