ASHEVILLE, N.C. (November 7, 2018) – For the 23rd time, Saluda, North Carolina played host to the Green Race on Saturday. The race is one of the top kayaking events in North America and is held annually on the first weekend of November. I attended this year’s event and covered it in a brief article for Blue Ridge Outdoors. (photo – Marc Hunt/Green Race)
College Soccer – Only two college soccer teams remain active in the postseason in the region. At the NCAA DIII level, the Brevard Tornados (11-7) women’s team gained a bid to the 16-team Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs. The ECAC was founded in 1938 and has 220 member schools and is effectively a mega-conference spanning all three NCAA divisions. Typically ECAC teams have an additional conference affiliation, as with the Tornados’ primary membership in the USA-South.
On Saturday, the Tornados travel to Westminster, Maryland and draw the #1 seed in their four-team sub-bracket, McDaniel College (10-5-1). The two teams will square off on November 10 at 11:00 a.m.
In the NCAA Division I ranks, the Furman Paladins men’s team travels to Johnson City, Tennessee on Friday to face ETSU (9-6-1) in the Southern Conference semis. During the regular season, Furman dropped a 2-0 decision to the Bucs.
The Paladins (11-6-1) defeated Belmont (4-12-2) on November 3 to advance in the SoCon tournament.
College Basketball – The UNCA Bulldogs open their 2018-1019 season with a game against Laurinburg, North Carolina’s St. Andrews Knights (NAIA). They host the Knights on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Kimmel Arena. On the following Tuesday, the Bulldogs head east to Tobacco Road to face NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh.
The Bulldogs went 21-13 in 2018, gaining a bid to the NIT Tournament and falling in the first round to USC (24-11) in Los Angeles in double overtime.
Christ School came back to defeat Trinity Christian on Friday, 33-32, in the NCISAA Division I state semifinals. The game was the first loss of the year for the Crusaders, and advanced the Greenies (10-1) to the NCISAA state championship game this Friday at Charlotte Christian (10-0). The Knights are the defending state champions and defeated the Greenies in the state semifinals last year en route to their title.
Christ School is led on offense by junior quarterback Navy Shuler, who has thrown for 3,798 yard and 43 touchdowns this season. Against Trinity Christian, Shuler threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Kaedin Robinson hauled in eight passes for 173 yards in the game.
Asheville School hosts Southlake Christian Academy on Friday in the NCISAA Division III semi-finals. Check Sunday’s Fieldhouse Weekender for scores following the games.