Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff - 93 days - Isaiah Reupena

It's now 93 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we continue the spotlight on the Catamount defensive line featuring Orange Coast College transfer Isaiah Reupena on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click the link below for more information on Isaiah.

93 days - Isaiah Reupena

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011 - Freedom Isn't Free

Countdown to Kickoff - 94 days - Walt Woolwine

It's now 94 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we continue the spotlight on the Catamount defensive line featuring junior #94 Walt Woolwine on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click the link below for more information on Walt.

94 days - Walt Woolwine

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff - 95 days - Bevans Robbs

It's now 95 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we spotlight redshirt junior #95 Bevans Robb on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click link below for more information on Bevans.

95 days - Bevans Robbs

T&F: Men's 4x400-meter Relay Team

The Western Carolina men's 4x400-meter relay team qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday by setting a new school record. The WCU team consists of Aaron Tribble, Brandon Hairston, Drew Tucker and Benny Davis.

4x400-meter Relay Team sets School Record

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff - 96 days - Julian Johnson

It's now 96 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we spotlight incoming freshman Julian Johnson on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click link below for more information on Julian.

96 days - Julian Johnson

Baseball: Charleston ends Catamounts season

The Cats closed out their season in a 4-2 loss to Charleston in the second elimination game of the day on Friday. Charleston's Matt Leeds' controversial triple scored the two run difference in the top of the seventh inning, resulting in the winning margin for Charleston.

Cats lose to Charleston

Friday, May 27, 2011

SoCon Baseball Tournament

Friday, May 27, 2011

Game 9 #6 Appalachian State vs. #7 Furman 3:00 p.m

Game 10 #5 Charleston vs. #8 Western Carolina 7:00 p.m.

Both games on Friday are elimination round games. Greensboro and Elon were eliminated on Thursday.

SoCon Baseball Tournament

Countdown to Kickoff - 97 days - Eric Banford

It's now 97 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we spotlight Foothill College transfer Eric Banford on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click link below for more information on Eric. 

97 days - Eric Banford

Baseball: Cats fall to GSU

After an epic 20 inning win over #1 seed Elon on Wednesday, the Cats had a big letdown Thursday, dropping their second round game to Georgia Southern 21, putting the Cats in the elimination rounds of the SoCon Baseball Tournament.

Cats fall to GSU

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff - #98 Trey Selby

It's now 98 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we spotlight #98 Trey Selby on the Catamount Sports Forum. Click link below

98 days - #98 Trey Selby

Baseball: SoCon Tournament

Thursday, May 26, 2011 
Game 5  #2 Greensboro vs #6 Appy St. 9:00 a.m. (elimination game)

Game 6  #1 Elon vs #5 Charleston 1:00 p.m. (elimination game)

Game 7 #3 Samford vs. #7 Furman 5:00 p.m.

Game 8 #4 Georgia Southern vs. #8 Western Carolina 9:00 p.m.

Two teams go home today, as the field will be reduced to 6 teams, with both the #1 and #2 seeds losing Wednesday, it's possible both could be out of the tournament by the second day. My prediction would be both teams win today.

Southern Conference Baseball Tournament

Baseball: Cats upset #1 Elon

Ross Heffley's two-run homerun over left center put the Cats in the lead as eighth-seeded Western Carolina upset top-seed Elon, 10-7, Wednesday night in the Southern Conference Baseball Championship Tournament. The 20-inning game is reported to be the longest baseball game played in SoCon tournament history. The Cats will play No. 4 Georgia Southern, Thursday evening at 9 p.m.

Cats upset #1 Elon

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff - #99 Pete Balthrop, Jr.

It's now 99 days until kickoff of Catamount football at Georgia Tech. Today we spotlight #99 Pete Balthrop, Jr. in the Catamount Sports Forum.

99 days - #99 Pete Balthrop, Jr.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Academic Progress Rate (APR)

NCAA just released the Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the Catamounts, keep in mind, that 925 is the minimun acceptable score without penlities from the NCAA.

SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year Rate
BaseballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010957
FootballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010933
Men's BasketballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010959
Men's Cross CountryWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010952
Men's GolfWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010965
Men's Track, IndoorWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010969
Men's Track, OutdoorWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010969
SoftballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010940
Women's BasketballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010979
Women's Cross CountryWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010970
Women's GolfWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010981
Women's SoccerWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010987
Women's TennisWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010978
Women's Track, IndoorWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010971
Women's Track, OutdoorWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010965
Women's VolleyballWestern Carolina UniversityNC2009 - 2010970

Football: Countdown to Kickoff - 100 days

It's 100 days until the Catamounts take to the football gridiron once again, in what promises to be an exciting season. Everyday on the Catamount Sports Forum we'll spotlight a Catamount football player that wears that number in that days countdown.  Visit us daily for a little dose of Catamount football fever.

Countdown to Kickoff

Baseball: SoCon First Round - Elon

Elon Phoenix


Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 5 pm
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, Charleston, SC

SoCon First Round - Elon

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baseball: Five receive SoCon Honors

Five Catamount baseball players received accolades' from the Southern  Conference baseball coaches with their selection as All-Conference and All-Freshman team members.  Both teams were selected by the league's 11 head coaches, who could not vote for their own players in the balloting.  Only Charleston and Georgia Southern (five each) earned more all-league nods than the CatamountsRegular season champions Elon, had one selection on the All-Conference team. 

SoCon Baseball All-Conference
2B - Ross Heffley
DH - Stephen Notaro
3B - Austin Schultz

SoCon All-Freshman Team
Aaron Attaway
Adam Martin

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The 2011 SoCon Baseball Tournament

Wednesday, May 25th
Game 1 - #2 Greensboro vs #7 Furman - 9 am
Game 2 - #3 Samford vs #6 Appy State - 1 pm
Game 3 - #1 Elon vs #8 Western Carolina - 5 pm
Game 4 - #4 Georgia Southern vs #5 Charleston - 9 pm

Thursday, May 26th
Game 5 - Loser of Game #1 vs Loser of Game #2 - 9 am
Game 6 - Loser of Game #3 vs Loser of Game #4 - 1 pm
Game 7 - Winner of Game #1 vs Winner of Game #2 - 5 pm
Game 8 - Winner of Game #3 vs Winner of Game #4 - 9 pm

Friday, May 27th
Game 9 - Loser of Game #7 vs Winner of Game #5 - 3 pm
Game 10 - Loser of Game #8 vs Winner of Game #6 - 7 pm

Saturday, May 28th
Game 11 - Winner of Game #7 vs Winner of Game #9 - 9 am
Game 12 - Winner of Game #8 vs Winner of Game #10 - 1 pm
Game 13 - Loser of Game #11 vs Winner of Game #11 - 5 pm (IF NECESSARY)
Game 14 - Loser of Game #12 vs Winner of Game #12 - 5/9 pm (IF NECESSARY)

Sunday, May 29th
Championship Game - Winner of Game 11 or 13 vs Winner of Game 12 or 14 - 2 pm

Baseball: Cats sweep The Citadel

Behind Ross Heffley's hitting (he finished the weekend hitting .700, was 7-for-10 with two home runs and five RBIs) the Catamounts won Saturday's game against the defending SoCon Champions, resulting in a weekend sweep of the Bulldogs. Saturday was senior day for the Catamounts, as six seniors were honored prior to the start of the game.

johnson brandonSeniors -
Brandon Johnson
Matt Johns
Stephen Notaro
Andrew Chilcoat
Matt Benedict
Ollie Goulder

Cats sweep the Citadel

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Baseball: Cats now in the eigth and final tournament seed

Freshman Jordan Smith pitched a complete game shutout Friday night against The Citadel. The win gave the Catamounts a Southern Conference series win, and combined with Greensboro's 3-0 win at Wofford, places the Catamounts into the eighth and final seed at next week's SoCon Tournament. This game was the second complete game shutout win for Smith, the first was a four-hit, 11-0 victory over Wofford on April 23, 2011. Congratulations to the Cats on making the Tournament.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Breaking News - Softball Head Coach Vacancy

We're being told that the Softball Head Coach position at Western Carolina is now vacant. Christine Hornak, in her 5th season at Western Carolina will not return as the Catamount Softball Head Coach for the 2012 season.  At this point, we are not sure if Coach Hornak resigned, or her contract was not renewed by Athletic Director Chip Smith.

Baseball: Will the Cats make the SoCon Tournament?

The Catamounts control their own destiny for winning the eight and final seed in the 2011 SoCon baseball tournament. The Cats can take sole possession of that last tournament spot by sweeping The Citadel, the defending SoCon Tournament Champs, regardless of what else happens this weekend in the SoCon. The Cats also hold the tie breaker over Wofford as they took two of three from the Terriers earlier in the season.

Despite boasting the second-highest team batting average in the league, .302, just behind Charleston's .304 and the SoCon's top hitter, Ross Heffley, who is currently hitting  a blistering .423 average, the Catamount have not enjoyed the success of last season.   The major culprit all season has been inconsistant pitching, as the Catamounts rank dead last in the conference with a 6.03 ERA. Pitching has not lived up to pre-season expectaions.

“If we can put it together on the mound, which I feel like we're capable of doing, and continue to score runs the way we have been, I feel like we can be dangerous this weekend,” WCU coach Bobby Moranda said. “And we could be dangerous next week (at the SoCon tournament).”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Baseball: The Citadel

The Citadel Bulldogs

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6 pm     (game 1)
Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

The Cats actually control their own destiny, win the series (2 of 3) or else the season is over for the Catamounts.  

The Citadel Bulldogs

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baseball: HIgh Point

[image] Gardner-Webb Runnin Bulldogs

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 6:00 PM
Moss Stadium, Boiling Springs, NC


Baseball: SoCon Torunament Schedule

If it started today.... 5-17-11

Game 1 - #2 Greensboro vs #7 Furman @ 9:00 a.m.
Game 2 - #3 Charleston vs #6 Appy State @ 1:00 p.m.
Game 3 - #1 Elon vs #8 Western Carolina @ 5:00 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 Georgia Southern vs #5 Samford @ 9:00 p.m.

Right now, outside and looking in: Wofford (we own the tie breaker), the Citadel, & Davidson

Baseball: SoCon Tournament Schedule

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Catamount Football Classic

The 2011 Catamount Golf Tour comes to the Maggie Valley Club in Western North Carolina on Thursday, June 9 with the 15th annual Catamount Football Classic, presented by both the Catamount Club and WCU Football.

Catamount Football Clasic

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baseball: Cats Outlasts Furman In 16 Innings, 14-13

In a game which the start was delayed one hour due to rain (8:00 pm), then consumed five hours and 54 minutes (ending at 1:55 a.m. Saturday morning), the Catamounts outlasted the Paladins in 16 innings, 14-13. The teams combined to use 16 pitchers and register 44 hits.

Cats win a marathon

Friday, May 13, 2011

Baseball: at Furman

Furman Paladins

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Latham Stadium, Greenville, SC

Furman Paladins

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Softball: SoCon Tournament vs. Furman

Western Carolina opens play in the Southern Conference Softball Tournament at 10 a.m. Wednesday, on the Georgia Southern Campus, as the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 seed Furman.

FIRST SOCON APPEARANCE SINCE 2009: After missing the condensed four-team Southern Conference Tournament in 2010, Western Carolina is back competing in the SoCon Tournament for the first time since 2009.

RECORD IN PLAY-IN GAMES: Western Carolina is 1-0 in play-in games in the Southern Conference Tournament ... The Catamounts defeated Elon 4-1, in 2009, to earn a spot in the double elimination round.

RECORD IN 2001 NEUTRAL GAMES: Western Carolina is 8-3 in games played at a neutral field this season.

Cats open SoCon Tournament play

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Baseball: Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State Owls
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm (game #2)
Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

Kennesaw State

Baseball: Cats pick up a Monday win

Pounding out 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning, the Catamounts beat Appalachian State, 13-7 in Southern Conference baseball action in Boone, Monday afternoon.   This win kept in tact a record that has never allowed a 3 game sweep of the Catamounts by the Mountaineers.   With this win, the Cats move into a three-way tie with The Citadel and Wofford for eighth-place which is the cut-off for the conference tournament in Charleston, S.C. later this month. 

Cats over Appy State

Monday, May 9, 2011

T&F: Livingston and Garren

Cordell Livingston and Felisha Garren were named track athletes of the month for April by the Southern Conference.

SoCon track athletes of the month

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Football: 2011 Season Tickets now on sale

Football: 2011 home football games kickoff times

Western Carolina has announced the kickoff times for the six home Saturday's next fall.

Western Carolina Football 2011 Home Schedule
Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Mars Hill (Catamount Club Day) - 6 pm
Sat., Oct. 1 - vs. Furman (Family Weekend) - 6 pm
Sat., Oct. 8 - vs. Elon - 3 pm
Sat., Oct. 22 - vs. The Citadel (Homecoming) - 3 pm
Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. Wofford (Hall of Fame Day) - 3 pm
Sat., Nov. 19 - vs. Coastal Carolina (Senior Day) - 2 pm

Season tickets are now on sale, to order 2011 Catamount football season tickets, call the WCU athletic ticket office at (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU, or log onto www.CatamountSports.com

Kickoff times for the 2011 season

Friday, May 6, 2011

Baseball: ASU (weekend series)

[image] Appy State Mountaineers

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm (game 1)
Smith Stadium,  Boone,  NC

 The series will get underway on Saturday, May 7 at 6 pm and will continue with 1:00 pm first pitches on Sunday, May 8 and Monday, May 9.  All three games of the series are scheduled to be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with air time 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can follow the broadcasts online at www.CatamountSports.com.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Softball: Chattanooga Mocs

              may 7

The 2011 SoCon Baseball Championship

The 2011 Southern Conference Baseball Championship will take place Wednesday, May 25th through Sunday, May 29th in Charleston, S.C.

The Citadel will host the tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. This will be the 28th annual SoCon Baseball Championship.

If it started today,

Game 1 #2 Charleston vs #7 Furman 9:00 a.m.
Game 2 #3 Greensboro vs #6 Appy State 1:00 p.m.
Game 3 #1 Elon vs #8 The Citadel
Game 4 #4 Georgia Southern vs #5 Samford

right now, on the outside and looking in: WCU, Davidson, Wofford

The Southern Conference Baseball Championship

Bob Buckner


Bob's Retirement Celebration

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baseball: Cats take week off for final exams

The Cats take a week-long break for final exams before returning to SoCon action this Saturday  at Appalachian State. The series gets underway on Saturday, May 7 at 6 pm and will continue with 1:00 pm first pitches on Sunday, May 8 and Monday, May 9.  All three games will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with air time 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Baseball: Aztecs Complete Sweep With 11-9 Win

San Diego State completed a three-game series sweep of Western Carolina with an 11-9 victory over the Catamounts Sunday afternoon in Cullowhee, N.C. After playing for more than three hours, the contest had to be declared over after seven innings due to SDSU's flight schedule.

Aztecs sweep Cats