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  • 04 Womens Rugby 05 ASU Fencing

    06 Time To Ride

    07 Executives Corner

    07 App State Swimming

    08 Trathalon Team A Trifecta of Fun!

    10 Equestrian Team

    12 New Year, Same Team

    13 Alpine Ski Team

    14 Womens Soccer

    16 Womens Basketball

    17 Womens Lacrosse

    18 Climbing Team

    19 From Sand Courts to Hard Courts

    20 Kick Off to the 2014-2015 Season

    Director of URECJoe Carter, Director of Club SportsErin Sanders,

    Activities CoordinatorChelsea Watson,

    Publicity ProgrammerAlyssa Gribble,

    Executive OfficersPhilicia Gibson, gibsonpn@appstate.eduIan McNeill, mcneillim@appstate.eduKatherine Uva,

    For more information on any of the club teams, visit the

    email us

    or call us at theStudent Recreation Center(828) 262 2100

    The August 29th Edition of the Club Sports IllustratedDesigned by Alyssa Gribble



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  • The Womens Rugby teams goal this year is to win the Rucktoberfest

    championship for the third year in a row. It will be hosted by our team this

    fall and will take place on October 25th and 26th. We also look to qualify for

    the National Championships once again in the spring and bring home the win

    for App state.

    Our officers include President Kelly Castanho, Vice President Hayli Warmack,

    Treasurer Julie Blakesmith, Club Sports Representative Melissa Manderbach,

    and Match Secretary Janel Moriarty.

    We look forward to all the new recruits coming out to practice this year and

    hope they become just as excited about rugby as we are. I can already see that

    we have a promising group of new players.





    Written by Melissa Manderbach, Club Sports Representative

    I can already see that we have a promising group of new players



  • The ASU Fencing Club is hitting the ground running this year.

    We didnt quite meet our goals by the end of last year, but

    with growing membership and better leadership, we are so

    much stronger as a club. We plan on attending at least one

    away tournament per semester and hosting two tournaments

    here in Boone per semester. We want to compete as much

    as possible. Fundraising wise, we are working with potential

    sponsors here in Boone.

    Our new leaders are ready for whatever challenges we might

    face this year. The Fencing Club is headed by President

    Vlad Vedock. Supporting him are the remaining officers:

    Vice President Sean Cobb, Secretary Carl Stuecker, Treasurer

    Amanda Martinez, Club Sports Representative Amanda Pausch,

    Publicity Officer Kelsey Painter, and Armorer Richard Batsuli.

    All were elected by their peers and well qualified.

    We encourage everyone to give fencing a try. Our club requires

    no prior experience, and we have all equipment necessary.

    There are three different styles of fencing: foil, epee, and sabre.

    While our club focuses mostly on foil and epee, sabre will be

    another new thing we start this year. It is also completely safe.

    We wear several layers of protective gear, so no one really gets

    hurt. Fencing is loads of fun, and we could not be more excited

    about the upcoming year!






  • As with all club sports, we are comprised of students. Over the summer many of our own travelled the world both riding bikes and continuing scholastic pursuits. Many of our elite members raced publicly outside of the collegiate realm for several well regarded development teams. Other members continued their riding inlocations ranging from Denver, Colorado all the way to the Umbria province of Italy.

    Nikolai Hesterberg has been a member of the team for two years now and took a physics internship in Colorado for the summer. He let both his road andmountain bike tag along for the ride. Nikolai rode in Boulder County during the week, but traveled to spectacular ridingdestinations like Moab, Utah on theweekends

    His location was so well regarded for cycling that he commonly sawprofessional teams training along the same roads.

    Miles Hubbard, Forrest Howard, Alan Garvick, Gene Taylor and Brandon Freyer are all members of the Appalachian State Cycling team that continued road racing throughout the summer as a part of the High Country Development team (HCD). They raced up and down the East coast against elite competition. Zeb King was able to continue his racing around the US with Stans NoTubes p/b proferrin.

    As we all return to Appalachian we are excited for the upcoming season. First up is Mountain Bike season which occurs every fall. With National Championships and Conference Championships at our home court with Beech Mountain, we are even more ecstatic.

    We have another strong team assembled this year with several new recruits and fresh faces. Many of our newest riders have top level experience racing and will be able to jump right in to help Appalachian bring home the gold. We have full confidence that we can bring another National Championship home, just like last year. Our conference will have stiff competition from severaltalented riders. Appalachian State Cycling competes in the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference (ACCC) against club andvarsity programs located in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. There can commonly be up to 28 schools competing any given weekend. However, we are not afraid. Competition is what makes racing fun and we are excited for everyone to eat our dust this mountain bike season.



  • Appalachian State Swimming is off to a good start this year with over 100 new members

    interested in joining the team. Swim Club participated in Welcome Weekend at the Student

    Recreation Center, Club Expo, and UREC Fest in the first week back in the mountains.

    The officers, Kyle Cicenia, Robert Compton, Shannon Whitaker, Kristie Majeski, and Jake

    Barnes, have been working hard all summer to get ready for the 2014-2015 season. During

    the break, the officers discussed ideas for fundraisers, apparel, meets, and created a brand

    new website for the team.

    The team is celebrating its 20th year and will hold the Annual High Country Invitational on

    October 25th at the Student Recreation Center on campus.


    The Club Sports Council Meeting on Wednesday, August

    27th was the first one of the year and it started off with

    free pizza and a special presentation from Sam Akers,

    owner of our local Boone Dominoes. Mr. Akers wants to

    increase the relationship between his Dominoes

    pizzeria and University Recreation, so he offered us

    special promotional items and tips for working

    with Dominoes.

    Once our Club Sports Council Representatives finished

    their pizza, we promptly moved into the meeting where

    we shared team updates, reviewed how a meeting runs,

    and set expectations that the Council Representatives

    have for each other and for the Executives. From there

    we broke up into the following committees; Publicity,

    Community Service, Budget Point, and Team Unity.

    These committees are comprised of approximately

    five Club Sports Council Representatives, and each are

    guided by an Executive or the Publicity Programmer.

    Each of these committees were in place last year, so

    many of this years chairs are picking up where last

    years committees left off. I think this is excellent

    because now things that were already started can be

    revived and improved, so new foundations do not have

    to be repeated.

    We finished the meeting with announcements from

    Chelsea Watson with facilities updates and from Erin

    Sanders, the Assistant Director of UREC.

    This was a meeting where our Council Representatives

    learned a lot about how Club Sports Council works and

    what their role is; and I believe that they are now

    comfortable in their roles, and have been given the

    resources and support to grow and further our program.





  • s we gear up for the season, we are all planning hard and

    training harder. We have grown substantially since our birth in 2011, growing from less than a dozen to more than forty.

    With our first race less than three weeks away, we arefocusing on three main goals. We first want to grow asindividuals. Triathlon is anindividual sport, consisting of a swim, bike, then run.

    Our main goal is to become a better triathlete ourselves and not worry too much about how we compare to other racerson our team or others. We are a team, and as a team we want to strengthen our bonds between each other. With team growth comes individual growth. It is much easier to get faster when training with other people, since you arent the only onepushing yourself; the entire team is helping to push each other. Our last goal of the season is to shoot for Nationals. This

    will be somewhere on the East Coast, so since it will be close to home, we would like to send at least a few athletes to represent Appalachian State. This will be a huge step for our team since we have never had an individual participate at Nationals.

    Asides from racing at Nationals, we plan to race in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Conference. We will be racing teams such as UNC Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Wilmington, NC State, VT, Navy, Liberty, Duke, and JMU, just to




  • name a few. We will race at Belews Lake on Sept 13, Richmond Olympic Tri Sept. 21, draft-legal race Oct. 5 called Trivium, and finally the MACTC Champs at Smith Lake on Oct. 18.

    We have a ton of new faces this year that we are excited to train and race with! We have a great range of athletes coming in, from people

    who have never done a triathlon to a few who could have a shot at Nationals in the spring. Either way, we will all work towards bettering ourselves as individuals and a team. Go Mountaineers!


    We are all planning hard and training harder

  • The ASU Equestrian team is very excited to introduce our

    new officers for the 2014 2015 year!

    My name is Katherine Uva, a junior here at Appalachian,

    and I am very honored to be this years President. I have

    been riding horses since I could walk, and my first word

    was horsie. I have been injured many times from horse-

    back riding, but the nature of the sport always draws me

    back in. My old trainer always told me Cowgirl up, or wear

    a skirt. She always reminded me that we dont have time

    to talk and gossip in this world because we always have to

    work to be the best of the best. Back home in Connecticut

    I served as her Assistant Trainer for 4 years, and I had my

    own clients who I trained and showed horses for before

    coming to AppState. I used to ride Hunt Seat before I had a

    bad jumping accident, which is when I switched to Western

    which is what I competed at the National and State levels

    in Showmanship, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Trail.

    Now I am pleased to introduce my fellow officers!


    Haley McCune is the teams Vice President and she has

    been surrounded by horses my entire life. Her mother

    grew up riding and she sparked Haleys interest in the

    sport. Haley took her first lesson when she was 6 years

    old and immediately fell in love. In these 14 years, Haley

    has gained a lot of experience that has made her both a

    better rider and a better person. Being an Equestrian

    doesnt simply mean being able to ride a horse. It is so

    much more than that; being an Equestrian is a life style.

    To this day Haleys favorite place in the world is, and will

    always be, on the back of a horse!





  • Our Club Sports Representative is Molly Bostancic who is a

    sophomore that has been riding for eleven years and has participated

    in hunt seat, vaulting, dressage, and competitive trail riding. Molly has

    also worked at a summer camp for four years teaching kids how to

    ride and care for horses. One of her favorite riding memories is when

    she went galloping down the beach in the Dominican Republic.

    April Kaiser is a junior and our returning

    Treasurer. As far as she knows, April was

    born with a passion for horses. She has

    been an Equestrian since she was 6 years

    old and she is now 20. April says she would

    have started riding even younger if she

    was allowed to, but her mother was not

    so eager for her to get on a 1,000 pound

    animal with a mind of its own. With 14

    years of experience comes many stories of

    falling off and hard-learned lessons. Two

    quotes have stuck with April throughout

    her years of riding, Each fall makes you

    into a better rider and with each fall you

    learn more about how valuable the

    connection between you and your horse

    is. Aprils other favorite quote is, breathe

    through it. These sayings have gotten her

    through some of the biggest challenges in

    her Equestrian past and will continue to

    help April grow as a competitive rider.

    Our Secretary this year is sophomore Cori Rash and she started riding

    Saddle Seat when she was 8 years old. Until Cori was 15, she competed at

    SaddleBred shows in Raleigh and Greensboro. Her barn stopped offering

    lessons which is when she switched to Hunt Seat. Cori has ridden Hunt

    Seat ever since and loves that she can continue it in college. Her favorite

    quote is to ride or not to ride? what a stupid question! from one of her

    favorite sweatshirts.







    he men of the Appalachian State Club Baseball

    Team are back on the mountain and ready for

    another year of baseball. The team is coming

    back after trying to forget about the rough

    season that they left in the fall, ending with a 6-14 (5-10

    conference) record. The Mountaineers finished 5th in the

    conference behind ECU, UNC, Elon, and NC State while being

    ahead of Wake Forest in the standings. Over the summer, the

    conference and regional champion ECU Pirates made it all the

    way to the 3rd/4th place game in the NCBA World Series. They

    were a very good team, said former president Ben Duncan. They

    honestly couldve won the whole thing.

    But the summer is over and the new year is kicking off. With

    it, there are a group of new officers that have taken the reigns.

    Sophomore Grant Caudill has become the Secretary/Council

    Representative of the team with Junior Jon Smith as the

    Treasurer. Junior Chris Andrews takes over as the Vice President

    and Junior Patrick Sekel is the new President. Were excited to

    get this year started, said Jon. We really learned a lot about

    ourselves and our competition last year. We wont be finishing

    in 5th place this year.

    According to Patrick, about 85 people showed interest in play-

    ing club baseball and about 45 responded back. A total of 32

    people were present at the interest meeting, one of the highest

    attendances in the teams history. Patrick had this to say; Its very

    exciting. I wasnt expecting THAT many people to come out. In

    the past, weve usually gotten 60 interest and 20 come out. Now

    after seeing this, weve got a good feeling about this year.

    The Mountaineers will be kicking off practice on August 25,

    and well play their first Fall series at Surry County Community

    College on September 13-14.


    We really learned a lot about ourselves

    and our competition last year



  • Its hard to imagine App State without App Ski. With such a

    wonderful selection of mountains to choose from, were already

    anticipating the upcoming winter. Were the people you see leaving

    for the mountain late in the evening instead of staying warm inside

    when the weather gets cold, returning late at night with skis on our

    shoulders after a long, tiring, and lively practice.

    The Alpine Ski Team is a member of the USCSA Southeast

    conference, and we compete each year against other universities in

    the area, such as Virginia Tech, Duke, ECU, James Madison, and others.

    The promise of a cold and snowy season this winter doesnt scare

    us; well be ready to train hard as a team to work towards our goal:

    skiing better and racing even faster than last year. Skiing takes prac-

    tice and determination, and were ready to put in the hours at prac-

    tice to become a stronger team overall. This season well be holding

    both mountain and dryland practices specifically tailored towards

    building strength and endurance to power through the demanding

    turns of our slalom and giant slalom races.

    Leading the team through an exciting season this year is our

    President, Dixon Styres and our Vice President, Crosby Taymore.

    Matthew Brodie is our Treasurer, Brooke Liang is our Secretary, and

    the Club Sports Council Representative is Rebecca Purkey. We had a

    terrific 2014 season, and were ready to have an even better season

    for 2015!



  • Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....okay yes, that is a Christmas song and I know its not anywhere near December, but honestly when is the snow going to get here?

    Its already autumn here in Boone and the Appalachian State Snowboard team is now just counting down the months till the kick-off of theseason. Lets be real, I know everyone is probably asking themselves, what does the Snowboard Team do when there is no snow? Well, sure thing, the snow season isnt here yet,however, that drive for excitement never leaves a snowboarder.

    A snowboarder is a certain type of person, and the Appalachian State Snowboard Team is where we all bond together to make onegnartastic group of people. Every year the team progressively gains new talented members, and this year the team is excited about receiving fresh, steezy talent, because we are ready to have a great season.

    To regular people like your postman, teacher, mom and even a bunch of your friends, it must seem likesnowboarders do some pretty weird things. From our fascination with powder to our geeking out over the

    littlest snow and landing tricks. Its all stuff thats hard wired into our behavior as snowboarders.

    Why join the Appalachian State Snowboard Team? Here are a few things that snowboarders do that regular people just dont understand, and honestly if you find yourself understanding any of these things you should probably consider joining the steeziest team and creating the most gnartastic experiences that you will never want to forget.

    Why to join the App State Snowboard Team:



  • 1) Getting a faceful of snow probably wouldnt be that high on a list ofpriorities for regular people. Snowboarders on the other handdaydream about it on the regs. Come to think of it, were all probably doing it right now.

    2) Regular people just dont understand our fascination with headwear. No, we dont have a bald patch under there, and yes, we are a little hot wearing our beanies but chucking that hat on in the morning and rocking it, is kinda our way of showing the world that we do rad stuff. Plus normally our hair looks like a disaster and its an easy steezy way to cover it up.

    3) While words like sick, rad, gnarly and steezy mean very definite things to us as snowboarders, but using them around regular people can causeconfusion. At best they think were hippy/hobo surfer types and at worst they think were actually speaking a

    foreign language.

    4) Most regular folk have experienced the uncontrollable frustration you get at printers or TV remotes that decide not to work when you need them most. For us snowboarders though, its perfectly normal to lose our head at a handrail, chuck our board at a wall, or generally rage on an inanimate object that 1) cant hear us 2) cant respond and 3) is not the reason we suck.

    5) Being injured, sick, or at work sucks worst of all. But most regular folk will never be able to properly understand the amount of frustration/depression caused when its a bluebird powder day and youre stuck cleaning hotel rooms, stacking shelves to pay your rent or sitting at home in a cast after owning yourself on some stupid park rail.

    So, in conclusion, if you feel that you have done any of these ridiculous things, you are probably already part

    of the snowboard team family. Our family is something that will stay with you for years after graduating and I will tell you from first hand experience that the memories will never go away because they are just too epic to forget. Therefore, lets kick this season off the right way and be proud that you are a snowboarder!

    Stay steezy my friends!



    The Womens Club Basketball team at Appalachian State is about to embark on a new season this fall. The girls are very excited to showcase their talents at a variety of tournaments throughout the southeast. They will travel to about 3 tournaments a semester and host a tournament that is scheduled for September 20-21, 2014 at the Student Recreation Center.

    With a new head coach and newofficers, the team is getting ready for all the changes that will occur this season. Dylan Eppley, Junior, is going to take on the position of head coach this season. Because he was the assistant coach last year, he is very prepared for thisresponsibility. Cam Lawson, Junior, will be the assistant coach. He was very influential last season by teaching new skills at practices and participating in scrimmaging to increase the intensity. Even though the womens club team

    is fortunate enough to have coaches, the officers of the club team make the majority of the decisions. Carly Hall, Junior, is the President of the team; Anna Lipocky, Junior, is the Vice President; Casey Tarwater, Senior, is the treasurer, and Alyssa Horan, Sophomore, is the secretary. The officers are very hopeful on having a successful season.

    The womens club team practices twice a week at Quinn. One of the changes to the practice schedule is aboutimplementing another practice on Sunday to help the team buildchemistry. With an additional practice, the team feels that they could be more cohesive and perform better attournaments, which is one of the main goals this season. At Nationals last year in Raleigh, North Carolina, theplayers felt that their performance did not directly correlate with the level of play that they are capable of. The

    coaches and players know that there needs to be some alterations atpractice.

    The interest meeting for the fallsemester had a great turnout. There are many girls from all grades wanting to participate. Since many girls on the team graduated last year, the returning players are excited about having more teammates. Overall, this upcomingseason for the womens club team looks very promising. The girls are ready to work hard and represent Appalachian State at the best of their ability.

    The returning players are excited about having more teammates



  • The Womens Lacrosse Team is very excited to start out our fall season. We arecurrently a part of the Mid Atlantic Womens Lacrosse League (also known as MAWLL). We look forward to participating in our competitive conference, which includes club teams from Duke, ECU, Elon, NC State, UNC and UNCW.

    On September 27th and 28th, we will be hosting our first annual Yosef Fall Classic tournament. So far, the Charlotte Womens Lacrosse League, ECU, Lynchburg, Radford, UCONN and UNCW will be sending teams to compete.

    Carolyn Genay Philicia GibsonPresident Treasurer

    Senior Junior

    Has played lacrosse for 8 years. Has played lacrosse for 6 years

    Fun Fact: She makes her own Fun Fact: She is an awesome dancer.


    Victoria Pacheco Olivia ChasonVice President Club Council Representative

    Junior Sophomore

    Has played lacrosse for 9 years Has played lacrosse for 8 years

    Fun Fact: She was given an Indian Fun Fact: She is not over 5 tall.

    name when she was born.

    Caty BredesonSecretary


    Has played lacrosse for 7 years

    Fun Fact: She has 5 adopted siblings.




  • A new school year has begun, and it has brought along with it many new,excited climbers to join the Club Climbing Team. In addition to new team members, we have some new team officers this year. David Putnam is our new Treasurer, Maggie Jones is our new Vice President of Administration, and Mark Morley has taken on the position of Vice President of Programming. Alexa Zakula has stayed on board as Secretary, and Matthew Myers is still holding his position as team President.

    Our goal for this year is to have a strong, successful team to represent ouruniversity at other schools andcompetitions around the Southeast. We

    want to send at least fifteen climbers to the Nationals competition in May, as well as bring home the top placetrophies at every competition we attend. We are also excited to take an overnight climbing trip later in the semester as well as many day trips to local boulder fields around Boone. We will behosting our Southern Comfort Bouldering Competitions again each semester, the first will be in November, and areexpecting another great turnout.

    For anybody who might be unfamiliar to the sport, rock climbing is a very physically demanding activity that was not really recognized as its own sport until the 1950s. Climbing can be done

    outside on natural rock structures, or in gyms on handmade walls with plastic holds. There are also different styles of climbing, such as bouldering, top rope, sport, and traditional climbing. Bouldering is the most common form of climbing for our team. This meansclimbing shorter climbs called problems without extra protection of a rope and harness. Boulderers rely on a large canvas-covered piece

    of hard foam called a crash pad and the help of their spotters who make sure they land safely on the crash pad, if they do fall. Top rope climbing is also very popular in our schools gym, especially with newer climbers. This style involves a rope, harness, and another person to belay the climber as they make their way up a route, which is much taller than a boulder. The rope that supports the climber if they fall is fed through a chain anchor at the top of the route,connecting the climber and belayer. The more challenging styles of ropeclimbing, traditional and sport, involve the belayer feeding rope to the climber as they ascend, and the climberattaching the rope to quickdraws atdifferent intervals while they climbhigher. In traditional climbing, theclimber not only clips the rope in as he is climbing, but also carries all of his own gear with him and sets each piece into the rock as he ascends. While we do have a handful of team members that are sports and traditional climbers during their own time, our team has focused onbouldering, but we plan to incorporate more top rope climbing this year.



  • As our players migrate from the sand courts to

    the hard court, we see volleyball season start

    to kick in at full force. Wasting no time, our

    volleyball teams have their first tournament

    at Western Carolina University on September

    27th. With only a couple weeks to prepare, once

    teams are made, officers and players alike are

    ready to see the results of team placements.

    Sophomore Club Treasurer Emily Rideout,

    explains that as a freshman last year playing

    club was one of the best decisions I made. All

    officers hope to see a good turn out this year at

    team placements as we try to grow and expand

    our club, as well as our reach on campus and

    in our community. President Priya Ford says as

    a result, This will set an excellent foundation

    for next year and hopefully raise everyone to a

    higher player level.

    Not only are officers ready to see new members,

    but also returning players who can help lead on

    and off the court. Club Volleyball prides itself

    on representing Appalachian State and Club

    Sports everywhere we go, from tournaments

    to volunteer events to even classrooms! Club

    Representative Jamie Lee Misencik says shes

    excited for the new members to show us their

    talent and to represent the team as a whole!

    Club Volleyball is specifically excited about

    becoming more involved on campus and in the

    community as Emily explains, My goal for this

    year is for the team to grow and get our name

    out around campus! I want to volunteer

    together and fundraise, and rock out at our

    home tournaments! With the potential of not

    just one, but two home tournaments this

    season, Club Secretary Corbin Bruton is hopeful

    there will be a good amount of parents, friends

    and other club teams come to support Club


    The outlook of this season is bright, and all

    members of Club Volleyball are ready to show

    the University and Boone what weve got!


    My goal for

    this year is for

    the team to

    grow and get

    our name out

    around campus!


  • On Monday, August 25th, Womens Club Soccer kicked off the fall season with their first practice. About 50 students, mostly potential new members, came out to State Farm fields to share our love for soccer and meet new friends. We are so excited for the season to start and for our first games against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech on September 14th here on State Farm field. We hope everyone comes out to watch!!

    We are also excited to announce our new officers: Taylor (Tots) Branton-President, Carly Wilson-Vice President, Madison Burris-Secretary, and Meghan Poirier-Treasurer. We are also very fortunate to have our coach, Scott (Smitty) Smith, here for another year. We are all looking forward to the start of the season and hope to make it asuccessful year!





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