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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.


Mustangs End Season With Loss

(11/15/2014)  The Smoky Mountain High School football team’s 2014 football season ended Friday night in the cold of Denver, North Carolina with a 55 to 7 loss to East Lincoln the number one ranked team in the state Two A Division. The Mustangs played well against a tough team but were able to stop the East Lincoln Mustangs one time which resulted in an East Lincoln score in eight of their nine possessions. The one punt by East Lincoln was an NFL caliber punt traveling some 75 yards with no return which forced the Smoky Mountain Mustangs team to start their drive on their own ten yard line. Left handed quarterback Chazz Surratt for East Lincoln was accurate all night leading his team to six passing scores. There would have been more scores but the Smoky Mountain pass defense was effective with numerous pass deflections. Smoky Mountain scored with just over four minutes left in the game when Zeb Speir connected with Eli Cole for a 16 yard scoring strike. Several key players were out including Jayce Wolfe and Brett Baldwin with injuries and Chase Fisher left the game late with an injury.  Now the Mustangs can turn their attention to basketball which starts today (November 15th) in the tip off tournament at TC Roberson at 11:00 a.m. The regular season starts November 25th at Enka.

Mustangs Match East Henderson Except in The Score

(10/13/2014) Make it two in a row. The Mustangs open the game with an interception which results in a quick and easy score for the opponent and putting the Mustangs in a hole early. This time the Mustangs did not answer with a touchdown as was the case a week ago when Jayce Wolfe returned the football 96 yards for a touchdown against Franklin. Friday night against East Henderson the Mustangs were able to generate a single score against the Eagles even though they got inside the ten yard line two times. One potential score was lost due to a fumble the other was  an unsuccessful try for a score of fourth and ten from the ten.  East  Henderson killed several strong drives with either a high snap over the quarterbacks head or a fifteen yard penalty.  In the fourth case the Eagles came back from a third and 25 with a pass play to keep a scoring drive going late in the game which proved to be the winning score. Matthew Ridley emerged as a strong runner for the Mustangs who play Brevard at home next Friday.

Crompton Has Strong Performance In CFL

(10/13/2014) Former Tuscola High School Quarterback Jonathon Crompton had a strong performance Sunday for the Montreal Alouettes last Sunday with a 40 t0 9 win over the Saskatchewan Rough riders.  Crompton was completed 12 of 25  passed for three touchdowns. One pass went for 61 yards, another for 32 yards and a 25 yard completion for a touchdown. After the game Crompton reported feeling the players were all getting on the same play page which has contributed to the team being in a three way tie for their division lead.  The Alouettes are now 6 and 8 on the season and will be playing division foe Toronto on Sunday. Crompton completed his university eligibility at Tennessee and saw limited action behind Steven Ainge, then was pressed hard for playing time during his senior year. Crompton has stints with several NFL teams including New England and Washington before spending part of the preseason with Edmonton. Thus far Montreal has been his best fit.

Mustangs Get One Long Run For Six Against Tough Panthers

(10/11/2014) The Mustangs were intercepted on the first play of the game Friday Night at Franklin. On their second snap of the football the Panthers took the ball into the end zone for the first score of the game. The PAT after the touchdown was good and Franklin led 7 to 0.  The score would not stay that way for long before Jayce Wolfe took the ensuing kickoff from 96 yards to the Franklin end zone for six points. The point after touchdown try failed but the Mustangs appeared ready to give the Panthers a contest. However that was the last time the Mustangs got to the end zone even though they surrendered only one touchdown in the second half on their way to a 42 to 6 loss at Franklin.  This is the ninth loss in a row for the Mustangs who hope to see their fortunes change next week at East Henderson, a team that has also struggled this season.

Falcons Soar Mustangs Stumble

(10/03/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs proved to be no match for the West Henderson High School Friday night in Sylva. The rains pulled away shortly before game time and left Sylva and Carr Hooper Stadium a perfect place to play this season’s homecoming game. West Henderson got on the board first with a seven yard run by Cody Jackson but the point after the touchdown try failed. The Mustangs came charging back and went ahead on the score by Jayce Wolfe and with the PAT by Travis Holden the Mustangs were up 7 to 6. The Falcons came back with seconds remaining in the first quarter with a touchdown and the try for the two point conversion failed. In the second quarter Quarterback William Crouch added a touchdown on a three yard run. This time the try for the two point conversion was good and the Falcons were ahead 20 to 7. The Mustangs staled at midfield and the ball went back over to Western Henderson who took the ball down-field to set up for a field goal. The Mustang defense was stingy but several times crumbled on the third down play after holding West Henderson for short yardage for four or five plays but the Falcons came up with crucial plays and just enough yardage to sustain their drives. James Murry split the uprights with a 37 yard line drive field goal to put the Falcons up 23 to 7 at the half. At the half Katie Fortner was named as this year’s Homecoming Queen. Fortner from the Tuckasegee Community is an athlete in her own stead having played on the Carolina Rattlers Softball Team sponsored by Sylva American Legion Post 104 which won the North Carolina Big League Girls State Championship. Eli Young was named Homecoming King.. In the third quarter the Mustangs were unable to get near the end zone while West Henderson added a touchdown. The Mustangs held West Henderson to a single score which was a 37 yard break away run by Cody Jackson. Lapka’s PAT attempt was good which game the Falcons a 30 to 7 point lead. The fourth quarter opened with the Mustangs finding some enough offense to score one touchdown. Quarterback Zeb Speir who was accurate as a rifle shot when given the slightest moment find and plant for the throw. The Falcons were in his backfield all night giving him no time to set up for any receiver. West Henderson scored late for the final 37 to 15 margin. The Mustangs have one home game left against Brevard on October 24 th and will travel to undefeated Franklin next Friday night.

Mustangs Lose to Mountaineers In Overtime

(09/27/14) It was a seesaw battle Friday night at Carr Hooper Stadium when the Mustangs welcomed the Tuscola Mountaineers to town for conference play in High School Football. The Mountaineers struck first after getting the early advantage after the Mustangs fumbled the ball on their first play. The Mountaineers lead was not secure because the Mustangs put together a successful drive using an effective passing game from quarterback Zeb Speir and several receive especially Jayce Wolfe and Chase Fisher then mixing in some solid runs by Speir and Jayce Milkey. After taking a 21 14 lead in the third quarter the Mustangs defense held until Tuscola found success with a couple of moderate range passes with significant yardage after the reception. With six minutes left to play the game was tied and the Mustangs were hoping for a long time consuming drive and score but instead went three and out. Tuscola scored quickly to take a 28 to 21 point lead on several excellent runs by Caleb Ferguson and Alan Parker’s passing and runs out of the triple option offense.The Mustangs got the ball back with just under three minutes to play and moved down the filed with a couple of outstanding catches and runs by Jayce Wolfe and Chase Fisher. Speir took it into the end zone with 2.9 seconds to go. The point after the touchdown was good with point six seconds left to play. The Mustangs kicked off a bouncer putting the game which Tuscola downed and thus sending the game into overtime. The Mustangs got the ball first and but could not score on the ground and settled for a field goal and a 31 to 28 point lead. Tuscola reached the end zone in two plays and took the win 34 to 31. Next week Tuscola will host Brevard and Smoky Mountain will take on West Henderson in this year’s Homecoming Game. Tuscola is now two and three while the Mustangs slip to one and four.

Mustang Soccer Wins Two

(09/26/14) After struggling against and losing to a strong Franklin Panthers team and East Henderson team last week the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs rediscovered the winning formula this week with two shutout wins. On Monday the Mustangs were dominate over Brevard getting a 4-0 win. On Wednesday the Mustangs powered over Pisgah who dropped to 1-8-2 overall and 1-5 in conference play. The Mustangs were led by Gabby Fuentes with four goals. The Mustangs also got goals from Adam Larcher and Chris Henson who added a goal and two assists. Also getting on the assists were Andrew Larcher, Jeremiah Caplinger, and Sanders Berry. The Mustangs will travel to North Henderson on Monday

East Henderson Edges Mustangs in Soccer

(09/18/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs were unable to snap back from the loss to the Franklin Panthers earlier in the week. The Mustangs were not able to find the right gear for a win over the East Henderson Eagles who have been building a strong program for several seasons. This time the Eagles slipped by the Mustangs by a 2-1 score. The future looks a bit brighter for the Mustangs next week when they host two struggling programs at home. Brevard comes to Sylva on Monday followed by Pisgah on Wednesday.

Franklin Ends Drought in Soccer

(09/15/14) The Franklin Panthers Soccer Team ended their four years of frustration Monday night with a 3-0 win over the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs and remain undefeated on the season with a 10-0 record including a perfect 6-0 at home. The Mustangs fell to 5 and five overall with a 1-4 on the road record. For the Panthers Riggy Hernandez scored one goal for the Panthers then Kevin Sanchez added two more. The Panthers had 27 shots at goal. The road gets no easier for the Mustangs who must Travel to East Henderson on Wednesday.

Mustangs Struggle With Running Attacks

(09/16/14) The Murphy Bulldogs showed it was not a fluke that Enka had success against the Mustangs with a time consuming and yardage eating ground attack. This past Friday on a wet football field and a week after the Mustangs were shut down by the Enka defense and their clock controlled running game the Mustangs fell to a similar game plan against Murphy on Friday Night in Sylva. The Bulldogs Deion Johnson scored on runs of 23, 35, and 75 yards to keep the Mustangs behind. The Bulldog’s defense kept the Mustangs offense tied to the post all night giving up no scores and issuing the second shutout of the season to the Mustangs. After opening the season with a nice win at Andrews the Mustangs have not been able to stop the triple option running attack from Swain, Enka, or Murphy. The Mustangs fell to Murphy by a score of 28 to 0. The Mustangs did get fourteen points during the Enka game but were shut down in the fourth quarter and losing by a 21 to 14 final tally. The Jets controlled the quarter with nineteen plays compared to just five by the Mustangs. The Mustangs also were shut down the week before with a 24 to nothing shellacking from the Maroon Devils. The Mustangs are off this week to prepare for the start of the conference schedule with a game on September 26th at Tuscola.

Catamounts Land Three Players On The Conference Player Of The Week Tally

09/16/14) WCU Volleyball star Elyssa Mulheron has named on Monday as the Southern Conference defensive player of the week. Mulheron led the Catamounts defensively with 74 digs which is an average of 4.93 digs per set in four matches last week. On Tuesday September 9th Mulheron had a season high 24 digs in a five set home opener against Charlotte. Joining Mulheron on the Conferences Players of the Week recognition was Daniel Riddle who had a career high 18 tackles in the WCU 35 to 21 point win over Catawba. The Red shirt freshman and former walk on player from Raleigh was also named the national co-Freshman of the week from the Sports Network. Riddle is credited for three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, and a sack. Riddle joins WCU quarterback Troy Mitchel, and running back Darius Ramsey as Conference Offensive Players Of The Week.

Catamounts Hoping To Excite the Home Crowd

(09/05/14)The Western Carolina University football Head Coach Mark Speir said there will be no more moral victories in Cullowhee. But last Saturday’s showing against South Florida was not in Cullowhee and might not be even a moral victory but the coach now in his third year certainly saw performances from his team which should make him optimistic that his team is ready to enjoy more than a win or two each season. In the past years but still in the memory back on many Catamount fans they have seen the Catamounts struggle against some Division Two schools and are anticipating those struggled to be pushed a bit further into the memory provided the Catamounts are able to handle the Brevard Tornado’s Saturday afternoon in Cullowhee. Troy Mitchel had an award winning night against South Florida and is expected to lead the Catamounts offense to a productive afternoon. While the Catamounts gave up 36 points to South Florida, 24 of those points came off of breakaway runs. Without those bursts the Catamounts might be celebrating a huge victory.

Mustangs Look To Get On Winning Track Against Enka

(09/05/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs want to show that 2013 was not a fluke when they won the high school football game with Enka by a score of 41 to 20. The Mustangs are coming into the game with a 1-1 record with a 30 to 7 win over Andrews but struggled to get an effective offense game plan in operation against a tough Maroon Devils defense last week and going down to defeat by a 24 to 0 score. The Enka Jests also struggled against Pisgah and were able to get only three points thanks to a 26 yard field goal by Paul Arambula. Enka has not won this season and will figure the game with the Mustangs as winnable and will play with an added intensity. Last week against Pisgah the Jets did establish a passing game but did not stay with it for the entire game. Probably when the team got behind, the Pisgah defense began putting more pressure on the jests passing game. The mustangs quarterback Speir will be without the services of Jayce Wolfe who is recovering from a shoulder injury received in last weeks game. Pisgah was able to run against the Jets and the Mustangs may be inclined to establish a running game. While the Mustangs have several swift runners, thus far a strong and durable running back to pound out yardage in the interior has not emerged yet.

Mustangs Stumble Against Maroon Devils

(08/30/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs struggled to find an effective offensive scheme against the Swain High Maroon Devils on Friday night in Sylva. The Maroon Devils defense created problems for the Mustangs quarterback Zac Speir and the consequential interception of three passes. The Mustangs running game also struggled against the Maroon Devils who held the Mustangs to under 200 yards total offense. The Maroon Devils were going with a young and untested quarterback in Trevor Stephenson but running back Spencer McCoy was able to keep the offense going.
Next week the Mustangs will face a struggling Enka Jets team. The Mustangs won the 2013 game 41 to 20. Airtime on WRGC Radio will be 7:00 p.m. for the pregame show.

Mustangs Gallop Over Wildcats

(08/23/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustang football team got their football season off on the right foot Friday night with a 30 to 7 win over the Andrews Wildcats in Andrews. The Mustangs got two scores in the first quarter. Andrews struck in the second quarter with a thirty pass play with the addition of the extra point the score was narrowed to 14 to 7. Jayce Wolfe then took the Andrews kickoff 92 yards for a score to give the Mustangs a 21 to 7 point lead at the half. The defenses for both teams tightened in the second half but the Mustangs Quarterback Zeb Spier found Jayce Wolfe open on the corner for a short pass which Wolfe took the end zone. With the extra point the Mustangs were up 28 to 7. The fourth quarter was an amazing scenario. Between penalties and lost yardage the Mustangs were faced with a fourth and 40+ yardage. After the punt Andrews found themselves bitten my the same misfortune and in an effort to get out from the shadow of the goal posts Moore set up to pass but was sacked in the end zone by the Wildcats defense giving the Mustangs their final two points of the game. Both teams turned in many excellent performances on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs found several capable receivers for Speir to throw to. The offensive and defensive line play was solid all night and both teams best opportunities were the use of options plays and short passes. Both teams had receivers who were able to get positive yardage after the catch. The Mustangs will host Swain next Friday night and Andrews will host Tellico Plains.

Mustangs Open The New Gym With Wins

(08/19/14) The Smoky Mountain Mustangs JV and Varsity girls Volleyball teams set the standard for the new gymnasium on Tuesday by taking both games from Murphy. The JV Girls took both of the opening sets to win 25-21 and the second set 25 to 22. The Varsity girls had a more difficult time of it when they dropped the first two games to Murphy by scores of 22 to 25, and 24 to 26. The Mustangs appeared to have the momentum late when they cut an eight point deficit to a single point but they could not hold the momentum allowing Murphy to take the win on a missed put back. The Mustangs charged back in game three to take a 25 to 19 win, then tied the match with a 25 to 21 point win in the fourth set, and then took the deciding fifth set by a score of 15 to 11. 540 A-M WRGC Radio was the corporate sponsor of the game which included handing out blue souvenir volleyballs, 540 A-M WRGC Radio T-Shirts and pens, plus the booster club sold out of their “I was There” t-shirts. Some observers reported the crowd they could remember being present for a regular season volleyball game. One side of the new bleachers was crowded with an estimated 500 fans.
THE MUSTANGS SOCCER TEAM also got their season underway with a 1-0 win on Tuesday over Owen. Gabby Fuentes for the winning goal for the Mustangs. Travis Holden stepped into the Goalie role by blocking six Owen shots.


Brett Prevett Wins The Bass-Masters College National Competition On Lake Chatuge

(08/06/14) the University of Louisiana at Monroe Bass Fishing Champion Brett Prevett is on his way to the Bass-Masters Classic to be held later at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Prevett edged Bethel Universities Zack Parker for the championship. Parker had been one of the most consistent contestants in the tournament turning in over ten pounds of fish each day and helping Bethel University to finish second in the tournament behind the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the Championship event Prevett landed the most weight to win the challenge and the spot in the Bass-Masters Classic for the winner of the National College Champion. He will get $7500 in prize money to be used for entrance fees in the Bass-Masters opens of his choice. He will also get the use of a new truck and boat for a year. Prevett had made a bad cast on Monday and sank two hooks from a treble hook in his neck. But Prevett fished for the rest of the day and had the hooks removed by a doctor after the days fishing was over. For Parker, his next plan is to compete in the pro circuit since his collegiate eligibility is over. Western Carolina Universities bass team finished 24th in the 83 team field, or would flotilla be a better word.


UNC Charlotte Team Wins Bassmaster Collegiate Championship

(08/04/14) The UNC Charlotte team of Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms walked away with $2500 for their schools Bass Fishing program and the opportunity for each to compete individually for spot for the entry into the Bassmasters Classic which is granted to the National College Champion. During the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket held at Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, Whitaker and Helms weighed in five fish and a combined weight of eleven pounds and twelve ounces and were nowhere near the top of the leader board. On the second day they turned in five fish for a combined weight of twelve pounds and eleven ounces which was good enough to make the top five teams. On Saturday they scored big with fourteen pounds and two ounces giving them a fifteen fish total of thirty eight pounds and nine ounces. The anglers from the top four teams in the championship are competing Monday and Tuesday August 5th. This competition will also be at Lake Chatuge. Whitaker and Helms won the championship with 15 eligible fish and a combined weight of 38 pounds and nine ounces. The Hayesville High School Bass Club was responsible for returning the caught fish to the lake after the weight in. Bass maintains a strict requirement for the anglers to keep the fish properly aerated and alive for the weight in and returned to the lake water immediately after the scoring is complete.
THE WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY team of Austin Neary and Zachary Hicks finished in the 24th position with seven fish and a combined weight of fourteen pounds and thirteen ounces which was not enough to qualify for the final days fishing which was limited to the top five teams which included Bethel University, The university of Louisiana at Monroe, Tennessee tech University, New Mexico State university, and a second team from Bethel University.

Josh Brooks Selected To Coach The West Team At The 2015 East-West All Star Game

(08/01/14)The dust had hardly settled at the Grimsley High School Football Field when preparations for the 2015 East West All Star game were being made. It was announced on Thursday that Franklin head football coach Josh Brooks has been selected as one of the assistant coaches for the 2015 event. Brooks is a Sylva native who played football at Sylva Webster High School and Western Carolina University. Since taking over the Franklin Panthers football head coaching position in 2006 Brooks has become the program’s most winning coach with record of 72 to 29. Brooks will be joined by Joey Robinson on the sidelines.


American Legion Post 47 Will Host The American Legion State Championship Games in 2015

(07/31/14) While the Waynesville Post 47 American Legion Baseball team was barred from post season play because of a technicality of using a couple of players from the Rabun Gap Nachoochee School located just inside Georgia, Haywood County has won a greater prize. Post 47 has been awarded the North Carolina American Legion Junior Division State Championship Games to be played during July of 2015. According to The Post 47 Athletic Director Chuck Feibernetz an agreement has been reached with Western Carolina University for the housing of the teams and for several of the games to be played on Childress Field at Hennon Stadium. Post 47 is hoping for a good showing in 2015 to enhance their chances at getting both the junior and senior state championship games in 2016. Feibernetz states that WCU Athletic Director Randy Eaton was active in the effort to recruit the games to the WCU Baseball Complex. Several years ago when the Sylva American Legion Post 104 sponsored an American Legion Team several games were played at Hennon Stadium. Later WCU was able to recruit several outstanding players from the teams who had played games at WCU. The Sylva Legion Post 104 only sponsored a team for one season. The lack of other local teams and the resulting travel expenses were more than the post could overcome along with the lack of a suitable local facility with concessions and lights. The Senior Division Legion World Series is also played in North Carolina at Shelby which has constructed a world class marquee venue for the games.

WCU Picked To Finish Fifth In The Southern Conference Football Chase

Gone from the Southern Conference are powerhouse teams from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, and Elon. Back in the conference is VMI, along with Mercer and East Tennessee State who is rebuilding their football program. These changes along with the fact that WCU has scheduled three games with Division Two Schools including Catawba, Presbyterian, and Brevard means that WCU has three games on the schedule which they should be able to win. WCU is picked by both the coaches and media to finish fifth. The Cats have rarely escaped the cellar for and period of time for many seasons.

Jackson County Big League All Stars Play This Weekend In Florida

A couple of weeks ago the Jackson County Big League All Stars Softball team pulled off the upset win over a five team field and defeated a tough Morganton team to win the State big League Girls State Championship. With the regulations allowing a player to play through age 19 the Jackson County team found themselves playing against players who were already out of high school and some had a season of college experience under their belt. Still the Jackson County team made up of players from all- stars from across the entire fifth division escaped with a 4 to 3 win after getting blown out in the first game by an 11-0 score. The team has several players from Jackson County who play for the Carolina Rattlers, a team sponsored by the (Sylva) William E. Dillard American legion Post 104. The team will be playing in Fort Myers Florida this weekend.

 Jordan Couch Helps the West in the East West All Star Game Yet The East Team Won

(07/23/14) Jordan Couch scored one of the two points scored in Tuesday Nights All-Star game played at Greensboro. The East All Stars had their biggest scoring output since 2009 scoring five points against the West. The other score by the West All Stars was by Mitchel Brown from Mount Airy. Couch had another goal which was waved off because of an off-sides penalty called against the West team. Even though the East team won the game Jordan Couch received plenty of recognition for his game performance. He will be playing for Guilford College when the soccer season starts in August. The Girls soccer game was won by the West Team by a score of 4-1. Erin Settle from Mooresville was the MVP. The West team scored three points in the second half.

Local Athletes Show In East West All Star Games

(07/22/14) The East west All Star basketball Games were played on Monday night in Greensboro. It was all western teams winning Monday. In girls action two local players were involved with scoring including Sheridan Presley from Pisgah who had ten points and Sarah Henson who played high school basketball at Franklin added six points. The West All Stars took the win at 82 to 68. Even there were no local players on the team Boys team the West All Stars also took the win with a 98 to 86 point victory. Jeremy Harris from Greensboro had a 24 point performance for the West.

Local Players In Action This Week At East West All Star games

(07/21/14) The East West All Star Games are being played this week in Greensboro. Sylva’s representative in soccer is Jordan Couch. Sunday night at the Athlete’s banquet he received both academic soccer awards. Couch is part of a select group of 150 men and women in North Carolina chosen from over 100,000 athletes to compete in the East West All-Star Game in basketball, football and soccer. Practice from the the top players from every conference in the west region will continue through Monday with the game scheduled for Tuesday evening at 8:30 at the UNC-Greensboro stadium.
In addition to Jordan Couch other soccer players from the west include Matthew Brouer and Caleb Ford from Owen, Daniel Kerns from A.C Reynolds,and Austin Stamey from TC Roberson.

The Basketball Game will be played on MONDAY. There are two local players participating on the West Girls team. They are Sheridan Presley from Pisgah and Sarah Henson from Franklin High School.

In FOOTBALL, the game will be played on Wednesday and has several area representatives including Jalyn Folston from Asheville High School and two Pisgah players including McKinley Brown and Hunter Wike. Brett Chappel who is the Pisgah Head Football Coach is one of the coaches for the west team.


WCU Football Team Gets More TV Coverage During The Upcoming Season

(07/18/14) It was announced this week that three WCU football games have been added to the schedule of Southern Conference football games being shown on tv this fall. The new start up channel by the American Sports Network will pick-up the September 27th game against Furman, the October game against Wofford, and the November 8th game against Samford. Most likely those fans wanting to watch the game on tv will have to subscribe to a special sports channel in order to see these games. WCU was already scheduled to have a couple of their games aired on ESPN3 which is also a premium channel. The WCU games will be aired on WRGC Radio at no cost to the listener.

East West All Star Games To Feature Local players

(07/18/14) The East West All Star games will be played in the Greensboro area next week. On Monday the All Star Basketball games will be played in the Greensboro Coliseum. The girls game will be played at 6:30 p.m. followed by the All Star Boys Game. Representing Western North Carolina in the girls game will be Sheridan Pressley from Canton’s Pisgah High School and Sarah Henson who played at Franklin. In addition to the basketball game on Monday the Soccer All Stars will play on Tuesday and the Football team will play on Wednesday.

WRGC Radio Signs On As Corporate Sponsor For Mustang Volleyball And Basketball’s Opening Games

(07/15/14) Realizing how important it will be for local citizens to enjoy the luxurious new sports facility at Smoky Mountain High School for the opening of the 2014 and 2015 school year and athletic seasons WRGC Radio has reached an agreement with Athletic Director Adam Phillips to help with the marketing of the upcoming seasons in an effort to boost attendance and build toward another championship season. In addition to the advertising and reminders provided by Radio Station WRGC there will also be T shirts, cash prizes, and other memorabilia handed out at the games. In exchange for the considerations extended by Radio Station WRGC Smoky Mountain High School will assist with the name recognition of Radio Station 540 a-m WRGC as the corporate sponsor of the season opening events for these teams. Volleyball will open their season on August 19th against Murphy and Basketball will open their season in November against Erwin

Sylva Big League Girls Win the State Championship

(07/14/14) The Sylva Big League girls took advantage of the home field advantage this weekend when they battled their way through a five team field to win the State Big League Girls Championship on Sunday in the Finals played at the Western Carolina University Softball Sports Complex. Teams from Ahoskie, Swain, Morganton, Sylva, and Roxboro participated in the double elimination tournament. Roxboro was the first team eliminated with two losses on Saturday. Ahoskie (Chestie) and Swain’s dreams ended on Sunday morning setting up a double elimination against Jackson County and Morganton if Morganton pulled off the upset Sunday afternoon. Morganton took revenge on Jackson County Sunday afternoon with an 11 to 0 win. in the nightcap the Jackson County team won the championship with a 4 to 3 win over Morganton. Jackson County is the defending state champion in that division and will represent the state in Florida later this month.

Waynesville Crompton Is No Longer On The Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League Team

(07/11/14) The Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football Team has announced the release of Waynesville’s Johnathon Crompton from their team. Crompton has been fourth on the depth chart and saw limited action last winter when he was 30 of 58 for a total of 451 yards. In five rushing attempts he had 20 yards. Crompton was a back up to Eric Ainge at Tennessee and saw action for the Volunteers during his junior and senior seasons. Crompton was a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He was the 168th player drafted. Crompton was shipped to the New England Patriots the same season, then to Tampa Bay and Washington during 2011 and 2012 seasons, then signed with the Edmonton Eskimo’s during 2013. Most of his playing time has been on these NFL teams practice squads.

Catamounts Release Sullivan From The Football Team

(06/20/14) The Western Carolina University Athletic Department announced on Thursday that redshirt senior quarterback Eddie Sullivan has been dismissed from the team for a team policy and standards violation. Coach Mark Speir stated that Sullivan was dismissed for conduct detrimental to the WCU football program and added the timing was unfortunate for both Sullivan and the team but, “In the process of creating a winning culture we are demanding all our student athletes meet the high expectations and standards we have for them on and off the field.”
WCU Athletic Director Randy Eaton supported Spier’s decision saying “Coach Spier is a firm believer in doing things the right way. I fully support Coach Spier’s decisions to improve our football program.”

Atlanta Braves Dip Into WNC Baseball Talent Pool Again

(6/16/2014) Braxton Davidson has received the best Birthday and Graduation present of any current western North Carolina Athlete. Davidson traveled to Atlanta on June 15th to meet with Braves officials and put some signatures on a document that will see Davidson getting a payday of $1.7 million or even more. Davidson was the 32nd player selected in this year’s rookie draft and the first pick of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves has already signed seven of their top draft choices and at a slight amount above the recommended scale set my Major League Baseball but not so far above the scale to result in a penalty. Garrett Fulencheck has signed on for a million dollar signing bonus that includes some tuition incentives for college later. Chad Sabotka who played at Upstate South Carolina is considered a value player for the Braves. Sobotka had a minor back injury which kept him out of baseball during his senior year but medical examinations are showing he is ready to play. Davidson traveled to Atlanta for the Sunday game with the Angels, and spent Monday with medical personnel and the team management organization who are expecting to see a signed player taking batting practice with the team on Monday evening. Davidson is expected to be sent to Florida for their newly signed players who will commence working out at the Disney Sports Complex which is part of the venue where the Braves conduct their spring training. Davidson from Asheville who played his high school ball at TC Roberson High School will be joining the Braves who last year recruited a couple of players from Waynesville including Tyler Brosius who is now with the Rome Braves. Brocius is coming off an outstanding ten game performance where he has a one and two record with a 3.66 earn run average in 39.1 innings. He has surrender 35 hits, 28 runs of which 16 were earned two home runs, 19 walks, 26 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .233 bating average. In Brocius’ final three games his pitching earned run average has dipped to just a fraction over one having given up one unearned sun in 18 innings. Fellow Waynesville native Cody Stubbs has slipped in his final ten games with a batting average slipping to .147. in 34 at bats he has scored 4 runs, has 5 hits of which 2 were doubles, and 4 rbi with three walks, 9 strikeouts, and one stolen base. These three local area players will no doubt generate even more excitement for the Atlanta Braves in the coming months.

Coach Hunter Gets Contract Extension At W-C-U

(06/11/14) The W-C-U Board Of trustees has approved a multi-year contract extension for the W-C-U men’s head basketball coach Larry Hunter. The contract calls for three years guaranteed on the contract with a two years extension depending upon winning percentage and game revenues. The new contract is effective on July first and guarantees Hunter’s position through June 30th 2017 and possibly through 2019.

The Catamounts were 19-15 during the 2013-2014 season. Hunter is the 10th winningest active coach in the NCAA with 649 career wins in his 33 seasons as a head coach. His players have also been named to the Southern Conference All Academic Team eight times and the SoCon Honor Roll 17 times.

Another Former Catamount Foe Becomes A Catamount Coach

(06/10/14) WCU Coach Mark Spier has announced the addition of former Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern quarterback Jabo Shaw to the Catamount coaching staff. Shaw started his college career as a quarterback for former Catamount coach Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets when the “Ramblin Wrecks” went to bowl games in 2008 and 2009. After sustaining an injury early in the 2010 season Shaw decided to transfer to Georgia Southern where he led the Eagles to the Southern Conference Championship in 2011. After graduation Shaw joined the coaching staff for the Rabun County Wildcats and led the team to the Georgia playoffs for the first time in ten years during 2012. Shaw returned to Georgia Southern for the 2013 season but will be coaching the Catamount receivers during the 2014 season.

State Baseball and Softball Tournament Completed June 7th

(06/10/14) Even though the Mustangs are not a participant in the state baseball championship series, the team that ended the Mustangs season did have the opportunity to win the state 2A Baseball Championship. However Bunker Hill was no match for the powerful team from Midway High School. Some of you may recall the name Midway High School from the early 1980’s when the Cherokee High School football team traveled to Midway located at Spivey’s Corner to play for the state Football Championship. Midway took the Friday game by a score of 10 to three but Bunker Hill came back to win on Saturday morning by a 4 to 3 score. In the Saturday evening game Midway came back to win 4 to 2 and take the State 2 A Baseball Championship Crown. Midway was also in the state championship game in 2013 in the single A division but lost in two of three to South Stanley. Both teams moved from the one A to the 2 A division for the 2014 season and manager to make the playoffs.
Whiteville won the state championship over East Surry. In the second game of the series Whiteville had a ten run lead after five innings and the game was suspended at that point. East Surrey had won the first game but lost the final two games.
In a similar situation as was published in the 2 A Division, the Piedmont team that knocked the Mustangs out of the state 2 A Championship game last year moved up to the 3 A Division for 2014 and progressed to the Championship game as the defending state 2 A Champions. The Panthers were less fortunate in 2014 than they were in 2013, Top Sail ended Piedmont’s Championship dreams in a two game sweep by scored of 5 to 3 and 5 to 4.
West Forsyth took 2 of 3 from Richmond to win the Championship. This was the first trip to the championship game for West Forsyth since 2002 when they lost in two games to Fuquay Varina.


North Stokes who knocked Hiwassee Dam out of the payoffs won the state Single A softball championship over Whiteville. (Note above that Whiteville won the State Single A Baseball Championship) On Friday North Stokes won the opener 3-0 but lost to Whiteville on Saturday morning but came back to win the championship on Friday evening bu a score of 10 – 1. Lindsy brown pitched all three games for North Stokes.

East Rutherford is the State 2 A Champion after taking two of three from Jordan Matthews. East Rutherford took game one 2-1 but fell 4-3 in the early game on Saturday. The won the Saturday evening game and the championship by a score of 4-3.

Sun Valley who ended the Pisgah Sugar Bears Season in the western regional swept Charles B. Aycock High School to win the state championship by scores of 6-5 and 6-4.

Alexander Central swept the 4 A series over Cape Fear to cap off a perfect 35 -0 season with a state championship winning 4-03 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.

Mustangs Edged Out Of State Baseball Playoffs

(05/26/14) What a game Friday night in Claremont. The Mustangs faced a tough Clay Ervin on Friday night at Bunker Hill High School. The Sophomore pitcher gave up ONE hit to the Mustangs, a single to left field off the bat of Cal Raleigh in the first inning but the Mustangs were not able to get the second hit in the inning to push Raleigh across home plate. Little did the Mustangs know this would be their only hit in the ball game. The Mustangs did get two additional base runners off throwing errors by the Bunker Hill Bears but the Bears got their defense working and got both Mustangs runners out at third base when base runners were attempting to advance on a fielders choice play. In the fourth inning the Bears clean-up batter Cameron Chapman laced a double over the third base bag. After an out DH Hayden McGraw took another pitch over the third base base in a mirror of Chapman’s hit which brought Chapman across home plate for the only run of the game. Milkey gave up a single in the sixth which could have added an insurance run but the Bears needed no insurance run. In the top of the seventh Cal Raleigh again got on base then the first baseman committed an error. An unsuccessful sac bunt attempt by Arron Dishman followed by a ground out by Zechariah Carter, and a Travis Holden strike out ended the game and the Mustangs dream of more post season play. Milkey scattered five hits and the Bears left three runners stranded. The Mustangs stranded four. The Mustangs will say farewell to five seniors who have brought plenty of excitement to Mustangs sports over the past four years. Zack Bryson who starred in Football, Soccer, and Baseball will be attending Illinois College to play football. Jordan Couch who has named to the All State Team in soccer, all tournament team in basketball, and likely all conference in baseball will be attending Guilford College to play soccer. Zechariah Carter who was all conference in football, all conference and tournament in basketball and probable all conference will be attending a major university on a academic scholarship. Also Hayden Hodgin and Aaron Dishman were on the soccer team and participated in numerous other activities.


Mustangs Baseball Headed To Sectional Championship Game

(O5/22/14) The 4 to 2 win by the Smoky Mountain High School Baseball Team over Franklin on Tuesday has landed the Mustangs into the sectional championship game against Bunker High School in Claremont, NC. The Mustangs have gotten red hot during May after having gone through a rough portion of the season when they lost six of seven games. On Tuesday the Mustangs took a two run lead early but allowed Franklin to tie the game in the fifth. In the sixth the Mustangs took advantage of a walk and a misplayed sacrifice bunt which turned into a two runners on base situation. The Mustangs were able to plate both runs by virtue of a hit and two sacrifice flys. Jace Milkey was outstanding for the Mustangs by limiting the Panthers to six hits but more important was the eleven strikeouts which shut down numerous potential rally’s by the Panthers.
Bunker Hill is a strong team with a 23 and 5 record but they will likely face the Mustangs ace pitcher Cal Raleigh who currently has an ERA of 1.67. The GAME WITH BUNKER HILL WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON WRGC WITH THE PREGAME STARTING FRIDAY AT 6:30. THE FIRST PITCH WILL BE AT 7:00.

Lady Mustangs Runner Sarah Spiro To Join Former Teammate Nancy Ford To Run With The Wofford Terriers

(05/14/14) It was announced Tuesday that Smoky Mountain High School senior Sarah Spiro will be signing a National Letter Of Intent to continue her education at Spartanburg, South Carolina as a cross county runner for the Wofford Terriers. This will give Sarah the opportunity to run with a a team from a prestigious member of the Southern Conference. Ms Spiro’s career with the Mustangs has been beneficial with her recent qualification to participate in the state meet last week. Sarah will be running for Coach Johnny Bomar who graded from WCU in 2002 and earned his masters degree in 2005 while running for the highly esteemed WCU Cross Country Coach Danny Williamson. Spiro will join former Lady Mustang Nancy Ford who will be a junior next season. Coach Johnny Bomar expects Nancy to be in the top five runners in the conference. In addition she made the All Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll in the 2012 -13 season. Also during the 2012 season Nancy Ford ran in four meets during the year… At the Eye Opener, she finished in 33rd place with a time of 21:00.10… Crossed the finish line in 14th place at the Charlotte Duals with a time of 21:04.00… Finished in 24th place at the UNC Asheville Invitational crossing the finish line at 20:22.91… At the Royal Cross Country Challenge, she crossed the finish line at 20:27.00… While at Smoky Mountain High School Ford was a two-year cross country letter winner and one-year letter winner in track and field… Team captain in cross country in 2011, and 2012 in track… All-State in the 4x800m… Named to the All-Conference team in the 800m in 2011… All-Region in cross country in 2010 and 2011… All-Conference in cross country in 2010 and 2011… Won the conference cross country meet in 2011… Won the conference 800m in 2011… National Honor Society Vice President… Student council class secretary. Coach Bomar said he looked forward to coaching Sarah Spiro because she had what he called a “huge upside, a hard worker, a dedicated runner, and an impressive athlete.”

Jordan Couch Headed to Guilford College Soccer Program

(05/07/14) It was made official on Tuesday at Smoky Mountain High School that all star soccer player Jordan Couch will be playing for the Quakers at Guilford College next season. Couch said he was liked the smaller size of the college which has about two thousand students. He also said the College’s soccer team is in the middle of the conference standings and hopefully he can be part of a resurgence to push for a conference championship. On the academic front Couch said his intentions are to complete the pre-law requirements then enter a university which offers a law degree program after graduation.

Zack Bryson Headed to Illinois College On An Athletic Scholarship

(05/07/14) Smoky Mountain High School Football and soccer kicker Zack Bryson has accepted an athletic scholarship to kick for the Blueboys at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Illinois College is an NCAA Division III school playing in the Midwest Conference. His head coach will be Garrett Campbell who has assembled a 30 and 20 record in the six seasons he has been coaching the Blueboys. As the head coach Campbell has coached 37 all conference players and 136 all conference Academic selections. Illinois College last went to the playoffs in 2011. Bryson has been a varsity starter in football for two seasons and played as the goalie on the high school soccer team for three years where he was selected as team captain, and earned all conference and all region honors. Off the field Bryson received earned numerous athletic awards including Honors Math, Science (Biology and Chemistry), History, and English. He was honored with the Mustang Award as a freshmen, was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of the Student Council, participated in the European History Educational Tour and was a volunteer for the Holiday Mail For Soldier’s program. In Football Bryson was 36 of 40 in extra points, and 5 of 8 in field goals. His longest field goal was 40 yeards. He averaged 34 yards a punt on 22 punting attempts.


Local Baseball Players Among The Best In The West

(04/18/14) Each Friday The Asheville Citizen publishes the weeks performance data of area prep athletes. This week several players from Jackson County are listed for their baseball performance. Tops in Jackson County is Hunter Stewart who is a student at Blue Ridge High School who is number two in the standings in hitting with a .536 batting average with 14 stolen bases in 9 games. Arron Dishman from Smoky Mountain High School is 16th in hitting with a bating average of .447. Dishman also has six stolen bases. Cal Raleigh is ranks eleventh this week in pitching with an earned run average of 1.88 in 18.2 games and 22 strikeouts. He is joined by teammate Jace Mikley with an ERA of 4.52 in 31 innings of work. Mikley also has 39 strikeouts. Ranked eighth in stolen bases is Michael Jennings from Blue Ridge High School with eleven steals in nine games. There were no members of the Mustangs softball team that made the list of superlatives.

WCU Baseball To Host The Citadel In Southern Conference Baseball This Weekend

(04/18/14) Look for alot of crossed fingers at WCU this weekend. The weather forecast is not calling for favorable conditions for playing baseball this weekend in Cullowhee. The Catamounts are scheduled for action at Ronnie G Childress Field on Friday starting at 5.00 p-m. The Saturday game is at 2:00 and a Sunday Game at 1:00 p-m. The Catamounts are coming off a 6-2 loss to Tennessee on Wednesday after winning over Winthrop 9-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are coming off a 10 to 8 upset win over nationally ranked South Carolina on Wednesday. Earlier in the season the Citadel picked to a 5-3 win over then number eight ranked Louisville.

Second Mustang Volley Player Signs to Play College Volleyball Next Year

(04/04/14) The second Smoky Mountain High School volleyball player in a week has signed a letter of commitment to play college volleyball. Laura Lindsay formally signed an agreement with Berea University in Kentucky last week. On Thursday (April 3 2014) Bonnie Derks gathered her friends, coaches, and fellow students at Smoky Mountain High School to celebrate her commitment to play volleyball for Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. This Division Three school played in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the first time in their 20 year history, but losing to Emory 3-0. Congratulations to these two outstanding athletes.

The Mustangs Jordan Couch Selected for the East West All Star Soccer Team

(04/02/14) Jordan Couch has circled the date of July 22 as the date of his next big soccer game. This time Couch will join four players from Buncombe county to represent the western half of the state at the East West All Stars Game to be played on July 22nd at UNC Greensboro. The East West All Stars Game has been played in football and basketball for a number of years but soccer was added in 1992. These games are a great showcase for the current talent pool for college and even professional recruiters. Couch joins other former Mustangs who have played in the game including Jamie Extine in Football in 1989. During the 1993 season Coach Cindi Simmons coached Angie Salyer and Pam Sumner in basketball, Cetera Degraffenreid played in the 2007 basketball game and Jackson Simmons played in the 2011 basketball game.

Former Mustangs Player Is A Member Of The Division Two National Champion Basketball Team

(04/01/14)Former Smoky Mountain High School basketball star Joe Davis is a member of the Central Missouri Basketball Team who won the Division Two National Championship on Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. The Mules took the National Championship with an 84 to 77 point win over West Liberty University located in Wheeling, West Virginia. The twentieth ranked Mules faced the number seven ranked Hilltoppers, a team that has played in four straight Super Eight appearances and have advanced to the Final Four in three of the last four seasons. West Liberty beat South Carolina-Aiken 86-83 on Thursday night to advance to the title game, while Central Missouri upset No. 1-ranked Metro State 71-69 to earn the opportunity to play for the national championship.
Joe Davis graduated from Smoky Mountain High School in 2010 after being selected to both the conference and regional conference teams and helped the Mustangs with the conference championship in 2009. He also lettered in soccer and golf . After season at Brevard College where he saw limited action as a freshman player. During the 2012-13 in his sophomore season he came off the bench to play in four games and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Honors Team. As a Business Management Major Davis carried a 3 point 55 grade point average. Joe told WRGC Radio that his primary role this season was anchoring the practice team running the plays the scout team had learned from the next opponent. Joe will be graduating this May and is planning on returning to Sylva for a few weeks before continuing his education in the medical field most likely in the field of Physical Therapy.
On the 30th anniversary of their first NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship, the Central Missouri Mules overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half, to claim the program’s second national title in men’s basketball the Mules limited the Hilltoppers to just one basket during the final 3 minutes and 47 seconds of the game. This is the fourth national title for the Mules, and first since 1984, when they won both the men’s and women’s championships.

Laura Lindsay Signs to Play Volleyball With Berea College

(03/26/14) The Mustangs outstanding soccer player Laura Lindsay met with family and friends on Wednesday to officially sign the contract for a full athletic scholarship to Berea College in Kentucky. Laura met or exceeded the eligibility criteria for the scholarship. One obvious criteria is being an outstanding volleyball player, a proven leader at the high school level, having a three point eight five grade point average or better, and being from the Appalachia region. Several of Laura’s coaches spoke at the assembly and each complimented Laura on these special skills. Laura will continue to wear number six at Berea College and has already had some workouts and practices with the team.

Mustangs Baseball Team Takes Win From East Henderson Monday

(03/24/14) Quick thinking by the Mustangs and the East Henderson coaching staffs payed off for both teams. With horrible weather in the forecast for Tuesday The Mustangs and Eagles staffs agreed to move the game to Monday and Mother Nature cooperated with a perfect day. For the Mustangs Jace Milkey took the ball and three well for six innings holding the Eagles to three runs on six hits. For East Henderson Jason Conard also pitched well but could not shut down the Mustangs bats. Furthermore the Mustangs were able to cash in on their opportunities to build a early 2 run lead. They expanded the lead in the fifth and sixth innings to take a seven to three run win. Cal Raleigh closed the game in the seventh with a ground out and two strike outs. The Mustangs improve to three and four while East Henderson drops to three and seven.

The Asheville Citizen Awards Local Players With Special Recognitions

(03/17/14) The Asheville Citizen’s All Conference Winter Sports Teams were announced on Sunday. Several local area players and coaches were recognized including Cherokee boys basketball head coach Willis Tullos, Michael Cottrell of Hayesville, and Tommy Johnson of Robbinsville. Named to the all conference team were Dustin Johnson and Jason McMillan of Cherokee. Raymius Smith from Swain also made the team for the 1-A Big Smoky Mountain Conference. In the 1-A little Smoky Mountain Conference Daniel Hickman and Hunter Stewart from Blue Ridge were named all conference. In the Western North Carolina Athletic Association Smoky Mountain Coach Jimmy Cleveland was named the Coach of the Year and his entire starting team was named to the all conference team by the Asheville Citizen. The players were Jayce Wolfe, Jordan Couch, Spencer Norris, Zechariah Carter, and Cal Raleigh who was also named Player of the Year. Other local players named to the team were Woody Cornwell from Tuscola, Trey Maslin and Chance Gibbs from Franklin.
IN GIRLS RECOGNITIONS: Smoky Mountain High School Girls team players Maggie Deweese, Taryn Ledford, and Kaitlin Wood were named as all conference, they were joined by Franklin Lady Panthers players Sarah Henson, Vanessa and Tory Agrusa, and Mariah Wallace. In the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference Chris Mintz from Cherokee was named Coach of The Year. He was joined in the recognitions by Kendall Toineeta as the Player Of the Year as well as all conference along with Avery Mintz. Alea Tisho from Swain was also named to the all conference team. Two Mustangs were part of the Asheville Citizen all conference wresting team including Trey Fisher and Tony Clonch. In the I-A Smoky Mountain Conference Spencer McCoy from Swain along with Levi Swearengin and Jaron Bradley from Cherokee were named to the Asheville Citizen all conference team.

Greensboro Tournaments Not Good For Mountain Teams

(03/11/14)The Smoky Mountain High School Mustang Basketball Team got the western regional playoff series underway on Thursday night with an 85 to 85 win over Gastonia’s Hunter Huss High School. All other playoff action was suspended on Thursday because of the massive winter storm that slammed into the Triad with ice and snow. Play resumed on Saturday with a packed schedule of games. North Rowan came from behind to squeak by East Rutherford by a score of 58 to 55 in the 2 A boys match-up. That set up a Sunday afternoon game between North Rowan and Smoky Mountain.When Sunday afternoon arrived the stands were packed with Mustang fans but even the huge fan advantage for the Mustangs was not enough to overcome the Mustangs woes on the court. The Mustangs were not able to effectively penetrate the North Rowan zone and when they did they unfortunately missed shots in the paint they had been hitting all season. Their back door lay-up and the three pointers were not falling for the Mustangs. North Rowan took advantage of several late game fast break opportunities with points to build a double digit point lead which the Mustangs were not able to overcome and were bounced from the playoffs by a two point loss 58 to 56. On Saturday. In the other Saturday game the Franklin girls were knocked out by Bandys by a 71 to 65 point score. Sarah Henson led the Lady Panthers with 19 points but fouled out of the game with just under four minutes to play. Bandys was awarded a contested technical foul on an in bounds play with under a minute to play. The Bandy’s player made the free throws and after getting the ball after the Technical foul their player was able to hit an additional shot from the field which turned a two point game in to a six point game. The Lady Panthers were not able to hit the three point shots needed as time ran out. In the late afternoon game the Cherokee Lady Braves were in hopes of ending the Hayesville Yellow Jackets dominance of the Lady Braves this season. But strong shooting, offensive and defensive rebounding, and a tough defensive scheme by Hayesville proved to be too much for the Lady Braves who lost to Hayesville for the third time by a score of 58 to 49. On Sunday Hayesville lost to Bishop McGinnis parochial school thus setting up McGinnis for another state championship game to played in Raleigh on March 15th. The Pisgah teams also lost in their campaign for a state championship.

Local Basketball Teams Headed To Greensboro

Several local teams are still playing for state championships in basketball. On Tuesday night at 7 p.m. the Franklin Lady Panthers will square off against East Rutherford in the Two A girls division. The winner will play for the Western Regional Championship on Saturday at noon on the UNC-Greensboro campus Fleming Gym. In the Three A division the Pisgah Lady Bears will take on Weddington Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special events Center at 2:00 p.m. Friday the Lady Braves from Cherokee High School will take on Hayesville at 7 p.m also at Fleming Gym. The championship will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the same location.
THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL MUSTANGS will play Thursday also at Fleming Gym. The Mustangs will host Gastonia’s Hunter Huss High School. The Championship game will be played Saturday Night at 8:00 p.m. at the same site. In Three A Boys action Pisgah will take on North Forsyth at 8:30 Friday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum with the championship being played at the same venue at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Asheville Tourists Looking For Singers

ASHEVILLE, NC—National anthem auditions for the Asheville Tourists’ 2014 baseball games will be held this Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at McCormick Field. Potential game-day singers will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” a cappella on the field during their audition. Talented singers are always in demand to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the baseball games. Those interested should go to the field after entering the ballpark. Auditions will be conducted behind home plate.
“We have a number of returning singers from last season, but we’re always looking for new voices,” said Tourists Community Relations Manager Michelle Buss. The Tourists open their 2014 season at McCormick Field on April 3 against the Delmarva Shorebirds, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Single game tickets are currently available. For more information, contact the Tourists Front Office at (828) 258-0428 or visit theashevilletourists.com.

Weekend Sports Round Up

(03-01-14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs dominated the Lake Norman Charter School Knights in basketball playoff action Friday night in Sylva to bring an end to a historic era for the Smoky Mountain High School Gym. The building was filled to capacity to both pull for the undefeated Mustangs in their quest for a state A A state basketball championship and to honor a building which has been home to many honors, championships, and heartbreaks over the past 54 years. Those who were members of Sylva Webster teams as well as the Mustangs all had their moments of reflection as the evening played out. The new gymnasium will open for athletic contests next season. The Mustangs took control from the beginning and never trailed led by Cal Raleigh’s 33 points. The 91 to 72 point win by the Mustangs will set them up for an appointment with Hunter Huss High School next Thursday in Greensboro at the UNC-Greensboro Campus Fleming Gymnasium. Huss was a 92 to 83 point winner over Newton Conover. Prior to that Huss had taken a 91 to 74 point win over Lexington. WRGC will broadcast the sectional finals on Thursday.

THE CHEROKEE LADY BRAVES will face Hayesville next Friday in the Sectional Finals at UNC-Greensboro Fleming Gymnasium. The Lady Braves took an 82 to 53 win over Rosman on Friday while Hayesville was ending the Lincoln Charter season 68 to 37. There are eight teams still in the chase in the One A girls division. Remember Bishop McGinnis? This is the team that slipped by the Lady Braves least year 68 to 66 to advance to the state championship game and win…..again. McGinnis will play Winston Salem Prep who got by Mount Airy 69 to 52 on Friday. Also still in the running are East Columbus and Rosewood as well as Riverside and Pamlico County. WRGC has tentative plans to broadcast the Lady Braves games in Greensboro. The games will also be available at wrgc.com and on the Tune In App on a smart phone at 540 WRGC.

PISGAH even though the Pisgah Black Bears Men’s Varsity team (25-3) was not able to beat the Mustangs this season they are still in the chase. The Black Bears edged Concord 66 to 64 Friday night to advance to the Greensboro Coliseum to face North Forsyth (21-8) on March 7th. North Forsyth got by Carson 94 to 91 on Friday. MEANWHILE the LADY BLACK BEARS stopped Southwest Randolph 79 to 44 on Friday to play Weddington also in Greensboro. Southwest Randolph had knocked Enka out of the playoffs in the earlier rounds of the playoffs. Weddington had beat N. Iredell and Crest to get to the Sectional Championship game. WPTL Radio in Canton will probably broadcast the Pisgah games and if so a stream over the station’s website will probably be be available.

FRANKLKIN GIRLS Varsity team is still in the chase having won over Lexington 62 to 46 on Friday. The winner of the game between Thomasville and East Rutherford has not been recorded at the time of the publication of this story.

Lady Braves Defeat Robbinsville

The Cherokee Lady Braves got 20 points from Kendall Toineeta, 19 from Avery Mintz, and 18 from Bree Stamper on their way to a 71 to 55 point win from Robbinsville. Kinshey Orr and Amber Long each scored 17 points for Robbinsville but that was not enough to ward off the team scoring by the Lady Braves who will face Rosman on Friday. The Tigers beat the Elkin Elks 44 T0 40. In the other sectional series Hayesville beat the higher seed Hiwassee Dam 68 to 53 and Lincoln Charter beat Bessemer City 55 to 33 to set up the Friday night match-up with Hayesville. Should both local teams win Friday they will meet for the western region championship on March 7th in Greensboro.

Mustangs Win Over West Caldwell

Still wondering how the Mustangs can handle tough competition? Watching Wednesday nights game when the Mustangs hosted the Warriors from West Caldwell High School would have given you the answer. The Mustangs were rock solid from the free throw line where they generated twenty points. Intensive play for the entire 32 minutes was another factor. Both teams 30 thirty points in the fourth quarter. Both teams had a strong bench with players coming off the bench to contribute. The Mustangs took the 86 to 75 point win but the margin would have been higher except for a 3 three pointer by West Caldwell make the score look closer. The Mustangs protected at least a 13 point lead for most of the game. Spencer Norris had the hot hand on Wednesday with 22 points, Cal Raleigh added 14. He was followed by Jordan Couch and Jayce Wolfe who added 13 points and Bret Baldwin with 12. Wolfe was nearly perfect down the stretch from the free throw line with critical points which proved to be the difference in the game. THE MUSTANGS ADVANCE to a match-up with Lake Norman Charter who knocked off Bunker Hill on Wednesday Night by a score of 73 to 54. The two remaining teams in the West Regional are Gastonia’s Hunter Huss and Newton-Conover. The Friday game will be aired on WRGC with airtime starting at 6:30.

Mustangs “PLAY ON”

(02/25/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustang brought an abrupt end to this season’s play for the Brevard Blue Devils men’s basketball season Monday night with a first round playoff 96 to 61 point win. In the meantime West Caldwell was tacking on the final loss of the season for Mountain Heritage 80 to 66. Thus the stage is set for the Mustangs to “Play On” on Wednesday at 6:00 when they host West Caldwell. WRGC Radio will have the game on the air starting Wednesday at 5:30.
LADY MUSTANGS END THEIR SEASON with a stunning 88 to 28 point loss to Bandy’s High School. Now the Lady Mustangs Athletes will be able to concentrate on soccer, softball, or avoid spring athletics all together. With the Smoky Mountain High School Spring Musical on the horizon expect to see some of the athletes participating in Ms Haggar’s programs and enjoy some time in the new Performing Arts Center at Smoky Mountain High School.

Cherokee Lady Braves Advance To The Second Round Of The Playoffs

(02/15/14) The Lady Braves rolled over Mitchel 72 to 37 Monday night on their way to a huge rematch on Wednesday in Cherokee against Robbinsville who got by Highlands 56 to 34. The Cherokee Boys Varsity team beat Bessemer City 72 to 56 at the same time Murphy was losing to Avery County. Now the number seven seeded Cherokee Braves will have to play up hill on Wednesday night when they travel to number two seeded Avery County.

The Hayesville Boys Varsity will travel to Cherryville, number three seeded Robbinsville will host Thomas Jefferson, and Pisgah who beat Central Cabarras 73 to 57 will host Statesville who knocked out Piedmont 73 to 62. In GIRLS ACTION Franklin will be home against North Surrey on Wednesday. Rosman and Elkin were both upset winners over their competition and will meet at Rosman for the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

Friday Sports Summary

(2/21/2014) In local high school basketball tournament action; last night the Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs could not stop the Franklin Lady Panthers who cruised to win the WNCAC Tournament Championship with a 67 to 36 win over the Mustangs.  Kaitlin Wood had the hot hand for the Mustangs with 13 points.  Pisgah girls topped West Henderson 81 to 36. Also, in girls basketball action Hayesville got Robbinsville 59 to 54 to move to tonight’s championship game where they will face Cherokee who whipped Murphy 73 to 52.  Avery Mintz led all scorers with 19, Kendall Toinetta added 14.  Brianna Jumper contributed 10 while LeLe Lossiah added 9 and Bree Stamper added 8.

In BOYS ACTION the Cherokee Boys remained the hot team with a 51 to 45 point win over Andrews. Darius Thompson had 16 points followed by Jason McMillan with 13 and Dustin Johnson with 11.  The SMOKY MOUNTAIN MUSTANGS Mustangs boys topped the century mark for the third time this season with a 103 to 55 win over Brevard.  Coach Cleveland emptied the bench giving everyone a chance to score.  Cal Raleigh led with 23 followed by Spencer Norris and Brett Baldwin with 13 and Jordan Couch with 11.  The Mustangs are now 24-0 for the season. Jayce Wolfe was recognized as the MVP. Also, making the all tournament team were Jordan Couch and Zechariah Carter. In the 3-A Division Pisgah wins the WNCAC Conference Tournament Championship and they are now 23-3 with an 81 to 49 point win over West Henderson.

Luke Worley from Pisgah was named MVP other All Tournament players included Woody Cornwell from Tuscola, Nick Durs from West Henderson, Josh Van Wingerden from West Henderson and Peyton Truesdale from Pisgah.

WCU wins 74-61 to top Appalachian State and win a first round BYE in the Tournament.

Mustangs Cap Off A Perfect Season With Win Over North Henderson

(02/18/12) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs let it be known from the opening tip they were at North Henderson High School to win. The North Henderson Knights played a tight zone forcing the Mustangs to open up the game from three point range which worked out fine for the Mustangs who built a 15 to 6 point lead at the end of the first quarter. The defense made things a bit tougher for Cal Raleigh and Spencer Norris but the pair still scored 43 of the Mustangs 80 points as they limited North Henderson’s offense to 49 points. The Mustangs capped off a perfect regular season at 23 to 0. The last time the Mustangs has a perfect run was during the 2010-1011 season. The Mustangs will get a short breather before they take on either Brevard or Franklin on Thursday in the finals of the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Tournament taking place in Sylva this week.

Asheville Tourists Job

(02/17/14) ASHEVILLE, NC—With the 2014 baseball season quickly approaching, the Asheville Tourists are looking to fill over 100 part-time positions during the span of two scheduled job fairs. Positions available include Guest Service Relations, Merchandise, Food and Beverage, Parking Attendants, Ticket Operations, Stadium Operations, Mascots, Energy Team Members, and Bat Boys.
The first job fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 20 from 5pm-8pm while the second job fair is on Saturday, February 22 from 10am-2pm. Tourists’ staff members will conduct interviews on both dates. Job seekers can find an application online at www.theashevilletourists.com and are recommended to bring out a filled out copy to expedite the process. Applications will also be available on site.
The Tourists open the 2014 season at McCormick Field on April 3 against the Delmarva Shorebirds at 7:05pm. Season ticket packages are currently available at the McCormick Field ServPro Box Office. For more information, contact the Tourists’ front office at (828) 258-0428

Smoky Mountain High School Scrambling With Conference Tournament Schedule

(2/12/14) The teams in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference are getting pressed for time to get the conference tournament completed before the state playoffs begin. The playoff seedings are scheduled to be completed on February 22nd and the first round of the playoffs is Friday February 21st. The State Championship games will take place during the middle week of March. The tentative proposal is for the games to be played at the Smoky Mountain High School Gymnasium starting Monday but the schedule has to be adopted by all the teams involved. The schedule could be announced as early as Thursday evening but there is no guarantee that will be the case. WRGC will post the results when they are received.

WNCAC Conference Basketball Tournament May Be affected By The Weather

(2/11/14) The weather has caused chaos with this seasons high school basketball schedules. The Mustangs played four games in five nights week before last to catch up on games postponed due to snow. They have only one game remaining on their schedule which is at North Henderson. However the conference tournament is all who new set of issues. The difference is the Conference Tournament does not determine the conference’s representative to the state playoffs as is the case in college and university basketball. The Mustangs by virtue of their regular season conference championship will be the top seed from the WNCAC and will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Mustangs remain ranked at number 2 in the state in the 2-A Division. In 2012 Smoky Mountain High School waived their turn to host the WNCAC Conference Tournament because they felt the new gymnasium would be open in time for the conference tournament in 2013. However it does not appear the gymnasium will be open until the end of February. None the less the tournament will be held at Smoky Mountain high School this weekend and next week weather permitting. The conference tournament is a source of much needed funds for the conference to award players with plaques and recognitions and other conference administrative costs. Normally the tournament generates between ten and 15 thousand dollars for conference operations.

Catamounts Baseball Pitcher Tyler Powell A Candidate For The Stopper Of The Year Award

(2/10/14) Western Carolina University closer Tyler Powell has been identified as one of the top 50 players to watch in this years 10th Annual Baseball Writers Association Stopper Of The Year Award. Powell had a 2-2 record with 33 relief performances for the Catamounts last season. He struck out 55 batters in 38.1 innings and has a 2.82 earned run average.

Mustangs Varsity Boys Win Conference Championship While JV Girls Suffer First Loss

(02/08/14) There are a million stories coming out of Friday nights basketball action at Smoky Mountain High School Gymnasium. First of all the Gym was filled to capacity and no additional fans were permitted into the gym until some fans left after the JV Boys game was over. There there was the story of the delay in the Varsity girls game after a fan had to be taken to the hospital after collapsing at the game. The third story was the Mustang JV Girls ran into a hornets nest on Friday and ended up with their first lost of the season which was a 35 to 31 defeat to the Baby Sugar Bears. The JV Boys team came back late in a game that was reminiscent of the men’s varsity game that was played last month in Canton. The JV’s rallied from a nine point deficit early in the fourth quarter to take a nine point lead then watched the advance slip away. Two late free throws by Blankenship gave the JV Mustangs a five point lead which they were able to hold for a 52 to 47 point win.
After the JV Game was over there was a ceremony to retire the Number 4 jersey of Jordan Couch after his high school career in which he set over a dozen state, regional, conference and school records. About the only record he did not break was the regional all time scoring record. Congratulations to Jordan Couch. It was also SENIOR NIGHT with all the senior players, band members, and cheerleaders from the winter sports programs along with their coaches and teachers being recognized.
THE VARSITY GIRLS were unable to stop the multi-pronged attack from Pisgah but the Mustangs zone defense has improved greatly throughout the season. They were effective for much of the game on Friday to stop many of the Lady Black Bears easy and high percentage shots forcing Pisgah to shoot from further away from the basket. However the Mustangs struggled with their own shooting ability close in even though they got plenty of put back opportunities. The Mustangs lost to Pisgah 61 to 25. At the Half in the Girls varsity
THE VARSITY BOYS fell behind early in the game when faced an intense Pisgah boys team intent on applying full court pressure and coming up with a couple of steals which they turned into points and hit a three point shot before the Mustangs were able to get the ball past mid-court. The Mustangs began applying the same sort of pressure and spent more time setting for the better shot. It was obvious the Bears wanted to get into a run and gun game but the Mustangs were more successful setting the game tempo. At the Half the Mustangs had expanded their lead to 45 to 31 and the Black Bears were struggling. At the end of the third the Mustangs had given ground to the Black Bears and were clinging to a swelled the lead to 61 to 52 point lead and the Bears had captured back some of the momentum. In the fourth quarter the Mustangs were on a scoring frenzy led Cal Raleigh’s 14 points to add to his already 24 point night giving Cal Raleigh a career high night with 38 points. Pisgah had suffered through three consecutive two or three point losses to the Mustangs in the last three games, buy after Friday night’s 90 to 68 point blow out they were able to return to the Black Bear Den knowing the Mustangs had not escaped with another gut wrenching steal for a win but the Mustangs had finished the night with a solid win in all departments of the game. By virtue of the Mustangs outright conference title they should face the lowest seeded team once the state tournament is announced. The Mustangs might also be in line for a first round bye. The Mustangs must finish the season at North Henderson on Tuesday, a game in which they must guard against a let down after the emotional high from the decisive victory over Pisgah.

Tonight’s The Night

(02/07/14) Those waiting for the big game to attend, tonight’s High School Basketball Games between Smoky Mountain and Pisgah are as big as it gets. Pisgah has lost one conference game which was to the Mustangs last month in Canton and one non-conference game loss to Asheville Christian Academy. The Pisgah Sugar Bears have one loss which was in early December in Franklin. The Lady Mustangs have not fared well against either Franklin nor Pisgah and will have a tough time getting a win tonight. Even though the Mustangs have shown significant improvement these two programs have alot of weapons to throw at any team, and even each other. The Mustang boys varsity are undefeated on the season in both regular season and conference play and would certainly like to keep that streak alive and retain their number one seeding in the playoffs. The Health Occupation Students of America will be having a fundraising dinner tonight starting at 4:00 in the school cafeteria. This will be a good opportunity to get a good meal and help a school organization. Also a donation will be made by the cheerleaders from Sylva to Coach Casey Kruk who is battling cancer. The cheerleaders have raised funds with a T shirt sale this week. The girls game will be preceded with a number and jersey retirement ceremony recognition for Jordan Couch. Airtime on WRGC Radio is 6:00. A late start is not anticipated.


Humanity Takes Center Stage When Mustangs Face Pisgah In Basketball on Friday

(02/03/14) The importance of Friday Night’s Varsity Boys Basketball game between the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs and the Pisgah Bears need not be overlooked. For the Mustangs to win the conference title outright and a top seed in the state basketball playoffs the Mustangs need to win. The Pisgah Bears can claim a share of the crown with a win in Sylva then endure a seeding process to determine which of the teams gets the top seed in the playoffs. The Mustangs won at Canton earlier with a 64 to 62 victory. The Bears put up what would have been the winning three point shot but the ball had not left the players hand a split second before the buzzer sounded to end the game. The Lady Mustangs lost 68 to 32 when they played earlier in the season but the three other losses by the Lady Mustangs will drop them in the standings which will likely force the Lady Mustangs to travel and play a higher seeded team. PISGAH head men’s basketball coach Casey Kruk is in the midst of a much bigger battle that what will be played out on the basketball court. The situation is reminiscent of that faced a couple of years ago when Jackson County native and Erwin football coach Bucky Tarr battled cancer. Teams, friends, and supporters from all over the south and western North Carolina rallied to help Coach Tarr with the medical and personal expenses which are enormous even with the best insurance policy. Now family, friends, and athletes are again being generous to help Coach Kruck the same way. Smoky Mountain High School Basketball Cheerleader Autumn Bryson came up with the idea to white out the Smoky Mountain High School Gymnasium Friday Night. A local T Shirt vendor is taking orders for T shirts with the Pisgah Bears and Mustangs logos with the lettering of SHOWDOWN. The T shirts are $10.00 with half of the money going to Coach Kruk. The deadline for ordering a shirt is Thursday. The shirts will be available prior to the game on Friday at Smoky Mountain High School. The donation to Coach Kruk will also be made immediately after the conclusion of the Mustangs and Bears JV Boys basketball game on Friday. Also Jordan Couch’s soccer Jersy and the number 4 will be retired in ceremonies Friday night at Smoky Mountain High School.

Mustangs Varsity Men’s Basketball Team Scored 100 Points VS Brevard

(02/05/12) The fact that it was the fourth game in five nights did not slow down the Mustangs on Tuesday night when they took the floor against Brevard. The Blue Devils kept themselves in the game in the first half with good performances by Austin Adams (8) and Trey Keysor (6) but the Mustangs found the gate open in the fourth quarter and sank 30 points and raced to a 100 to 72 point win. Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with a season high 31 points of which 11 came in the first quarter. The Mustangs also got outstanding performances with Jayce Wolfe who split the defense for 13 points from the inside game and 9 points from beyond the arc. Spencer Norris has a strong night with 20 points. The Lady Mustangs has a hard night with Brevard. It was nothing like the first game of the season when the Lady Mustangs won easily 57 to 34. On Tuesday night the Mustangs were able to tie the game late but Peyton Bailey heated up with eight of her 23 points in the fourth quarter. Bailey was recognized half way through the first half after she scored her 1000th point as a high school basketball player. When time expired the Mustangs found themselves down 50 to 44. The Mustang JV girls team won 40 to 31, and the JV Boys came from behind to win 39 to 34. The Mustangs will finally get a couple of nights break before taking on Pisgah on Friday night in Sylva.

Mustangs Play Their Third Game In Four Nights

(02/04/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs continued their tough game package on Monday at arch rival Franklin. The Mustangs varsity girls team won 51 to 35 on Friday in a game at East Henderson, then came back home on Saturday for a 61 to 48 point win over Tuscola. After taking a break on Sunday the Lady Mustangs were back in action against a tough Lady Panthers team from Franklin giving the Lady Mustangs their worst loss of the season a 66 to 23 point whipping. Sarah Henson led the panthers with 21 points. She was supported by Mariah Wallace and Vanessa Agrussa with eleven points each. In Variety Boys action the Mustangs weathered this difficult stretch with a 91 to 39 point win Friday over East Henderson. Then rolled to an 82 to 29 point win over Tuscola, Then finally escaped Franklin with a 74 to 53 point win after enduring an extremely physical contest with the Panthers.Cal Raleigh and Specter Norris both racked up 27 points against Franklin. Zechariah Carter helped out with a 10 point game. The Mustangs JV Girls team went into overtime against Franklin before walking away with a 48 to 44 point win. The JV girls win game them a perfect season record. The JV Boys could not pull out a win at Franklin losing 59 to 51. The Mustangs get little rest. It is back to the courts on Tuesday night when they host Brevard.

Coach Speir Announces 2014 WCU Football Schedule

(02/05/14) Western Carolina University head football coach Mark Speir on Monday announced the Catamount’s football schedule for this fall. The twelve game schedule includes a couple of games against Bowl Subdivision teams as a pair of games against Division Two Schools. The Catamounts will open their season on August 20th in Tampa, Florida with a game with South Florida University, a team that went 2 and 10 in 2013 and 2 and six in the American Conference. Their only wins were 26 to 20 over Cincinnati and a 13 to 10 win over Connecticut. But the Bulls were competitive in several other games. The Catamounts will open at home on September 6th, then play Catawba College on September 13th before their open date to play for their Southern Conference schedule which looks much different this season with the departure of Elon, Appalachian State, and Georgia Southern. The Cats travel to Furman on September 27th then to old rival Presbyterian on October 4th. On October 11th Wofford will be in Cullowhee for a conference game then the Catamounts travel to Macon, Georgia for a match-up with Mercer. New Citadel Bulldogs coach Mike Houston who has tons of local connections will be the team the Catamounts play for their Homecoming Game. The Bulldogs will be coming to Cullowhee after a home game against Chattanooga which is another Southern Conference team which will be joining Conference USA for the 2015 season to compete in the Bowl Championship subdivision. After playing the Citadel the Cats will then take on Chattanooga on November 1st. As the Catamounts head down the home stretch they will travel to the state of Alabama two times. First on November 8th they will take on Samford in Birmingham, then on to Tuscaloosa on November 22nd. On November 15th the Catamounts will renew another good rivalry with Virginia Military Academy. With the changes in the Southern Conference and other scheduling the Catamounts are not coping with one of the toughest schedules in Division AA football which likely will result in some additional wins for the team in 2014. WRGC Radio will be affiliated with the Catamount Sports Network again in 2014 for live coverage of all Catamount football games.
(01/28/14)  Today’s snowfall has forced both the Jackson and Macon County schools systems to close. With the school closings the basketball games scheduled for tonight had to be called off. There is a NEW SCHEDULE FOR THESE GAMES. The game scheduled with Tuscola for Wednesday in Sylva has been rescheduled till Saturday. The JV girls schedule will commence at 2:00 p.m, the means the Varsity girls will top off around 4:30 ON SATURDAY. The game scheduled for TUESDAY Night with FRANKLIN will be played on WEDNESDAY AT FRANKLIN. THE VARSITY GIRLS GAME Will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity Boys.  If these games are snowed out the Athletic Directors and school officials will be scrambling to find make-up dates to get the games completed before the start of the playoffs. WRGC is scrambling to get the computer programmed so these games will be broadcast live and streamed on live at WRGC.com.

Jordan Couch Invited To Play In The East West All Star Soccer Game

(01/28/14)The East West All Star Soccer Game will be played on July 22nd 2014 at U-N-C Greensboro. This opportunity adds to the high school career honors of Smoky Mountain High School’s most prolific soccer player. So far Jordan Couch has been honored with the designation as All-Conference and All-Region for the Conference Champions Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs (SMH). Couch was the first SMH soccer player to be named all-state in soccer.  Couch hold the WNC single season scoring record with 55 goals as a Junior.  He also scored a region high of 50 in the 2013 campaign giving him 105 over the past two seasons.  He finishes his career (with a total of 140 goals) as SMH all-time leading scorer, the conference’s all-time leading scorer and number two on the WNC scoring list and number 11 on the NC All-time scoring list.

Couch Receives State Soccer Award Sunday In Raleigh

(01/27/14)Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs soccer all star player Jordan Couch was presented with his North Carolina All State Soccer Award Sunday in ceremonies in Raleigh. Couch was  was a member of the Smoky Mountain High  School soccer team which competes in the 2-A division.  Couch was one of just 14 players to receive the All-State distinction.  Couch earned the honor on the basis of his records which include setting the Mustangs season record in goals, finished his soccer career second on the all time career scoring total for western North Carolina,  the single game scoring record for the Mustangs, and is ranked eleventh in the state all time scoring record book. Couch was a four year starter for the Mustangs. In a separate observance to take place prior to the tip off of the Lady Mustangs and Lady  Black Bears from Pisgah High School basketball game the Mustangs will retire Jordan Couches number 4 and jersey.  Coach Dolphus Brown was also recognized as the Region Eleven Coach Of The Year.  According  to Coach Brown it was a group effort to get Couch named to the All State team since many of the premiere state soccer programs are in the eastern part of the state and because the Mustangs were knocked out of the playoffs in the early rounds many of the voting coaches had not seen Couch play. However Couch played last summer in the state invitational at Charlotte and received votes from those coaches who had also participated in the tournament. Besides the record of around  130 goals in a season can not be overlooked.  Couch is also a steady performer as a guard on the Mustangs  basketball  team. (In the picture Couch is the player on the right)

Mustangs Snowboard and Downhill Ski Team In Top Form

(01/21/14) While there are plenty of people in the area that are bemoaning the frustration of the cold and snow there are 27 people at Smoky Mountain High School who feel they have landed in paradise. Of course it is Coach Darlene Beckett and the 26 members of her snowboard and downhill ski teams. In 2013 the top finishers in the team were part of a group of students who represented Smoky Mountain High School at the  Championship meet in Colorado. Several of the students finished the medal rounds and gained valuable experience which has helped this year’s team make giant strides in performance so far in the early season. According to Coach Darlene Beckett the top three skiers for the Mustangs last week were Christopher Richard a freshman, Gavin Sterka and Todd Martin both seniors. Martin was on the team last year and most recently received The Team Key Leadership Award for his performances on the Mustangs soccer team which finished the regular season without a defeat. Last weeks top snowboarders were Sanders Berry and Kyle Clapper who are in the junior class and Tanner Beckett who is a senior this year. The top Girls finishers were Skylar Singleton and Kaitlyn Karcher.

WRGC Radio Renews Contract With The Atlanta Braves Radio Network

(01/21/14) The Atlanta Braves Radio Network logo will continue to be a centerpiece for the WRGC Radio website. The agreements were signed by both parties on January 10th. The agreement keeps southwestern North Carolina a hotbed of support for the Braves. With the Braves Triple A franchise in Gwinnett about two hours away in Lawrenceville which is about 45 minutes north of Atlanta pulling huge crowds from north Georgia and Southwestern North Carolina, and the Major League club about three hours away the area is a key fan base for the Braves. Several Braves officials and Braves Radio Network executives have direct connections to Jackson County including Paul Turner who is the voice for the Braves Radio Network liners and announcements. The Braves Radio Network has enough radio affiliates to reach most fans from as far west as the Tennessee line to Charlotte. The Braves open their season on March 31st at Milwaukee with a 2:10 first pitch. WRGC Radio will preempt Tradio on that day in order to cover the opening season game.


Western North Carolina Has Numerous Basketball Teams With Outstanding Records

(01/15/14) The Smoky Mountain High School boys basketball team and the JV girls team find themselves in distinguished company in western North Carolina basketball. The Franklin High School Lady Panthers are also off to an undefeated start, along with the Hayesville Girls team riding a 13 game win streak. The Robbinsville and Hayesville boys teams are 11-2. The Cherokee High School Girls team is also 11-2 while the Hiawassee Dam girls team is 11-3. On the other end of the measure the Rosman boys are 0-13 and the Murphy boys team is 2-9.

Mustangs Reach The Century Mark With Win Over Swain High School

(01/14/13) The Mustangs game with Swain High School was moved up a couple of days to avoid any conflict with the schools end of course testing schedules. The JV teams traveled to Swain for their normal start times, and the Mustangs took the wins with the Girls JV Team continuing the season with a perfect record. The Mustang Boys rolled to a 100 to 44 point win with every player getting into the scoring action. The Mustangs pressure and accurate shooting gave the team an early 34 to 6 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the meeting in Bryson City earlier in January the Mustangs were on track to reach the century mark but went into a spread offense and maintained a forty point lead and win. Leading the Mustangs was Jayce Wolfe with 20 points, followed by 16 points from Zechariah Carter, and 15 points from Matt Cagle. Players normally getting the most points saw limited action Monday.  Cal Raleigh had ten points, Spencer Norris with 6. Tucker Woolard had his best night with 10 points, followed by Brett Baldwin with 3 points, Damon Ledford had 5 points, Jordan Couch added 4, and Hayden Hodgin scored 2. Raymius Smith led the maroon Devils but was limited to 14 points.

THE MUSTANG GIRLS rebounded from their loss to North Henderson on Friday Night with a 58 to 54 win over Swain.  Kaitlin Wood led the Mustangs with 13 points. Alea Tisho led all scorers with 17 points. The Mustangs are now 7-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

The Mustangs travel to Enka on Thursday. In the last meeting Enka downed the Lady Mustangs 57 to 30 while the Mustang Boys took at 80 to 64 win.

IN OTHER ACTION MONDAY The Blue Ridge Girls lost to Hiawassee Dam 80 to 22.

Kent Briggs Named To Head Football Coaching Position At Cherokee

(01/09/14) The news out of Cherokee Wednesday night is that Former Western Carolina University Football Head Coach Kent Briggs has accepted the head coaching job at Cherokee High School. Briggs is an Asheville native who played his high school football at A C Reynolds High School in the early 1070’s and came to WCU and played in the quarterback position for four years between 1976 till 1979. Briggs started several games as a red-shirt freshman quarterback in 1976. He and starting quarterback Mike Pusey led WCU to four consecutive winning seasons for the first and only time in team history.  In 2002 Briggs was named head football coach for the Catamounts and over his four year stay compiled a record of 19-24. 2005 was his best year when the Catamounts played for the Southern Conference Championship. The team achieved a number 21 national ranking for the first time being nationally ranked since the 19994 season. Ten athletes from that team were named to the All Southern Conference team. Under Briggs both as a player who played for North Carolina Hall Of Fame Coach Bob Waters,  and as a coach himself the WCU teams were known for their wide open offensive style of play with exceptional passing attacks. In 20032 WCU led the Southern Conference in passing with an average of 243.5 yard passing per game. Given the personnel at Cherokee Briggs will likely attempt to bring that same offensive scheme to the Braves  football program.

Mike Houston Named Head Football Coach At the Citadel

(01/09/14)  Mike Houston, who led Lenoir-Rhyne to the Division II national championship game last season, was named the 24th head football coach of The Citadel by Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby on Thursday. “I can assure the alumni, administration and fans of this great school that the program will maintain the honor, integrity and discipline that has always been a hallmark of this prestigious institution,” said Houston. “On the field, I look to carry on the triple option scheme that has been employed by Coach (Kevin) Higgins over the last four seasons.” Houston spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, leading the Bears to three consecutive South Atlantic Conference championships, including a school-record 13 wins last season to earn him his third-straight SAC Coach of the Year honor. Houston also was named the Don Hansen Super Region II Coach of the Year in 2013. Lenoir-Rhyne won its first three playoff games in 2013 before falling to Northwest Missouri State in the national championship game and was voted as the No. 2 team in the nation in the final polls. “I come to this job with a great deal of energy and to compete for championships at what I consider to be one of the premiere institutions in the country,” added Houston. While at the helm, Houston accumulated a 29-8 mark with Bears, and in 2012 led the team to its first outright league title since 1975 and first playoff berth in 50 years. During that season, Lenoir-Rhyne also won its first playoff game since 1962, a 21-6 win over Fort Valley State, and advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs. Operating out of the triple option offense, Houston’s Bears were tops in rushing in Division II in 2013, averaging 370.9 yards per game, and set the NCAA record for all divisions in rushing yards in a single season with 5,563. Defensively, Lenoir-Rhyne led the SAC in total defense (317.5 ypg), rushing defense (101.5 ypg), quarterback sacks (52) and scoring defense (17.9 ppg) and boasted the league’s defensive player of the year in defensive back Michael Green. Green was joined as a Division II All-American by offensive tackle Joe Ray, who was the recipient of Jacobs Blocking Trophy in the SAC, and defensive tackle Blake Baker. The Bears have boasted the Jacobs Blocking Trophy Award winner in each of the past four seasons and have had the conference’s defensive player of the year in three of the past four years. In his first season at the helm in 2011, Houston led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 7-3 record (6-1 in the SAC) and guided the Bears to their first league championship since 1994. Before being elevated to head coach, Houston was the Bears’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach for four seasons (2007-10). In his final season as defensive coordinator in 2010, Lenoir-Rhyne led the SAC in total defense (276.6 ypg) and finished fourth in Division II in rushing defense (75.7 ypg).  “We are excited to have Mike, Amanda, Owen and Reid Houston join The Citadel family,” said Leckonby. “Mike is a man of character and integrity and will help us develop leaders who will compete and win on the field.”  Houston came to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the 2006 season as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Brevard College.  Prior to his one season at Brevard, Houston served as the head coach at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C., from 2001-05. Under Houston, T.C. Roberson went 42-18 (5-4 in the playoffs), and he was a two-time Asheville Citizen-Times Area Coach of the Year (2002 and ’04). Houston was also named as an assistant coach for the 2005 North Carolina Shrine Bowl staff and helped lead North Carolina to a 28-24 win over South Carolina.  Houston’s 2004 T.C. Roberson squad was his best ever as the team went through the regular season undefeated and finished 13-1 after losing in the state semifinals. That team averaged 38 points per game while allowing just nine points per outing as it won the first conference championship in school history.  Houston left T.C. Roberson with the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history and helped establish the Rams as one of the top football programs in the state of North Carolina.  Houston spent five years as T.C. Roberson’s defensive coordinator (1996-2000) before taking over the head job. He started his coaching career at Forbush High School in East Bend, N.C., where he served two seasons as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator (1994-95).   Houston is a 1994 graduate of Mars Hill with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He played tight end on the Lions’ football squadHouston is married to the former Amanda Owen from Dillsboro and the couple has two sons, Owen Michael and Reid Wilson. (The Citadel News Service supplied this story)

Mustangs Edge Bears In A Thriller in Canton

(01/08/14) The  setting was worthy on a movie, the Mustangs with a perfect 12-0 season facing rival Pisgah who had only one loss and both determined to win the conference title outright. The contest prov ed to be the toughest of the season for the Mustangs who have been winning by 20 to 30 point margins all season. In the first half neither team was able to spread a lead to more than four and Pisgah took a hour point 36 to 32 point halftime lead to the locker room. In the first half Spencer Norris was as cold shooting as the sub-freezing temperature outside while Cal Raleigh was carrying the team 10 points. In the second half the Norris found the on switch and helped Raleigh with eleven points while Raleigh added 12 more points finishing the night with 23 points. The Mustangs trailed by eight points with about four minutes left to play but a Pisgah time out allowed the Mustangs to reset their defense. The added pressure unsettled the Bears and the Mustangs were able to fight back and take a two point lead with under two minutes to play. The Mustangs kept the Bears off the board even though several times out were called and different  offenses were tried. Pisgah did get the final shot which would have sent the game into overtime but the ball did not lead the shooter’s hand before the buzzer. The Mustangs escape with a 64 to 62 win and now come tome to face North Henderson with a 13 game winning streak and 6-0 conference record.

Several Mustang Players Showing Top Numbers

(01/03/14) According the Asheville Citizen four members of the Mustangs Men’s basketball team are putting up some of the best numbers in basketball in Western North Carolina. Spencer Norris ranks tenth in scoring averaging 18 points a game. Norris also is thirty second in rebounding with a 6.5 per game average and Cal Raleigh is rebounding at 11.1 per game and ranks third in that category. In assists Jayce Wolfe is averaging 4.3 while his teammates Jordan Couch is assisting an average of 3.5 times a game and Zechariah Carter is averaging 2.5. In other scoring Jayce Wolfe  and Zechariah carter are averaging 11.2 points a game, and Cal Raleigh is third in the west in scoring at 16.8 points per game.

IN GIRLS action Kaitlin Wood is averaging scoring 12.1 points per game and 2.14 steals a game.

Alamo Bowl Has A Local Connection (Monday)

(12/30/13) Tonight’s Alamo Bowl being played in San Antonio, Texas pitting Texas against Oregon.  The Valero Alamo Bowl halftime show brings together a cast of over 1,000 high school musicians, dancers and cheerleaders from across America courtesy of WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs.One of those cheerleader teams will be the cheerleaders from Swain County High School. According to Cathlene Brooks of Sylva, her granddaughter Taylor Day is one of those cheerleaders who will be participating in the event. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with a start time around 6:45 making the half time show around 8:00 p.m.. Cheerleader fans will be hard pressed to see the local participants since the half time will be dedicated to game highlights, commercials, and other bowl summaries and football topics. None the less, congratulations to the Swain High School Cheerleaders.

Lenoir Rhyne Loses To Northwest Missouri State In Division II College Football Championship Game

(12/21/13) The Lenoir Rhyne Bears spotted Northwest Missouri State 17 points early and were not able to dig themselves out of the hole and went down 43 to 28 in the National Championship game in Florence, Alabama. The Bears struggled early to get their option offense going and the defense was burned several times by Northwest Missouri State’s passing attack with finished with 272 yards. Lenoir Rhyne controlled the night with their relentless rushing game which tabulated 273 yards. The final offense total showed Lenoir Rhyne trailing 416 to 376 in total yards.

Yet congratulations to Coach Houston who grew up in Franklin and his wife Amanda who grew up in Dillsboro.

Lenoir Rhyne College Football Coach Has Close Jackson County Connection

(12/20/13)  Coach Mike Houston has guided his Lenoir Rhyne Bears to the Division II National Championship Game in Florance, Alabama on Sunday. Houston is married to the former Amanda Owen from Dillsboro. Her parents are Buddy and Sue Owen who have developed several properties in Dillsboro which are now occupied by the Holiday inn Express, Holiday BP, and the not yet opened Micro-tel. Houston and Amanda have two sons Owen Mitchel and Reid Wilson. Amanda’s grand parents were Rebecca Wilson who was a teller for many years at Jackson Savings and Loan and Wade Wilson who served several terms as the Mayor of Dillsboro. They were also part of Cannon Brothers Gas and Oil Company who had the Shell distributorship for many years in Dillsboro.

The Bears will be facing the Bearcats from Northwestern Missouri State who have three national championships in eight tries.  The kickoff will be at noon Saturday. Heavy rain is predicted to move through the area at game time. This is the first shot at a national title for the Bears since they got to the NAIA finals over fifty years ago.  Coach Houston is a Franklin native who player high school football for the Panthers before going on to Mars Hill where he played mostly as a defensive back. After graduation he moved to East Bend,  North Carolina and coached the Forbush High School football team. Houston was recruited to be an assistant football coach at T.C. Roberson. Houston was selected to the head coaching position at T.C Roberson where he compiled a 48 and 18 record before leading the school to become an assistant coach in a football resurrection project at Brevard College in 2005. A year later he accepted an assistant coaching position with Coach Fred Goldsmith at Lenoir Rhyne and became head coach upon Goldsmith’s retirement in 2011.

Soccer Team Has T-Shirts For Sale To Raise Funds For The Soccer Program

(12/14/13) Soccer Coach Dolphus Brown stated Monday Night at the Soccer team’s Awards Banquet that the 2013 Soccer team which set numerous scoring and defense records was NOT the best team and what he termed as “finesse soccer.” He also stated they were not the best practice team he had coached. Coach Brown did say that when it came to hard work, determination, and confidence this team excelled. He complimented the team for their many occurrences of being patient and keeping focus to come back against strong competition and win.  He defined the soccer team as playing “mountain soccer” and stated that means you always play to win and figure out how to win even when the stakes are down. To honor that attitude the players were given a Realtree pattern T-Shirt with SM soccer printed on it. The T-Shirts are now available for sale at Smoky Mountain High School to help raise funds for the soccer program.

Soccer Team Recognized At Banquet On Monday

(12/14/13) The Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Soccer Coach Of The Year, Dolphus Brown was busy Monday handing out plaques to the members of this year’s Mustang soccer team which finished the season with record setting performances.  The team tied their record for undefeated seasons at 14  with the 2009 season. Jordan Couch also set a new school record with 137 goals.  Couch was also recognized for being selected as a member of the 2013 All State Team.  Todd Martin received the Mustang Award for his demonstrated team leadership during the 2013 season. Also recognized as All Conference and All Region were Couch, along with Zack Bryson, Lucas Savage, Gabby Fuentes, and Lance Buskey. Brown gave a heartfelt farewell to the seniors on the team who never lost to arch-rival Franklin during their four years playing for the Mustangs.  The Senior members of this year’s soccer team are Zack Bryson, Jordan Couch, Hayden Hodgin, Todd Martin, Lance Buskey, Aaron Dishman, Jonah Caplinger, Lukas Savage and Brendon Deitz. Kirk Childress received the All Conference Award for assistant coaches. Coach Dolphus Brown also sent a message for those thinking the Mustangs would be down after graduating this crop of all conference players.  Brown stated the members of this years team who will be seniors next year are an extremely talented group who know what it takes to win. Brown added that looking even further down the pipeline that the current freshman class of players looks to be the most talented group yet. The coach’s optimism was apparent. He also gave a special word of appreciation to the parents and “soccer mom’s” for their dedication to the program.

Numerous Mustang Players Earn All Conference Honors In Fall Sports

(12/13/13)  The Smoky Mountain High School athletics program continues to see their star athletes gain region and statewide recognition. First, in the Cross Country sport Evan Grant and  Jonathan Dean were named to the All Conference Team, and Shannon Grant and Sarah Spiro received the honor in the ladies division. Named to the Football All Conference Team were Chase Morgan, Zechariah Carter, Jonah Lossiah,  Trey Fisher, and Zeb Speir. The All Conference and All Regional Soccer Team included Jordan Couch, Zack Bryson, Lucas Savage, Gabby Fuentes and Lance Buskey. Dolphus Brown was named the Coach of The Year.  In volleyball Emma Raleigh and Bonnie Derks were named to the All Conference Team.

Former Catamount Football Player Is Joined In A Lawsuit Against the NFL

(2/04/13) According to the Associated Press former WCU defensive back Louis Cooper is one of five former NFL players who played for the Kansas City Chiefs professional football team  who are brings a lawsuit against the team. The court documents show the former players are claiming  the team did not inform the players about the risks involved with continued play after sustaining a head injury. The injuries to the players occurred before collective bargaining started in the NFL. The lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri asked for $15,000 in actual and punitive damages. The players involved with this case had opted out of a suit announced by the NLF this summer. That suit would compensate those players deemed to have suffered the most severe head injuries. Under this suit involving Louis Cooper the players would receive no compensation, but would receive ongoing medical monitoring for their head for any emerging brain disease which could be linked to the repeated concussions.

Coach Cindy Simmons Gets A New Athletic Assignment In The Jackson County School System.

(11/15/13)  Retired Smoky Mountain High School Women’s Basketball coach Cindy Simmons has been appointed by Superintendent Dr Michael Murray to conduct a feasibility study to look into the development of a middle school athletic program. This year the school system fielded a middle school football team which played an eight game schedule against Bethel (scrimmage) Flat Rock, Apple Valley, Canton, Bethel, Madison, Waynesville, and Macon. Dr Murray stressed two major points. One is that currently in Jackson County there is a great program of competition between the elementary schools in several sports, and also the Jackson County Youth Sports program fields teams in football and basketball which plays teams from other sections of the county and some teams from the adjoining counties. The purpose of the study will be to find out if there is a place for a middle school program without interfering with these existing teams, then address the logistics of getting these teams together, identifying coaches, and making out schedules. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the school year.

Simpson Shines For The Lady Catamounts Basketball Team

(11/11/13) The Western Carolina Lady Catamount Basketball 2013-2014 season opens with three games on the road. The first two games have not turned out well for the team but Macon County native Lindsay Simpson who has direct linage to the Wike family in Cullowhee as well as to one of Jackson Counties most famous athletes, Eddie Sutton. Simpson poured in 19 points to lead the Lady Catamounts against Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Sunday. This is Simpson’s highest point production in a game to date. This performance is a follow-up to the 15 point performance against Mercer on Friday Night.  The Lady Catamounts had production off the bench and in the paint on Friday led by Hana Haden who led all Catamount scorers with 18 of the 38 points added by those coming off the bench. The Catamounts added 32 points in the paint. But the 20 opf 27 from the free throw line were more than the Catamount team could overcome.  On Sunday the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the game with a 14 to 2 run which had the Catamounts on their heels from the start. However Simpson kept hammering away with 19 of the Catamounts 47 points. The Lady Catamounts end the season opening road trip on Saturday with a game against Campbell University.


Mustangs Soccer Season Comes To An Early End.

(11/03/13) The Smoky Mountain High School soccer season ended abruptly on Saturday night at Carr Hooper Stadium when the Mustangs were unable to penetrate the Lincolnton defenses for the necessary. At the seven minute mark  the Mustangs went ahead but late in the game Lincolnton got two penalty kicks which gave them the victory.  The Mustangs will end the season with a record of 19-3-1.  Coach Brown was especially complimentary of the huge number of fans who turned out on Saturday night to cheer on the Mustangs. Now several of the Mustangs soccer players will turn their attention to basketball. The soccer team was recognized for their exceptional height,  those players who are transitioning to the basketball team will continue to give the Mustangs a strong athletic program this winter.

Mustangs SHOCK the Pisgah Bears In What Some Are Calling the Upset of the Season

(11/01/13) The Pisgah Bears arrived at Carr Hooper Stadium on Friday with every intention of solidifying their playoff position and putting a damper on what has become the hottest team in the mountains. Early on the Mustangs Zeb Speir found an open receiver which set up the Mustangs first score. The teams exchanged scored with the Mustangs finding themselves down 24 to 20 with about two  minutes to play. Chace Morgan and Zeb Speir went to work on Pisgah with a pounding running game the Bears could not stop. Pisgah did not help their cause with a couple of fumbles which killed their drives however the Mustangs were aggressive on defense which Pisgah soon learned what very hard to get ahead of. The 27 to 24 score gives the Mustangs a 6-4 record and 4-2 in the conference. Pisgah drops overall to 7-3 and also 4-2 in the conference. Next week the Mustangs have North Henderson. This is another tough and suddenly a very important playoff game.  The Mustangs have shown improvement with every game and have reeled off two closing minute wins in the last two weeks. Going in tonight’s game the Mustangs are the hot team

Mustangs to face off with a tough Pisgah Black Bears Squad Friday.

(11/01/13) the Mustangs had a tough contest with Brevard last week in Brevard, but when the final horn sounded it was the Mustangs with a 31 to 28 win. Pisgah cruised over North Henderson.  The payers to watch are Pisgah Quarterback McKinley Brown who is the third ranked quarterback in western North Carolina. The Mustangs counter with Zeb Spier who is the fifth ranked quarterback. The Mustangs running game with Chase Morgan gives the Mustangs an added option when teamed with receivers Zechariah Carter and Jayce Wolfe. The interesting comparison about this game is how quickly coach Chappel got the Pisgah Bears playing outstanding football. For the Mustangs the progress has been slower, but has been drastic, not both teams are coming into their own. Pisgah lost a close match at Franklin, a team many Mustang fans feel the Mustangs should have shown themselves better against. The Mustangs found Tuscola to hot to handle but the Bears took advantage of the rivalry and the emotions to win in a decisive manner in Waynesville. The Mustangs matured alot last Friday at Brevard and may be more prepared for Pisgah than some believe. The game will be aired live of 540 WRGC both over the air and on the internet at wrgc.com and streamed on the smart phone through the tune in radio app.

Soccer Team Makes It 24 In A Row Against Franklin

(10/10/13) the Panthers jumped out to an early 2-0  lead against the Mustangs, and led at halftime. But the Mustangs fought back and gave the Panthers no shots at the goal in the second half while tying the score at 2 at the end of regulation. In overtime the Mustangs added three goals to take the win at 5-2. Couch had three goals, Caplinger with one and Henson with one. The Mustangs are now 10-0 in the conference and 14-2-1 overall. Zac Bryson had 6 saves. The Mustangs out shot Franklin 14 to 9 shots at goal.  The Mustang JV team also won 4-0