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Tour De Cashiers Happening This Weekend

And they are off! The Tour de Cashiers is happening this weekend.

And they are off! The Tour de Cashiers is happening this weekend.

Sporting a new logo in its 22nd year, the annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience will be held on Saturday May 3rd across scenic mountain byways of western North Carolina.  The popular pedaling event is expected to attract more than 300 participants from the southeast, many returning every year for the traditional spring ride.

Cyclists will follow one of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus  of elevation changes.   Riders will be welcomed at the finish line with a hearty meal, drink and even a hot shower.

The Tour kicks off at 9:00 a.m. from The Village Green Commons near the Cashiers post office.  Walk-up registration is invited.  For more information,  visit www.TourdeCashiers.com, call 828-743-5191 or email info@CashiersAreaChamber.com.

Don’t miss this athletic adventure!    It’s great outdoor recreation amid breathtaking natural scenery featuring granite-faced mountains, flowering valleys and running rivers.

Gear up today for the Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience this weekend!

Women Competing in Extreme Sports

 

Charleen Ballard of Waynesville has taken up Mountain Biking. A growing number of women are challenging themselves with extreme sports.

Charleen Ballard of Waynesville has taken up Mountain Biking. A growing number of women are challenging themselves with extreme sports.

With the Boston Marathon taking place on Monday, it was just a few decades ago that Kathrine Switzer was kicked out of the race by officials for being female.

Women are rising to the top to break down barriers of extreme and traditional sports. Women are embracing unconventional challenges and showing that they not only have what it takes to compete but are changing laws, expanding new opportunities and are developing healthy self-images. From High Intensity Interval training such as Cross Fit to participating in Tough Mudder races, women are now more than ever seeking experiences that defy the ordinary.

For many sports are a healthy and gratifying pursuit. Sports can offer psychological stimulation, strategy, exertion and team work. Stronger, healthier lifestyles and pursuits of happiness are hot topics for everyone today.

A report published in 2012, there were nearly 200,000 athletes participating in NCAA sports—an all time high. On average, colleges have 8.7 women’s teams.

However, studies show female athletes are more likely to sustain certain injuries over their male counterparts, according to Harvard Medical. Knee and ACL problems are more prominent among female athletes along with shoulder injuries, eating disorders and women’s bone mass changes due to hormones as they age can cause stress fractures.

Jackson County Fishing To Be Featured On Sports South

The premier episode of “Anglers and Appetites” filmed in Jackson County will air on Fox Sports South tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th at 10:30 a.m. (check your service provider for the channel number.)This program, sponsored by the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, features local fishing experiences and culinary talents of area chefs amid the natural beauty of our lakes, rivers and streams and other regional attractions. The show will be rebroadcast on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. and Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and then air again in late May and June. It will be available online at www.anglersandappetites.com 24 hours after the premiere and for free download on the front page of the iTunes sports and recreation section athttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/anglers-appetites/id851760791?mt=2
For more information, contact the South Jackson County Visitor Center at 828-743-5941 or info@CashiersAreaChamber.com.

Laura Lindsey Signs Scholarship

Laura Lindsey & Family

Laura Lindsey & Family

Smoky Mountain High School senior Laura Lindsey has signed a full scholarship to Berea College . She will wear number six and has already been practicing with the team. Berea College is a liberal arts work college in Berea, Kentucky, founded in 1855. Known for their very high standards and requirements for applicants. There are roughly 300 applicants for each student seat.

Mustangs Advance to Second Round

m130612The Smoky Mountain Mustang Boys won against Hunter Huss, 85-84 in their match last evening in Greensboro. The Mustangs will play either East Rutherford or North Rowan at 4 pm Saturday for the regional championship at UNC-Greensboro. WRGC will carry this game along with tonight’s Cherokee girls game here on 540am and streaming online as well.

Smoky Mountain To Open Playoffs

m130612The Smoky Mountain High School men’s and women’s basketball teams will be opening the state playoffs in the 2-A division today. The Mustang men are 24-0 and are seeded number one in the west. They will play at home tonight at 6:00pm against Brevard. Smoky Mountain defeated the Blue Devils three times this season. The Mustangs beat Brevard 103-55 in last Thursday’s match up. If they win tonight’s game, this would mean another home game on Wednesday against either West Caldwell or Mountain Heritage. The Lady Mustangs are the 31st seed. They will travel to Bandys for a 6:30pm game.

WNC Slowly Returns To Normal

This weeks bitterly cold temperatures and Tuesday’s snowfall have snarled schools, sports, and business activities in western North Carolina. While other services will enjoy profits to make up for several seasons of slow economy. Some examples include wrecker services, roll back operators, and auto body shops will continue to have enjoy the payday in car repairs caused huge number of wrecks and automobile breakdowns. Grocery stores have racked up on sales of milk, bread, and snacks, the ski resorts will see booming business this weekend with a huge snow base and warmer temperatures and open roads will push operations to the capacity. The utility companies will see profits rise as a result of the increased demand for electricity. The other fuel providers from firewood and gas to petroleum have seen supplies dwindle and profits grow. The storm and cold weather has a huge negative as well. The Community Table which depends heavily upon the Blue Plate Special for an infusion of mid winter cash came up empty this week when the event sponsored by Harrah’s was canceled due to the snow. Local high schools have scrambled to make up basketball schedules. Schools have used up their built in snow days and will be forced to schedule schools to operate on Saturday should the snow and cold bring conditions which force additional school cancellations.

“Play On” Moving Forward

The new chairperson of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, Robert Jumper reported to the Jackson County Commissioners on Tuesday that a trio of marketing firms including Pineapple Public Relations and Marketing firm has been retained to help the TBA move forward with the next phase of the tourism marketing plan for Jackson County. Jumper explained how some local citizens did not favorably view the “Play On” marketing theme adopted by the County.  Jumper stated that the terminology had tested well in the market research centered on the desired tourist population. One of the firms selected is Pineapple Marketing and Public Relations firm has plenty of tourism centered marketing experience in western North Carolina and north Georgia. While increasing the number of tourists coming to Jackson County is important Jumper further emphasized the importance of having the infrastructure in place to accommodate those coming to spend their vacations in the area. The infrastructure must not only include places to stay, but access to the rivers and lakes, and the means to enjoy all the resources including trails, hiking and the natural resources. Jumper was in agreement with comments made by Business and Industry Director Richard Price that all the messages coming out of Jackson County in recruiting tourism traffic need to be coordinated and consistent.

Smoky Mountain High Declared Ineligible for Playoffs

Tonight’s high school football playoff matchup between the Smoky Mountain Mustangs and the Forest Hill Yellow Jackets has been cancelled and will be recorded as a loss/forfeit for the Mustangs. The issue stems from a player who was found to be illegible on the Smoky Mountain squad. During a check of athletic records at the high school, it was discovered this morning that a Mustang football player had an out of date physical on file. As soon as school officials were made aware of the situation, they self-reported the circumstances to the North According North Carolina High School Athletic Association. According to NCHAA policy, any player without a current physical on record is automatically ineligible for competition, and any game that they participated in while ineligible must be forfeited by the offending team. After looking at the documentation, the NCHAA has determined that the player in question is indeed ineligible, and further ruled that SMHS must forfeit tonight’s game. After further investigation, it is likely that the NCHAA will make further changes to Smoky Mountain High’s record for the year. Dr. Mike Murray, Superintendent of Jackson County Schools said, “It will affect their season. There will be retro-active actions taken, but right now that is still under investigation.” Forrest Hills will now advance to round two of the High School football playoffs.

Sports Update

It was a huge night for the Smoky Mountain High School Soccer team on Monday at Brevard High School. The Mustangs coming off two impressive wins last week again previously unbeaten Franklin and East Henderson the Mustangs reeled off two solid victories to take sold possession of the  conference lead at 4-0. Coach Brown stressed to his team that on all teams have the potential to have a big night and play tough and Brevard lived up to the Coach’s prediction taking an early lead Monday night, then a couple of minutes later Gabby Fuentes tied the score at one. At the 69 minute mark it was Hunter Karup who gave the Mustangs the lead, then a couple of minutes later Jordan Couch added another goal for the final point spread of three to one.  Zack Bryson had four saves and The Brevard Goal Keeper had eight saves off 20 Mustang shots.  The Blue Devils were able to only get eight shots at the goal indicating the Mustangs defense kept the Blue Devils away from the goal.  The Mustangs are now 9-2-1 and 5-0 in conference play. Next up… Pisgah.

Sports Update

Catamounts Projected To Win In The Rain Saturday

(09/21/13) With the weather forecast calling for a 90 percent chance of rain in Cullowhee for Saturday’s clash of mountain area rivals, another one of the challenges will be keeping possession of a wet football. Expect both teams to spend more time with the running game which could lead to a lower score and grind it out style of football. WCU Behind Troy Mitchel and a strong running backfield should give the Cats plenty of opportunities to chew up some yards and even give more touches to the freshmen and sophomores which Coach Spier is counting on to be the foundation of the Catamounts future success. The Catamounts have not lost in 14 games against the Mars Hill Lions.

The ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships Are Here

It has taken years of planning and months of construction in the Nantahala River to prepare for Monday evening’s official opening of the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships to take place in Bryson City. Hundreds of water enthusiasts have been arriving in Swain county over the last month for a shot at some practice time in the specially constructed 2013 Wave water feature on the Nantahala River. The event will attract competitors from forty-five nations and thousands of spectators who are expected to fill the campgrounds and fill motel and hotel rooms and pour thousands of dollars into the local economy for food, beverage, lodging, parking fees, and transportation. On Monday, the town of Bryson City will host a parade of Athletes and the Opening ceremonies starting at 6:00 p-m. There will also be a performance of the Warriors of Anikituhwa, a traditional Cherokee dance group; the group will be followed by the Big Air Show and music in downtown Bryson City. The competition begins with the first heat races on Tuesday and continues through the quarter finals, semi-finals, and the finals on Sunday September 8th.  The competition will include competition in the men’s and women’s classes as well as junior classes. Between the competitions there will be fun activities such as Fontana Lake demo tours, kayak races, head to head SUP races, rodeo races, rubber duckie races, a canoe ball race and more. On Tuesday the NOC Mini-Me Rodeo  will feature teams of four paddlers out to surf the 2013 Wave earning points for spins, stunts, and spectacular carnage. On Wednesday the highlight will be the Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race which includes the 2013 wave, the Class 5 Wesser Falls, and ends up  in Fontana Lake.  On Thursday the Bomber Gear SUP Race is for stand up Paddleboarders  who race head to head through the 2013 Wave. Also on Thursday the 2013 ICF Freestyle World Champions competitors face off on the Nantahala River. Other events and the championships are scheduled for the weekend with the championship award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.

Dove Season Opens Early in 2013

Normally dove season in North Carolina opens the first Saturday in September but this year the first Saturday comes almost a week into the month so the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted to open the season the First Monday in September or Labor Day. Some areas in eastern North Carolina where more corn and soybeans are grown the opening of the season is a relief to farmers, the dove is less plentiful in the mountains. The Hunting Heritage Apprentice permit program was also initiated this year by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Under the provisions of this program a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age can accompany and mentor another hunter who has not completed a hunter safety course but who has purchased a license and agrees to be mentored by the experienced hunter  in lieu of the required hunter safety course.

Western North Carolina overlooked in state coaches all star baseball selections

The North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association has named their 2013 All State Baseball teams. The Coaches Association selects a State All Star Team for each Division, the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs play in the 2 A Division.  No players from western North Carolina were selected for the All-State Baseball team even though the Mustangs had one of the best record in the state this year and lost to the eventual state champion Piedmont High School.  Three players from the Panthers team were recognized with all state honors as were three players from state runner-up team. Making the list for Piedmont were Cameron Price, Cory Sykes, and Colby Barnette. No player west of Bandy’s High School located new Conover made the team.  This is especially annoying to the Mustangs who’s ace pitcher set a school record in wins and finished the year either tied or one win ahead for the most wins this year in the state in the Two A division.  In the Three A Division Cameron Crips from West Henderson was selected and in the One A Division Zack Wall was names to the All State team