Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

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JMU Women's Basketball Breezes Past Western Carolina 82-47

HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 30, 2010 - Senior guard Dawn Evans (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) scored 15 points to lead five Dukes in double figures as James Madison (7-5) crushed Western Carolina (3-9) 82-47 in women's basketball Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes took a 5-4 lead on a layup from senior center Lauren Jimenez (North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen) 4:58 into the game and never looked back. The basket started a 28-10 run as JMU took a 31-14 lead into halftime after holding the Catamounts to 3-for-24 (12.5%) shooting.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Who runs WWCU?

Proposed new name for WWCU 90.5 FM.

CULLOWHEE –– A group of prominent Western Carolina University radio alumni are pushing the university’s leadership to put its radio station WWCU Power 90.5 back in student hands.

Led by Mike Jackson, owner of Creative Audio Productions in Charlotte, the alumni professionals are petitioning the school’s administrators to turn the station back over to a student general manager and move from Classic Rock to a Top 40 setup to better reflect student music tastes. The university, at least so far, is having none of it, so the alumni have responded with a Facebook campaign that includes a radio demo, official correspondence from administrators, and lots of impassioned pleas.


WCU alumni want radio station in student hands

Will WCU ever understand the importance of “local community”?

"We didn’t have that small town thing in Cullowhee, where I grew up," wrote Bill Graham, cofounder of the TuckaseegeeReader in an opinion column today that takes Western Carolina University to task for its corporate-centric policies. 

Old Cullowhee is downtrodden now, dealt successive blows by changes to roadway patterns, economic instability and the corporatization of college life up the hill.

With those injuries came insult: when WCU decided it should ride to the economic rescue of a village in distress it saddled up and galloped 15 minutes north, to Dillsboro.

Will WCU ever understand the importance of “local community”? | Blogwire | Mountain Xpress

WBB - James Madison Dukes

When:  Thursday, December 30th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Where:  JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, VA

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Post-rehearsal Alma Mater

Catamount Club Sets Goals for 2010-2011

The Catamount Club is ready to take our support to another level of scholarship aid for WCU student-athletes. In collaboration with the Catamount Club Board of Directors, we have established the following Goals for the 2010-2011 Membership year:

Western Carolina Official Athletic Site :: Catamount Club

Band arrives at Sheraton Fairplex for rehearsal – WCU Rose Parade

The final flights arrived Wednesday, Dec. 29, and students went early to rehearsal at the Sheraton Fairplex, an indoor rehearsal venue booked after rainy conditions prevailed in Anaheim on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Band arrives at Sheraton Fairplex for rehearsal – WCU Rose Parade

Before They Were WCU Coaches: Bobby Moranda

Editor's Note: The following is the first of a series of articles where Western Carolinian writers profile the lives and careers of coaches before they arrived at WCU.)

When I met with Coach Bobby Moranda, he was in the process of picking out new baseball cleats for his players.

  Before They Were WCU Coaches: Bobby Moranda - Western Carolinian - Features

UNC Asheville men rally past Catamounts

ASHEVILLE — Down the stretch of a mountain rivalry Tuesday night, the veteran team on a long home winning streak made more plays than a young squad on its way to a sixth straight road loss.  The result was UNC Asheville’s 85-79 overtime win against Western Carolina at sold-out Justice Center.

The Bulldogs (6-6) overcame a late deficit in regulation and took advantage of WCU’s foul miscues to claim their 13th straight victory at home over the past two seasons.

The Catamounts (4-10) shot 62 percent from the floor in the second half but couldn’t close out the game at the foul line to drop to 0-6 in December, all away from home.

UNC Asheville men rally past Catamounts | | Asheville Citizen-Times

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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CSU women defeat Western Carolina, 69-53

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Sam Martin scored 20 points tonight to lead the CSU women’s basketball team to a 69-53 victory over Western Carolina.  The Rams (7-4), playing for the first time in eight days, led 34-33 at halftime. The Catamounts (3-8) scored the first five points of the second half to go ahead 38-34, but the Rams responded with an 11-3 run to take a 45-41 lead. Amber Makeever’s 3-point basket ended the run.

CSU women defeat Western Carolina, 69-53 | | The Coloradoan

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NCCU, Western Carolina marching bands prepare for Rose Parade

SYLVA, N.C. — Marching bands from two of North Carolina's public universities are hitting the road to perform in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

Hundreds of members of the Western Carolina University and North Carolina Central University marching bands were scheduled to leave Tuesday. The bands are among 22 from as far away as Japan to march in the annual, nationally telecast parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday.

"I can't wait to see the faces on these kids when they turn down Colorado Boulevard" in Pasadena, Western Carolina athletic bands director Bob Buckner told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The band from the university high in the Appalachian Mountains sought a Rose Parade invitation after winning the John Philip Sousa Foundation's 2009 Sudler Trophy, given yearly to the country's top college band.

NCCU, Western Carolina marching bands prepare for Rose Parade ::

Monday, December 27, 2010

WCU's Wagner looking to future, not past

Western Carolina football coach Dennis Wagner just completed his third season with the Catamounts, compiling a 2-9 overall record and a 1-7 record in the Southern Conference.

Wagner is 7-27 overall and 3-21 in the Southern Conference. He took time last week to answer questions about the state of his program.

Following are excerpts from the interview.

WCU's Wagner looking to future, not past | | Asheville Citizen-Times

Catamounts Visit Mountain UNC Asheville on Tuesday

Tip-off from the Justice Center is set for 7:00 pm on WMYA-TV, My40

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina returns to action on the men's basketball hardwood on Tuesday night, making the 55-mile trek across snow-covered hills to face mountain-rival, UNC Asheville, at 7:00 pm at UNCA's Justice Center. The game will be locally televised on WMYA-TV, My40 out of Asheville with a 6:30 pm air time.

Coverage on the Catamount Sports Network also begins at 6:30 pm with the Carolina Ford Dealers' Pre-game show and can be heard locally on 680 AM WRGC in Sylva and 920 AM WPTL in Canton, as well as online at


Catamounts Visit Mountain Rival UNC Asheville on Tuesday - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Women's Basketball Hosts Colorado State Tuesday

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (3-7) returns home Tuesday to host a non-conference match-up with Colorado State (6-4) at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. 

Western Carolina is still looking for a home win for the 2010-11 season ... All three Catamount wins have come on the road ... WCU had an 0-5 record at home this season ... Western Carolina's last home win came with a 51-49 overtime win over Southern Conference rival Chattanooga on February 22, 2010.

Women's Basketball Hosts Colorado State Tuesday - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Thursday, December 23, 2010

MBB: UNC-A Bulldogs

When:  Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 7 pm (ET)

Where:   Justice Center  (1,100),  Asheville, NC


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WBB - Colorado State Rams

When:  Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Where:  Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC

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Jawan Simmons set to play at Western Carolina

Jawan Simmons, who wowed many around CNY with his prowess as a quarterback in his career at Nottingham is taking his talents to Western Carolina.

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Simmons says he chose Western Carolina over MTSU because they showed him the most "love" throughout the recruiting process, and they tell him he will play quarterback and will have a chance to start for four years. Middle Tennessee State is a FBS school and Western Carolina is FCS, that doesn't matter to Jawan, who has completed a long journey getting eligible and getting the respect he deserves earning a division one scholarship. Simmons couldn't contain his excitement, and his hard work has paid off, getting to enjoy the moment in front of his family and friends at Nottingham.

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Head Football Coach Dennis Wagner: Letter to Catamount Club Members

Dear Catamount Club Members,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during the 2010 season.  Our home crowds and the Purple Zone pre-game festivities created a great game atmosphere for our recruits, players, and fans.  Your support on the road this season was tremendous and at times better than the home team’s crowd. 

The 2010 season was disappointing to our staff and players.  Our expectations were to have a winning season and be competitive in every game.  I truly believe our players played hard and never gave up on the program or themselves!   Even though our record was disappointing, we continued to build the program and build the character of our players on and off the field.  When our staff arrived, we inherited a team on academic probation.  Two years later, our team GPA is over 2.85 and we have had our best Academic Progress Rate (APR) ever in the football program’s history.

Western Carolina Football will stay the course and continue to implement our plan.  Building this program into a winner will continue to take hard work and commitment from our staff and players.  We must continue to challenge ourselves and reach our expectations.  Having a winning season is our first goal, but maintaining and being consistent year after year is critical.  When this is accomplished, getting the SoCon championships will come.

As was announced following the 2010 season, I will be serving as the Offensive Coordinator as well as the Head Coach next season.  I’m excited about this decision and can’t wait to get started.  We will be more productive on offense next season.  Offensive points through touchdowns and field goals must improve.  Scoring in the red zone will be stressed.  Reduced turnovers will be critical to our success and keep our defense off the field and out of bad field position.  I have made a few staff changes and will continue to reorganize these duties.  We must be efficient with our preparation and challenge our players to execute the details of their assignments.  The lack of success in 2010 will not deter us, but rather motivate us to success in 2011!

It is very important for us to continue to build depth and experience through recruiting.  The past two classes have been in the top five recruiting classes in FCS football.  In this 2011 recruiting class we will upgrade our talent by adding six to eight transfer students who will compete immediately with our returning players.  We will continue to recruit high school players, probably eight to ten from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  The immediate help in this class must come from three to four junior college offensive linemen and two to three junior college defensive linemen. 

We will be conducting spring football from March 15th through April 15th.  Meetings will be from 3:30-5:00pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and practice on the field from 5:15 to 7:15pm on the same days.  Because of surgeries and lack of depth in the defensive and offensive line, we will not be having a spring game.  We will use our time to work on fundamentals and techniques.  Limited scrimmages will be held on Fridays during spring practice.

With 75 returning players and 45 lettermen in that group, we have a great nucleus to build this team around in 2011.  We must protect our home turf.  Our players and staff must understand and believe this.  Our schedule next season is set up for success with six home games and five away games.  I expect this team to be much more mature and handle the pressure of playing on the road.  There is no doubt that the SoCon is the most competitive conference in FCS, but we are excited about the challenge. 

One game at a time we will build a program that all Catamounts can be proud of.  Again, thank you for all of your support and I look forward to seeing you in the stands at E. J. Whitmire Stadium next fall. 

Go Catamounts!


Coach Wagner

Western Carolina University

Head Football Coach

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WCU Rose Parade

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Huskie Staff Additions Begin with Brad Ohrt

DeKALB, Ill. - Brad Ohrt, who has served as head strength and conditioning coach at four institutions during a 15-year coaching career, will take over the same role at Northern Illinois, new head football coach Dave Doeren announced Monday.

Ohrt comes to NIU after three seasons at Western Carolina in his second stint at the school. He spent the 2007 football season on the strength staff of the Miami Dolphins and previously served as head strength coach at Western Kentucky (2005-07) and Louisiana-Lafayette (2002-05).

Huskie Staff Additions Begin with Brad Ohrt - Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

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Shooting The Breeze: Goode

If it seems like Western Carolina men haven’t played many basketball games at home this season, that’s because they haven’t. 

By New Year’s Day last season, WCU had played six games in the Ramsey Center.

This winter, they’ll have played just two.

Shooting The Breeze: Goode | | Asheville Citizen-Times

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Western Carolina Falls to Appalachian State 65-50

BOONE, N.C. Western Carolina women's basketball (3-7, 1-2 SoCon) dropped a road contest to Southern Conference rival Appalachian State (7-3, 2-1 SoCon) 65-50 Monday at the Holmes Center.

The loss halts a two-game winning streak for Western Carolina and pushes Appalachian State's home winning streak to 12. The Catamounts were led by Emily Clarke who had 13 points in the contest. With three made three pointers, Clarke moves into third place, with 127, for made three pointers in the Catamount record books.

Western Carolina Falls to Appalachian State 65-50 - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

24 on SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference team

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference today announced its Academic All-Conference team for the 2010 fall season. A total of 345 student-athletes, representing all 12 Southern Conference institutions, were named to the team.

All toll, Western Carolina placed 24 student-athletes on the Fall Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team. Women's soccer placed the most on the team with seven.

SoCon Fall All-Conference team

Williams Named a Bob Cousy Award Candidate


Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina senior guard Mike Williams was today listed among a national list of 66 candidates for the 2011 Bob Cousey Award announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball's top point guard.

Williams currently leads the team - and ranks fourth in the SoCon - with a 15.3 point per game average, having scored in double figures in 11 of the first 13 games on the season. His average of 3.9 assists per game ranks fifth while his 2.3 steals per game rank third amongst the conference leaders entering the Christmas break.

Williams Named Bob Cousy Award Candidate

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Women's Basketball Tangles With Western Carolina Monday

BOONE, N.C.- After suffering a tough one-point loss at the hands of Southern Conference foe Furman Saturday afternoon, Appalachian State University women's basketball looks to rebound, as the Mountaineers host Western Carolina Monday, December 20. The contest between the two teams is set to tip off at 7 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

Women's Basketball Tangles With Western Carolina Monday - Appalachian State Mountaineers | Official Athletics Site

Western Carolina at UNC-A to be Televised on WMYA-TV

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's final game of 2010 - a road trip to mountain-rival UNC Asheville - will be televised locally, live on WMYA-TV, My 40 out of Asheville on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Tip-off from UNCA's on-campus Justice Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The pregame show will begin immediately following the local news on WLOS-TV at 6:30 pm on its sister station, WMYA. Jack Connors will handle play-by-play duties with Scot Powell - father of former WCU women's basketball standout, Lauren Powell - as the color analyst and Tiffany Ervin as the sideline reporter.

Western Carolina at UNC Asheville to be Televised on WMYA-TV - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Wright leads Dayton past Western Carolina men

DAYTON, OHIO — Chris Wright scored 30 points to lead Dayton over Western Carolina 71-60 on Saturday night.
Wright, the Flyers' leading scorer with 12.3 per game, was 10 of 13 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line against the Catamounts (4-9). 
Dayton (8-3), which outrebounds its opponents by a plus-6.1 margin, won the battle of the boards 41-30 against Western Carolina. The Flyers scored 34 points in the paint and 21 off of 14 turnovers.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elon Drops 74-64 Decision to WCU

ELON, N.C. – Despite erasing a 10-point deficit to take a one-point lead in the second half, the Elon University women’s basketball team dropped its Southern Conference home opener on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, as the Western Carolina Catamounts handed the Phoenix a 74-64 setback inside Alumni Gym.


Elon University - Women's Basketball Drops 74-64 Decision to WCU

Catamounts Defeat Elon 74-64

ELON, N.C. Redshirt sophomore Janae' McKinney had a career-high double-double, 19 points and 12 rebounds, to help lead Western Carolina women's basketball (3-6, 1-1 SoCon) to a 74-64 win over Elon (5-4, 0-2 SoCon) Saturday in Alumni Gym.

The Catamounts have won back-to-back games and enjoy its first winning streak of the season, after defeating Georgia State, 51-37, on December 11.

McKinney Has Career-High Double-Double; Catamounts Defeat Elon 74-64 - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flyers To Battle Western Carolina Saturday

The Flyers are looking to bounce back from Saturday's tough road loss at the hands of Old Dominion. Dayton is led by senior Chris Wright averaging 12.3 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. After a slow start to his junior season, Chris Johnson has come on strong as of late. Johnson has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, including scoring a season-high 24 points against Old Dominion.


Flyers To Battle Western Carolina Saturday - Sports News Story - WHIO Dayton

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Men's Basketball Battles Dayton on Saturday Night

Men's Basketball Battles Dayton on Saturday Night

Catamounts return to Ohio for second-straight weekend

Dayton, Ohio - Coming off final exams, the Western Carolina Catamount men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday night, on the road to face the Dayton Flyers at UD Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Saturday night's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard across Western North Carolina on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 680 AM WRGC in Sylva; and 920 AM WPTL in Canton. Streaming audio is also available online at Air time is 6:30 pm.

The game will also be televised locally in Dayton on WHIO-TV.

For the Catamounts, this weekend's trip marks the second-consecutive week the squad has ventured into Ohio, coming on the heels of last Sunday's 85-60 loss at No. 2 Ohio State at historic St. John Arena. WCU is looking to snap a four-game losing skid - the longest such winless drought for the team since 2006-07.

Men's Basketball Battles Dayton on Saturday Night - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Citizen-Times helps Henry Logan find mystery fan

ASHEVILLE — The Henry Logan fan who recently gave the local basketball legend seven scrapbooks that were more than 40 years old has been identified.     In a Citizen-Times story last week, Logan — the Asheville resident who starred at Stephens-Lee High and Western Carolina — said he wanted to find and thank the fan who dropped the scrapbooks by his home over the summer.

Logan, who is planning a book that will include articles and photos from the scrapbooks, was so excited to get the materials he forgot to get the guy's name and number.

The fan is Rick Odom, a 66-year-old retiree who lives in Matthews, just outside of Charlotte. Odom was a sophomore at WCU in 1964 when Logan came to school as a freshman, and soon thereafter began keeping the scrapbooks.


Citizen-Times helps Henry Logan find mystery fan | | Asheville Citizen-Times

Monday, December 13, 2010

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SMN obtains draft agreement between WCU, Forest Hills

A draft agreement between Western Carolina University and the Village of Forest Hills calls for a referendum on mixed drinks, beer and wine if the tiny incorporated community agrees to help create a new “Town Center” for its large neighbor.

The letter of intent, obtained Friday by The Smoky Mountain News, also suggests Forest Hills lose its name for that of the  “Town of Cullowhee,” and it adopt a “mutually acceptable mixed-use zoning district ordinance based on an initial draft provided by WCU.”


SMN obtains draft agreement between WCU, Forest Hills

Western Carolina Blitzed, Downed by No. 2 Ohio State, 85-60

Columbus, Ohio - Second-ranked Ohio State used an 11-0 first half run to break the game's only tie, blitzing Western Carolina in the first half to stay perfect on the season with an 85-60 win over the Catamounts at historic, on-campus St. John Arena.

The Buckeyes (8-0) put five players in double figures including 17 from freshman Jared Sullinger who tallied nine from the free throw line as OSU scored 30 points in the paint and 22 from the charity stripe. Ohio State also forced 20 Catamount turnovers, scoring 20 points off of those miscues in the win.

"We've not been a team with a lot of turnovers this year," opened WCU head coach Larry Hunter during post-game comments with the media. "I think our guys know a lot of (Ohio State's) freshmen class from AAU, and we almost gave them too much respect. We were aggressive on the boards. We have some athletic guys, we're just not big."


Western Carolina Blitzed, Downed by No. 2 Ohio State, 85-60 - Western Carolina Official Athletic Site

Sunday, December 12, 2010

No. 2 Ohio State Rolls Over Western Carolina, 85-60

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jared Sullinger scored 17 points and No. 2 Ohio State came out of the blocks fast to beat turnover-prone Western Carolina 85-60 on Sunday.   Ohio State broke free from an early tie with an 11-0 run and were never headed. They led by as many as 35 points before substituting freely.

Mike Williams led the Catamounts (4-8) with 22 points, while Trey Sumler had 12 and Brandon Boggs 11.

Perhaps the most telling stat at halftime was that the Catamounts had 14 turnovers. They had 11 turnovers in their first 18 possessions to fall into a hole from which they never recovered.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, didn't turn the ball over even once in the opening 20 minutes.

No. 2 Ohio State Rolls Over Western Carolina, 85-60 - The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site -

Buckeyes Make Return to St. John Arena Sunday

Dec. 12, 2010
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0) vs. Western Carolina (4-7)
                 St. John Arena (13,276)
Game Time:      2 p.m. ET

Ohio State, Western Carolina Series
Western Carolina is 4-6 overall with wins at DePaul, vs. Warren Wilson, at William & Mary and vs. Bradley. Losses were at Clemson, at UTEP, vs. Mercer and Gardner-Webb, at Samford and at Chattanooga. Senior guard Mike Williams, a native of Baton Rouge, La., is the team's lone player scoring in double figures (15.3 ppg.). He also leads the team with 37 assists, 22 steals, field goals made (58) and fouls shots made (31) and attempted (41). Ohio State and Western Carolina have never met previously in men's basketball.  The Buckeyes are 9-4 overall vs. teams representing the Southern Conference.


Buckeyes Make Return to St. John Arena Sunday - The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site -

Ice Cold Panthers Fall to Catamounts, 51-37

ATLANTA - Shooting just 21% for the game, Georgia State lost to Western Carolina, 51-37, on Saturday evening at the GSU Sports Arena.   Playing without their injured leading scorer and rebounder, GSU still outshot visiting WCU, 57-41, but could make just 12 of those 57 shots. The Panthers shot 21.2% in the first half and then it actually got a little worse in the second half, making just 20.8% (5-of-24). Six-foot-two junior Chan Harris, who averages 14 points and 10.7 rebounds, while leading the conference in blocked shots, sat out with a foot injury.

Western Carolina knocked down 45% of its shots in the first half to open a 27-16 lead, and even though the Catamounts went almost the first six minutes of the second half without scoring, still kept a double-digit lead the whole second half.


Ice Cold Panthers Fall, 51-37 - Georgia State Athletics

Campbell men knock off WCU | | Asheville Citizen-Times

BUIES CREEK — Marvelle Harris had 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead Campbell to a 73-50 win over Western Carolina on Friday night.   Martell Jackson added 15 points and Lorne Merthie had 12 for the Camels (5-3), who have won three in a row and five of the last six.  Campbell took a 35-30 lead into halftime, then widened the gap to 42-30 while holding the Catamounts (4-7) scoreless the first 2:40 of the second half.   Western Carolina got to 46-43, but Campbell used a 10-2 run to regain the momentum.

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Camels back in action Friday night at home vs. Western Carolina

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Looking for its fifth win in six outings, Campbell hosts Southern Conference member Western Carolina Friday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at the Pope Center/Gore Arena.

Schools with two of the most unique nicknames square off Friday night.  Western Carolina and Vermont are the lone Division I members nicknamed "Catamounts."  Campbell is the sole D I school with the Camel as its mascot.

Last year, the Catamounts claimed a 66-59 victory at Cullowhee behind Mike Williams' 16-point effort.  Two days later, Western won at Louisville (91-83).

Friday's contest marks the 25th between the schools in men's basketball since the 1962-63 season.  However, the teams have met only once since the '90-91 campaign -- and never in Buies Creek.  CU's last "home" game against Western  was an 85-73 Camel win on Jan. 7, 1991 in Fayetteville's Cumberland County Civic Center.   Campbell "hosted" the Catamounts seven times in Fayetteville (winning three) and once in the old Raleigh Civic Center (an 87-60 setback Feb. 1, 1982).

Campbell vs. WCU

Charlotte Overpowers Western Carolina, 66-51

CULLOWHEE, NC - Behind a dominating advantage on points in the paint and three double-figure scorers, the Charlotte 49ers (7-2) overpowered the Western Carolina Catamounts (1-6), 66-51, on the road for their fourth straight double-figure win.    "I was proud that we were able to get a win," Charlotte coach Karen Aston said. "I thought we would be lethargic tonight after how sluggish we looked in shoot around earlier today. However, it is good to win by 15 points without playing your best."

Charlotte Overpowers WCU, 66-51

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Expect Congestion As Thousands Hit Ohio State Campus Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio Representatives from the Ohio State University say expect heavy traffic Sunday as thousands attend two big events.  Autumn quarter commencement and a men’s basketball game start at the exact same time Sunday.

The Basketball Buckeyes play Western Carolina at St. John Arena at 2 p.m. while graduates receive their degrees at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.  

Ohio State representatives said they expect around 30,000 people on campus at that time, which means highways, campus streets and parking facilities will be crowded.

Expect Congestion

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

49ers Face Western Carolina On The Road

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte 49ers women's basketball team (6-2) puts their three-game winning streak on the line when they face Western Carolina (1-5) on the road, Wednesday, December 8 at 7 pm. For the twelfth time in school history, the 49ers have started the season with at least six wins in their first eight games.

Charlotte leads the all-time series against Western Carolina, 21-7. The 49ers have won nine straight in the series which dates back to the 1977-78 season. Charlotte defeated Western Carolina, 64-62, in their last meeting which came in Halton Arena, December 8, 2009. Former 49ers standout Ashley Spriggs led the 49ers with 18 points. Holmes scored 14 points for the 49ers. Charlotte is 72-32 all-time against teams currently in the Southern Conference. Charlotte has played Appalachian State, Western Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Elon, College of Charleston, Furman, Davidson and Georgia Southern in their program's history.

49ers Face Western Carolina On The Road, Wednesday - Charlotte 49ers

Camels back in action Friday night at home vs. Western Carolina

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Looking for its fifth win in six outings, Campbell hosts Southern Conference member Western Carolina Friday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at the Pope Center/Gore Arena.

Friday's contest marks the 25th between the schools in men's basketball since the 1962-63 season.  However, the teams have met only once since the '90-91 campaign -- and never in Buies Creek.  CU's last "home" game against Western  was an 85-73 Camel win on Jan. 7, 1991 in Fayetteville's Cumberland County Civic Center.   Campbell "hosted" the Catamounts seven times in Fayetteville (winning three) and once in the old Raleigh Civic Center (an 87-60 setback Feb. 1, 1982).

Camels back in action Friday night vs. Western Carolina

Women's Basketball: Charlotte 49ers

Women's Basketball Hosts Charlotte Wednesday

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (1-5) completes its three game home stand hosting Charlotte (6-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.

The Catamounts will begin a three-game road stint, with contests at Georgia State (Dec. 11), and Southern Conference foes Elon (Dec. 18) and Appalachian State (Dec. 20) before taking a break for the holidays. Western Carolina will return home on December 28 to host Colorado State at 7 p.m.


Middleton Comments on Game vs. Charlotte


Cats host Charlotte

Monday, December 6, 2010

WBB: Charlotte 49ers

On Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm the Charlotte 49er (6-2) women's basketball team travels up the mountains to the Ramsey Center to take on the Catamounts (1-5).

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Track & Field: ASU Collegiate (21 top-five finishes)

The Western Carolina track and field teams completed in the ASU Collegiate hosted by Appalachian State on Dec. 3-4 in Boone, N.C.  Between the two squads, the Catamounts had a total of 21 top-five finishes and had five individual race winners with three on the men's side and two on the women's side.  Both teams also won their respective 4x400 relay races.
ASU Collegiate

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mocs defeat WCU, lead SoCon North

“The same basketball team that lost by 41 points at Louisville, then by 12 at home to Jackson State and by 21 at Florida International is in first place.

Yes, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is in first place.

The Mocs are in that position in the Southern Conference North Division after holding off Western Carolina 67-65 on Saturday in McKenzie Arena.

They’re in that spot because they beat Appalachian State on Thursday in one of their best games of the year and battled for a victory in an ugly game against the Catamounts.”

Mocs defeat WCU

Saturday, December 4, 2010

WBB: No. 15 Florida St. pulls away late to beat WCU

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Alexa Deluzio scored 12 points, and No. 15 Florida State pulled away late in a 68-48 victory against Western Carolina on Saturday. 

Western Carolina pulled to 50-46 on Hunnicutt's free throw with 9:31 left, but managed just one field goal the rest of the way. The Seminoles scored 14 straight points over the next 6:42.

Diamond Hunnicutt scored 13 points to lead Western Carolina (1-5). The Catamounts shot just 23 percent in the second half but were denied the program's second victory over a nationally ranked opponent.

Read more here

Friday, December 3, 2010

MBB: Cats travel to Chattanooga

Chattanooga Mocs

WHAT:  Western Carolina (4-5/0-1) at Chattanooga (3-5/1-0)

WHEN:  Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1:06 p.m

WHERE:  McKenzie Arena (10,928) - Chattanooga, TN

THE SERIES:  Mocs lead the series 48-17  (27-2 in Chattanooga)

TV:   SportSouth  (game is the SoCon Saturday Game of the Week on SportSouth

RADIO:  Catamount Sports Network

WBB: FSU vs. WCU Preview

No. 14 Seminoles play at Western Carolina Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The No. 14 Florida State women's basketball team will look to rebound Saturday afternoon as it plays at Western Carolina.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Seminoles (6-1) are coming off their first loss of the season in a game that saw No. 25 Michigan State score 28 points from 24 FSU turnovers in a 72-64 win on Wednesday.


FSU at WCU Preview

Men’s Basketball: Recap - Cats at Samford

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Gregg Wooten scored a career-high 14 points, Jeffrey Merritt and Josh Davis added 12 each to help Samford earn a 63-58 victory over Western Carolina on Thursday night in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.

Mike Williams scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Western Carolina (4-5), which failed to break the 60-point plateau for the first time this season.

Read more here

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Samford Game

The WCU at Samford game is listed on at 8 pm. 

A treacherous drive made worthwhile

“Traveling from Asheville to Cullowhee on Tuesday night was not easy.  Rain, sometimes so heavy it was hard to see 10 feet in front of the car, was a companion all the way to the campus of Western Carolina where the men's basketball team was playing host to Bradley.

Halfway to the Ramsey Center, I had a good mind to turn back. Five minutes into the game I wished I had.”

Western Carolina's comeback made a treacherous drive worthwhile

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mens Basketball: Samford Bulldogs

Samford University Bulldogs             
Game day:  Thursday at 8 p.m.  (E.T.)
Location:  Pete Hanna Center (5,000), Birmingham, AL
The 2010-11 season marks Samford's 3d year as a SoCon member, and the Cats hold a 5-1 advantage over the Bulldogs all time, with the Cats having won the last 3 straight games played since Samford joined the conference in 2008.  
Both teams are coming off a win,  Samford over Georgia State 70 - 61 and Western over Bradley, 66 - 65. 
Game #9 - at Samford

Softball: Cats announce 2011 schedule

Head Softball Coach Christine Hornak announced the 2011 softball schedule on Tuesday,  "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have 12 home dates for the 2011 season," Hornak said. "We are looking forward to a good mix of challenges throughout our schedule as we prepare for each of our SOCON opponents."   The Softball Cats will play in four tournaments to open the 2011 season, with 12 home dates scheduled with non-conference & conference opponents.  The first home game of the season will be a doubleheader against UNC-Wilmington on March 14 at 3 p.m.

2011 WCU Softball Schedule

Men’s Basketball: Two Big Wins

Wins over CAA and Missouri Valley Conference opponents highlight this past week’s Catamount Basketball. 

The Cats big win over William & Mary snapped a two game road slide with a rout of the Tribe, 64-39 in the final game of the Williamsburg sub-regional of the Legends Classic Sunday night.   Then on Tuesday, the Catamounts returned to the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center to take on the Bradley Braves of the Missouri Valley Conference.   The Cats rallied to over take a double digit in the final minutes, then held on  to win by a score of 66-65. 

The Catamounts have won eight-straight home games over nonconference opponents at home in the Ramsey Center and has won 12 of the last 14 overall.  The Cats have now won 29 of its last 33 home games and over the past three seasons, they are 27-4 in the Ramsey Center. 

Women’s Basketball: Florida State comes to Cullowhee

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Men's Basketball: Bradley Braves

Missouri Valley’s Bradley University travel to Cullowhee on Tuesday for a 6 pm clash with the Catamounts.   This will be the final home game of 2010 for the Cats.  The Braves  are 4-2,  and are coming into this game with 2 straight losses, after wins over Southern Cal and TCU in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. 

Women's Basketball: SoCon play starts Monday

The Cats (1-3)  will host the first of three home game and open conference play on Monday, 11-29-10 in Cullowhee at 7 pm when they host conference foe Samford  (3-2) in the RAC.   The women’s team will be looking for their first home win of the season,  with Samford holding a 3-2 edge over the Cats since joining the SoCon.   The Cats have not defeated Samford in Cullowhee, with both wins over the Lady Bulldogs coming at Samford or on a neutral court.

Catamount Basketball: Monday and Tuesday

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Legends Classic - Cats drop 1st game in Williamsburg

The Cats lost in the first game of the Legends Classic sub-regional round held in Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday evening to the Mercer Bears, by a final score of 71-66.  The Catamounts are now 2-3 on the season. 

Western Carolina continues play in the Legend's Classic on Saturday afternoon against Gardner-Webb, with a start time of 3:30 pm. The Bulldogs fell by one point, 56-55, Friday night to the host William & Mary. WCU trails in the all-time basketball series with the Runnin' Bulldogs, 5-6.  Saturday's game against the Bulldogs will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network starting with the pregame show at 3:00 pm.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Catamount Fans

I certainly hope each and everyone one of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  I hope the food, family and friendship was as good at your house as it was at mine.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OC relieved of coaching duties

Western Carolina announced today that Catamount head football coach Dennis Wagner has relieved third-year offensive coordinator Keith Heckendorf of his coaching duties.  It was also announced that Coach Wagner would assume the role of offensive coordinator for the 2011 season. 

Bell & Cain named to All-SoCon team


WCU senior defensive back Mitchell Bell and junior punter Blake Cain were both named to the second team All-SoCon squad, it was announced by the conference office today.

Three first-year  WCU players were named to the SoCon All-Freshman team.   Redshirt freshman defensive back Randy Pressley, who made a successful transition from quarterback to defense this season, redshirt freshman wide receiver Deja Alexander and true freshman Sidney Rhodes were all named to the first-year player honorary squad.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Legends Classic - Sub-Regional Round Play

What:  Legends Classic

Where: Williamsburg, Virginia

When: Nov. 26-28

In Sub-Regional Round play, The Tribe of William & Mary will host Gardner-Webb, Mercer, and the Western Carolina Catamounts in three days of doubleheaders beginning on Friday, November 26th.   The Catamounts will play Mercer on Friday, Gardner-Webb on Saturday, and ending with host William & Mary on Sunday. 

Warren Wilson College

The Catamounts (1-2) host the Warren Wilson Owls (3-4) in the first-ever meeting in men's basketball  between the two schools.  The Cats are coming off a road win at DePaul last Tuesday before falling at UTEP in the opening round of the Legends Classic, 77-65, on Saturday.  The Owls have dropped three games after winning their first three. The Owls lost to Milligan College, 95-65, back on Nov. 16 before dropping consecutive games in the Roanoke College Classic to Ferrum, 72-56, and to the the host Maroons, 88-63.

Tip-off on Monday night is set for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Football Season to Forget

The 2010 Catamount football season ended on the same note it started.  On the road and on the low side of a blowout.  
Back in early September, the Catamounts traveled to Raleigh, NC and returned to Cullowhee with a 7-48 loss to the Wolfpack.  On Saturday, the Cats traveled east once again, and returned with basically the same results, a 14-45 blowout.  Only this time, it was at the hands of Elon University.   The football Catamounts are finishing up the 2010 season with a pitful 2-9 record, losing to a Division II school, no home field wins, and tied with The Citadel for the worst overall record in the Southern Conference.   In case you’ve forgot, this is the 5th straight season the Catamount football team has finished with 9 or more losses. 
Is anyone being held accountable in Cullowhee?  I think we all know the answer to that question.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baseball: Western Carolina's Fall World Series

The Gold Team rallied from one game down to take the final two games over the Purple Team in the best of three series to win the WCU Fall World Series at Hennon Stadium in Wednesday night's finale.   

"Overall, I thought it was a very competitive set of World Series scrimmages," said WCU head coach Bobby Moranda. "There was a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy. I am looking for that type of activity to carry over into the spring in our quest for a Southern Conference championship."

The coaching staff selected a pair of MVP's for the fall series.  Julian Ridings was named offensive MVP while Jordan Smith was tabbed pitching MVP.  Ridings is a  Shelby, N.C., native  and hit 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles, driving in seven runs during the three-game series.   Freshman right-hander Jordan Smith is from Liberty, N.C., and  worked five innings of two-hit baseball, striking out three without a walk in securing the win which evened the best-of-three series.

The Fall Series concludes practice for this year, but first pitch for the new season is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18 against Morehead State in Cullowhee.

MBB: Cats travel to El Paso for Legends Classic


The Catamount will travel to El Paso, Texas for a game with the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday, November 20th.   Lead by 1st year head coach Tim Floyd, the 1-1 UTEP Miners enter the game with high expectations for the season based on the play of senior guard Randy Culpepper . 

Culpepper, is 6-0, 165 pound product of Sheffield High School in Memphis, TN  and ranks 4th in UTEP history with 1664 points and second with 180 steals.   He has scored 20+ points 28 times in his career and 30 or more on five  different occasions. 

For more on the game:  Catamount Sports Forum

Volleyball: Cochran on All-Freshman Team

A bright spot on an otherwise dismal volleyball season is the selection of WCU’s Morgan Cochran on the SoCon’s All-Freshman Team.  Morgan is the first WCU player to earn the honor. 

“Morgan has no limits on her talent, especially since she is one of the most athletic players that we have, if not the most,” said Concepcion, WCU’s head volleyball ball coach. “It is impressive to see the way that she adjusted to a defensive system that she has never been part of, and made it seem so easy to run.”

Congregations to Morgan. 

WBB: Cats Defeat Asheville 78-59

The women’s basketball team played their final game in UNC-A’s Justice Center defeating the Bulldogs by a score of 78-59 Wednesday night. 

Emily Clarke came off the bench to score a season high of 22 points in the game and is now just 2 points shy of the 1,000 career point mark.  Eleven of the 12 players  on the Catamount roster saw action in the game, while the Cats out rebounded the Dogs 43-34 and scored 34 points in the paint, with 24 points coming off Bulldog turnovers. 

The Catamounts will travel to Chapel Hill to play ACC foe UNC on Sunday at 3 pm. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MBB: Cats win over DePaul, 69-64

The Cats' trip up to the Allstate Arena  on Tuesday resulted in the second win over a Big South team in as many seasons.  The Cats traveled to Louisville’s Freedom Hall last season for their first ever win over a Big South team.

In Tuesday’s game, Harouna Mutombo lead the scoring for both teams with a game high of 17 points, while freshman Brandon Boggs posted his first career double-digit scoring outing.   The Cats opened the second half with an 11-to-2 run that saw the Cats build a 21 point second half lead. 

The Catamounts outrebounded the Blue Deamon’s 48-34, and forced 12 turnovers. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

MBB: Hunter signs four for 2011-12 season

Head Basketball Coach Larry Hunter announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Catamounts beginning in the 2011-12 season today.

Three high school seniors and one junior college transfer make up the early signing class.  Seniors Kenny Hall (Dallas, Tex. / South Oak Cliff HS), Rawane Ndiaye (Raleigh, N.C. / Body of Christ Academy) and James Sinclair (Savannah, Ga. / Savannah HS) and transfer Josh Mendenhall (Waycross CC / Berea HS / Greenville, S.C.) will play for the Catamounts next season. 

"We are very excited about the young men we have signed this fall," said Hunter "Our goals for this class were to add a talented guard and several versatile big men with some size.”

“This class along with the current newcomers we added this year will provide us with the talent and depth we need to continue to operate a very competitive program for the next few years.”

WBB: Cats Sign Three for the 2011-12 season

Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Middleton announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for the Catamounts in the 2011-12 season. 

The three high school seniors signing were:  Makensey Campbell (Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, Tenn.), Ali Lane (Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, NC) and Nancy Thacker (Fort Chiswell High School, Max Meadows, Va.).

"We are extremely excited to have Ali, Nancy and Makensey officially join the Catamount family today," Middleton said. "They are very special young ladies that will make a difference in our program, on campus, and in the community. As a class, they are good scorers, hard workers, team players, and exceptional students. They have high basketball IQ's and each have a passion to play the game. "

Sunday, November 14, 2010

MBB: Cats travel to DePaul Blue Demons


The Catamounts travel to the Allstate Arena (18,500) in Rosemont, Ill., to face the DePaul Blue Demons at 7:30 pm CT / 8:30 pm ET on Tuesday, Nov. 16th. 

DePaul returns 10 players including three that started at least 17 games, with Mike Stovall the top returning scorer (7.0 per game).  

DePaul was picked to finish 16th the Big East Conference.

Men’s Basketball: Cats fall to Clemson

Clemson used a strong inside performance, outscoring the Catamounts 42-to-14 in the paint to win by a score of 87-64 on Saturday in Clemson, SC.   

‘We're a very young team. We're evolving and getting better. This was a tall order for us to start with. We graduated five seniors and we're just re-tooling," said head coach Larry Hunter during his post-game comments. "I'm not really pleased, but I'm not too discouraged."

The Cats fell to 0-11 all-time against Clemson.

Cats lose Home Finale

For the first time since moving to Whitmire Stadium in 1974, the Catamounts will not win a home game during an entire football season.   With home losses to Tusculum, Chattanooga, Samford, Appy State and finally Georgia Southern (28-6), the Cats are now 0-5 at home this season. 

The 16-game losing streak to GSU is now the longest losing streak between current SoCon members, surpassing Elon’s 15-game losing streak to Appalachian State.

The Cats seem to be well on their way to another 9 game loss in a season.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Game of Inches

Men's Basketball Travels to Clemson to Open Season

Western Carolina travels to Littlejohn Coliseum on the campus of Clemson on Friday night to open the 2010-11 season against the Tigers.

Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.

The Cats are 37-27 in season openers, including a 18-15 mark since joining the Southern Conference in the 1977-78 season. but are just 3-12 away from Cullowhee in season openers, including a 2-2 mark on a neutral court.

“Under Hunter, Western is 4-1 in season openers with two wins over Bowling Green in 2005-06 and `07-08, and also a victory over mountain-rival, UNC Asheville, in 2006-07 in the Justice Center.  Last year, WCU won at home over St. Catharine College, 65-41. The lone loss was at No. 2 Connecticut at the start of the 2008-09 season.”

The Dennis Wagner Show


Watch the Dennis Wagner Show

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Western Carolina Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Opens Season Friday Against Richmond

WCU women’s basketball will open the 2010-11 season in the Ramsey Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. against the University of Richmond.   The Cats opened last season with the Spiders, with a 42-65 loss in Richmond.  This is the second ever meeting with the Spiders.

The Cats 29 game schedule includes 15 home games and 14 games on the road, with the first 7 games being played inside the state of North Carolina. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Catamount Basketball Coaches Luncheon

2010-2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Season Outlooks
Time:Thursday, November 11 · 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: O’Malley’s in Sylva

Coach Hunter and Coach Middleton will be talking about their teams/schedule and show highlight clips and video
Admission is free, O’Malley’s menu available for lunch
Time Frame: 11:45-1pm

Hall of Fame Day


Friday, November 5, 2010

The Purple Zones Travels to Furman: Saturday, Nov. 6th

The Catamount Club will be coordinating an Away Game Tailgate at Furman University for Saturday’s Football game.  We are very grateful for the generosity of Kenny Messer and Melanie Clark as well as Bill and Malissa Hawkins for hosting this week’s Tailgate Party. All Catamount Club Members are invited and we look forward to seeing everyone after the week off.

Away Tailgate Party Details

Tailgate Location: Grassy Area by the CHAPEL PARKING LOT adjacent to the Visiting Team Stands.

Tailgate Start time: 10:30 a.m.

Football Game Start time: 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tale of the Tape

In the upcoming WCU @ Furman football game, I thought it would be interesting to look at the stats of how both Western and Furman did against a common opponent – ASU.   Since the Mountaineers were the last opponent for both teams, seeing how they compared against ASU, might give us some insight how Saturday’s game will play out.

Against ASU……

First downs:  FU 14 – WCU 22

 Net Yards Rushing: FU 137 – WCU 88

Net Yards Passing: FU 129 - WCU 261

Total Offense : FU 266 - WCU 349

Fumbles: Number-Lost:  FU 3-1 , WCU  3-3

Possession Time: FU 24:01 -  WCU 33:48

3d Down Conv: FU 2 of 13  - WCU  4 of 13

4th Down Conv:  FU 1 of 1 – WCU 2 of 6

Obviously, in many areas, the Catamounts put up better numbers against ASU, only meaning that we should be able to compete against Furman.  If the Catamounts can control their turnovers (fumbles and interceptions), they just may come home with their second Southern Conference win.  

Monday, November 1, 2010

Furman gets a taste of SoCon official’s love of ASU, too

In last week’s Furman/ASU game, heading into the 4th quarter, with Furman down only 8 points,  the Mountaineers fumbled on the Paladin 4 yard line.  The ball bounced into the end zone and as Furman’s Max Lerner dove for the ball, he was hit from behind by Cadet.  The ball hit off Lerner's hand and went out the back of the end zone for an apparent touchback.

However, the linesman flagged Furman for “illegal touching”  -  ruling that Lerner had intentionally knocked the ball out of the end zone. ASU was awarded the ball and first-and-goal at the Paladin 1 yard line. Cadet followed up the by scoring on the next play to give the Mountaineers a 35-20 lead with 9:27 left in the game. 

Saturday’s Game Information

Opponent: Furman
Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Online Audio: Audio
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Location: Greenville, S.C.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Golf: Catamounts to Host Hummingbird Intercollegiate

The Catamount men's golf team ends the fall part of the 2010-11 golf schedule today (Sunday) through Tuesday (Oct. 31 through Nov. 2), as they host the Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

The 18-team field matches the largest in tournament history (which was established a season ago). Fourteen of the 18 teams in this year's event are returnees from last year's year. Three teams are ranked in the GolfStat top 100 and eight are ranked among the top 150 in the rankings. Kennesaw State is the highest ranked team at 62nd with Vanderbilt 73rd and Akron 97th this week.

The field includes Southern Conference members Appalachian State, Elon, Furman, Samford and Wofford, and the Catamounts. Other participating are Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW), Jacksonville, Kentucky, UAB, Radford, Kennesaw State, Vanderbilt, Akron, and Winthrop.

The schedule:
Sunday, Oct. 31
Practice Round by assigned tee times

Monday, Nov. 1
8:00 am - Range Opens
9:00 am - 1st round tee times (subject to frost delay)

Tuesday, Nov. 2
8:00 am - Range Opens
9:00 am - 2nd round tee times (subject to frost delay)

The Dennis Wagner Show (10-31-10)

The Dennis Wagner Show (10-31-10)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Western Carolina 2011 Baseball Schedule

Catamount Baseball Coach Moranda released today a 56-game 2011 regular season schedule which includes 29 home dates at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium, and 24 road games.  The Cats will open the season at home on Feburary 18th, and conclude the season in the SoCon Baseball Tournament in Charleston, S.C. on May 25-29.

The Cats will host a six-game, four-team tournament in Forest City, N.C., at McNair Field on March 4th - 6th. The tournament field will be made up of the Catamounts, the Akron Zips, Ohio State Buckeyes and Army Black Knights, for three-days of double-header baseball.

2011 WCU Catamount Baseball Schedule

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Basketball Season - 17 days away

While everyone still has football fever, it's hard to believe there is only 17 days remaining until the Catamounts take to the basketball court against ACC foe, Clemson.

The Catamounts finished last season with a very respectable 22-12 (11-7 SoCon) record, good enough to finish in second place in the North Division. At home, the Cats won 27 of their last 31 games in the Ramsey Center, which includes a 15-game win streak. The Cats did graduate 5 seniors, but return a good nucleus, and hopefully will pick up where they left off.

Likely picks for starters this season are:
Guard: Keaton Cole, Mike Williams, & Harouna Mutombo.
Forward: Richie Gordon and Anthony Phillip.

The Newcomers: Preston Ross, Brandon Boggs, Tom Tankelewicz, & Dillon Dunford.

Preston Ross, is a 6-foot-4 guard from Fayetteville, N.C., and Brandon Boggs, a 6-foot-4 guard is from Greenville, S.C. Boggs scored 24 points in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game this past summer, while Ross dropped "19 in" in the North Carolina East-West All-Star game. With continued progress on the part of both, they may see early playing time.

Tom Tankelewicz, a 6-foot-5 forward, transferred in the offseason from Charleston Southern and will sit out the 2010-2011 season. Dillon Dunford is a 5-foot-11 guard who also transferred to WCU this summer (from Lenoir-Rhyne) and also sit out this season.

The Roster

No. NAME Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
0 -Tom Tankelewicz F 6-5 185 SO Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
1 -Dillon Dunford G 5-11 165 SO Cullowhee, N.C. (Smoky Mountain HS)
3 -Anthony Phillip F 6-4 210 SR Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (Boyd H. Anderson HS)
4 -Keaton Cole G 5-10 170 JR Toronto, Ontario (Eastern Commerce)
5 -Trey Sumler G 6-2 175 RS FR Rocky Mount, N.C. (Nash Central HS)
12 -Mike Williams G 6-2 175 SR Baton Rouge, La. (Genesis One Prep HS)
22 -Harouna Mutombo G 6-4 195 RS JR Pickering, Ontario (Pickering HS)
24 -Brandon Boggs G 6-4 180 FR Greenville, S.C. (J.L. Mann HS)
32 -Tawaski King F 6-8 245 FR Dublin, Ga. (Dublin HS)
33 -Ishmael Hollis F 6-8 190 FR Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowering Branch HS)
34 -Blake Gallagher F 6-8 240 SR Monroe, N.C. (Fork Union Military Academy)
40 -Preston Ross G 6-4 210 FR Fayetteville, N.C. (Seventy-First HS)
44 -Sam Smithson C 6-9 225 RS SO Horse Shoe, N.C. (West Henderson HS)
50 -Richie Gordon F 6-9 245 SR Atlanta, Ga. (Lakeside HS)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

SoCon Officials

Realizing that it's often the losing team that complains about officiating in a game, I'm going to risk any "crybaby" replies that I may receive about my complaint of the officials that worked the WCU vs. ASU game. 

I say "worked" because that is what they did, they are employees of the Southern Conference, and were paid for their efforts, and should be held accountable for their actions on the field by their employers.   These officials were not paid to ensure a Mountaineer win, which is what their on field actions guaranteed.  Had the game been called right down the middle, the final outcome may well have resulted in an ASU win anyway, but, we'll never know, as the Catamounts were not afforded a fairly called game. 

Fair and competent officiating of a contest is to be expected and deserved by every member institution of the Southern Conference.   However, these officials did make incorrect calls at critical points in the game, that killed or reversed scoring opportunities and momentum for the Catamounts.   This game could have (and should have) ended with a much more competitive score. 

Since this game was shown on SportSouth, a game review of the conduct of game officials can and should be conducted by SoCon officials for any bias shown against WCU in this game.   In the last 5 years, there has certainly been no home field advantage for the Catamounts playing in Cullowhee.

ASU 37 - WCU 14

Appalachian State rushed out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 37-14 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.   With the win, the Mountaineers retained possession of the Old Mountain Jug for the sixth-consecutive year while also capturing their 25th-straight Southern Conference victory.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Game Day in Cullowhee (10-23-10)

             Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-0)
               Western Carolina Catamounts  (2-5)
When / where:
Oct. 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. / Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium (13,472), Cullowhee, North Carolina

Last Week:
The Catamounts lost on the roat to Wofford (14-45), while the Mountaineers won at home against The Citadel (39-10)

The series:
Western Carolina and Appalachian State, will meet for the 75th time – the “Diamond Anniversary” – in their annual gridiron grudge match, this game will also mark the 35th "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug".  

The Catamounts trail in the all-time series, 18-55-1, in a series that dates back to 1932.   WCU has lost 23 of the last 25 overall meetings in the head-to-head series. 

 Head Coaches:
WCU - Dennis Wagner (Utah ‘82) Overall Record: 51-60-1 (12th season), at WCU: 7-23 (3d season)

ASU - Jerry Moore (Baylor, 1961) Overall Record: 222-124-2 (29th season), at ASU: 195-76 (22nd season)


Catamount Sport Network
WWCU, Power 90dot5 – Cullowhee
680 AM WRGC – Sylva
920 AM WPTL – Canton
1150 AM WAVO - Charlotte / Rock Hill, S.C.
1410 AM WTIX - Concord / Kannapolis
1480 AM WPFJ, The Dove – Franklin
1600 AM WTZQ – Hendersonville

ASU Sports Network
WKBC-FM 97.3
WATA-AM 1450
WFMR-AM 1230
WZGM-AM 1350
WTOE-AM 1470
WCOG-AM 1320
WLNC-AM 1300
WLON-AM 1050
WSML-AM 1200
WZTK-FM 101.1
WCMC-FM 99.9

Online:  Stretch Internet

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beat Appy

               This year's Beat Appy tee-shirt

Rally in the Ramsey

"The WCU Athletics Department will host "Rally in the Ramsey" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday,  10-21-10) a tip-off event for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Hunter and Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Middleton will preview their respective teams and also introduce the players.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and free pizza will be available for the first 100 students. The event begins with a drum line show and then each team will be introduced.

After the introductions, the real fun begins, with a skill show, highlighting the basketball prowess from individuals on each of the men's and women's teams. Paws and the cheerleaders will be on hand for a pep rally that will precede a skit performed by the men's and women's basketball players. Then, the floor will be opened up for selected students to participate in an obstacle course with the players.

At the conclusion, as those in attendance are exiting the event, the first 500 students will receive a "Beat App" T-shirt. The give-way coincides with the Catamount football team hosting rival Appalachian State at 3:00 p.m. Saturday."

- Courtesy of the WCU Sports Information Dept.

Men's Golf Finishes Second at the Davidson Invitational

The Western Carolina men's golf team rallied to a second-place finish on Tuesday afternoon at the Davidson College Invitational held at the par-72, 7,209-yard River Run Country Club. WCU stood in fifth place entering the final 18 holes and posted a 293 to advance to the runner-up position.

Women's Golf Wins Tribe Invitational

The Western Carolina women's golf team maintained an opening round lead on Sunday, to claim the 2010 Tribe Invitational held at the Hollows Golf Course in Montpelier, VA.

This is the first team championship of the season for WCU and the first under first-year head coach Mallory Hetzel. "I am really proud of the effort this team gave this weekend in securing a team championship," said Hetzel. "WCU has played at a high level and experienced team championships for a long time now. This squad knows how to play at the championship level. Each week presents a new challenge, and we will look to build upon this title and use it as we move forward in finishing the fall strong and to propel us into our spring season."

Congratulations to the women's golf team on this championship.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Football: SoCon Saturday

Appalachian State
Western Carolina

Date:  October 23, 2010

Location:  Cullowhee, NC

Time:  3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 18, 2010

History of the WCU-ASU Rivalry

(This article was originally composed by Western Carolina Hall of Fame member, Steve White, who served as Western Carolina sports information director for 28 years before his retirement in 1998. It has been edited and added to by the current Western Carolina Media Relations staff. White has been involved with the Catamount Sports Network, broadcasting WCU football and basketball games since 1970)

History of the WCU-ASU Rivalry

When the football teams representing Appalachian State and Western Carolina will lineup for kickoff annually, they renew a rivalry that has been - and will continue to be - one of the finest and most enduring in NCAA Division I-AA football, the State of North Carolina, and the South.

The rivalry had natural origins. Appalachian and Western were the only public colleges in the western half of North Carolina for decades and made similar steps to their present status as comprehensive regional universities. Both basically recruited athletes from the same high schools in the early years and their graduates were, in large part, public school teachers. The alumni of the schools found themselves working together, which helped foster the rivalry.

There have also been enough impact games in the series to stoke the fire of the rivalry, earning Sports Illustrated magazine's designation in the mid-1980s as "the best football rivalry you've never heard of."

The schools began meeting on the football field back in 1932 and it was all App State in the first 13 meetings as Western only scored five touchdowns in that dismal stretch. The Catamounts finally found the answer in 1949 with a 13-6, streak-snapping win. WCU went on to win the North State Conference championship and received a postseason bowl bid.

The rivalry had its moments in the 1950s and 60s, but was somewhat overshadowed by the dominance of Lenoir-Rhyne, which ruled small college football in the Carolinas in those decades.

There was a strange stretch of games from 1964 through 1971 in which neither team could win at home. Western won four-straight in Boone, while the Mountaineers took four consecutive in Cullowhee.

Western Carolina's longest string of victories in the series - a modest five-game streak - began in 1971 when, ironically, Appalachian State began playing in the Southern Conference. ASU became WCU's sponsor for conference membership, but it took six more years for the Catamounts to join its arch-rival in the SoCon.

An incident related to WCU's quest for Southern Conference membership occurred during the 1974 season that threw gasoline on the fires of the rivalry. Appalachian State officials informed Dr. H. F. Robinson, WCU's Chancellor, and Bob Waters, the athletics director and head football coach for Western, that if Jerry Gaines, the Catamounts' all-star wide receiver/kick returner - and arguably the school's best athlete ever - were allowed to play in the WCU-ASU football game in Boone, ASU would withdraw their support of Western's membership for the Southern Conference.

The premise was that Gaines was playing in 1974 season as a fifth-year medical red-shirt and red-shirting was not permitted in the Southern Conference. Gaines was injured in the first half of the second game of the 1971 season, incidentally against Appalachian State. Catamount fans believed Appalachian State's motive was based upon Gaines' performance in the previous two meetings in the series, both won handily by Western.

Gaines did not play in 1974, but his replacement, true-freshman Wayne Tolleson, caught what proved to be the winning touchdown pass in a 21-17 Catamount victory.

The old cliché "you can throw away records in this one" always applies to rivalry games and rang to its truest in the 1975 meeting in Cullowhee. The Catamounts were having a miserable 2-7 season and had been humiliated the week before by Furman, 34-0. On that same Saturday, Appalachian had pulled off perhaps its biggest upset ever in a defeat of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and arrived in Whitmire Stadium with an overall mark of 7-2. The Asheville Citizen-Times said the Mountaineers were favored "by the temperature at kickoff," which was predicted to be 62 degrees. The Catamounts supplied perhaps the biggest shocker in the series history with a 20-11 upset win for hits fifth-consecutive victory in the rivalry.

The rivalry was personified and renewed with the creation of the "Old Mountain Jug" in 1976. The theme was devised by the Western Carolina and Appalachian State sports information directors and promoted by the student government associations of both schools. The trophy - a representation of an old moonshine jug commonly used by bootleggers in the mountains of western North Carolina - is graced on either side with each school's respective logo from that 1976 year.

The first Old Mountain Jug was presented after the 1976 game played in Boone, where it stayed for a year after the 24-17 ASU victory in the "new" rivalry.

The remaining meetings in the 1970s were memorable for a variety of reasons. The 1977 game, won by Western, was the first played in the series as a Southern Conference game, as WCU finally received admittance to the league. It also marked WCU's first victory of the trophy in the series. The Mountaineers came to Cullowhee in 1978 and knocked the Cats' out of the conference championship before an ABC-TV regional television audience. In 1979, Western and App played the second football game ever televised by ESPN in Boone.

After losing three Old Mountain Jug games in a row from 1978-80, the Catamounts put together a four-game winning streak. The most significant came in 1983 when Western clinched a bid to the NCAA I-AA playoffs with a 41-15 rout of the Mountaineers in Cullowhee. WCU went on to play for the I-AA National Championship.

"The Streak" - the string of 13 consecutive Appalachian State wins from 1985 - 1997 - was marked by the outstanding play of ASU teams that won four conference championships and seven that advanced to the I-AA playoffs. It also included a string of near-misses by WCU squads.

In the 1986 game, Western's captains messed up the coin-toss resulting in the Catamounts having to kickoff to start each half. ASU scored 10 points off great field positions following those kicks in a 17-13 win. The 1992 Cats would have claimed an automatic I-AA playoff bid with a win in Boone, but a pair of missed conversions and a blocked field goal led to a 14-12 defeat in the first of three-consecutive agonizing Western losses in the rivalry.

The next season, Western Carolina led 14-0 in the first quarter, but the Mountaineers rallied for a 20-16 victory. Over 15,000 fans overflowed E. J. Whitmire Stadium for the '94 game as WCU's frustration continued. Appalachian State completed a 95-yard pass play out of their own end zone on a third-and-seven play on the last play of the third quarter to setup the winning score in a 12-7 thriller.

Catamount fans rejoiced the end of "the Streak" six years ago by bringing down the Whitmire Stadium goal posts following the Catamounts' dominating defensive - yet still unlikely - 23-6 win over the playoff-bound Mountaineers.

From 1998-2003, the Mountaineers won five-straight, but in the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug fashion, the past four of those five were settled by 10-or-fewer points. In 2001, Appalachian raced to a big first half lead only to see the Cats rally in the second half. A late interception by ASU in the end zone killed the Western's thoughts of a comeback victory.

And in 2003, Appalachian State scored 14 of its 26 points off of Western turnovers - while overcoming six fumbles of their own - en route to the 26-18 victory in Boone, retaining the Jug for another season.

Then, in 2004, one of the most memorable "Battles for the Old Mountain Jug" took place in front of 14,714 - the second-largest crowd ever in Cullowhee - the newly expanded E.J. Whitmire Stadium. Reserve quarterback Justin Clark completed all five of his pass attempts, two for touchdowns, to lead an 11-point comeback that will go down in the record books as one of the greatest in this rivalry's history. A combined total of 45 points were scored in the game's final 23 minutes with Western ending the five-game skid to ASU.

The Appalachian State - Western Carolina rivalry is just one of the many that have helped make college football the classic American spectacle that it became in the last century, and hopefully, will continue to be in our ever-changing society.