Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Soldier Died Today


Just a Common Soldier: A Tribute for Memorial Day



2016 football prospect - Andrew Goldsmith

 Andrew Goldsmith

Position:  Running Back
Hometown: Jackson, TN
High School:  Trinity Christian
Height: 5-11
Weight:  201 lbs
Class: 2016

Andrew has four other offers in addition to an offer from Western Carolina.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

2016 football prospect - Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson 


Position:  Wide Receiver
Hometown: Thompson's Station, Tennessee
High School: Independence
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 174 lbs
Class: 2016

In addition to Western's offer, Nate has 10 other scholarship offers.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

2016 football prospect - Joseph Scowden


Joseph Scowden

Position: Offensive Guard
Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School: Montgomery Bell Academy
Class:  2016





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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baseball SoCon Tournament Preview


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2016 football prospect - Gilbert Whiteside

Gilbert Whiteside


Position:  Cornerback
Hometown:  Asheville, NC
High School:  T.C. Robinson
Height: 5'10"
Weight:  155 lbs
Class:  2016



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Three Cats earn SoCon Honors

Three Catamount baseball players were selected for All-Southern Conference honors announced by the league office.

Senior second baseman Bradley Strong was a unanimous first team All-SoCon selection at second base by both the head coaches and voting members of the SoCon Sports Media Association. He was joined by junior catcher Danny Bermudez on the coaches second team with sophomore designated hitter Matt Smith earning second team plaudits from the media.


Courtesy Western Carolina Athletic Department      
Congratulations to all three from Purple & Gold.

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2016 football prospect - Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Position:  Cornerback
Hometown:  Spartanburg, SC
High School:  Spartanburg HS
Height:  6'0"
Weight: 172 lbs  
Class:  2016

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

2016 football prospect - Tanner Hall

Tanner Hall


Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
High School: Lambert
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 184 lbs
Class: 2016


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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Completed SoCon Baseball Championship Bracket



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Congratulations to J.T. Poston

Western's own J. T. Poston won a playoff round in the Chapel Hill Regional to qualify for the NCAA golf tournament. Poston defeated Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb University in the two-hole playoff.

Poston started the third and final day of play at the regional in the lead. He had shot par (68s) in the first two rounds, however, on Saturday, he shot 73 to finish with a 54-hole total of 209, 7 under par, and was tied with Armstrong. Both had finish two shots behind medalist Maverick McNealy (who shot 70 and finished at 207).

Poston and Armstrong were both playing as individuals, playing for that one spot set aside for the individual player with the best score, a player not affiliated in the team competition. “It was a tough day out there,” said WCU coach Bryant Odom. “J.T. had to rally to get in the playoff but he made a long putt to get in. It was a thrill.”

“I forced it a little bit,” Poston said, “knowing that I had to finish in the top-3 or top-5 to have a chance. This year I tried to stay patient and treat it like any other tournament.”

Poston was playing in the regionals for the third time, but this will be his first time moving on to the national tournament, to be held at The Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.






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Baseball honors seniors


Prior to Friday's second game, Western Carolina honored its three members of its senior class - Jacob Hoyle, Tyler Powell and Bradley Strong - in a special pregame ceremony.





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Friday, May 15, 2015

Poston moves into the individaul lead at NCAA Chapel Hill Regional


At the end of day two of the Chapel Hill Regional, J.T. Poston posted a 68 for the second day, placing him in the lead, one stroke ahead of Stanford's Maverick McNealy (the #1 seed) in the regional.  





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Clark signs with Seattle



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2016 football prospect - Zach Welch

Zach Welch 


Position: Safety, Athlete
Hometown: Reidsville, NC 
High School: Northwest Guilford
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Class:  2016





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Mark Speir and Domino's Deliver!




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Thursday, May 14, 2015

2016 football prospect - Austin Scott

Austin Scott



Position:  Dual-threat quarterback
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
High School: Spartanburg
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Class:  2016

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

VMI series



Dates: Thursday, May 14th & Friday, May 15th
Times: 5:00 pm; DH game #1 - 2:00 pm;
Location: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee
Video: SoCon Digital Network


Thursday's game against the Keydets will mark the first meeting on the diamond with the Catamounts since VMI's return to the SoCon, but it will be the 71st meeting all-time between Western and VMI, with Western having won 55 of the previous 70 contests.

This season, VMI  is 18-27 overall and 10-11 in the SoCon (tied with WCU). The Keydets are 12-10 in road games and only 6-17 at home (too bad this series is not at Lexington.

The Keydets are hitting .278 as a team and are led offensively by Jordan Tarsovich who is batting .333.  Opponents are hitting 2.98 against the Keydets pitching staff that owns a 6.02 earned run average.

To avoid Tuesday's single-elimination #8 vs. #9 play-in game in Charleston against ETSU, Western needs any combination of one victory over the Keydets or one loss by The Citadel, to lock a spot into Wednesday's first full day of conference tournament play,.  Mathematically, the Cats can still finish as high as second place in the regular season standings with a series sweep over VMI. if Mercer also sweeps Samford in their series.
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Projected Pitching Match-Ups:
Thursday: WCU - LHP Bryan Sammons (4-4, 5.12) vs. VMI - RHP Andrew Woods (6-1, 4.82) Friday - Game 1: WCU - RHP B.J. Nobles (4-3, 4.72) vs. VMI - LHP Austin Heenan (1-6, 6.67) Friday - Game 2: WCU - RHP Korey Anderson (3-4, 7.43) vs. VMI - LHP Brandon Barbery (5-2, 4.94)

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2015 Baseball Championship Bracket

The 2015 Southern Conference Baseball Championship will take place at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, May 19, through Sunday, May 24. 





Championship Information

Tickets (ticket office open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday - 843-953-3647):
Patron Pass: $165 
All-Tournament Pass: $30 
Single Day Pass: $10 
Directions:
The Citadel Campus
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
GPS Address: 360 Fishburne St., Charleston, SC 29403
Parking:
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Parking
Area Attractions:
What to see and do in Charleston, S.C.
Where to stay in Charleston, S.C.

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2016 football prospect - Gunner Covey

Gunner Covey

Position:   TE
Hometown; Pickens, SC
High School:  Pickens HS
Height: 6'2"
Weight:  220 lbs
Class:  2016

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Myers commits to Western Carolina

                     Photo courtesy the Asheville C-T
North Buncombe's Bryce Myers has committed to the track & field program at Western Carolina.

Myers is the pole vault champion in the Mountain Athletic Conference and 3-A Western Regional in the field event. He matched his personal best of 14 feet at the recent NCHSAA 3-A meet in Greensboro, placing sixth in the state.

Myers also played football, having rushed for more than 3,000 career yards.



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2016 football prospect - Sidney Otiwu

Sidney Otiwu

Position:  Line Backer
Hometown:  Hoschton, GA
High School: Mill Creek HS
Height:  6'0"
Weight:  205 lbs
Class:  2016

Sidney has an offer from Western, Elon, Ga Southern, & KSU

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Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 SoCon Preseason Football Power Rankings



Welcome to the Purple & Gold Preseason 2015 SoCon Football Power Rankings. 

Just to refresh you memory, the final 2014 power rankings ended with Chattanooga in the #1 position, followed by Samford at #2, and Western Carolina holding down the #3 position.

The Cats were followed by The Citadel in #4 and Wofford as #5. In the lower half of the rankings, Furman came in at #6, Mercer at #7 and VMI was #8.

In 2015, Chattanooga returns two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Jacob Huesman, as well as 16 starters from 2014: six on offense, six on defense and both specialists. Western Carolina returns nine starters on defense and all 11 starters on offense, including 10 All-SoCon performers from 2014. Samford returns seven starters on offense and seven starters on defense for new head coach Chris Hatcher. Wofford returns 21 starters from 2014: ten on offense and nine on defense. Furman returns 18 starters from last season's injury riddled team, and 36 players that have starting experience. The Citadel returns 15 starters from last season. Mercer returns all 22 starters from 2014, while the VMI Keydets will be led by SoCon Freshman of the Year QB Al Cobb. who led the SoCon in passing with 2,791 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014.



1.  Chattanooga



2.  Western Carolina



3.  Samford



4.  Wofford 



5.  Furman



6.  The Citadel 




7.  Mercer



8.  Virginia Military Institute




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2016 football prospect - Emmanuel Walker

Emmanuel Walker

Position:  Weak-Side Defensive End
Hometown:  Santee, SC
High School:  Lake Marion
Height:  6-4
Weight: 205 lbs
Class:  2016

In addition to Western's offer, Walker has seven additional scholarship offers.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

2016 football prospect - Jabari Ellis

Jabari Ellis


Position: Defensive tackle
Hometown: Santee, South Carolina
High School: Lake Marion
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 286 lbs
Class: 2016 (High School)

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jordan Garrett - selected All-Tournament

(Photo Courtesy WCU Sports)                  

Congratulations from Purple & Gold


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