Mustangs On Demand
(o8/25/2015) In response to numerous requests, WRGC radio has added a feature which will allow fans to listen to the prior Mustangs football game broadcasts anytime on line from the WRGC Radio website. To listen to the game visit the WRGC webpage and open the 540 Sports page. Once there choose the Mustangs On Demand Option. Enjoy the games!!!
Mustangs See Win Snatched Away By Black Knights
(08/22/2015) Against the reigning state champion Robbinsville Black Knights the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs did not look like a team picked to finish last in their conference. What appeared to be a scoreless first quarter was over returned by the officials who by virtue of a questionable
call with under a minute to play giving Robbinsville a first down and time for a score and two point conversion to take an 8 to 0 lead. The defenses dominated the second quarter with no points scored. The Mustangs played a strong third quarter and came back to make it close trailing 14 to 13. The Mustangs passed their way to a 21 to 14 with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter and appeared to have stopped Robbinsville on fourth down with 42 seconds to have a shot at the upset and to end the Black Knights 16 game winning streak. A questionable pass interference penalty was called against the Mustangs on the fourth down play which resulted in Robbinsville having the ball and a first down at the Mustangs 20 yard line. The Black Knights scored and were successful with their two point conversion to take a 22 to 21 point lead. The Mustangs could not come back with only 12 seconds remaining in the game. There were many positives for the Mustangs. Chase Fisher proved to be an effective quarterback, the Mustangs line is strong, the linebackers respond well, the offense has several choices for running the ball, several receivers demonstrated their ability to catch the ball, and the kicking game was solid. The one point loss to Robbinsville is upsetting for the Mustangs but can also be a motivator to play well against Swain County on Friday.
Haywood Legion Post 47 Retires Cal Raleigh’s Number
(08/15/2015) Haywood American Legion restarted their Legion Baseball program three years ago which allowed several players from Madison, Haywood, and Jackson counties to continue playing baseball during the summer. The past season was the most successful yet for the Haywood Post 47 team. Much of that success can be attributed to Cal Raleigh who was not only an outstanding catcher, guide for the pitchers, and mentor to younger players he was also an offensive machine leading Area IV players with a .431 batting average, 39 runs batted in, thirteen doubles, a triple, and eight home runs. To recognize the contributions of Cl Raleigh the Haywood Post opted to retire Cal Raleigh’s number 10 jersey. No future players for the team will be assigned that number. Congratulations Cal Raleigh
Cal Raleigh Named as Legion Baseball Area Four Player Of The Year
(08/13/2015) Smoky Mountain High School recently graduated star athlete in Basketball and Baseball has one more trophy to add to his case before leaving the area later this month to continue his education and baseball career at Florida State University. Raleigh was recently recognized as the American Legion Area Four Player Of The Year. Raleigh led the area players with a .431 batting average, 39 runs batted in, thirteen doubles, a triple, and eight home runs. He led the Haywood American Legion Post 47 team to the state tournament in Salisbury where the team finished the season with a 25 and 7 record.
FURTHER: North Carolina was represented at the Southeast Regional Tournament last week by Rowan County but the Southeast Regional Championship trophy was won by Chapin-Newberry Post 193, South Carolina. The American Legion World Series starts on Thursday August 13th at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, North Carolina which is the permanent home to the American Legion World Series. The games are being streamed by ESPN3.com. ESPN 3 will broadcast the semifinals and the finals on August 17 and 18. The schedule for games on Thursday is the Mid-Atlantic takes on Northeast at 12:30; Northeast will face on Great Lakes at 4:00; and Central Plains meets Western at 7:30. Chapin-Newberry will face Great Lakes on Friday at 7:30.
Rowan and High Point To Complete For The Legion Baseball State Title
(07/28/2015) In the North Carolina American Legion State Tournament Rowan held off a late rally by Caldwell Post 29 to advance to the championship game against High Point.
Rowan has remained in the winners bracket throughout the tournament and will take on High Point who lost to Hope Mills on Saturday by a six to five score but came back on Monday to beat Hope Mills by a 4 to 1 score. To win the state championship Rowan will need to win the one p.m. game Tuesday afternoon. For High Point to win it all they would be forced to win both the afternoon game and the seven p.m. game at Newman Park in Salisbury.
The Haywood American Legion Post 47 did not face either of these teams during the early pairings. Haywood Post 47 lost on Friday to Eastern Randolph by an 8 to 3 score then to Wilson on Saturday by an 8 to 1 score. Wilson had lost on Friday night to Rowan County by a score of 12 to 2. Haywood got top seeding from Area Four after sweeping Caldwell Post 29 in Granite Falls. Caldwell survived to the four round before being knocked out by top seed Rowan County.
The loss Saturday was especially hard to several members of Haywood Post 47 because it marked the end of a long sports playing career for former Mustangs team mates Cal Raleigh (Florida State) and Brett Baldwin (Louisburg). Also three Pisgah players likely ended their teammate careers including Nathan Summey, Thomas Tathum, and Mason Fox. A couple of other Mustang players could return next year including Kevin Allred and Matt Ridley. Also Jackson County native Hunter Stewart from Glenville (Blue Ridge High School) could return for the 2016 season. Stewart was undefeated as a pitcher in the playoffs even though he pitched in relief in the second game against Wilson giving up two earned runs and two unearned runs on three hits while striking out three and surrendering no walks.
WRGC expressed gratitude to Coach Mitchel Whitner (Tuscola) for his assistance, Haywood Legion Post 47, and these sponsors; Harris Regional Hospital, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Job Fair, Eagle Pack and Ship, NC Farm Bureau Insurance agent Steve Bryson, The Print Shack, Complete Collision Repair, Fat Buddies Ribs and Bar B Que, Folkmoot USA, Jackson County Sheriffs Office, and McDonald’s of Sylva.
Cleveland County Swept by Haywood Post 47
(07/21/2015) The Haywood County American Legion baseball team resumed play on Tuesday night in Granite Falls after being required to travel for the completion of game two of the three game series and face another midnight conclusion to the second game of a double header. On Sunday night Haywood saw their starting time delayed for several hours because the field in Caldwell county was being used for another tournament. After pulling off a 3 to 2 extra innings win some members of the Haywood team did not get home till the wee hours of the morning then came back to Waynesville on Tuesday for could have been the deciding game but a storm hit the field after one and 2/3 innings with Caldwell leading 1 to 0 and Haywood batting with runners at first and third and two out. In a quick and controversial decision the game was suspended by the District Four League Commissioner and moved to Caldwell for completion on Tuesday night and if needed the third game of the series would be played. The presumption seemed that Caldwell would win game two and force the third game so it was decided to follow double header rules with seven inning games. Haywood arrived in Caldwell county with a “Taking Care Of Business’ attitude only to find out that M.S. Deal Baseball Complex was being used by the Legion Junior Division team in a game won by Davidson over South Caldwell by a seven to six score. Haywood finally tool the filed at 7:15 p.m. which was over two hours later than the game was scheduled to be played. This further frustrated the Haywood fans who were imagining another late night game should the series go three games and the possibility of extra innings in either of the games.
Haywood was unable to score in the second inning when play resumed with two runners on and two out. However in the bottom of the third Haywood evened the score when Cal Raleigh singled in Nathan Summy who got on base on an error with two out. Jake Sutton went to work keeping the Caldwell batters of balance and backed up by a solid defense which ended Caldwell scoring threats in the fifth and seventh innings with double plays and other spectacular defensive catches and plays. Andrew Tilghamnn was equally tough on the mound for Caldwell limiting Haywood to a single in the third and fifth innings before going into extra innings tied at one run each. In the top of the eighth Caldwell got the go ahead run on but an All Star catch my Mason Fox in center field ended the threat bringing Haywood to the plate with the opportunity for a walk off game and series win. Caldwell sent closer Tre Harper to the mound. Harper found himself facing one of the leagues top hitters, Cal Raleigh who owns a .459 batting average and five home runs. Raleigh cracked a double over the center fielder deep into the long outfield. A bouncer in the infield by Gray McCurry confused the defense allowing Raleigh to avoid the tag at third and McCurry also safe at first. McCurry immediately advanced to second on catchers indifference. Thomas Tathum worked the count for a base on balls to load the bases. Still with no outs Hunter Stewart also was patient at the plate and managed to get to first with a base on balls. With the walk Cal Raleigh was able to stroll home with with the winning run. Giving Haywood a 2 to 1 win and a series win and a top seed in the winners bracket on Friday in the state tournament at Salisbury. Haywood goes into the state tournament with a 25 and 5 record and no losses in the playoffs and an eleven game playoff winning streak. WRGC Radio will have Friday’s game and the weekend from Salisbury on the air. Times wi
Haywood Post 47 Defeats Hickory In Three
(07/17/2015) Yet another nail bitter in a pattern of American Legion Baseball play-off games this season. On Monday Haywood American Legion Post 47 waited out a one hour and fifty minute lightning delay then went thirteen innings to finish the night with a seven to five win over Hickory Post 48. The game scheduled for Tuesday was rained out thus giving the players and fans another day to rest and prepare for Wednesday’s crucial game in Waynesville. The Haywood Post got six strong innings from Ethan Meese with quality relief from Jake Sutton. Hickory jumped out to an en early four to zero lead and eventually got the spread to a seven to one point lead. However in the seventh inning the Haywood offense came alive and produced three runs on five hits. Added to a single run Haywood produced in the fifth the deficit was down to three. The Haywood team added another run in the eight while the pitching kept Hickory off balance. In the ninth inning it seemed the night was going to end in frustration for Haywood until base hits by the four batters in the bottom of the order were enough for Haywood to come back for the eight to seven walk off win.
On Thursday Haywood rode into Newton enjoying a two to zero lead in the series. On a perfect baseball night the teams were hitting but leaving runners stranded until the fourth inning when Haywood’s Cal Raleigh (Florida State) went long ball over the right field scoreboard to give Haywood the lead. Hickory responded in the bottom of the fourth when Layton Gantt parked his first home run of the season over the left field fence. Hickory added a run in the fifth for the lead. Raleigh responded in the sixth with another solo shot to right field to retie the score. The lead was short lived when Hickory added two runs in the seventh to end Haywood pitcher Jase Milkey’s night. For Haywood Post 47 Mason Fox opened the eighth with a solo shot to deep center and started the team’s comeback and took a six to four run lead. Hickory was able to get the tie in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. In the top of the tenth Haywood took advantage of three singles, a hit batter, and a passed ball to push three runs across the plate. Hickory was not able to recover and thus ended their season at 23-11. Haywood finished 23 and 5 and will face Caldwell county in the best of a three game series starting on Sunday. Both teams have qualified for the state tournament starting next week in Salisbury at Catawba College but the winner of the short series could improve their standing in the parings which will be announced next week. WRGC will not be able to air the Sunday game due to prior programming obligations.
Haywood County Legion Post 47 to Play Hickory
(07/11/15) After being surprised by Union County on Thursday night Hickory stormed back with a vengeance on Friday night at Wingate University to win the American Legion Western Regional Eastern Division series three games to one. The Hickory win fills the western bracket with Haywood County and Hickory set to commence play on Monday. The specifics are not available at the time of this posting on Saturday morning but are expected Saturday afternoon.
Hickory is a long established Legion Baseball Program in North Carolina and is supported by the largest American Legion Post in North Carolina. The Haywood Post is in their fourth season and growing success and popularity. Haywood Post 47 demonstrated their ability to dominate a series with a three game sweep on Mint Hill. In this series Haywood had a 22 to 7 margin of victory. Pitching was strong having struck out 16 batters, 13 walks, and four extra base hits including one homer out of 17 total hits. Haywood committed only four errors but left 20 runners stranded in the three game series. On offense Haywood had 33 hits with one homer. Gray McCurry came within a homer of hitting for the cycle on Thursday. Cal Raleigh had a three run homer on Tuesday in the first game of the series. Depending on sponsor support WRGC may be able to broadcast the series with Hickory.
In a affiliated story, everyone is waiting Cal Raleigh’s decision about where he will attend college. He is being sought both by Virginia and Florida. His decision could affect his continued play depending upon the universities requirements for athletes to attend summer school.
Haywood County Legion Post 47 Sweeps Mint Hill In Round Two Of Playoffs
(07/09/2015) Mint Hill might have been accustomed to 90 degree heat in Charlotte but the temperature and the heat applied by a crack the crack Haywood Post 47 American Legion Baseball team. Behind the outstanding pitching of Ethan Meese Haywood took control early and cruised to a 9 to 2 win. Haywood Post 47 will now wait to find out the outcome of the Union County and Hickory Series which will play Friday night at Wingate University.
Cal Raleigh Leads Haywood County Legion Post 47 Baseball Team To Victory
(05/25/2015) Cal Raleigh delivered three hits to pace the Haywood County American Legion Post 47 baseball team to a 13 to 10 point win over Rutherford County. The Haywood American Legion team is made up of players from Haywood, Jackson, and other counties west of buncombe. The players can compete in Legion Baseball through their eighteenth year. Some players remain eligible for Legion Ball even though they have completed their freshman year of college. Raleigh will share a roster spot with Thomas Tatham who is one of western North Carolina’s premier pitchers who will graduate from Pisgah High School in June.
Three Western North Carolina Teams Still in Softball Playoffs
(05/25/2015) The 3-A Enka Jets knocked off Ledford Friday by a score of 10 to 2 to win the sectional championship earned the opportunity to advance to the Western Regional Championship Playoff Series starting Tuesday. The Jets will host Piedmont High School in a 7:00 p.m. game. Piedmont eliminated Sun Valley who ended the Enka Jets 2014 season by taking two out of three games for the Western Regional Championship and eventually the State Championship.
In 2-A The Franklin Lady Panthers defeated Parkwood on Friday by a 5 to 1 score to advance to the Western Regional Championship in a best of three series against Forbush. The Lady panthers will be the traveling team to commence the series on Tuesday and will play the second game of the series on Friday in Franklin.
In 1-A The Hiwassee Dam Eagles slammed North Stokes Friday night at Hiwassee Dam. In 2014 North Stokes ended the Eagles playoff hopes with a 2 to 1 score then went on to win the state championship. Friday night the Eagles out hit North Stokes by a 16 to 5 hit margin and a 10 to 2 point win. The Eagles are the number one seeded team and will commence the Western Regional Championship on Tuesday when they host Lincoln Charter School. Haylee Shope had 13 strikeouts in Friday’s game for the Eagles.
Franklin Lady Panthers Are Still Alive In State Soccer Playoffs
(05/25/2015 The Franklin Lady Panthers scored the only point that Lake Norman Charter had given up in the entire 2-A state soccer playoffs on Saturday but the only point was all it took for the Lady Panthers to end the Lady Knights season and propel the Lady Panthers into the Western Regional Soccer playoff game. The soccer team will also be playing Forbush on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
WNC Teams Still Alive In Softball Playoffs
(05/21/2015) Western North Carolina has three teams still in the hunt for state softball championship. The 3-A Enka girls defeated West Iredell 12 on Tuesday to set up a 7:00 p.m. Friday meeting with number 12 seeded Ledford in Canton. In the 2-A division the Franklin Lady Panthers won a 4 to 2 game over top seeded Polk County on Tuesday and will host Parkwood on Friday at 6:00 p.m.. In the 1-A division Hiwassee Dam will host North Stokes on Friday after defeating Grey Stone Day 5 to 2 on Tuesday
State Soccer Playoffs Going Into Sectional Finals
(05/21/2015) The Franklin Lady Panthers are the only team in western North Carolina who are still alive in the state soccer playoffs. The Lady Panthers will advance to the sectional finals on Saturday when they travel to Huntersville for a match with top seeded Lake Norman Charter School at 7:00 p.m. Lake Norman Charter is 20-3 and have shut out Brevard, Madison, and East Lincoln. The Franklin Lady Panthers are the fifth seeded team and had also shut out their opponents until they surrendered two goals to Ashe County last night in the Lady Panthers 4 to 2 point win.
Lady Mustangs Cross Country Honored
(05/18/2015)The Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs Cross Country Team received the Mills Manufacturing Award as the 2A/1A Female team-Olympic Sport team of the year. The team won the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference title for the first time in school history and finished second in the 2-A Western Regionals and third place in the state championship race. The Lady Mustangs won seven of 12 meets under Coach Pam Shuler.
Cal Raleigh Chosen as the 2015 WNC Athlete Of The Year.
(o5/18/2015) Cal Raleigh was announced on Sunday as being the Duke Progress Energy Male Athlete Of The Year. He was a member of the All Tournament Team for the state 2A basketball playoffs, and was an All Western selection in baseball and basketball by the Asheville Citizen and Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Co-player Of The Year. In basketball he averaged 21.4 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. in baseball he hit .351, had 16 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and scored 18 times. In 37 innings as a pitcher he struck out 30 batters. He is his class president and carries a 3.58 GPA. Congratulations to Cal Raleigh who will be missed on the basketball court and baseball field. Best on luck at Clemson and quite possibly in the upcoming MLB draft.
Mustangs Baseball Season Ended By Lake Norman Charter on Saturday
05/18/15) It was almost like the Mustangs baseball team took a page from the Mustangs softball team in the playoffs with a dirth of errors on the left side of the infield. The scorekeeper at the softball game reported having recorded nine errors committed by the Lady Mustangs in their loss to the Franklin Lady Panthers. On Saturday the Mustangs baseball team was charged with eight errors in their loss to Lake Norman Charter. A superb pitching performance by Cole Hooper was overshadowed by the team errors which allowed Lake Norman to score three of their four runs as unearned. The errors forced Hooper to continue facing Lake Norman batters and watching his team fall further behind when his work merited his being in the dug out and waiting for the next inning. Hooper surrendered two hits in the first combined their three errors allowed Lake Norman to take an early two run lead. Hooper gave up a hit in the second which was followed by two fly ball outs and a ground out. In the third it was three fly ball outs. In the fourth inning another error allowed a base runner who was unable to score because of two fly ball outs and a strikeout. The Mustangs committed three errors in the fifth inning which allowed Lake Norman to score two more insurance runs on no hits. The sixth inning was much the same as the fourth and the seventh inning was three up and three down for the Knights. The Mustangs Jace Mikey got a hit in the first was was put out at second when he was doubled off at first after a spectacular catch in center field which robbed Cal Raleigh of a hit. Brett Baldwin led off the fourth with a single but was unable to score when his team mates struck out, flied out, and grounded out. That was the Mustangs final base runner and final opportunity offensively. John Creel limited the Mustangs to just two hits and his team played error free baseball behind him. Creel struck out six, gave up two hits, and walked four. Hooper gave up four hits, struck out five, and walked one. The final score was lake Norman Charter 4 and the Mustangs 0.
LOOKING AHEAD The Mustangs are losing five seniors off this years team including starter Brett Baldwin and Cal Raleigh along wit Justus Henkel, Travis Holden, and Hunter Karup. The Mustangs will return a solid team for the 2016 season including what should be western North Carolina’s best starting rotation made up by solid pitchers Jace Milkey, Cole Hooper, and Andrew Thomas. Kevin Allred is solid behind the plate, Trevor Lewis will be a junior and is efficient at first base. Matthew Ridley and Jacob Gass will be solid in the outfield ad a closer for the pitching staff. Bryce Junaluska should compete for an outfield position and Chase Fisher should be in the mix for an infield position. So the 2016 prospects are very bright.
Mustangs Baseball Team Plays Lake Norman Charter Saturday at 2:00 In Sylva
(05/14/2015) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs Baseball team will host Lake Norman Charter School on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Lake Norman scored four runs in the third to come from behind and win over South Stokes on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams had seven hits and committed two errors. South Stokes had a two run second and Lake Norman had a four run third inning. Other than those two innings the defenses held their opponent off the scoreboard. The Mustangs pitching staff will be well rested for the game since the Mustangs played on Tuesday. Milkey went five innings and Cole Hooper went four innings to limit Wilkes Central to two runs. WRGC Radio will broadcast the game on both the internet and over the air.
Lady Mustangs Season Ends At Franklin
(05/14/15) The Lady Mustangs Were Stricken With The Error Bug On Wednesday at Franklin in the first round of the state 2-A playoffs. The Lady Mustangs committed nine errors which allowed the Lady Panthers to cruise to a 7 to 2 run win over the Lady Mustangs. Haili Bryson limited the Mustangs to four hits and Micayla McCoy limited the Lady Panthers to four hits as well but the Mustang errors allowed the Panthers to score five unearned runs. Gracie Frady and Becca Lovedahl each had doubles in the game. In spite of a possible torn ligament in her left knee Micayla McCoy pitched an outstanding game. Coach Ron Cook expressed optimism for the 2016 season saying the JV Team had nine strong freshmen. He also pointed out the JV team had been consistently beating Franklin. Congratulations Lady Mustangs.
Mustang’s Baseball Team Advances In Playoffs
(05/14/15)In an unusually tough first round state baseball playoff game the Mustangs were able to grab a 3 to 2 victory in the bottom of the eighth after Wilkes Central sent in closer Grant Strader. Starting pitcher Seth Brown limited the Mustangs to two runs on six hits through seven innings of work before turning the ball over to Strader. In the eighth the Mustangs loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. A fielder’s choice forced an out at home plate for the second out. With the bases still loaded Cal Raleigh doubled into center field scoring Bryce Junaluska with the walk off win. Raleigh opened the Mustangs first at bat with a solo home run to even the score at one run. Jayce Milkey limited Wilkes Central to two runs on three hits. Cole Hooper came on in the fifth and struck out the side. In the sixth Hooper walked one and induced three fly ball outs. In the seventh it was more of the same with a bunt out, a fly out, and a strike out. The eighth inning produced a strikeout and two fly ball outs. The Mustangs will play Lake Normal Charter School in the second round of the playoffs in Sylva at 2:00 on Saturday. Lake Norman beat South Stokes on Wednesday by a 4 to 2 score to get a shot at the Mustangs.
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North Henderson Out Duels The Mustangs
(o5/08/2015) The North Henderson Knights used a late game surge to overcome a two run deficit then went on to take a 9 to 4 win over the Mustangs in Baseball Thursday in Sylva. Cole Hooper kept the Knights off the board for four innings while protecting a two run lead the Mustangs generated in the first inning. Ezra Morrison kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard till the seventh when the Mustangs were working to overcome a 9 to 2 margin. While the Mustangs were able to cross the home plate two times in the bottom of the ninth it was not enough and North Henderson ends their season with a win and finished their regular season at .500 at 12 and 12 overall. For the second time in the week the Mustangs have fallen in late innings. Losing 6 to 5 on Tuesday to Pisgah.
THE LADY MUSTANGS surrendered two unearned runs to North Henderson’s Lady Knights. One of those was in the second and the other in the seventh. The Lady Mustangs also found tough going against North Henderson pitching as well as a very efficient defense which played error free softball. The game was played under the constant threat of rain and survived a mid game shower. Micayla McCoy went the distance but experienced severe knee pain in the seventh. That couples with an error by the defense allowed North Henderson to get the go ahead run in the op of the seventh. The Lady Mustangs were able to get on base runner from a base on balls in the seventh and consequently suffered the loss. In the playoffs next week the Lady Mustangs could be traveling to the Gastonia area or have an outside chance of playing at Franklin. The Panthers took both regular season games from the Lady Mustangs.
Mustangs Face North Henderson In The Season’s Final Regular Season Game
(05/07/2015) The Lady Mustangs will have their work cut out for them today when they take on The North Henderson Lady Knights who enter the game with 12 and 8 record and a five and eight conference mark. The Lady Knights are five and five at home and seven and three on the road. The Lady Mustangs are 11 and 7 overall and 7 and 6 in conference play.
THE BASEBALL TEAM enters today’s game with a 16 and 4 record and 12 and 2 conference mark and are coming off an upset loss to Pisgah. North Henderson enters the game 8 and 5. The Lady Mustangs game will be aired on WRGC Radio starting at 4:10 today. The broadcast will also be available on line at wrgc.com and on the Tune In App on a smart phone.
Another Jackson County Athlete to “Play On”
(05/07/2015)Blue Ridge High School Senior Kaylee O’Dwyer has accepted a preferred walk on spot with the Pfeiffer College basketball program. O’Dwyer is a 6 foot forward who averaged 17.7 points per game, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. She was an All Conference selection in the Little Smoky Mountain Conference this year.
Former Lady Mustangs Opponent Pitches No Hitter
(05/07/2015) The Smoky Mountain high School Lady Mustangs split their two games this season with Hiwassee Dam. The Lady Mustangs took game one in March with a 7 to 3 score but dropped the most recent game in extra innings by a four to two score. The Hiwassee Dam Eagles ace Pitcher Haylie Shoppe pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday shutting out Swain 8 to 0. Swain was able to get a single base runner in the game off a Hiwassee Dam defensive error. Shoppe had 10 strikeouts and no walks. Offensively Shoppe had a home run to push Hiwassee Dam to a 17 and 2 record. She expects to attend Kennesaw State University in Atlanta this fall.
Mustangs Drop Two Games To Pisgah
(05/06/2015) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs Baseball and softball teams were smacked by the Pisgah Black Bears teams on Tuesday. In a baseball game played at McCormick Field in Asheville the Mustangs were able to muster only two hits off Pisgah Ace Thomas Tatham. The Mustangs took full advantage of every opportunity which included five errors committed by the Pisgah defense. In the bottom of the sixth the Mustangs were leading five to three but a fielding/throwing error by the Mustangs allowed a Pisgah runner to score from second base cutting the margin to just one run. Pisgah shut down the Mustangs in the top of the seventh. Mason Foxx led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, advanced on a sacrifice fly by Jackson Reid, then scored on a double by Thomas Tatham to tie the game. Trevor Johnson then doubled to score Tatham to give the Bears the walk off 6 to 5 win. The Mustangs have lost two conference game this season and both to Haywood County teams but are still the top team in the conference with an eleven and two record.
THE LADY MUSTANGS were shutout my the Pisgah Sugar Bears in a game played at Pisgah High School. Sugar Bears pitcher Callie Kuykendall limited the Mustangs to four hits and no runs to secure a 5 to 0 win. MiCayla McCoy went the distance for the Lady Mustangs but gave up five runs on seven hits. Three of the runs were earned. McCoy walked two and struck out four. Pisgah improved to 12 and 1 in the conference and 17 and 3 overall while the Lady Mustangs dropped to 7 and 6 in conference play and 11 and 7 overall. The final game of the season will be against North Henderson on Thursday in Sylva. WRGC Radio will broadcast the softball game from Webster Field starting at 4:10 p.m.
WRGC Radio Salutes Our Sports Coverage Sponsors
(05/05/2015) Without the support of local businesses who choose to market their businesses using the power of WRGC Radio there would be no coverage of the Mustangs Sports over the air. The situation would be like the 2011 season when the radio station was off the air and those athletes who worked days and hours to represent their school did not receive the recognition they deserved and local fans were deprived of the opportunity to keep with up the Mustangs sports action. Listeners are encouraged to support these local business who are Sports Club Sponsors. WRGC Radio reaches enough listeners to pack the stadium at WCU every single day. Our sports sponsors understand these are often local citizens who are likely to do business with local merchants. These are:
The United State Army Reserve, Dillsboro Automotive, All American Awards, K and M Seafood, Champion Credit Union, Smoky Mountain Propane, Marks Pharmacy, and Country Road Farms Tac and Western Store, and Tim’s NAPA Auto Parts Stores. Other businesses sponsor some of the other sports including football and basketball but the above list are those sponsoring Smoky Mountain High School baseball and softball. Thank You .
Two WCU Softball Players Receive All Conference Awards
(05/05/2015) SPARTANBURG. S.C. – Two Western Carolina softball players earned Southern Conference post-season awards with senior pitcher Jordan Garrett named Second Team All-Conference while Emily Helton was placed on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
Garrett’s SoCon Second Team selection is the first post-season honor of her career. She is the first Catamount pitcher to earn all-conference honors since Mendy McKenzie in 2006.
The Western Carolina career strikeout leader, with 715, Garrett ranks second in the Southern Conference this season with 181 strikeouts. She also ranks fourth with 14 wins in 194.1 innings pitched. Garrett is the first Western Carolina pitcher to record double digit wins all four years of her Catamount career.
Garrett was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week three times in 2015. She carries a 2.20 ERA into the Southern Conference Championships this week.
For the second straight year, Western Carolina placed a player on the SoCon All-Freshman team with the addition of Helton to the 2015 team. Helton split time between third base, shortstop and as the designated player this season. Helton ranks third on the team with a .282 batting average with 22 hits, 14 runs, two doubles and five RBI.
Western Carolina opens play at the 2015 Southern Conference Softball Championships at 10 a.m. Wednesday as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed Furman at Frost Stadium, on the campus of Chattanooga.
The Paladins swept the Catamounts just two weeks ago in the three-game, regular season matchup between the two. The winner of the game will face top-seeded Chattanooga on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
The Catamounts ended the regular season with a 20-29 record and 8-9 in Southern Conference play.
Mustangs To Clash With The Pisgah Bears Today At McCormick Field
(05/05/2015) With the Asheville Tourists out of town the Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs and the Pisgah Black Bears have taken advantage of the window of opportunity to schedule today’s high school baseball game at McCormick Field. Both teams will have the opportunity to take batting practice starting at four p.m. The first pitch of the game will be at 6:00 p.m. WRGC Radio game coverage will commence at 5:40 p.m. THE GAME WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WRGC.COM OR 540 WRGC ON THE TUNE IN APP. THE GAME WILL NOT BE BROADCAST OVER THE AIR. BRAVES BASEBALL WILL BE BROADCAST OVER THE AIR. The Pisgah Bears are entering the game with an 11 and 6 overall record and 8 and 4 in the conference and are licking their wounds from a 14 to 4 thrashing administered by the North Henderson Knights last week. The Mustangs are red hot coming off an 11 to 6 win over Brevard to improve their record to 16 to 3 and 11-1 in conference play and a state Max Preps ranking of 85.
The LADY MUSTANGS will be traveling to Pisgah High School to tangle with the Sugar Bears who are 16 and 3 overall and 11-1 in conference play and ranked thirteenth in the state. The Lady Mustangs have dropped from a recent 29th state ranking to a their current ranking of 39th. The Lady Mustangs are 11-6 overall and 7 and 5 in conference play.
May Fifth South Atlantic League Sports Roundup
(05/05/2015) The Asheville Tourists had little to celebrate this weekend losing three of four to the Lexington Legends at McCormick Field in Asheville. The Tourists were able to [plate 12 runs during the four game weekend series while surrendering 30 runs including those in the eleven to two loss on Monday night. The Tourists are off today to travel to take on the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Tourists are in fifth place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. The current standings are Charleston River Dogs leading the division. They are followed by the Greenville Drive, the Rome Braves, then the August Green Jackets. Then comes Asheville, Lexington and Savannah. Monday night the Rome Braves topped Kannapolis 10 to seven to secure their position at third place in the division standings. Asheville’s Braxton Davidson who was the Atlanta Braves 2014 top draft pick has watched his batting average slowly improve. He is now hitting 2016 in 22 games and 68 at bats for the Rome Braves this season.
Tyler Brosius and Braxton Davidson Improving Down On The Atlanta Braves Farm
(04/28/2015) TC Roberson graduate Braxton Davidson has reached a career high On Base Percentage (OBP) with the Rome Braves. In fifteen games this season he has 10 walks, 18 strikeouts, and no stolen bases. His OBP is .764 which shows he is finding a way to get on base even though his Batting Average is .222.
MEANWHILE Tuscola graduate Tyler Brosius continues to lower his Earned Run Average (ERA) with the Carolina Mudcats who are now a Braves affiliate. In his first game against Wilmington on April 13th Braxton had an ERA of .540. In his second start he shaved 20 points off the ERA. Now three games into the season his ERA is sitting at 4.80 in fifteen innings pitched. In this past Sunday’s game he surrendered two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two. So far this season Brosius has given up eight earned runs on sixteen hits, six walks, and seven strikeouts. Tuscola graduate Tyler Brosius has lowered his Earned Run Average to .429 after another quality start for the Carolina Mudcats who are an Atlanta Braves Advanced A affiliate. So far this season Brosius has performed 21 innings of work. He has given up a single home run, ten hits, ten earned runs, walked six and struck out thirteen. The Mudcats are 12 and 10 overall and are in third place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division.
Mustangs Preparing For East Henderson In Baseball and Softball
(04/27/2015) The Lady Mustangs are coming of a close but losing effort against the Franklin Lady Panthers in a 3 to 1 game Friday at the Webster Field. They will be taking on a much weaker opponent on Tuesday when they welcome the Eagles of East Henderson High School. The Lady Eagles enter the game with a 4 – 11 and 1 record. The East Henderson Baseball team also comes into the game with a 4 and 11 record. WRGC Radio will broadcast the softball game. Airtime is 4:10 p-m.
Mustangs Baseball Team Wins Cruises Over Franklin
The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs baseball team cruised past Franklin on Friday by a score of 14 to 1. The Mustangs scored their runs on 16 hits and only left eight runners stranded. The Mustangs broke the game open in the fourth by pushing eleven runs across the plate. Meanwhile the Mustangs Cole Hooper limited Franklin to one run of five hits. Hooper struck out nine Panthers batters and limited the walks to one. Cal Raleigh had the big hit of the day which was a four run homer in the fourth. Kevin Allred who got back to back homers in the last meeting of the two teams was hit by the pitch three times.
The Lady Mustangs played the Lady Panthers to a tighter game than the first match-up a few weeks ago. While the Lady Mustangs defense was tough they were limited to only one run on offense.
J. T. Poston Claims Back To Back Honors
(04/22/2015) Western Carolina University golfer J. T. Poston is the back to back individual winner of the Southern Conference Tournament Championship joining such company as Arnold Palmer as one of seven golfers who have won back to back tournament championships. Poston finished the tournament with a nine under par 207 and tied with Adrian Meronk from East Tennessee State University. Poston sank a long birdie shot in the sudden death playoff to win. He has finished in the top five in six tournaments this season.
Stephanie McCormick Introduced As The New Catamount Women’s Basketball Coach
(04/22/2015) Coach McCormick’s first words to the Catamount Fans gathered Wednesday at the University were “Its Good To Be Home.” McCormick had two prior stints as an assistant coach at WCU including an assistant coach position with Kelly Harper. Coming from Seina College in New York, McCormick gets back to her home state. She said promised her athletes that she would always be honest with them and called upon the athletes to trust the system, and believe in the process. She drew laughter when she stated that her student athletes would be asked to work hard, “You don’t know how hard yet”. Coach McCormick will be the guest on Tuesday on WRGC Radio Five Forty Focus program.
Coach Speir Feeds The Cats
(04/22/2015) The objective of Coach Mark Speir’s effort in the Boston Marathon was to raise money to the Feed The Cats. So what is Feed The Cats all about? I asked Coach Speir to explain “Feed The Cats” Speir explained that each summer most the members of the Catamount football team remain on campus for classes and conditioning in preparation for the fall football season. While the scholarships pay for their tuition it does not pay for food. In most cases the athletes have to find off campus housing and a part time job. Coach Speir said that he learned that many of the players were struggling and were not eating the right foods. Consequently they were not gaining weight and the muscles they needed. So in order to raise $26,200 to Feed The Cats he committed himself to run the Boston Marathon and challenge Catamount fans to pay money for each completed mile and Feed The Cats. Donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Catamount Club.
Coach Speir At Boston Marathon
(04/20/2015) Twenty six point two miles and twenty six thousand and two hundred dollars to Feed The Cats is Head Coach Mark Speir’s goal today. Coach Speir is in Boston for the running of the Boston Marathon. The thousands of runners were greeted with a cold rainy day in Boston but the runners were eager to get the race underway. Today’s race marks the important second anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing but the runners were undaunted. The winner of this year’s Boston Marathon is Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa who finished with a time of 2 hours nine minutes and seventeen seconds. Desisa was the winner of the Marathon in 2013. He donated his medal to the city to honor those impacted by the Marathon bombing.
J.T. Poston Excels At Southern Conference Golf Tournament
(04/20/2015) Western Carolina’s J.T. Poston is in the clubhouse with a three shot lead after shooting a two under par 70 today. The battle for the top spot among schools is between East Tennessee State and UNC Greensboro. But The Catamounts Poston is in the drivers seat.
Cal Raleigh Has A Busy Day
(03/22/2015) After playing third base and scoring the winning run in the Mustangs 6 to 5 win over Erwin in baseball Raleigh headed off to Asheville to join basketball teammate Spencer Norris in the Blue and White All star game played as Asheville’s TC Roberson High School Baldwin Gym. Norris and Raleigh each had 12 points as the White team won 103 to 93. Dustin Johnson from Cherokee was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award.
In The Girls Game: Cherokee’s Kendall Toinetta had 16 points for the White team which won 93 to 90. The winning shot was a three pointer off the fingertips of Amanda Thompson from Hayesville with under a minute to play. Franklin High School’s Vanessa Agrusa had 20 points for the White Team.
Mustangs Baseball Wins Saturday
(03/22/2015)On a perfect day for baseball the Mustangs baseball team did plenty to keep the fans at the game will the last out was recorded. Erwin built an early 5 to 0 lead before the Mustangs crept back into the game in the fifty with two runs. Holding Erwin in the sixth gave the Mustangs the opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth then heading to the critical seventh inning with a tied game. The Mustangs in the seventh got the inning going with as Cal Raleigh double. He advanced to third on a sac bunt. Erwin gave up an unintentional walk followed by an intentional walk to create a forced play at any base. “Mr Clutch” Brett Baldwin worked the count with a few well placed foul balls until he got the pitch he wanted and that was a base on balls. While Baldwin trotted to first Raleigh trotter home with the winning run. The Mustangs take a 6 to 5 come from behind win. The Mustangs will take on West Henderson on Tuesday in a game that will be aired on 540 WRGC and on the Tune In Radio app on line. Pregame will start at 4:10 from the Mustangs Field.
Mustangs Softball Remain Undefeated
(03/20/2015) While the Mustangs Baseball team was struggling with Tuscola, the girls softball team was not. Behind highlight reel pitching by Micayla McCoy the Lady Mountaineers were able to secure only five hits while seeing themselves strike out six times, receiving only one walk and no runs. The Lady Mustangs pounded out twelve hits and ten runs. Mary Dietz, Claudia Crowe, Megan Chastain, and Micayla McCoy each had two rbi. MiCayla McCoy had a double, Rebecca Lovedahl ripped a triple, and Katie Fortner crushed a homer.The Mustangs have recorded a 7 to 3 win over Hiwassee Dam, and 8 to 2 win over Polk County, and the 10-0 shutout Friday against Tuscola. The Lady Mustangs play West Henderson on Tuesday. Then Wednesday they host Swain in a game that will be broadcasted live on WRGC.
Mustang Baseball Handed A Loss By Tuscola
(03/20/2015)Tuscola Pitcher Ethan Meece proved to be to much for the Mustangs on Friday allowing the Mountaineers to escape Sylva with a 3-1 win. The Mustangs scattered five hits but were able to dent the scoreboard only once in the sixth inning. Kevin Allred was the only Mustang to get more than one hit of which the second was a double and the only extra base hit for the Mustangs. Meece struck out seven, walked two, and forced the Mustangs to strand seven runners. Jace Milkey was dominate through five innings giving up only one hit and striking out eight. Milkey was touched up by a line drive homer by Zack Lannane in the sixth which provided Tuscola with the first run of the game. Cole Hooper came on in relief and got the first batter to ground out. then walked the five and sixth batters in the order before getting the double play ball from Ethan Meece. After the Mustangs tied the game in the top of the sixth Tuscola came out swinging in the seventh. Aided by an error and a walk Tuscola had runners on board for Lannane to drive the nail in the coffin with a long single to center field to give Tuscola the lead. Next up catcher Noah Heatherly doubled in the third run. Lannane was picked off at the plate to end the Tuscola rally. The Mustangs were held hitless in the seventh and take their first loss of the season after beating North Buncombe 6 to 1 and Blue Ridge 11 -1 on Tuesday. The Mustangs will take on Erwin on Saturday at 2:30 at the Mustangs Field.
Local Teams Struggle in Winston Salem
(03/o8/2015) The Playoffs got underway Friday in Winston Salem at the Fairgrounds Annex beside Wake Forest University. The Cherokee Lady Braves watched most of the game when a massive team from Wake Forest Prep demolished Hiwassee Dam 52 to 39. Needless to say the Hiwassee Dam team gave it all they could but just were no match for what would have been a decent college team.
The LADY BRAVES Game had a fabulous game with Albemarle. The Lady Bulldogs has a legitimate college prospect in Jada Robinson who had 25 points for Albemarle. But the Bulldogs were not match for the Lady Braves speed and stifling defense. Kendall Toineeta has 36 points for the Lady Braves. Barnard and Brown had 8 and Wolfe added 9 to win 66 to 53.
THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL MUSTANGS came on and went through two overtimes before closing the deal with Lexington 70 to 67. Raleigh had 28 and Norris has 25 for the Mustangs.
On Saturday The LADY BRAVES had their shot at the Winston Salem Prep. Even though out matched and out scored they were not out played and they never game up. Cherokee should be very proud of this team. Too many years to remember when this public school has been knocked out by a private school and there is little doubt that Winston Salem Prep boys and girls will dominate 1-A play this season. The Lady Braves were held to 5 points in the first quarter, it was 52 to 16 at the half 57 to 20 in the third and 63 to 34 at the end. Kendall Toineeta led the Lady Braves with 11 Points… enough said!!!
THE MUSTANGS then faced the states number one team East Lincoln and built an 11 point lead early in the third quarter. So it was either exhaustion from the prior nights double overtime, or East Lincoln changed their defense so much the Mustangs were unable to match up. They were shut down with only five points in the final quarter while East Lincoln came back with a 16 to five point run to cut the deficit and take the lead with about a minute to play. The Mustangs tied it. With 2 seconds to go the Mustangs were whistled for a cheap foul while both teams were scrambling for a rebound under the Mustangs goal. East Lincoln hit both free throws. The Mustangs were unable to go the length of the court in two seconds and lost a heart breaker for the second year in a row going down 52 to 50.
Mustang Boys Continue In Playoffs
(03/04/2015) The Smoky Mountain High School Boys Varsity basketball team will play Friday in Winston Salem for the Sectional Championship against Lexington. The Mustangs battled the Wolves for three and a half quarters Tuesday night in Sylva before getting the momentum on their side for keeps. The Mustangs lead was a mere three points with four minutes left in the game but a pair of three pointers and by Spencer Norris and eight points in the fourth quarter by Cal Raleigh proved to be more than the Wolves could overcome especially with the absence of two of their key players having fouled out with about two minutes left to play. While the officiating crew on Monday had Cal Raleigh on the bench early in foul trouble, Raleigh was not charged with a single foul on Tuesday. For the Mustangs Bret Baldwin has four points, Damon Ledford added five, and Jayce Wolfe with six. Spencer Norris added 21 points and Cal Raleigh led the Mustangs with 32 points.
The Mustangs will play on Friday night at the Winston Salem Fairgrounds Annex. Their opponent will be the fourth seeded Lexington Yellow Jackets who beat fifth seeded North Surry on Tuesday. 540 WRGC will have the game on the air Friday evening starting with the pregame show at 6:30.
Mustang Girls Basketball Season Ends At Home
(03/04/2015) There was never a question the Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs would not have their hands full on Tuesday with the Wilkes Central Eagles. The Lady Mustangs kept the Eagles at a distance until the final minute and a half of the game when the Eagles rallied to take a 53 to 52 point lead. The Lady Mustangs were unable to sink the needed baskets going down the stretch. After getting the lead the Eagles added two points from the field and Kamre Gibbs sank two free thrown with four seconds remaining to secure the win and the trip to the sectional playoffs Thursday in Winston Salem. Wilkes Central 57 Mustangs 52. Even though the season ended earlier than desired congratulations are certainly in order for the Lady Mustangs who set the bar very high for Mustang basketball.
IN A RELATED STORY: Previously unbeaten and top seeded Mountain Heritage falls to RS Central on Tuesday night leaving the 2A girls Western Regional a toss-up when the remaining four teams meet this weekend for the chance to play next weekend for the state championship.
Two Other Area Teams Still In The Hunt
03/05/2015) The Cherokee Lady Braves are back in the hunt for a state championship and will be playing in Winston Salem Friday at 5:30 when they take on Albemarle. Also going into the sectional finals is Hiwassee Dam taking on Winston Salem Prep in the 4:00 p.m. game. The Cherokee Lady Braves have to be excited to not be facing Bishop McGinnis who has knocked the Lady Braves out of the Championship game several times in the past five years. Should both Cherokee and Hiwassee Dam win they will be playing each other Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Mustang Softball and Baseball Openers Delayed
(03/04/2015)The Smoky Mountain High School Athletic Department has announced that Thursday’s softball game with Robbinsville has been cancelled and the baseball game with Asheville Christian Academy rescheduled for Friday has also been cancelled. All the teams involved have been involved with the basketball playoffs and the expected weather conditions for this weekend were not conducive to playing the games.