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Cal Raleigh Has A Busy Day

(03/22/2015) After playing third base and scoring the winning run in the Mustangs 6 to 5 win over Erwin in baseball Raleigh headed off to Asheville to join basketball teammate Spencer Norris in the Blue and White All star game played as Asheville’s TC Roberson High School Baldwin Gym. Norris and Raleigh each had 12 points as the White team won 103 to 93. Dustin Johnson from Cherokee was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award.
In The Girls Game: Cherokee’s Kendall Toinetta had 16 points for the White team which won 93 to 90. The winning shot was a three pointer off the fingertips of Amanda Thompson from Hayesville with under a minute to play. Franklin High School’s Vanessa Agrusa had 20 points for the White Team.

Mustangs Baseball Wins Saturday

(03/22/2015)On a perfect day for baseball the Mustangs baseball team did plenty to keep the fans at the game will the last out was recorded. Erwin built an early 5 to 0 lead before the Mustangs crept back into the game in the fifty with two runs. Holding Erwin in the sixth gave the Mustangs the opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth then heading to the critical seventh inning with a tied game. The Mustangs in the seventh got the inning going with as Cal Raleigh double. He advanced to third on a sac bunt. Erwin gave up an unintentional walk followed by an intentional walk to create a forced play at any base. “Mr Clutch” Brett Baldwin worked the count with a few well placed foul balls until he got the pitch he wanted and that was a base on balls. While Baldwin trotted to first Raleigh trotter home with the winning run. The Mustangs take a 6 to 5 come from behind win. The Mustangs will take on West Henderson on Tuesday in a game that will be aired on 540 WRGC and on the Tune In Radio app on line. Pregame will start at 4:10 from the Mustangs Field.

Mustangs Softball Remain Undefeated

(03/20/2015) While the Mustangs Baseball team was struggling with Tuscola, the girls softball team was not. Behind highlight reel pitching by Micayla McCoy the Lady Mountaineers were able to secure only five hits while seeing themselves strike out six times, receiving only one walk and no runs. The Lady Mustangs pounded out twelve hits and ten runs. Mary Dietz, Claudia Crowe, Megan Chastain, and Micayla McCoy each had two rbi. MiCayla McCoy had a double, Rebecca Lovedahl ripped a triple, and Katie Fortner crushed a homer.The Mustangs have recorded a 7 to 3 win over Hiwassee Dam, and 8 to 2 win over Polk County, and the 10-0 shutout Friday against Tuscola. The Lady Mustangs play West Henderson on Tuesday. Then Wednesday they host Swain in a game that will be broadcasted live on WRGC.

Mustang Baseball Handed A Loss By Tuscola

(03/20/2015)Tuscola Pitcher Ethan Meece proved to be to much for the Mustangs on Friday allowing the Mountaineers to escape Sylva with a 3-1 win. The Mustangs scattered five hits but were able to dent the scoreboard only once in the sixth inning. Kevin Allred was the only Mustang to get more than one hit of which the second was a double and the only extra base hit for the Mustangs. Meece struck out seven, walked two, and forced the Mustangs to strand seven runners. Jace Milkey was dominate through five innings giving up only one hit and striking out eight. Milkey was touched up by a line drive homer by Zack Lannane in the sixth which provided Tuscola with the first run of the game. Cole Hooper came on in relief and got the first batter to ground out. then walked the five and sixth batters in the order before getting the double play ball from Ethan Meece. After the Mustangs tied the game in the top of the sixth Tuscola came out swinging in the seventh. Aided by an error and a walk Tuscola had runners on board for Lannane to drive the nail in the coffin with a long single to center field to give Tuscola the lead. Next up catcher Noah Heatherly doubled in the third run. Lannane was picked off at the plate to end the Tuscola rally. The Mustangs were held hitless in the seventh and take their first loss of the season after beating North Buncombe 6 to 1 and Blue Ridge 11 -1 on Tuesday. The Mustangs will take on Erwin on Saturday at 2:30 at the Mustangs Field.

Local Teams Struggle in Winston Salem

(03/o8/2015) The Playoffs got underway Friday in Winston Salem at the Fairgrounds Annex beside Wake Forest University. The Cherokee Lady Braves watched most of the game when a massive team from Wake Forest Prep demolished Hiwassee Dam 52 to 39. Needless to say the Hiwassee Dam team gave it all they could but just were no match for what would have been a decent college team.
The LADY BRAVES Game had a fabulous game with Albemarle. The Lady Bulldogs has a legitimate college prospect in Jada Robinson who had 25 points for Albemarle. But the Bulldogs were not match for the Lady Braves speed and stifling defense. Kendall Toineeta has 36 points for the Lady Braves. Barnard and Brown had 8 and Wolfe added 9 to win 66 to 53.
THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL MUSTANGS came on and went through two overtimes before closing the deal with Lexington 70 to 67. Raleigh had 28 and Norris has 25 for the Mustangs.
On Saturday The LADY BRAVES had their shot at the Winston Salem Prep. Even though out matched and out scored they were not out played and they never game up. Cherokee should be very proud of this team. Too many years to remember when this public school has been knocked out by a private school and there is little doubt that Winston Salem Prep boys and girls will dominate 1-A play this season. The Lady Braves were held to 5 points in the first quarter, it was 52 to 16 at the half 57 to 20 in the third and 63 to 34 at the end. Kendall Toineeta led the Lady Braves with 11 Points… enough said!!!

THE MUSTANGS then faced the states number one team East Lincoln and built an 11 point lead early in the third quarter. So it was either exhaustion from the prior nights double overtime, or East Lincoln changed their defense so much the Mustangs were unable to match up. They were shut down with only five points in the final quarter while East Lincoln came back with a 16 to five point run to cut the deficit and take the lead with about a minute to play. The Mustangs tied it. With 2 seconds to go the Mustangs were whistled for a cheap foul while both teams were scrambling for a rebound under the Mustangs goal. East Lincoln hit both free throws. The Mustangs were unable to go the length of the court in two seconds and lost a heart breaker for the second year in a row going down 52 to 50.

Mustang Boys Continue In Playoffs

(03/04/2015) The Smoky Mountain High School Boys Varsity basketball team will play Friday in Winston Salem for the Sectional Championship against Lexington. The Mustangs battled the Wolves for three and a half quarters Tuesday night in Sylva before getting the momentum on their side for keeps. The Mustangs lead was a mere three points with four minutes left in the game but a pair of three pointers and by Spencer Norris and eight points in the fourth quarter by Cal Raleigh proved to be more than the Wolves could overcome especially with the absence of two of their key players having fouled out with about two minutes left to play. While the officiating crew on Monday had Cal Raleigh on the bench early in foul trouble, Raleigh was not charged with a single foul on Tuesday. For the Mustangs Bret Baldwin has four points, Damon Ledford added five, and Jayce Wolfe with six. Spencer Norris added 21 points and Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 32 points.
The Mustangs will play on Friday night at the Winston Salem Fairgrounds Annex. Their opponent will be the fourth seeded Lexington Yellow Jackets who beat fifth seeded North Surry on Tuesday. 540 WRGC will have the game on the air Friday evening starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

Mustang Girls Basketball Season Ends At Home

(03/04/2015) There was never a question the Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs would not have their hands full on Tuesday with the Wilkes Central Eagles. The Lady Mustangs kept the Eagles at a distance until the final minute and a half of the game when the Eagles rallied to take a 53 to 52 point lead. The Lady Mustangs were unable to sink the needed baskets going down the stretch. After getting the lead the Eagles added two points from the field and Kamre Gibbs sank two free thrown with four seconds remaining to secure the win and the trip to the sectional playoffs Thursday in Winston Salem. Wilkes Central 57 Mustangs 52. Even though the season ended earlier than desired congratulations are certainly in order for the Lady Mustangs who set the bar very high for Mustang basketball.

IN A RELATED STORY: Previously unbeaten and top seeded Mountain Heritage falls to RS Central on Tuesday night leaving the 2A girls Western Regional a toss-up when the remaining four teams meet this weekend for the chance to play next weekend for the state championship.

Two Other Area Teams Still In The Hunt

03/05/2015) The Cherokee Lady Braves are back in the hunt for a state championship and will be playing in Winston Salem Friday at 5:30 when they take on Albemarle. Also going into the sectional finals is Hiwassee Dam taking on Winston Salem Prep in the 4:00 p.m. game. The Cherokee Lady Braves have to be excited to not be facing Bishop McGinnis who has knocked the Lady Braves out of the Championship game several times in the past five years. Should both Cherokee and Hiwassee Dam win they will be playing each other Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Mustang Softball and Baseball Openers Delayed

(03/04/2015)The Smoky Mountain High School Athletic Department has announced that Thursday’s softball game with Robbinsville has been cancelled and the baseball game with Asheville Christian Academy rescheduled for Friday has also been cancelled. All the teams involved have been involved with the basketball playoffs and the expected weather conditions for this weekend were not conducive to playing the games.