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Mustangs Cage the East Henderson Eagles

(01/31/15) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs made it a clean sweep over the East Henderson Eagles on Friday night in Sylva. The JV Girls and Boys teams set the tempo with impressive wins followed by the Lady Mustangs who enjoyed a 66 to 17 point win. Hattie Ellis led the Lady Mustangs with eleven points followed by Aalyah McCullum with ten points. Jimayah McCullum and Shay Tisho has eight points each. In Varsity boys action Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 27 points. Spencer Norris added 22 points including two scored from three point range.. Bret Baldwin added 10 points and and Damon Ledford  had seven points including two from long range.  The Mustangs will be traveling to Brevard on Tuesday. Airtime for the Tuesday game will be around 6 p-m. The  Varsity Boys are now 18-1 on the season. The Lady Mustangs are 17-2. Both are likely to be the top seed in the tournament which will start on February 13th. The top seeds will play at home in the first round . The following rounds will be played at Pisgah starting on February 17th. The tournament championship will be on February 19th.

The Asheville Tourists loose Jose Briceno in Braves Deal With The Rockies

(01/31/2015) The Atlanta Braves rebuilding project under General Manager John Hart continues with this weeks transaction which sent Braves pitchers David Hale and Guss Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for two minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.  While the names may be familiar to sports fans the name that stands out in western North Carolina is Jose Briceno who had a good 2014 season with the Asheville Tourists when he batted .283 with 12 homers and 812 OPS in 84 games with the Tourists. The 22 year old native of Maracaibo, Zuka, Venezuela has been in the Rockies organization since 2010 then advanced to Grand Junction in 2012 then to Asheville for a term in 2013, only to go back to Grand Junction to finish the season. Briceno spent most of 2014 in Asheville. Briceno may start the season in Rome or Mississippi. The Braves Minor league system was graded as among the worst in baseball especially in the catching department. The trades have boosted the Braves Farm System to what is now considered to be in the top ten possibly in the top five of baseball.

Mustangs Host East Henderson Tonight (Friday)

Three weeks ago at East Henderson the Lady Mustangs pulled away from East Henderson to seal a 53 to 27 point win. Lilly Blankenship and Micayla Rose are a couple of East Henderson’s better players. In boys action the Mustangs beat East Henderson 80 to 55. Lane Justice and Malik Alston are a couple of the key players for the Eagles.  Artime tonight will be around 6:10 p-m.

Mustangs Winning Streak Continues

The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs had little trouble with the rival Franklin Panthers on Tuesday night at the Mustangs Gym. The JV girls opened the night with a win followed by the JV Boys who had to battle back from a nine point halftime deficit to take a 59 to 52 point victory. The Lady Mustangs sealed the victory in a hard fought game when they made several successful trips to the free throw line down the stretch to cap a 48 to 42 point win. The varsity boys trailed a couple of times early in the game and led by 31 to 19 at the end of the first quarter and 52 to 28 at the half and maintained control in the second half for an 82 to 56 point win.

Coming into the game the Mustangs Varsity Boys have picked up 72 to 29 points wins over Swain; 93 to 26 at North Henderson; 68 to 21 at Tuscola; 61 to 44 at West Henderson. Since the loss to Pisgah the Lady Mustangs have not looked back  with a 62 to 12 win over Swain; 65 to 51 over North Henderson; over Tuscola by 62 to 36; then 59 to 48 over West Henderson.

The Mustangs will host East Henderson Friday night at the Mustangs Gym. Then Travel to Brevard and Pisgah before closing out the season in two weeks against West Henderson.

Mustangs Take Three Of Four From Pisgah

The Smoky Mountain High School Basketball teams took care of alot of business Friday night at the Mustangs Gym at Smoky Mountain high School.  The JV Girls continued their winning ways with a decisive win over the junior Sugar Bears. The JV Boys team kept a tough and persistent squad from Canton in check and handed the Junior Black Bears a 77 to 32 loss.  When it came time for Varsity girls action the Mustangs Gym was packed with enthusiastic fans with an abundance of school officials and law enforcement to make sure that enthusiastic fans kept their emotions within tolerable limits.  The Lady Mustangs fell behind the Sugar Bears early in the game which brought on the impression of a blow-out in the making. Both Aalyah and Jimayah McCullum got into early foul trouble which opened the opportunity for their teammates so step up their game. The Lady Mustangs responded with a ten point run which  got the score back to single digits at the end of the first quarter.  In the second quarter the Lady Mustangs could not hang with the Sugar Bears in the second quarter going to the dressing room at the half trailing 36 to 21. The Lady Mustangs outscored the Sugar Bears in the third and fourth quarters and came back from both a 16 and a 20 point deficit but not enough to take a lead. The Lady Mustangs suffered their second loss of the season 65 to 56.  Pisgah’s Brooklyn Allen led all scorers with 31 points. The Lady Mustangs were led by Kaitlin Wood and Aalyah McCullum with 13 points each. Pisgah remains undefeated and moved to 15-0 the Mustangs fall to14 and 2 and will host Swain on Monday.

Mustangs Varsity Boy’s Win

The Mustangs and Black Bears traded the lead several times and both teams made numerous trips to the foul line at the end of the game but the outcome of the game was not decided at the free through line. In an uncharacteristic streak of unfortunate luck Cal Raleigh found himself in foul trouble just minutes in the game and only saw limited action and was held to nine points. The stiff zone and man to man pressure applied by the Black Bears and the absence of Raleigh in the interior forced the Mustangs to depend on speed and outside shooting. Bret Baldwin and Spencer Norris both came up big for the Mustangs with nine points from beyond the arc. Norris also had 14 points from the field and free throw line Baldwin added 13 to finish the night with 22 points one behind Norris who had 23. Thomas Tathum has 27 for the Black Bears followed by Cole Anderson with 15.  The Mustangs are now 13 and 1 Pisgah drops to 10 and 5.  Pisgah will face Brevard next while the Mustangs take on Swain on Monday at the mustangs Gym.

Mustangs Face Pisgah Friday at the Mustangs Gym

One of western North Carolina’s biggest basketball rivalries renews tonight (Friday) in Sylva at the new Mustangs gym when the Pisgah Black Bears come calling.  The Sugar Bears are 14-0 on the season with numerous huge wins and only a couple of close calls. The Sugar Bears are led by Brooklyn Allen who is averaging 22 points per game. The Lady Mustangs will counter with a balanced squad led by Allyah  and Jimayah McCullum. Also Shay Tisho, Kaitlin Wood, Rehanna Leyman, and Trenna Worley can break out into a scoring binge at anytime.  Both teams have tough defenses and should be fairly evenly matched in speed. The Mustangs are 12 and 1 with the loss to Erwin as the only blemish.

In Varsity Boys Action Pisgah is 10-4 while the Mustangs are 12 and 1 having lost only to Enka. Both teams are fast, have excellent defenses, and strong interior games. The Mustangs may have the advantage when it comes to perimeter shooting which could be the difference in overcoming the tough zone the Pisgah Bears are expected to utilize against the Mustangs.  It is doubtful the Black Bears would be able to control the Mustangs for the entire game if  they try man to man because of the speed of Jayce Wolfe, Daron Ledford, and Brett Baldwin.

Airtime on WRGC is 6:10 for Lady Mustangs Action followed by Varsity Boys play.

Mustangs Romp Through Brevard

The Mustangs made it a clean sweep of Brevard on Tuesday night at the Mustangs Gym. The JV Girls took a 30 point win over the blue Devils to set up for the JV Boys who held on to win 54 to 50 after Brevard had a late surge to shave a 13 point Mustangs lead to 4. The Lady Mustangs were led by Trenna Worley’s 12 points to race to a 68 to 29 point victory. The Lady Mustangs finished the first quarter with a 10 to 9 point lead but shut down Brevard in the second quarter with a 20 to 4 point run and never looked back. The Varsity Boys wasted no time in building a 20 to 4 lead at the end of the first quarter then coasted to a 66 to 27 point win. The starters rested most of the second half. The Mustangs will be facing Pisgah on Friday night. Airtime on WRGC is 6:10 from the Mustangs Gym.

Lady Cats To Enjoy A Short Weekend At Daytona Beach

The WCU Lady Cats will invade Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach on Saturday  for a two p-m game. The Lady Cats are coming off a 19 point loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday (December 31) where they battled back in the second half to keep the game competitive after being blown out in the first half with a 22-0 point run by the Lady Deacons. After the Florida trip the Lady Catamounts will enjoy a three game home stand against Montreat, Mercer, and Samford before heading to Chattanooga for a huge conference match-up on January 17th.

The WCU men’s team will open the new calendar year with conference play on Saturday when they welcome the Citadel to the Ramsey Center for a two o’clock tip-off. Airtime  Saturday on WRGC is at 1:30.

Mustangs Add Two More Wins During Break

The Mustangs got an early Christmas present on Monday afternoon when both Mustangs teams enjoyed easy wins over Mitchel. The Lady Mustangs allowed seven Mitchel players to score two points and Mitchel star Taylor Duncan was limited to eight points while the Lady Mustangs galloped to a 73 to 22 victory. The Varsity boys for Mitchel did not fare much better against the Mustangs getting walloped 75 to 32. Sam McKinney led Mitchel with nine points. Against Mitchel the Lady Mustangs were led by Shay Tisho and Aalyah McCullum with  18 points each. Kaitlyn Wood was also in double digits with 13 points. In the Varsity boys game Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 26. Spencer Norris was in double figures with 14.

The Lady Mustangs ended the calendar year with a 78 to 45 point win over North Buncombe.  The Lady Mustangs were led by Aalyah McCullum with 25 points followed by Shay Tisho with 19. For North Buncombe Jackie Rigsby led her team in scoring with 20 points and Lauren Guthrie added 14. In Varsity Boys action the Mustangs held off a determined Reynolds team to claim an 80 to 69 point win. Reynolds was led by Cal Maxwell’s 14 points, He was followed by JaQuann Lockhart with 12 and Rico Dowdle with 11. Spencer Norris had his second thirty plus point game in the last two weeks of December. Having come off a 33 point night at East Henderson Norris led the Mustangs with 31 points against Reynolds. Cal Raleigh added 19. Also in double figures was Bret Baldwin with 10.

Both the Lady Mustangs and the Varsity en d the calendar year with 11-1 records and will open the new year on Tuesday in the Mustangs Gym when they welcome Brevard.

Eagles No Match For Mustangs

(12/19/2014) From the start of the Mustangs and Eagles girls JayVee game it was obvious the Mustangs were the dominate team. The Mustang JayVee team picked up the early win followed by the JV Boys with a fifty point victory. The Lady Mustangs came on with Kaitlin Wood racking up 15 points to lead the Mustangs to a 53 to 29 point win. It took the Mustangs little time to show why they are 7-1 on the season by racing to a 20 to 6 point margin at the end of the first quarter.  East Henderson tried to mount a come back in the third quarter however the Mustangs were answering every Eagles point with two of their own. Midway through the fourth quarter the Mustangs were resting their starters but the scoreboards kept lighting up for the Mustangs who finished the night with an 80 to 55 point win over East Henderson.

WRGC will not broadcast the Mitchel game on December 30th but will return to the full schedule in January.

Mustangs Travel To Franklin For Basketball  Tuesday

12/16/2014) The red hot Smoky Mountain High School Mustang basketball teams are headed to Franklin on Tuesday for a a key mach-up. The fact this is a conference game pales to the intense rivalry that exists between these two schools. The Panthers are coming into the game with little basketball experience for THIS season. Many of the boys varsity team members were playing in the high school football play-offs until two weeks ago when they lost out to East Lincoln. For the Mustangs Bret Baldwin, Zeb Spier, and Jayce Wolfe all started the season nursing football injuries. Baldwin was able to commence play first then Jayce Wolfe returned last week.  Zeb Speir was cleared last week and expected to see some action tonight. The Mustangs enter tonight’s game with a 7-1 record with their only loss coming to a fired up Enka team who took revenge on the Mustangs after the Mustangs got a decisive win at Enka to open the season.  The Mustangs are coming off two lopsided wins including a 43 point victory over Swain, and a 33 point win over West Henderson. The Panthers will focus on Cory Foxx who had 25 points against Pisgah last Friday. The Mustangs will also see the scrappy Trey Maslin who is an excellent athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball which may be his best sport.  For the Mustangs both Spencer Norris and Cal Raleigh are in the top three in scoring in western North Carolina. Norris as committed to play basketball for Randolph College in Virginia while Raleigh is set to play baseball at Clemson unless Major League Baseball makes an offer that is too good to pass up.  Last week Norris and Raleigh both had 18 points in limited action against West Henderson. Against Swain Raleigh pumped in 24 points while Norris had 14 points in limited playing time.

THE LADY MUSTANGS also are red hot coming into the game with a 7 and 1 record having lost only to Erwin.  The Lady Mustangs roared over Tuscola 52 to 32, 59 to 29 over Swain and 71 to 53 over West Henderson. The Lady Mustangs have benefited from the addition of several players from last seasons only one loss short of perfect JayVee team. Against West Henderson Shay Tisho led the Lady Mustangs with 17 points, Aalyah McCullum was next with 16 points. She was followed by Jhimyah McCullum with 15 points. The Panthers will counter with Lexi Taro who 14 points against Pisgah. She was aided by Vanessa Agrusa who added 13 points in the Lady Panthers 65 to 48 point loss.

AIRTIME for tonight’s game will be six o’clock or a little past six depending upon the time of the JayVee games.

Mustangs Gallop To Victory In Three Games This Week

(12/13/2014) The Smoky Mountain High School varsity basketball teams improved their records to seven and one this week with wins over Tuscola, Swain, and West Henderson. On Tuesday the Lady Mustangs had little trouble with Tuscola picking up a 52 to 32 point win. Aalyah McCullum led the Lady Mustangs with 14 points. Maggie DeWeese and Shay Tisho all added nine points each. On Thursday the Lady Mustangs had little trouble with Swain and picked up a 59 to 29 win in Bryson City. Nine of the eleven players dressed out scored and  were lead by Chyan Gallardo and Aalyah McCullum with ten points each. On Friday the Lady Mustangs faced stiff competition before Shay Tisho came on with a stunning nine point performance in the third quarter then led the Lady Mustangs with 17 point and the win. Also for the Lady Mustangs Aalyah McCullum a had 16 points and Jimyah McCullum added 15 for the 71 to 53 point win over West Henderson.  The Mustangs also got to see Taylor Houck who scored 19 points and Kendall Gilliam who helped with 17 points for the Falcons.


The Varsity cruised to a 90 to 62 point win over Tuscola. Spencer Norris and Cal Raleigh led the scoring with 27 points each. Jayce Wolfe returned to action following his recovery from a football injury at Pisgah and scored seven points. Damon Ledford was strong for 10 points. On Thursday the Mustangs rolled to a 43 point winning margin over Swain with a final score of 83 to 40. Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 27 Points. Spencer Norris was limited in playing minutes because of early foul trouble and also had some trouble finding the basket. In the second half Norris came in to add 18 points to the score. All but two players dressed out were able to score.  The Mustangs closed out the week with a 66 to  33 point win over West Henderson. The starters enjoyed a break in the fourth quarter watching their teammates play against the Falcons who were stacked with taller players but the Mustangs speed and ball handling capabilities soon determined the outcome. The Mustangs raced to a 19 to 2 point spread in the first quarter and finished with a 28 to 6 margin to end the quarter.

Mustangs High and Low To Open New Mustang Gymnasium

(12/05/14) On Tuesday the Mustang JV Boys and Girls lost close and hard fought games to Erwin. When the Lady Mustangs took the court Erwin had to rely on fairly decent play, Mustang aggressive play, and favorable officiating to pull out a win for the opening of the New Mustang Gymnasium. Down the final minute and a half stretch the Mustangs got few opportunities to stay in the game. Most of the time was run off the clock with Erwin playing for the foul which sent them to the free throw line for six points and the margin of victory.  The frustrating part for the Mustangs is most of the fouls were not called as a result of a Mustang player making an intentional foul. Thus the favorable officiating. The Lady Mustangs lost 49 to 43 in a game which they deserved to win. When the Varsity Boys took the court they they were the Mustangs last hope for a win on opening night. The Erwin Warriors Varsity Boys were as tough as expected but the Mustangs got excellent play from the line-up including Spencer Norris and Cal Raleigh with 26 points each. The point guards Brett Baldwin and Damon Ledford added 14 points between them and the Mustangs went on to win by ten 74 to 64.the

Enka on Friday

Friday Night it was all different. The JV Girls opened the night with a 51 to 18 blowout over Enka. This was followed by the JV Boys who held on late to win 51 to 40 and the Mustang girls got by Enka 50 to 44 to go 4 and on the season. The Mustangs were led by Aalyah McCullum with 16 points and Kaitlin Wood with 14 points. Hattie Ellis, Chyan Callaredo, Reanna Lehman, and Jhimyah McCullum all had four points in the win.  On Friday the Varsity Boys were in hopes of making it a sweep over Enka, but Enka came in with momentum after a huge win earlier in the week over North Henderson. Again the Mustangs got 25 points from Norris, 24 from Raleigh, nine from Baldwin,  six from Cagle and 2 from Bumgarner. However the Mustangs could not slow down Enka who had several players back in the line up after being suspended for the first game. Enka Cruised to an 82 to 66 point lead to improve to 4 and 2 on the season. This is the first regular season loss for the Mustangs since the 2012 season. The Mustangs will welcome Tuscola on Tuesday night at the Mustangs Gym at Smoky Mountain High School.

Mustangs Prepare To Open New Mustang Gymnasium For Basketball

(12/01/2014) The Mustangs are coming off a successful Holiday Tournament at Mitchell High School.  The Varsity Slipped by Avery on Friday but blew out Mitchell on Saturday.  The Varsity Girls cruised to wins this weekend as well. The Erwin Boys are coming into the season with a 2-1 record but struggling while the Erwin Girls seem loaded to make another run at the playoffs. With both Mustangs Teams LOADED this season, and playing in a brand new facility; basketball at Smoky Mountain should be plenty exciting. The one essential component the team and school can not control is the fans.  LETS Pack The House Tuesday. Airtime for Tuesday’s game is 6:00 p-m. Girls action will start about 6:30 with the boys tip-off at 8:00. Expect an exciting pair of games with a better than average chance for a sweep.

WRGC Radio Is the Corporate sponsor for the game. There will be souvenir balls tossed out, “I was there” T-Shirts for sale, plus other prizes will be distributed as well.