Thursday, March 31, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm (game 1)
The Ballpark at Patriots Point, Mt Pleasant, SC
This is a big weekend for the Catamounts as they travel to Charleston to play the 6th place Cougars. The Cats need to win (a sweep would help greatly) this series to keep alive it's hope for a spot in the SoCon tournament. Western has not had a great deal of success against the Cougars in Southern Conference play, and currently owns a 15-30 record against Charleston. If we have strong pitching against the Cougars, as we have since the Davidson series, this weekend could be very good for the Catamounts win loss record.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cats blank HPU
WCU hands HP a 11-0 loss
Monday, March 28, 2011
Cats win series in Davidson
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Cats swept by Samford
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Catamounts Out Duel Davidson
Breaking news -
Saturday's Baseball Game Postponed; Double-Header on Sunday
Saturday's Baseball Game Postponed
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Catamount Football Staff
Gardner-Webb jumped out to an early 7-1 lead Wednesday, but the Catamounts scored two in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. The Cats had the winning run on second base and two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning when the game was called for good - reverting all stats back to the end of the ninth.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Livingston and Okolo take honors
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Football Enters Second Week of Spring Practice
Coach Wagner recaps week #1
Monday, March 21, 2011
Catamount Baseball Drops Sunday Finale to Elon
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Charlotte 49er Classic
Softball drops two
Baseball drops one
Friday, March 18, 2011
1 Elijer Martinez DB 5-9 170 So. Decatur, Ga. (Cartersville HS)
2 George Richardson WR 5-8 180 So. Kernersville, N.C. (Glenn HS)
3 Deja Alexander WR 6-0 200 R-Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. (Central Michigan/First Coast HS)
4 Jacoby Mitchell WR 6-0 200 So. Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb HS)
5 Michael Johnson RB 5-11 200 So. Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb HS)
6 Dee Williams DB 5-10 185 Fr. Benson, N.C. (South Johnston HS)
7 Mike Anderson DB 5-9 170 R-Fr. Fort Myers, Fla. (Ida Baker HS)
10 Chris Everett DB 6-4 225 R-Jr. Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley HS)
12 Lance Price QB 6-1 205 Fr. Wilson, N.C. (Beddingfield HS)
13 Brandon Pechloff QB 6-7 220 Fr. Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Montini Catholic HS)
14 Josh Cockrell WR 5-8 170 R-Jr. Canton, N.C. (Pisgah HS)
15 Zac Brindise QB 6-1 200 R-Jr. Fort Myers, Fla. (South Carolina / South Fort Myers HS)
16 David Giron WR 5-10 185 Fr. Guatemala City, Guatemala (Nolan Catholic HS)
17 Gary Green WR 5-9 175 Jr. Fayetteville, N.C. (City Col. of San Francisco/South View)
19 Brock Frisbee QB 6-2 210 Fr. Pisgah Forest, N.C. (Brevard HS)
20 Nate Harris RB 5-6 150 Jr. Holly Springs, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
21 Jideofo Okwudiri DB 5-9 175 Sr. Tracy, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta / Merrill West HS)
24 Trevor Taylor DB 5-10 195 Fr. Raleigh, N.C. (West Point Prep / Ravenscroft School)
25 LaDarius Wilson RB 5-10 190 Fr. High Point, N.C. (Brookeville HS)
26 Marshaun Edwards RB 5-8 190 Fr. Mooresville, N.C. (Mooresville HS)
27 Isaiah Moore DB 5-11 175 Fr. Garner, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy / Garner HS)
28 Anthony “Ace” Clark DB 6-2 190 Fr. Germantown, Md. (Clarksburg HS)
31 Shea Corpening DB 5-7 150 Fr. Newton, N.C. (Newton-Conover HS)
32 Nathaniel Sedergren LB 5-11 215 R-So. Concord, N.C. (Concord HS)
33 Demario Giles DB 5-9 170 Fr. Durham, N.C. (Durham Riverside HS)
34 Ricky Schwarz LB 6-1 220 Jr. Ormond Beach, Fla. (Seabreeze HS)
35 Stephen Weiss P/K 6-2 210 Fr. Apex, N.C. (Apex HS)
37 Ben Watkins DB 5-11 185 So. Marietta, Ga. (Univ. of Findlay / Pope HS)
40 Brandon Vaught LB 6-2 210 Jr. Cleveland, Ga. (White County HS)
41 Courtland Carson LB 6-0 200 Fr. Charlotte, N.C. (Independence HS)
42 Andre Whitmire LB 6-0 240 Fr. Spartanburg, S.C. (Spartanburg HS)
43 Marcus Stokes LB 6-0 215 Fr. Roswell, Ga. (Lassiter HS)
44 Austin Chambers LB 6-0 215 Fr. Clyde, N.C. (Tuscola HS)
45 Nick Woodard DB 6-2 215 R-So. Sylva, N.C. (Smoky Mountain HS)
46 Brett Allen DB 5-11 200 R-So. Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield HS)
48 Blake Cain P 5-10 195 Jr. Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison HS)
49 Leo Gamez K 5-11 195 R-Fr. Waynesville, N.C. (Tuscola HS)
50 Edixon Pino-Alvarez OL 6-1 300 Jr. Roswell, Ga. (Georgia Military / Peachtree Ridge HS)
51 Rock Williams LB 6-2 220 So. Howell, Mich. (Howell HS)
52 Quevalas Murray OL 6-2 285 R-Fr. Shelby, N.C. (Shelby HS)
53 Rory Pederson OL 6-2 290 R-So. Monroe, N.C. (Forest Hills HS)
65 Teddy Rhoney OL 6-3 290 R-So. Morganton, N.C. (Freedom HS)
67 Matt Hastings OL 6-3 265 R-Fr. Morganton, N.C. (East Burke HS)
70 Aaron Woller DL 5-11 295 R-Fr. Charlotte, N.C. (Butler HS)
72 Vince Williams OL 6-5 270 R-Fr. Edina, Minn. (Edina HS)
73 Wesley Cook OL 6-7 275 R-Fr. Hendersonville, N.C. (Hendersonville HS)
77 Dan Polaski OL 6-9 300 Fr. Agawam, Mass. (Hargrave Military / Longmeadow HS)
78 Ryan Moore OL 6-3 295 R-So. Cullowhee, N.C. (Smoky Mountain HS)
80 Jamil James WR 5-9 150 Fr. Wilmington, N.C. (New Hanover HS)
81 Colton Cox WR 5-11 170 So. Chesapeake, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS)
82 Daniel Crenshaw WR 5-9 175 Fr. Winston-Salem, N.C. (Glenn HS)
83 Jeff Moore WR 5-10 180 Fr. Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton HS)
84 Will Roseborough WR 6-2 190 Fr. Irmo, S.C. (Ben Lippen HS)
85 Andrew Rogers TE 6-3 235 R-Jr. Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
86 Taylor Spangler TE 6-3 250 Sr. Ruffin, N.C. (Rockingham HS)
87 Brandon DeCaro WR 6-0 180 So. Stanley, N.C. (East Lincoln HS)
88 Nate Stephenson TE 6-2 230 So. Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast HS)
89 Tyler Smith DL 6-1 225 Fr. Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton HS)
91 Brian Johnson DL 6-3 235 R-Fr. Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park HS)
94 Walt Woolwine DL 6-1 285 Jr. Ashland, Kansas (Garden City CC/Ashland HS)
95 Bevans Robbs DL 6-3 250 R-So. Lake Worth, Fla. (Palm Beach Central HS)
98 Trey Selby DL 6-3 235 Jr. Tunnel Hill, Ga. (Northwest Whitfield HS)
99 Pete Balthrop, Jr. DL 6-0 245 Fr. Clemmons, N.C. (West Forsyth HS
First, congratulations to Coach Danny Williamson and both of the indoor track teams for their second place finishes at the Southern Conference Championships. The track program continues to excel at Western Carolina University. Congrats also to Coach Larry Hunter and the men's basketball team for a great season this year, finishing as North Division champions in the Southern Conference and having a great run to end the season. Coach Hunter has also built a solid program over the last few years. While we will certainly miss the talents of the seniors, the depth and the youth of this year's the team this year will provide a great deal of experience to the younger players coming in next season. And speaking of basketball, let's get right to the questions:
JW asked why Western did not get to participate in the end-of-the-year tournaments like other schools such as Davidson and Furman.
The number of postseason tournaments has increased over the past few years, with the addition of the College Basketball Invitational and the College Insider Tournament. Both the NCAA and NIT tournaments are events that fully cover the cost of expenses for all the participants. Other tournaments work with the teams on a guarantee basis to provide revenue to pay for such expenses as travel for the teams that go on the road, officials and tournament expenses. We made the departmental decision not to incur financial obligations in order to participate in postseason play.
JB asked if the end zones are always going to be plain purple.
The original plans called for the end zones to have the logo and Western Carolina included in the design. However, that design did not look as good in reality as it did on paper and we made the decision at installation to leave them purple only. Since that time we have been able to identify specialty paints that will allow us to paint the end zones without damage to the surface, which we plan to do in the coming season.
FL asked about picking up baseball game "broadcasts" online.
We have streamed some of our baseball contests already this season. The links to the broadcast are on our webpage, www.catamount sports.com. The audio link is monitored during the broadcast to assure it is operational. If you have additional problems, please contact the sports information office.
JK asked why we don't do more for player introductions prior to basketball games.
The reason is that the lighting system in the Ramsey Center will not accommodate changing the lighting and spotlights as many arenas do. The good news is that those lights are scheduled to be replaced this spring and we should have a state-of-the-art system which will allow for some impressive introductions next season.
TP asked about kickoff times for football games.
Now that our football schedule is finally settled, we are putting together kickoff times for the 20011 season. We have had requests from some folks to have kickoffs later in the evening to allow them to drive from further distances and tailgate prior to the game. We also have had requests from other folks for kick-offs be earlier in the day in order to allow them to drive home before it's too late at night. Right now, we are looking at six o'clock kickoffs for early-season games to avoid the heat of the day, and later afternoon - maybe three o'clock - kickoffs for the remaining games. However, those times are tentative. You will be able to find the final dates and times at the website www.catamountsports.com within a few days.
GL, AJ, AW, and Cat Fan all asked about any upcoming changes to the football stadium and press box.
We try every year to make some changes to the appearance of Whitmire Stadium and Bob Water's Field. Obviously, the video board was our improvement for the previous season. The press box would be a major undertaking and is on our list of facility improvements but with no timetable to begin that work. The chain-link fence has been a topic of conversation for several years and we are looking at ways to make for a friendlier "feel" until more substantial changes can be made.
Once again thanks to everyone who submitted questions. We appreciate the interest that is shown in the various aspects of the athletic department. Please continue to send in your questions, and GO CATAMOUNTS.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Catamounts were totally dominated by a 4 and 10 Asheville baseball team that was on a 10 game road losing streak. The Bulldogs last won against (another SoCon team) Greensboro, back on February 22, by a 3-0 score. Since that time, Asheville was swept by Campbell, lost to ETSU, swept by Charlotte, and lost one to Georgia State.
It potentially will be ugly when Elon 12-6, (3-0) pays the Cats a weekend visit in Cullowhee. The Phoenix swept Appy State last weekend.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Cats split their home opener with Wilmington (5-18). Wilmington won the first game 8-2, and the Cats took the second game of the twin bill 7-1.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Western Carolina scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held off Kennesaw State, 5-1, on Tuesday night at Stillwell Stadium. The Catamounts (8-6) got to Kennesaw State starter Travis Dean early as the freshman walked the leadoff hitter Austin Schultz before the next batter, Matt Johns, hit a two-run homer that landed on the deck of the Bailey Building for a two-run lead. Johns would finish the game with two hits and three runs batted in to lead Western Carolina.
Western Carolina opened its football Spring Drills on Monday afternoon on the turf at Bob Waters Field/E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
"We had a great first day of practice, great weather - couldn't have asked for better. It seems like the winter went on forever. It is great to be back out here working together as a team this spring," said WCU head coach Dennis Wagner Monday evening following his squad's first of 15 practice sessions. "The biggest thing for us right now is coming out and competing every day."
The Cats will conduct spring practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The squad breaks out the shoulder pads on Friday before getting into full pads next week, although full contact will be limited.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Western Carolina women’s tennis team defeated Davidson Sunday 4-3. This is the teams first SoCon of the young season. The match marked the first victory this season in Cullowhee, and its first over Davidson in over 10 years.
Cats swept by Greensboro to start conference play 0-3
“…the Spartans plated nine runs in its final four frames including tying the game with a four-run sixth inning as UNCG completed the three-game sweep of the Catamounts with a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference action.
It was the second-straight year that the Catamounts have dropped a seasonal series to UNCG, with the Spartans sweeping WCU for the first-time since 2004.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
"We will be going through this spring with limited numbers which will change our focus somewhat," said Wagner of his plans for this year's spring practice. "Our intention will be to focus on fundamentals and techniques while implementing the new ideas and strategies from our staff development trips."
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (DH)
Pepsi Softball Stadium, Greenville, SC
Western Carolina received a lift from its bench, rallying for four runs in the final two frames but the Catamounts could not overcome an early deficit and a solid starting pitching effort by UNC Greensboro's Warren Slack. Freshmen Dykota Spiess and Adam Martin both homered in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as WCU dropped its Southern Conference opener at UNC Greensboro, 5-4, Friday night.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, March 11th 2011 at 6:00 pm (Game #1)
UNCG Baseball Stadium, Greensboro, NC
The Catamount Golf Tour was established in 2008 to help organize each of the golf tournaments WCU alumni and supporters host throughout the Spring and Summer. The events are a great opportunity to rally our Alumni, Fans, and WCU Coaches together to generate excitement for the upcoming year with WCU. All of the proceeds from each tournament will benefit the Catamount Athletic Scholarship Fund. The Catamount Golf Tour has raised over $130,000 during its existence! With another great Tournament Schedule for 2011, we anticipate this year's Catamount Golf Tour to be even more successful.
2011 Catamount Golf Tour Schedule
April 29th The Catamount Shootout
The Marion Lakes Club, Marion NC
May 10th The Charlotte Alumni Golf Classic
Springfield Golf Club, Fort Mill SC
June 9th The Catamount Football Classic
Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley NC
July 20th The WCU/Hayesville Golf Outing
The Ridges Golf Club, Hayesville NC
August 3rd The Western Open
Waynesville C.C., Waynesville NC
September 9th The Bob Waters Memorial
High Vista C.C., Mills River NC
October 10th The Catamount Golf Tour Championship
Kenmure Country Club, Hendersonville NC
2011 Catamount Golf Tour
Teams have rescheduled for Wednesday, April 27 in Cullowhee
Rain across the southeast region has prompted officials at Western Carolina University to postpone today's scheduled baseball game between the Catamounts and the eighth-ranked Clemson Tigers at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The two squads have agreed to reschedule the game for Wednesday, April 27 in Cullowhee.
It is the third-straight game that WCU has had rained out this week as tournament games against both Ohio State and Army slated for last weekend at McNair Field in Forest City were cancelled due to weather.
photo by Mark Haskett
“I'm very honored by it; it's the nicest thing to come my way,” said Leggett, who led the Catamounts to 10 SoCon titles (tournament and regular-season) and five NCAA Division I tournaments from 1983-91. “It's very flattering that they would think enough to do that. I'm very excited that someone will be wearing the uniform. I know they've got a great representative in Stephen Notaro, and I'm excited about seeing him play when we get there.”
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Western Carolina senior Mike Williams and redshirt junior Harouna Mutombo were named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament team Monday night at the conclusion of the 2011 men's basketball championship at UTC's McKenzie Arena. Both earned second team plaudits as the 10-member squad was comprised completely of players on squads that advanced to the SoCon semifinals.
Monday, March 7, 2011
The Catamounts and Tigers will play in Cullowhee on Wednesday. Prior to the game, Western will unveil former WCU and now Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett’s jersey # 7, which will hang alongside the only retired number in Catamount baseball history – the #23 worn by the late Keith LeClair, the former WCU player and coach – on the leftfield fence at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Tigers are 7-2 this season, after having defeated Wofford (5-1), and split with South Carolina (3-6, 10-1).
Sunday, March 6, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, TENN — Wofford seized control with a 13-1 run midway through the first half, and Western Carolina never recovered this evening at the Southern Conference men’s basketball tournament.
The Terriers held onto that early momentum and earned a 86-72 victory, elminating the Catamounts in the semifinals for the second straight year.
The Catamounts depart the tournament as Coastal Carolina Tournament Champions after going 4-0. It is the second time this season Western Carolina has gone undefeated in tournament. Western Carolina opened 2011 sweeping a tournament hosted by North Carolina Central.
“Harouna Mutombo led four Catamounts in double figures with 20 points as North Division top-seed Western Carolina advanced to Sunday's semifinal round with a 77-66 victory over the North's sixth seed UNC Greensboro on Saturday afternoon at the McKenzie Arena.
Western Carolina (18-14) led from start-to-finish, breaking open a one-point ball game in the first half with a 12-to-0 spurt to grab a double-digit advantage. After rebuilding a double-digit lead midway through the second half, the Catamounts led by 10-or-more until late when the Spartans closed the margin to within seven, 69-62, with three and a half minutes to play. However, back-to-back buckets by senior Mike Williams pushed the margin back to double-figures with the Catamounts holding on for the 11-point victory.”
CONWAY, S.C. - Sophomore catcher Haley Pace hit a grand-slam, in the top of the seventh inning, to lead Western Carolina softball (12-6) to a day two sweep at the Coastal Softball Tournament, defeating Delaware 2-0 (3-8) and downing host Coastal Carolina (12-6) 7-3.
Friday, March 4, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (10-6) swept day one action at the Coastal Carolina Tournament defeating Towson (6-5) 4-3 and Delaware (2-6) 1-0 Friday.
Sophomore outfielder Jordan Fulton broke the Catamount career stolen base record in the fifth inning against Delaware. After breaking the single-season record, with 16, in 2010, Fulton now tops the Catamounts in career stolen bases with 20 for the sixth year program at Western Carolina.
Western Carolina Golf Sweeps ASU for University Cup
Morganton, N.C. - Western Carolina men's and women's golf squads teamed to edge Appalachian State in the University Cup co-ed competition by a 3.5-to-2.5 margin on Thursday afternoon at the Mimosa Hills Country Club. It was the most tightly contested match of the five-year history of the University Cup.
The Catamounts made it a clean sweep of the competition winning both the men's and women's side competitions. WCU sophomore Trey White was medalist for the day, firing a one-under par 71 to pace the Catamounts to a 300 four-man total to 311 for Appalachian. ASU junior Drew Harris shot an even-par 72 on the day.