Furman Star Now Hurls for Tourists

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Asheville hurler Will Gaddis (Photo / Carol Spagnuolo for the Asheville Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2018) – Will Gaddis was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round in 2017, the highest a Furman baseball player has ever been selected. He’s now pitching at McCormick Field for the Asheville Tourists. I was able to catch up with the from Paladins’ ace recently for an article that ran in the Greenville News and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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Varsity Lacrosse: Patton Tops Asheville School in Final Minute

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Blues’ attackman Ousmane Diallo scores against Patton on Sat.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 17, 2018) – In area high school lacrosse, the Asheville School narrowly fell to Patton High School Panthers from Morganton in boys’ varsity lacrosse.

The Panthers scored the game-winner with just over 25 seconds left on the clock to leave with a 10-9 win. For the Blues, it was their first game of the season against a varsity opponent, after defeating Asheville Empire on March 1. They are now 1-1, while the Panthers moved to 4-1.

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Asheville School attackman Riley Sullivan

The Blues’ Riley Sullivan had five goals for the Blues, while Ousman Diallo added three from the attack unit to pace Asheville School.

With the win, the Panthers are currently 4-1.

 

WNC – College Men’s Lacrosse Update 2

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Montreat keeps the crease clear against Lees-McRae (photo / T. Flynn)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 5, 2018) – The “Mountain Four” of men’s college lacrosse teams in western North Carolina all were in action this week.

 

WNC – College Men’s Lacrosse Update

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LMC brings the ball upfield against Montreat on Feb. 21 (photo / T.Flynn)

ASHEVILLE, NC (Feb. 25, 2018) – There are four North Carolina men’s college lacrosse teams in close proximity to Asheville. They include Brevard College (NCAA DIII), Lees-McRae College (NCAA DII), Montreat College (NAIA), and Mars Hill University (NCAA DIII). Across the state line in Greenville is Furman (NCAA DI). Including the Paladins, all five are now into their campaigns. Here’s an update on this week’s action.

Sacred Heart Defeats Furman at Homewood

The Paladins huddle during a recent practice (photo / Furman Athletics)

The Furman Paladins and Sacred Heart Pioneers had the chance on Saturday to face-off at the Yankee Stadium of college lacrosse when they met at Johns Hopkins’ storied Homewood Field.

They paid it fitting tribute in a see-saw game that ended with the Pioneers on top, 17-13. Sacred Heart plays in the Northeast Conference (NEC) while Furman is a member of the Southern Conference.

The Paladins took the game’s first lead on a goal from William Holcomb five minutes into the first quarter. From there, the Pioneers gained and held the advantage into the third, when Furman (0-3) briefly moved ahead on a goal from Gus Pinsoneault at the 8:11 mark.

Furman’s David Williamson tied his career-high with five goals in the loss. Williamson is the team’s leading scorer through three games with 12 points. Long-stick middie Parker Widhelm gathered four ground balls for the Paladins.

With the win, Sacred Heart moved to 2-1 on the season. The Paladins play their second of three neutral-site games this year when they face the Canisius Griffins (0-1) of the MAAC in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 24.

UNCA on Seven-Game Run

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The Bulldogs’ Ahmad Thomas (photo / UNCA Athletics)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNCA Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team is currently on a seven-game winning streak, all against Big South opponents. That puts the Bulldogs at 11-3 in the league – good for first place – and 18-9 overall. They are a perfect 12-0 at home this season.

UNCA made it seven straight when they defeated the Radford Highlanders (15-12, 8-6) on Saturday at Kimmel Arena. In that game, the Bulldogs were led by 17 from senior guard, Raekwon Miller.

The Bulldogs host Liberty University (16-11, 7-7) on Thursday at Kimmel Arena.

Furman Falls to UVM in NCAA Opener

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GREENVILLE, S.C.Furman’s Richie Meade didn’t get the opener he’d hoped for in 2018 as the Paladins fell to the Vermont Catamounts, 12-6, in the 2018 NCAA DI Opener.

For Furman, David Williamson had four goals, but Vermont five goal outburst in the second quarter put them in command for the remainder of the contest. put up five goals in the second quarter to gain the winning margin. Due to its timing on the calendar, Williamson’s first score was also the first of the 2018 NCAA lacrosse season.

Ian MacKay had four goals for Vermont, and was followed by Liam Limoges with three. The Catmounts compete in the NCAA’s America East Conference in lacrosse.

In addition to Williamson’s four, the Paladins got scores from Carson Sorrells and Keegan Pearl. 

Furman travels to face UNC on February 10.

Pictured: Furman’s Lou Yovino (photo / Furman Athletics)

Furman Opens Men’s DI Lacrosse Slate

 

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Greenville, S.C. – The NCAA Division I lacrosse season gets underway this evening when the Furman Paladins host the Vermont Catamounts at 6:00 p.m at Paladin Stadium. For the Paladins, under veteran head coach Richie Meade, they’ll enter their fifth season of competition as an NCAA program.

The 2017 squad was the best in Furman’s short history, going 7-8 overall but ending the season with consecutive losses to the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference. The first defeat was the regular season closer, and the second came in the SoCon tournament. Meade was named the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year as the Paladins rebounded from a 2-11 2016 campaign.

The Paladins return four of their top five scorers from 2017, including Jonah Moore, William Holcomb (pictured), Lou Yovino, and David Williamson.

In cage, they return 2017 starter Alec Van de Bovenmap, and senior backup Reilly McDermott.

Vermont finished the 2017 campaign at 5-8 and 1-5 in the America East Conference.

Pictured: The Paladins’ junior midfielder William Holcomb facing Vermont last season. (Photo / Furman Athletics)

 

 

Frozen Falls in Western NC

Catawba Falls in Old Fort, NC (Photo / T. Flynn)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – While the weather has been exceptionally cold in western North Carolina, a benefit (as noted by the Asheville Citizen-Times) is frozen waterfalls in the area. I followed a mile-long trail to one in nearby Old Fort that led to the 100-foot+ high Catawba Falls within Pisgah National Forest. Along the way were a number of locations where the streams leading away from the falls were frozen.

It’s an easy hike with a large payoff for the effort and it’s located about 15 miles east of Asheville, just over the Eastern Continental Divide off of I-40. For years, access to the falls was limited as they sat on private property, but acquisition of the land adjacent to the falls, as well as upgrades to the trail leading to it, have put it in reach for hikers. – TF

Frozen stream en route to Catawba Falls (Photo / T. Flynn)