12/03/12 The Saturday sports story was a story of misssed opportunities for both Swain County High School and Murphy High School in their quest to repeat as state champions in the 1-AA and 1-A divisions. The eastern division teams were strong up front and quick in the backfield on both offense and defense. However both mountain teams were still very much in the game until the closing seconds. What some say was a blown call closed down the Murphy Bulldog’s chances late, and SouthWest Onslow took advantage of an onside kick attempt by the Maroon Devils with just over a minute left to play and returned the loose football for a score to put their lead back to ten with little time left. Had the Maroon Devils capitalized on the onside kick attempt the outcome could have been much different because they had held the Stallions offense in the fourth quarter. Both the Murphy Bulldogs and Swain High School Maroon Devils will be returning a good number of starters for the 2013 season, and should be in the thick of the high school playoff picture again next year.
The WCU Men’s basketball team traveled to the state of Kentucky to take on the undefeated at home Eastern Kentucky Colonials. The Catamounts matched the Colonials till 2.8 seconds. The Cats final shot to tie fell short However the Lady Cats opened their Southern Conference schedule with a 47 to 44 win over UNC Greensboro. The Lady Cats are now 3-3 and 1-0 in the conference. The Men’s basketball team also win their opening Southern Conference match last week against Furman. The Men’s team will be on the road Tuesday to take on Illinios in a game that will be broadcast on 540 a-m WRGC. the Women will be in action today at noon Monday (today) at the Ramsey Center against Elon. Over 800 area school children are expected to be at the Ramsey Center today. This game will not be broadcast over WRGC.
The Smoky Mountain Mustangs will be at home against Madison on Tuesday for their Endowment game. The Mustangs Varsity handled Enka with relative ease on Friday night with a 73 to 46 win at Smoky Mountain high School. The Lady Mustangs were not successful against the taller and more experienced Enka Jets.
540-a-m WRGC will be broadcasting the WCU Basketball Game at Illinois on Tuesday.