Sunday, May 28, 2017

97 Days 'till Kickoff - #97 Ezavian Dunn

It's now 97 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100-day football countdown each day until kickoff.

Today we'll highlight a defensive tackle

#97 Ezavian Dunn

Class: Senior
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
High School: Carrboro HS
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 285
Position: DT

2015 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 of the team's games with three starts at defensive tackle ... Finished with 15 total tackles including five solo stops ... Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss including half a sack against Furman (Nov. 7) ... Posted three tackles in three games ... Credited with five stops including a pair of sacks in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll..

2014 (Freshman): Saw action in all 12 of the team's games with seven starts along the defensive front ... Finished with 19 tackles including nine solo stops and half a tackle for loss ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at USF (Aug. 30) ... Made his first career tackle against Brevard (Sept. 6) ... His first collegiate career start came at Furman (Sept. 27) ... Had two streaks of three-consecutive starts in a row ... Credited with a career-high six tackles in the home win over Wofford (Oct. 11), adding a blocked kick to his tally ... Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Playing for the Gold squad, credited with two tackles including one for loss in WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time All-Carolina 10 2A/1A Conference lineman ... In 2012, was named All-Area as an offensive lineman ... Also played basketball as a prep ... High school coach was Jason Tudryn.

Personal: Is the son of Beverly Thompson.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations

Saturday, May 27, 2017

98 Days 'till Kickoff - #98 Holden Edwards

It's now 98 days until the kickoff of Catamount football on September 2, 2017, in Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii - home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

To help pass those long summer days until football season starts, and hopefully get the Catamount faithful more excited about the upcoming season, we'll continue the 100-day football countdown each day until kickoff day.

Today we'll highlight a defensive tackle

#98 Holden Edwards

: Sophomore
Hometown: Mount Ulla, N.C.
High School: South Iredell HS
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 300
Position: DT

Prior to Western Carolina: Played on the varsity squad for all four years as a prep, beginning as a freshman with the eight-quarter rule ... Was a two-time All-North Piedmont Conference selection and was twice dubbed all-county ... Recorded 163 career tackles with 50 tackles for loss including a career-best 31 as a senior ... Had five career sacks ... Was a part of a two conference championships as a freshman and senior ... South Iredell HS won the state championship his freshman year ... High school coach was Scott Miller.

Personal: Full name is Holden Kross Edwards ... Is the son of Don Edwards and Kathy Barrow ... Grew up on a farm, working with his father and grandfather.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations

Friday, May 26, 2017

99 Days 'till Kickoff - Brad Glenn

#99 not assigned - so we'll highlight another football assistant coach

Brad Glenn

Hometown: Seneca, S.C.

Position: Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks

Alma Mater: Clemson

Graduated: 1995

Brad Glenn joined the Western Carolina University football coaching staff in 2012 after seven years at Appalachian State. He works with the Catamount quarterbacks while also serving as the program’s offensive coordinator, bringing the spread offensive formation and the read option that he worked with at Appalachian State to Cullowhee.

In his short time at WCU, Glenn was instrumental in molding quarterback Troy Mitchell who flourished in Glenn’s system. Mitchell finished his career as WCU’s all-time career leader in total offense with 9,397 career yards. Under Glenn’s guidance in 2012, Mitchell – an All-SoCon selection – rushed for eight touchdowns, the most by a quarterback at WCU in program history, according to available research. Then in 2014, Mitchell broke the program’s 14-year old record for total offense in a single-season, amassing 3,096 yards including passing for 2,541 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 555 yards with six scores on the ground.

Not only has Mitchell excelled at quarterback under Glenn’s tutelage, but two receivers have posted double-digit receiving touchdown tallies in his system. In 2013, Karnorris Benson matched the school’s single-season receiving TD record with 12 scores, while Spearman Robinson caught 11 touchdown passes in 2014, both earning All-Southern Conference accolades.

Prior to his move to Cullowhee, Glenn spent three seasons as the quarterbacks coach while also serving one year as tight ends coach (2005) and three working with the slot receivers (2006-08) at Appalachian State. He additionally came to Cullowhee with coordinator experience at two different high schools as well as two seasons at North Greenville College from 2002-03.

While at ASU, Glenn coached six All-Southern Conference honorees, most notably mentoring the two SoCon Offensive Players of the Year in quarterbacks Armanti Edwards and DeAndre Presley. Edwards additional garnered the Walter Payton Award honoring the nation’s top NCAA Division I FCS player.

A native of Seneca, S.C., Glenn started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Greer (S.C.) High School from 1995 through 2000, helping lead the program to a 25-3 overall record and back-to-back South Carolina Upper-State runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2000. He got his start at the collegiate ranks in 2001 at Elon coaching tight ends before spending the next two seasons at North Greenville College as the offensive coordinator. He returned to the high school ranks for a season in his hometown at Seneca High (2004) before being hired at Appalachian State.

Glenn is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University. He is married to the former Anna Thompson and the couple has two daughters – Zoey and Landry – and a son, Hank.

(Bio Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

100 days until football kickoff for the Catamounts

Today we kickoff the seventh annual Catamount Sports Forum's  "100 days to Football Kickoff Countdown".

We hope you have enjoyed the countdown in past years, as much as we do bring it to you. During the countdown, we'll highlight the player who's number corresponds with that day in the countdown.

Since the 2017 roster has not yet been posted, we'll use the 2017 Spring Roster until the new roster is posted and then we'll switch to that roster for personnel. In past seasons, some players changed numbers with the new roster, so a player may appear more than once in the countdown, depending on the newly published official roster.

Since there is not a player assigned the #100, here's the traditional head coaches' posting.

Mark Speir

Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.
Position: Head Football Coach
Alma Mater: Clemson
Graduated: 1990

Mark Speir, who has spent the bulk of his collegiate coaching career at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, was named head football coach at Western Carolina University as announced by Director of Athletics Randy Eaton during a press conference held in the Ramsey Center on Dec. 22, 2011.

Speir (pronounced "spear"), who got his coaching career start at Western Carolina under former Catamount head coach Steve Hodgin from 1991-96, is the 13th head coach of the WCU football program all-time.

Since his arrival in Cullowhee, Speir has been a driving force in the revitalization of Catamount football, guiding WCU to back-to-back seven-win seasons in both 2015 and 2014, the latter its first winning record in a decade with the 7-5 finish. It was just the second finish above .500 since 2001 for the Catamounts. Speir led the Catamounts to a second-place finish in the Southern Conference in 2014, its highest finish in the final standings since 1986 -- and just the fourth runner-up finish since joining the league in 1977 -- before following it up with a third-place showing in 2015.

For their plaudits, Speir and his staff were finalists for the 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award given at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.

During the off-season following the success of the 2014 season, Speir was granted a four-year contract extension which was approved by the WCU Board of Trustees in February of 2015. With the extension, Speir is under contract June of 2020.

Since taking over as head coach in 2012, 28 Catamounts have earned All-Southern Conference first-or-second team accolades while 16 have earned All-Freshman distinction. In 2014, a school-record tying 14 Catamounts received all-conference plaudits with 13 collecting honors following the successful 2015 campaign.

Also, eight players have earned Capital One All-District III selections from CoSIDA with running back Darius Ramsey garnering Academic All-America honors in 2014.

Speir's return to Cullowhee in late-2011 came after spending the nine previous seasons at Appalachian State where he was a part of three-consecutive FCS National Championships from 2005-07, serving as the program's recruiting coordinator from 2004 through 2011 while coaching the inside linebackers prior to the move. He also coached the Mountaineers' running backs (2003-04), defensive line (2005-08) and defensive ends (2009-10) while on staff at Appalachian State.

In 2009, Speir was tabbed as the NCAA Division I FCS Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The award has been handed out every year since 1997 at the five levels of football including the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), FCS, Division II and III, as well as NAIA levels.

Prior to Appalachian, Speir also made coaching stops at both at Presbyterian (1997-99) while the Blue Hose were a NCAA Division II member institution, and at Elon (2000-02) the year after the program made the transition to a NCAA Division I school.

A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Speir broke into coaching while an undergraduate at Clemson University, working as a student assistant from 1986 through 1989, helping the Tigers to three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships during his four years. Following his graduation with a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1990, Speir landed on Hodgin's staff in Cullowhee, first working with the running backs from 1991-93, then the linebackers in 1994 before coaching the defensive line and serving as the program's recruiting coordinator from 1995-96.

Throughout his collegiate coaching career, Speir has made a name for himself through the recruiting process. He has held the title of recruiting coordinator at three NCAA FCS institutions (WCU, Elon and ASU), most recently organizing the efforts that landed Appalachian State six-consecutive crops of freshmen that have been widely considered to be among the top in NCAA Division I FCS recruiting classes and that helped the Mountaineers to three-straight national titles.

On the field, Speir has coached multiple All-Southern Conference selections. In all, he was a position coach for nine all-conference honorees that have earned the distinction 13 times in his nine seasons on staff in Boone.

Six of Speir's position players have garnered All-America honors during his tenure at ASU including the most recent recipient, linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough, who was selected to the second team by The Sports Network. Additionally, defensive ends Jabari Fletcher, Jason Hunter, Marques Murrell and Gary Tharrington and defensive tackle Anthony Williams combined for All-America honors a total of six times.

Speir's most notable pupils, Hunter and Murrell, tied for the SoCon lead with 13 sacks apiece and accounted for six defensive touchdowns between them in 2005. Murrell also led the nation with 13 sacks in `06. Both have enjoyed productive NFL careers, with Hunter entering his sixth pro season this year with the Denver Broncos.

Off the field, Speir is involved in many charitable causes. His efforts through Samaritan's Purse have helped raised more than $100,000 to help rebuild the Memorial Christian Hospital in Bangladesh. Part of the fundraising came through his participation in the 2008 Music City Marathon in Nashville, which he finished in 4:01; the 2009 Boston Marathon, which he completed in 3:59; and the 2010 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. Most recently, Speir completed the grueling 2015 Boston Marathon alongside his brother.

In 2009, he traveled to Bangladesh to provide much-needed medical supplies and volunteer at the hospital for 10 days.

In 2011, Speir turned to organizing and participating in motorcycle tours as a way to continue to raise funds for the worthy cause. After five years of the motorcycle rides, Speir has helped raise $75,000 for Operation Heal Our Patriots, another Samaritan's Purse initiative.

Jerry Moore, the former head coach at Appalachian State where Speir has worked for nine seasons, praised WCU for its decision.

"Western Carolina is very lucky to get Mark. He is a perfect fit; he knows Western Carolina and knows it well. WCU is very, very fortunate to get Mark Speir. He is a great coach, and a better man; he is the kind of guy that you would love your son to go play for," said Moore upon Speir's hiring at WCU.

Former Catamount football standout Brad Hoover, who went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, credits Speir as "... one of the main reasons I went to WCU." "It was because of the level of Mark Speir's sincerity and his positive attitude during my recruitment experience with him that drew me to commit to Western Carolina," said Hoover.

Speir is married to the former Paige Holt of Pickens, S.C., and the couple has two sons -- Zeb, who is in his second year at Appalachian State and a walk-on for the Mountaineer football team, and Jackson.

Coaching Experience
1986-89: Clemson (Student Assistant)
1991-93: Western Carolina (Running Backs)
1994: Western Carolina (Outside Linebackers)
1995-96: Western Carolina (Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator)
1997-99: Presbyterian (Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning)
2000-01: Elon (Running Backs/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator)
2002: Elon (Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator)
2003-04: Appalachian State (Running Backs)
2005-09: Appalachian State (Defensive Line)
2004-11: Appalachian State (Recruiting Coordinator)
2009-10: Appalachian State (Defensive Ends)
2011: Appalachian State (Inside Linebackers)

Alma Mater: Clemson, 1990 (Master's -- Western Carolina, 1994)
Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.
Wife: Paige (Holt)
Sons: Zeb and Jackson

(Bio Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bowman Selected SoCon Baseball Player of the Year

Bryson Bowman was selected as the 2017 Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year by both the coaches & media to headline five Catamounts named to the post-season All-Southern Conference baseball teams.

A native of Baton, N.C., Bowman ranked inside the individual top 10 in 10 total offensive categories including leading the SoCon in two -- on-base percentage (.475) and RBI (59), posting a team-best 16 multi-RBI games. His team-leading .389 seasonal batting average ranked third in the SoCon, and he finished the regular season second in slugging percentage (.635) and total bases (134). He enters the conference tournament poised to win the team's Triple Crown for top batting average, RBI, and most home runs (11). When only factoring in league play, Bowman hit a conference-leading .433 as a part of ranking in the top 10 in seven offensive categories.

During the 2017 season, Bowman had a very impressive run of reaching base safely in 42-consecutive games -- a streak that ranks among the all-time best in program history. That stretch included a school-record tying 27-game hitting streak -- the best in the SoCon this year and tied for fifth-best in league history. All told, Bowman secured hits in 48 of WCU's 54 regular season games while impressively reaching base in 53 of the 54 games. Including collecting SoCon Player of the Week honors on April 3, Bowman was dubbed the league's Player of the Month for April -- just the seventh monthly award by a Catamount all-time, and just the third by a position player. Bowman is the 16th different Catamount all-time to claim Player of the Year accolades

- Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations

2017 SoCon Baseball Honors

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations                 

2017 SoCon Sports Media Association Baseball All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year – Bryson Bowman, R-Sr., OF, Western Carolina
Pitcher of the Year – JP Sears, Jr., LHP, The Citadel
Freshman of the Year – Caleb Webster, 3B, UNCG
Coach of the Year – Craig Gibson, Mercer
First team
SP JP Sears, The Citadel
SP Will Gaddis, Furman
RP Robert Broom, Mercer
C Hagen Owenby, ETSU
1B Brett Hash, Wofford
2B Nobu Suzuki, Western Carolina
SS Ryan Hagan, Mercer
3B Caleb Webster, UNCG
OF Andrew Moritz, UNCG
OF Tyler Tharp, VMI
OF Bryson Bowman, Western Carolina
DH JT Thomas, Mercer
Second team
SP Josh Winder, VMI
SP Bryan Sammons, Western Carolina
RP Wyatt Burns, Samford
C Carson Waln, Wofford
1B Brandon Elmy, Furman
2B Danny Edgeworth, Mercer
SS Brett Pope, Western Carolina
3B Taylor Garris, Samford
OF Carter Grote, Furman
OF Ben Spitznagel, UNCG
OF McClain Bradley, Wofford
DH Cody Miller, Wofford

Player of the Year – Ryan Hagan, Sr., SS, Mercer
Player of the Year – Bryson Bowman, R-Sr., OF, Western Carolina
Pitcher of the Year – JP Sears, Jr., LHP, The Citadel
Freshman of the Year – Caleb Webster, 3B, UNCG
Coach of the Year – Craig Gibson, Mercer
First team
SP JP Sears, The Citadel
SP Will Gaddis, Furman
RP Robert Broom, Mercer
C Hagen Owenby, ETSU
1B Brett Hash, Wofford
2B Danny Edgeworth, Mercer
2B Nobu Suzuki, Western Carolina
SS Ryan Hagan, Mercer
3B Caleb Webster, UNCG
OF Andrew Moritz, UNCG
OF Tyler Tharp, VMI
OF Bryson Bowman, Western Carolina
DH JT Thomas, Mercer
Second team
SP Josh Winder, VMI
SP Bryan Sammons, Western Carolina
RP Wyatt Burns, Samford
C Carson Waln, Wofford
1B Brandon Elmy, Furman
2B Troy Dixon, Samford
SS Brett Pope, Western Carolina
3B Jonathan Sabo, The Citadel
OF Carter Grote, Furman
OF Ben Spitznagel, UNCG
OF McClain Bradley, Wofford
DH Cesar Trejo, UNCG
All-freshman team
Will Abbott, The Citadel
Bryce Leasure, The Citadel
Cullen Smith, ETSU
Dillon Love, Furman
Alex Crotty, Mercer
Caleb Webster, UNCG
Branden Fryman, Samford
Taylor Garris, Samford
Anthony Mulrine, Samford
Ayrton Schafer, Samford
Andrew Robinson, Western Carolina
Matt Ellmyer, Wofford
Brett Rodriguez, Wofford

Saturday, May 20, 2017

WCU Football Camp

A look at Friday's SoCon baseball results & tournament seeds

Western Carolina's victory over Mercer on Friday, coupled with UNCG's 7-1 road loss at Samford locks the Catamounts into a second-place finish in the SoCon and a number two seed at next week's Southern Conference Baseball Championship, for the second-straight year.

Friday's SoCon game results.....
Western 3 - Mercer 2
UNCG 1 - Samford 7
Wofford 7 - The Citadel 4
ETSU 14 - VMI 12

Current standings
Mercer      17 - 6
WCU         15 - 8
Furman    14 - 10
UNCG       13 - 10
Wofford     12 - 11
Samford   11 - 12
ETSU         8 - 15
VMI           7 - 16
Citadel       7 - 16

the seedings after Friday's games.....
Day 1 // Tuesday, May 23 @ Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
Game 1 - No. 8 seed (VMI) vs. No. 9 seed (The Citadel) 10 a.m. 

Day 2 // Wednesday, May 24 @ Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
Game 2 - No. 4 seed (UNCG) vs. No. 5 seed (Wofford) 9 a.m.
Game 3 - No. 1 seed (Mercer*) vs. Game 1 winner (VMI-Citadel) 12:30 p.m. 
Game 4 - No. 2 seed (Western Carolina**) vs. No. 7 seed (ETSU) 4 p.m. 
Game 5 - No. 3 seed (Furman) vs. No. 6 seed (Samford) 7:30 p.m.

*Mercer locked down #1 seed
**Western Carolina locked down #2 seed

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SoCon Track & Field Honors

Dakota Lamont has been named the 2017 Co-Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer

Devaniel Dale has been named the 2017 Men's Track Freshman of the Year

Cale McDaniel has been named the 2017 Men's Track Coach of the Year!

Dasha Arnaut has been named the 2017 Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer

Jazmine Gooden has been named the 2017 Women's Track Freshman of the Year

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Reuben Wright added to Catamount football staff

Head football coach Mark Speir has added Reuben Wright to his coaching staff as the running backs coach.

Wright, who played collegiately at Catawba College in the early 1990s, replaces former assistant coach Jason Nichols who took a similar position at his alma mater, East Carolina, in late February.

Wright officially started in Cullowhee on May 8, and inherits a wealth of talent including three-time 2016 postseason All-America selection, Detrez Newsome.

“Reuben is a tremendous football coach with a ton of coaching experience,” said Speir. “He has spent a lot of time coaching on the defensive side of the football which I feel will prove highly beneficial as we scheme offensively in having his perspective in the offensive meeting room. We are thrilled to have him and his family join our Catamount family.”


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Seniors honored....

Congratulations to all our baseball seniors who are playing the final weekend home series of their career.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Final home conference series

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations               

Track & Field Honors

Three Catamount track & field student-athletes were named Southern Conference Athletes of the Week on Wednesday.

Juniors Keion Crossen and Mateius Brown swept the men’s awards while senior Hailey Cook took home the women’s field athlete of the week honor.

Crossen ran the 100m in 10.38 seconds – a new SoCon-leading time – at the WCU Invitational, Brown won the shot put title at the WCU Invitational, & Cook competed in the shot put, hammer throw and discus throw at the WCU Invitational. She registered a conference-leading throw 15.31m (50-02.75) in the shot put to place second overall, her best mark in the shot put of 15.31m ranks 38th in the East Regional outdoor qualifying list. In the hammer throw, Cook threw for 52.00m, also the top mark in the SoCon this season, to earn a fifth-place finish in the event. In the discus, Cook placed second overall with a best-throw of 43.85m (143-10). With that mark, Cook is currently No. 2 in the event among SoCon competitors.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations                  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Smith Named SoCon Baseball Player of the Week

Western Carolina outfielder/first baseman Matt Smith has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for all baseball games from April 17 through 23.

Smith hit .571, slugged 1.143 and had an on-base percentage of .700 as the Catamounts swept VMI after a midweek loss at Gardner-Webb. Smith hit two home runs and two doubles, walked three times, was hit by three pitches, scored five runs and drove in nine. He struck out just once in 20 plate appearances on the week.

Against the Runnin’ Bulldogs on Wednesday, Smith was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored as WCU fell 7-5. The center fielder was on base three times, also drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch, and he stole his 10th base of the season.

In the series against VMI, the outfielder returned to first base, where he was an All-SoCon performer and tournament MVP a season ago. He responded by going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Friday’s opener and followed that up with three hits, two of which were homers, and a career-high seven RBIs in game two, which started Friday and finished Saturday after being suspended due to inclement weather. Smith reached base five times in the game, all in the first six innings of the 19-3 win.

In Saturday’s finale, he reached on a single and was hit by a pitch, scoring a run as Western Carolina picked up a 10-5 win that made coach Bobby Moranda the winningest coach in school history. Smith pushed his current streak of reaching base safely to 20 games and his current hitting streak to seven. (Courtesy the Southern Conference)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peretin Named SoCon Field Athlete of the Week

For the second time this season senior Scott Peretin has been named the Southern Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. The Chapel Hill native took home a pair of event victories and a second place finish at the 2017 Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic this past weekend.

Strickland and McCall named All-SoCon

 Jordan Strickland and Lauren McCall were named Second Team All-Southern Conference at No. 2 doubles the conference office announced Wednesday (April 19) morning. The pair is the first WCU doubles team to earn all-conference since the SoCon began giving out the award in 1993.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This weekend in Cullowhee

Pic Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations                           

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cook selected women’s outdoor field athlete of the week!

Hailey Cook selected as the Southern Conference women’s outdoor field athlete of the week! 

Courtesy the Southern Conference                              

Peretin selected field athlete of the week

Scott Peretin selected the Southern Conference men's outdoor field athlete of the week!

Courtesy the Southern Conference                                  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gold Star Spouses Day

Behind every one of these pins is a spouse or family member whose loved one made the ultimate sacrifice. Honor them.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bowman has been named SoCon Baseball Player of the Week.

Bryson Bowman named the SoCon Player of the Week

Courtesy SoCon              

Armstrong named SoCon Softball Player of the Week

Sophomore catcher Madison Armstrong has been named SoCon Softball Player of the Week.

Courtesy SoCon                      

Cats sweep The Citadel

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations   

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mid-Week Baseball: UNCA @ McCormick Field


Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick Field, Asheville, N.C.
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Streaming VideoBig South Sport Network
Series: WCU leads the all-time series over Asheville, 49-26. The Bulldogs have won three-straight and seven of the last 10 dating back to 2011.

The Bulldogs come into the WCU game after a Tuesday contest at UNCG. 

UNCA won their last weekend series against Presbyterian, winning 2 of three games. The Bdogs are 10-12 overall (before Tuesday's game), 5-5 at home, 4-6 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites (Wednesday's game is considered a neutral site).

So far this season against SoCon teams, Asheville dropped 2 of 3 against Samford and beat Wofford 7-6. 


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The 2017 Spring Game

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations                       

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Catamount Football: Live Q&A on Facebook

Coach Speir will host a live facebook Q&A session on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

"Head football coach Mark Speir will take part in a special Facebook Live question and answer session following Tuesday's (March 14) practice session beginning at 7:00 pm through the official Catamount Athletics Facebook page ( Fans are encouraged to submit questions in advance through the social media site while also having the ability to ask questions live during the online stream."

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations                

Sammons Named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week

Picture Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations
Western Carolina left-hander Bryan Sammons has been named the Southern Conference pitcher of the Week.

Sammons went 1-0 with a save and a 1.08 ERA last week against a pair of Power 5 opponents, throwing a combined 8 1/3 innings.

The senior southpaw tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief against the 20th-ranked Wolfpack on March 6, striking out two en route to earning his third career save and first since his freshman campaign.

Sammons also tossed seven innings to down Nebraska on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight, in the Cats’ series-opening win.

Bryan currently is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon with 22 career victories. He is now 3-0 on the season and tied for eighth in WCU record books in career wins.

The award is Sammons’ second. He also earned a SoCon weekly honor last season.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Buchanan named SoCon Pitcher of the Week.

Courtney Buchanan achieved an ERA of 0.58 in 12 innings pitched last week against USC Upstate, North Florida, Mount Saint Mary’s and La Salle, surrendering just one earned run on the week. The Nebo, North Carolina, native struck out 12 batters, six of which came in the Catamounts’ 8-3 defeat over Mount Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Buchanan managed to post her first win of the season at North Florida on Friday after the Ospreys scored only two runs, neither of which was earned, in WCU’s 4-2 win in Jacksonville, Florida. The senior currently leads the SoCon in ERA (1.78) and is second in the conference in opposing batting average (.206).

Courtesy SoCon Media Relations                          

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Keith LeClair Classic

Catamount Games this weekend at the Clark-LeClair Stadium

Friday, March 3 – No. 9/18 East Carolina (Keith LeClair Classic) – Greenville, N.C. – 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 4 – vs. Appalachian State (Keith LeClair Classic) – Greenville, N.C. – Noon
Sunday, March 5 – vs. No. 15 St. John’s (Keith LeClair Classic) – Greenville, N.C. – 11:00 am

14th Keith LeClair Classic 
DatesMar. 3-5, 2017
Times4:30 p.m. \\\ Noon \\\11:00 a.m.
LocationGreenville, N.C.(Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium)
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