Jack and the Giant, North Carolina Style

I’m pretty sure that “Jack and the Beanstalk” is an English fairy tale, but the location of the story may have to be changed to western North Carolina. On September 1st of this year, Boone-based Appalachian State University shocked the college football world by upsetting perennial powerhouse Michigan…in “The Big House,” no less. Not to be outdone, on November 7, the Boiling Springs-based Gardner-Webb University men’s basketball team went to Rupp Arena and soundly defeated Kentucky, which not only has seven national championships to its name but also has more all-time wins than any other Division I program.