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(02/28/2015) The Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs will play arch rival the Franklin Lady Panthers Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Mustangs Gym. Franklin pulled out a last minute win 45 to 43 point on Friday at North Surry for the opportunity to face the Lady Mustangs for the third time this season. The Lady Panthers were able to take a one point lead with under a half minute to play with a basket. North Surry was not able to score and fouled the Lady Panthers with under ten seconds left in the game. One of the two foul shots was made with game the Lady Panthers a two point lead. North Surry was not able to get the ball down court and set up for either a winning nor a tying two point shot. The Lady Mustangs have defeated the Lady Panthers on two occasions this season. In the last game the Lady Mustangs had to battle the entire way but were able to preserve a48 to 42 point win. In the first match the Lady Mustangs took a 62 to 53 point win at Franklin.

Mustangs Still Waiting

(02/26/2015)The smart thinking Athletic Department Directors for the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs went ahead and got their first round basketball games played on Monday night.The other teams were staying with the standard schedule to play Tuesday. We all know what happened to the weather, even worse on Wednesday. NOW seems most of the teams will play their first round games on Friday Night and their second round games on Saturday. That puts the Mustangs in great shape because they will have had several days rest and no travel. They will be fresh at home on Saturday against teams that played Friday then had to travel on Saturday.

Mustangs Crush Opponents In Round One

(02/25/2015)The Lady Mustangs wasted no time in putting the bigger West Stanley team on the ropes. At the end of the first quarter the Lady Mustangs were in cruise control with a 23 to 5 point lead. In the second quarter the Lady Mustangs went on an 18 to 12 point spread to lead 41 to 17. The second half proved no better for West Stanley when they were able to add only 14 points while the Lady Mustangs cranked out 30 to provide a final 71 to 31 point win. The Lady Mustangs were led by Aalyah McCullum with 16 points and Taryn Ledford with 14 points. Both Taryn and Chyan Gallardo added three pointers at key times to slam the door on the Colts when they were in hopes of getting a foot out of the stable. The Lady Mustangs will play either Franklin or North Surry in the second round. The Lady Panthers Tuesday Night game is rescheduled for Wednesday but the weather forecast for Wednesday is even worse than Tuesday.

At times it seemed that the Bunker Hill Bears would have been just as well off to have bought a ticket to watch the Mustangs play basketball. The Mustangs ability to pass, shoot for three and two, drive, fake, break down traps, and penetrate the Bears zone was jaw dropping. The Mustangs performance on Monday night was like a well timed machine. On several occasions the Bears found themselves guarding empty space because the Mustangs broke down their play and left the defenders to watch the basketball drop through the net from a different section of the court. The Mustangs got the expected interior domination from Cal Raleigh who scored 25 points. Spencer Norris made sure the Bears were in a hole before they even made one court cycle by hitting back to back threes. After Norris cooled Baldwin and Cal Raleigh sank three pointers leaving the Bears shaking their head and calling a time out to recuperate from the shock. As time expired at the end of the opening quarter the Mustangs were out front by a 24 to 6 score. The second quarter was a bit more calm as the Mustangs match the Bears with 13 to 12 points to go to the dressing room leading by a 37 to 18 score. In the third quarter Cal Raleigh caged the Bears with 12 points of his own. In the fourth quarter with Raleigh resting Spencer Norris took aver adding eleven points. Outstanding defensive play by Jayce Wolfe, Bret Baldwin, and Damon Ledford kept the Bears out of their comfortable game plan. Their blazing speed passes and assists were astonishing.

Notes: The Mustangs will play either Huss or Reidsville in the next round. No telling when that will be with Winter Storm Remus headed our way on Wednesday.
The Mustangs got to see a couple of ole pals from the 2014 baseball season. Baldwin, Raleigh, and Speer saw Bears players Justin Setzer and Cameron Chapman last spring in the baseball playoffs. Chapman scored the one and winning run for the Bears last spring to end the Mustangs season at Claremont. The basketball team ended the Bears basketball season in Sylva. In the basketball game Monday Setzer had 10 points and Chapman got only two points and spent most of the game in foul trouble.

Mustangs Take Two From Brevard In Tournament Play Friday

(02-14-2015) The Mustangs Boys Varsity Team knocked Brevard out of the tournament with a 77 to 51 victory in Sylva. For several of the Blue Devils it was an emotional end to their high school basketball career having NEVER beaten the Mustangs.  The Mustangs will advance to the second round of the tournament on Tuesday at Pisgah High School. Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 21 points followed by Spencer Norris with 14 and Bret Baldwin with 13 and Jayce Wolfe’s 12.

THE LADY MUSTANGS  also win over Brevard by a 70 to 34 score. Every Lady Mustang who dressed out for the game saw action and scored at least two points. Aalyah McCullum led the Lady Mustangs with 16 points. She was followed by Shay Tisho with 14 and Kaitlyn Wood with 12.  The Lady Mustangs will take on a tough North Henderson team on Tuesday at Pisgah High School.


Mustangs Race Past Brevard In Basketball

(02/04/2015)  The Mustangs enjoyed a fruitful trim to Brevard on Tuesday winning all four games.  The Lady Mustangs  were led by Allayah McCullum’s 13 points, Kaitlin Wood’s 12, Jimayah McCullum’s 10 points, and Heather Watson’s 9 points on the way to a 61 to 32 point win over Brevard. The Varsity boys were even more dominate with a 78 to 37 point win over Brevard. The Mustangs were Cal Raleigh who poured in 20 points, Spencer Norris added 19, and Brett Baldwin chipped in ten. Some of the other Mustangs had a cold scoring night but nine players got the ball through the hoop in the 78 to 37 point win.

Next Up on Friday the Mustangs travel to Pisgah. The Bears will be ferocious after losing both games last year, and getting slammed in Sylva a couple of weeks ago.  Seats will be at a premium. WRGC radio will have the game on the air at 6:00 for girls action

Franklin High School’s Football Star Jeremiah Young Signs With WCU

(02/04/2015) Prior to Western Carolina: A two-time 2-A All-State selection who earned WNC Athletic 2-A/3-A Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2014 … Rushed for 1,718 yards and 31 TDs as a senior, posting 215 yards and three scores on the ground in the regional finals … Added five catches for 61 yards and was credited with a team-high 91 tackles including three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Holds the Franklin High school records for career rushing yards (4,479), points scored (444) and tackles (367.5) … He also holds single-season rushing touchdowns with 36 and the mark for TDs in a single-game (six) … Rushed for a WNC Athletic Conference-leading 1,788 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, adding a conference-best 101.5 tackles on defense … During his sophomore season, rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns while amassing over 100 tackles on defense … Was a part of 46 career victories at Franklin High … High school coach was former Catamount quarterback, Josh Brooks (1993-97).
Personal: Is the son of Parish and Debbie Young … Jeremiah is the youngest of five children.
Note: Chose Western Carolina over Lenoir-Rhyne, Richmond and The Citadel.

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.