Monday, April 22, 2019

Chase Walter

 Western Carolina redshirt sophomore RHP Chase Walter was today named Southern Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week by the league office for games played April 15-21. Also on Monday, Walter collected National Player of the Week plaudits for a second-consecutive week from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

WCU Spring Football: #5

“Today was probably our worst practice of the spring – and it wasn’t that it was a bad practice, I just didn’t think we had the effort level and the focus that I’d seen through our first 11 practices,” said WCU head coach Mark Speir.

“To this point, I’m very pleased with where we are for the spring. I think we’ve gotten a lot done. Our offense has done a really good job of running the football, the offensive line has really come along. I think that our defense all spring has done a really good job of playing hard – and that’s something that we’ve been emphasizing that we didn’t always do last year.”

“It’s been smooth,” said Speir. “Coach (John) Holt and Coach (Tyler) Carlton have done a really good job with the organization part as far as the molding of the offense and where its headed. Their strengths really complement each other. I’ve been excited with what Coach (Arketa) Banks has been doing with our running backs and tight ends – Connell Young has really looked good in the backfield this spring. And Coach (Phillip) Eli is doing a really good job with Tyrie (Adams) and developing Will (Jones) and those other young quarterbacks.”

Again, not fully satisfied with Thursday’s practice, Speir informed the squad following the session that they would alter Friday’s practice. Originally slated for a helmets and spider pads – foam pads that simulate shoulder pads but don’t allow for as much contact – to a helmets and shoulder pads – or shells – day to enable a little more contact ahead of Saturday’s fully-padded scrimmage, which has a new start time of 11:15 am. Speir reiterated, “Today wasn’t a bad day – but it just wasn’t up to par. These guys have set a standard and an expectation of what we’re going to do, and we’re going to hold each other to it. But overall, for the whole spring, I’m excited about where we are now.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

NCAA Baseball Photo of the Week


Hurdle at Home - sophomore infielder Will Prater tries to hurdle his way home on a squeeze play.


 Ashley Evans, WCU PR         

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We win !!!!!!!!

Spring Football Update #3

Luke Robinson on the Buster Posey Award Watch List

Western Carolina junior catcher Luke Robinson appeared on the initial watch list for the 2019 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award Watch List released on Tuesday afternoon. Previously known as the Johnny Bench Award, the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors and is administered by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

A combined 79 catchers were nominated for the 2019 Buster Posey Award and appear on the initial watch list. Of those 79, WCU will play – or has already played – eight catchers that appeared on Tuesday’s list. Robinson is joined by Bryce Leasure of The Citadel and Anthony Mulrine of Samford from the Southern Conference. A product of McLeansville, N.C., Robinson has been in the starting lineup in all 24 games this spring making the bulk of his starts coming behind the plate, while also finishing games at catcher. He is currently tied for the team lead with eight multiple RBI games and is second on the squad with his single-season, career-best 26 runs driven in. Thirteen of his 27 seasonal base hits have gone for extra bases including six doubles, a triple, and six home runs, also second on the Catamount squad to give him nine career round-trippers. Robinson has already matched his single-season career-high with eight HBPs.

Robinson was selected as this year’s Leggett No. 7 Legacy, wearing the No. 7 jersey – the ninth player all-time and third Catamount catcher to receive the honor and just the second underclassman. National semifinalists will be announced on May 17 with the list to be narrowed down to the finalists on June 3. The award presentation will be held in Wichita, Kansas, on June 27.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Cats complete Day 3 of Spring Football Practice

“I really thought today was a good day. The defense has done an exceptional job of running around, they're playing with a lot of energy and confidence right now. And I thought that they tackled well today,” said Coach Speir. “Offensively, we haven't changed a lot of what we're doing – but we have altered some of the ways we're calling it, trying to simplify it. We've just got to work on being cleaner with our execution from sideline through whistle offensively – but that will come.”

We've just got to clean some things up on offense, but I do think that we're at a good place right now. I've again been very excited about where our defense is with the way they're flying around. I just think the whole team has brought a great energy level out through these first four practices,” Speir added.

“We've got 11 more days and as we've said, we've got to go make each one of them count. And to this point, I think we've made four of them count. I don't think that we've come out and wasted any time or had a bad practice where we went backward. These four days, we've progressed as a football team. It's a fun group to be around, the energy level and the leadership have been good. We've just got to come out and have another good day on Thursday,” said Speir.




Jordan Bostian

Catamount Player of the Week is track and field's Jordan Bostian who won the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:25.52 at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational last weekend.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Louis Theys named the SoCon Men’s Golfer of the Week.

Cullowhee, N.C. – On the strength of his career-best, fourth-place finish at the GCU Invitational last week in Arizona, Western Carolina freshman Louis Theys was named the Southern Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. 





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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Catamounts add 7 new opponents to future schedules




The Western Carolina Catamounts have added future football games against Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern, Campbell, and Montana


FBS
- Oklahoma, Sept. 11, 2021
-Arkansas, Sept. 2, 2023
-Wake Forest,Sept. 6, 2025


FCS -
-Gardner-Webb, home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021
-Charleston Southern, home-and-home series on Sept. 3, 2022 & on Sept. 23, 2023
-Campbell, home-and-home series - on Sept. 7, 2024 in Cullowhee and Sept. 27, 2025 at Buies Creek
-Montana, a home-and-home series, at Grizzly Sept. 14, 2024, in Cullowhee on Aug. 30, 2025.


FUTURE WESTERN CAROLINA NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

2019

2020

2021

2023

2024

2025


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Catamounts Complete Day 1 of 2019 Spring Practice

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Holt & Carlton named Co-Offensive Coordinators


Mark Speir has elevated both John Holt and Tyler Carlton to Co-Offensive Coordinators entering the 2019 season.




Keith Henry added to Football Staff

Henry to coach the nickelbacks and serve as special teams coordinator

Friday, March 1, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Friday, March 1, 2019


The final day of conference play for this season takes place on Saturday.
Here are Saturday's games:


Citadel (12-16) at VMI (9-20) 1 pm ESPN+

#24 Wofford (25-4) at Samford (16-14) 2 pm ESPN3

Furman (23-6) at Chattanooga (12-18) 2 pm ESPN+

Western Carolina (7-23) at ETSU (22-8) 4 pm ESPN+

UNCG (25-5) at Mercer (11-18) 4:30 pm ESPN+


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 27, 2019)
  19 - Wofford
  47 - Furman
  61 - UNCG
  66 - ETSU
158 - Samford
184 - Mercer
258 - Citadel
270 - Chattanooga
289 - Western Carolina
322 - VMI

Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 28, 2019)
#11 Southern Conference
#12 A-10
#13 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#26 Big South

Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 28, 2019)
  40 - Wofford
  78 - Furman
  86 - ETSU
  95 - UNCG
178 - Samford
182 - Mercer
261 - Chattanooga
264 - Citadel
301 - Western Carolina
321 - VMI



Conference Standings as of 2-21-19

Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford17 - 025 - 4
UNCG14 - 325 - 5
Furman12 - 523 - 6
ETSU12 - 522 - 8
Chattanooga7 - 1012 - 18
Samford6 - 1116 - 14
Mercer6 - 1111 - 18
The Citadel4 - 1312 - 16
Western Carolina4 - 137 - 23
VMI3 - 149 - 20



The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 

If it ended today........ After Thursday's games...... 2-28-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 -  #8 Western Carolina  vs.  #9 Citadel   at 5 p.m.
Game 2 -  #7 Samford  vs.  #10 VMI   at 7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 -  #1 Wofford  vs.  Winner Game 1 (WCU/Citadel)  at 12 p.m.
Game 4 -  #4 ETSU  vs.  #5 Chattanooga   at 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -  #2 UNCG  vs.  Winner Game 2 (Samford/VMI)  at 6 p.m.
Game 6 -  #3 Furman  vs.  #6 Mercer   at 8:30 p.m.


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