NATIONAL PHILADELPHIA – The tides have officially turned against Navy in the annual Army-Navy football game, as the Black Knights earned a 17-10 victory over the Midshipmen in Philadelphia on Saturday. It was the third-straight victory for West Point over their Annapolis counterparts. Prior to the three wins, Navy rattled off 14-straight victories against Army, the most in a row in the 119-game rivalry that dates back to 1890 and has been held every year since 1930.
The Black Knights never trailed, and a fourth-quarter touchdown run from Charlotte’s Kelvin Hopkins, Jr. (pictured above) ultimately proved the difference-maker. The quarterback threw for 61 yards in limited attempts, as well as running for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Across the field, Army finished the regular season at 10-2. Their two defeats included a narrow 28-21 overtime loss to Oklahoma, who will face #1 Alabama on December 29 in the Orange Bowl as part of the four-team FBS playoffs. The Black Knights will play Houston (8-4) in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 22. Last year they finished 10-3 after a victory over San Diego Statein the same bowl game.
*(photos 1-4 Gavin Baker, #5 Mark Goldman, #6 Andy Lewis)
The Northwestern Wildcats (8-4) will look for the upset this weekend when they face Ohio State (10-1) in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For Northwestern, the game is their first visit to the conference championship game and they would earn an automatic Rose Bowl berth with a victory. The Wildcats last won the Big Ten title in 2000, prior to the annual championship game.
Senior Clayton Thorson will be under center for Northwestern and has started more games than any quarterback in Big Ten history. Asheville High School‘s all-time sack leader, Andrew Leota (53, above), is a freshman defensive lineman for the Wildcats. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast live by Fox Sports.
College Basketball – UNCA’s Senora Dengokl was named the Big South’s player of the week last week after averaging 17 points per game in wins over Davidson and Wofford. It was the first such honor for Dengokl, who is shooting 50% from the field and 72% from the free-throw line through five games this season.
The Bulldogs are 3-2 overall. Records for area women’s teams this season to date include:
Furman (NCAA DI) (2-3)
WCU (NCAA DI) (1-7)
Brevard (NCAA DIII) (2-1)
Lees-McRae (NCAA DII) (3-3)
Montreat (NAIA) (4-4)
Mars Hill (NCAA DII) (1-2)
Warren Wilson (USCAA) (1-7)
College Soccer – Closing out fall soccer coverage, Brevard seniors Ashley Hughes and Caroline Davidearned NCCSIA All-State honors.Hughes set the Tornados’ NCAA-era single-season goals record with 19 this fall and totaled 41 points, another Brevard NCAA-era record. David set records for single-season and career assists.
Two weeks ago, Asheville held its version of “The Game” at the high school level when Asheville School faced Christ Schoolfor the 92nd time.On Saturday, the original version pitting Harvard against Yale was staged for the 135th time. This year’s game was held at Fenway Park, home of the current world champion Boston Red Sox.
Harvard (6-4) defeated the Bulldogs (5-5), 45-27, before 34,675 fans at the century-old ballpark. Crimson quarterback Tom Stewart threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead Harvard to the win. The game concluded the season for both teams.
College Football – The Brevard Tornados (NCAA DIII) ended their 2018 season on a high note with a 46-10 win over Allen University in Brevard. Dalton Cole, a Hendersonville native who attended West Henderson High School, threw for 1,847 yards and 20 touchdowns in his freshman year. The Tornados (4-6) won four games for the second consecutive season after winning a total of two games during the 2014-2016 seasons.
Mars Hill (NCAA DII) finished its season with an identical 4-6 mark. The Lions closed out the year with consecutive victories, including Saturday’s 21-17 win over Newberry. Erwin product Austin Brown was under center for Mars Hill this season and passed for 2,137 yards and 18 touchdowns and added 354 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Western Carolina Catamounts dropped a 49-26 to UNC (2-8) on Saturday to end their 2018 season. Quarterback Tyrie Adams rushed for 151 yards and two scores while passing for 290 yards. Adams rushed for 1,215 yards and passed for 2,417 yards for WCU (3-8) this season and should be in line for postseason honors. Erwin graduate Mitchell Chancey had 135 tackles on the year, good for fifth in the country at the FCS level and tops in the Southern Conference.
While their 2019 schedule isn’t yet fully finalized, the Catamounts will play NC State (September 7) and Alabama (November 23) on the road next season.
Furman (6-4) defeated Mercer (5-6) on Saturday, 35-30, behind five touchdown strikes from senior Harris Roberts. The win puts the Paladins in a three-way tie for the Southern Conference title with Wofford and ETSU. Wofford (8-3) earned the conference’s automatic qualifier to the FCS postseason, while Furman and ETSU (8-3) must wait to see if they receive an at-large bid on Sunday.
PREPS Asheville School fell in the NCISAA Division III state championship game against Victory Christian Academy (11-1), 39-8, on Friday in Fayetteville. The Blues finished 2018 with a 7-5 mark. The seven wins were the most for the team since 2011, when they went 10-3.
The 42nd New York City Marathon was held earlier today, with Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia capturing the men’s title in a time of 2:05.59. Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s race with a time of 2:22.48.
Shura Kitata (pictured) (2:06.01) of Ethiopia finished just behind Desisa, while defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor (2:06.26) of Kenya placed third to round out the men’s medal stand.
Behind Keitany in the women’s race were Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya (2:26.02) and defending championShalane Flanagan (2:26.22) of the US.Flanagan now has first (2017), second (2010), and third (2018) in the race on her resume.
“You just put your head down, keep working and fight for that podium spot,” Flanagan told the New York Times after the race. “So when I finally did get into that third place, I got another level of excitement and just felt really proud of myself in that moment that I kept fighting, even though there’s some rough patches in there.”
College Football – In area college football, Furman (4-4) highlighted the weekend schedule with a 16-10 win over UT-Chattanooga.The Paladins are now 4-2 and in fourth place in the SoCon, behind Samford (5-4, 4-2), Wofford (6-3, 5-2) and ETSU (8-2, 6-1).
On Saturday, Western Carolina (3-6, 1-6) dropped a 38-24 decision to the Citadel (3-5, 3-4 SoCon) in Cullowhee. Asheville product Mitchell Chancey had 19 tackles for the Catamounts, and leads the SoCon with 90 tackles this season. He also ranks sixth in the nation in total tackles at the FCS level.
Cross Country – Across the region, conference championships began marking the end of the fall campaign late last month and continued into this weekend.
The UNCA Bulldogs wound down their 2018 season at the Big South championships in a heavy downpour in Kernersville, North Carolina in late October. In the men’s race, Zach Boone was the top finisher for the Bulldogs in the 8k final.
Three-time Runner of the Week Clara Wincheski paced the women’s side, finishing fifth overall and capturing All-Conference honors in the process. The Bulldogs finished fourth as a team in both the men’s and women’s races for the second straight year.
On the women’s side, Lydia Wilsonadvanced individually to the NAIA Nationals with an overall third-place finish in the race, while the women’s team captured fourth place in the 14-team AAC.
As previously reported,Furman’s men’s and women’s teams swept the Southern Conference championships and will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Rock Hill, South Carolina on November 9.
Christ School came back to defeat Trinity Christian, 33-32, on Friday to advance to the NCISAA championship game on November 9 at Charlotte Christian. Check this week’s Fieldhouse Report for more on the game.
Next: On Tuesday, look for college soccer, basketball, and more in this week’s Fieldhouse Report
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 31, 2018) – I’m excited to announce that on April 1, 2019, my next book “Underdog – Kim Conley & the Making of an Unexpected Olympian” will be released.
From a stunning finish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials that propelled her into the London Games, to an odds-defying return trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kim’s story is an authentic, inspiring compass for runners and non-runners alike. It’s one in which odds are defied, deeds exceed words, and a relentless work ethic is ultimately rewarded.
Nationally, Kim’s accomplishments span the continent from a record-setting win at New York City’s storied Millrose Games in 2014, to USATF Championships in Sacramento (10,000m) and Houston (half-marathon). Hers is an American success story forged in California and taken across the country and beyond.
I’m honored to be able to bring it to print and in the upcoming weeks look for exciting details about the foreword, presale, and where and when you can purchase the book! – Tom Flynn
Running – As the 2018 NYC Marathon approaches on Sunday, November 4, the city’s calendar will begin to fill with events leading up to the race.The annual “Dash to the Finish” 5k is staged the day before the marathon and will again serve as the USATF National Championship at the distance.
Asheville-area running fans can watch the NYC Marathon on WLOS-ABC 13 on November 4 at 9:00 a.m. Check back for the November 3 broadcast start time for the5K Championship on NBCSN.
College Football – Austin Brown (pictured) is a graduate of Asheville’s Erwin High School and currently directs the NCAA DII Mars Hill Lionsfrom under center in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The lefty has the Lions leading the conference in overall passing and against Limestone on September 29 threw for 371 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes.
The Lions (2-5) return to the gridiron on Saturday to face Wingate (4-3) on the road. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Women’s College Soccer – The WCU Catamounts are 3-4 to date in the 10-team Southern Conferenceand currently in seventh place in the league. In their final two regular-season games they’ll strive to move up a place in the standings as the league’s top six teams earn a spot in the conference quarterfinals, while the bottom four must compete in an additional play-in game. Last year, the Catamounts advanced to the SoCon final before falling to UNCG. (photo – Ashley Evans, WCU Athletics)
“We told our guys that there were a lot of positive takeaways from today,” said UNCA head coach, Scott Friedholm. “One of the biggest aspects was having our younger guys play in a tough SEC environment and in front of a great crowd for a fall game.”
College Cross Country – Montreat’s Lydia Wilson continued to prove herself as one of the top cross-country runners in the region as she finished 14th in a field of 413 runners at the Queens Royals Challenge on October 12 in Charlotte. The sophomore set a cross-country PR (17:45) at the 5k distance in the process and also broke the school record.
Former Western Carolina Catamount Detrez Newsome faced and met what may prove the biggest challenge of his career – making an NFL roster as an undrafted rookie free agent. The Los Angeles Chargers kept Newsome on their final 53-man roster earlier this month after he led the team in carries, yards, and touchdowns during the preseason.
Newsome’s 6,969 all-purpose yards as a Catamount are the most in school history. He also has the most touchdowns in WCU history with 46.
College Football– WCU defeated in-state rival Gardner-Webb on Friday night, 28-10. The road game was moved from a scheduled Saturday start due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Florence. The Catamounts are 2-0 after two non-conference games and received votes in this week’s FCS Top 25 poll.
They open their 2018 Southern Conference schedule when they host VMI on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
College Soccer – A month into the season, the area’s five men’s soccer teams are in their early stages of conference play. UNCA is the region’s sole DI entry (WCU doesn’t sponsor men’s soccer) and travels to Davidson (2-3) tonight to face the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. Montreat is the only other WNC team in action today as they host Georgia’s undefeated Point University (NAIA) (5-0-1) at 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the five WNC teams, Furman is 3-3 on the season and this evening travels to face Clemson at 7:30 p.m. The meeting of the two rivals is the 56th in the series that dates back to February 2, 1934. The Tigers hold a 40-12-3 advantage and captured the last meeting between the two teams in 2015.
Cross Country – Montreat sophomore Lydia Wilson earned Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) weekly honors as the conference’s top runner. At last week’s Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational, she finished sixth overall in a field of 66 runners and prevented NCAA Division I Appalachian State from claiming all top seven spots in the race. She was also the top non-NCAA runner in the field. Look for a feature on Wilson in next week’s Black Mountain News.
The Bulldogs host the Asheville Invitational on September 21. (photo – UNCA Athletics).
Two of the area’s neighboring programs open the cross-country season with a dual meet on Friday when Montreat heads west to face Warren Wilson College at 5:00 p.m.
The WCU Catamountsopen their 2018 football season on Saturday at home against the Newberry College Wolves. Newberry plays in the NCAA’s Division II and went 5-6 last year, including a 31-14 season-opening loss to the Southern Conference’s Citadel.
The Catamounts went 7-5 overall in 2017 and 5-3 in the SoCon, good for fourth place in the league. (photo – Icon Sportswire)
On Saturday, Mars Hill travels north to face the SoCon’s ETSUin Johnson City. The Bucs went 2-6 in conference last year and 4-7 overall. MHU finished 3-6 overall.
At the Division III level, the Brevard College Tornados have a tough draw as they travel to face Davidson of the FCS at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Brevard is led by Duke graduate, Bill Khayat.
That trend continued through the week. The Redbirds moved into second place in the NL Central, trailing only the Chicago Cubs. They now have a half-game lead over Milwaukee as the top wildcard team, and a game lead over the remaining chase pack for the two wildcard spots.
The team is 26-12 under Shildt, good for a .684 winning percentage.
ASHEVILLE, NC (August 21, 2018) – Mike Shildt was named the interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on July 14. The former UNCA Bulldog is making the most of the opportunity.
The skipper inherited a team that was an under-performing 47-46 at the time, leading to the dismissalof manager Mike Matheny. They are now 69-57, with a 22-11 mark (.667) while led by Shildt. They have gone 8-2 in their last ten games and are now tied for the final wild-card spot in the National League, and 3.5 games behind the division- leading Cubs for first-place in the NL Central.
Adams previously spent 2012-2017 with the Redbirds, and can play both the outfield and first base. He will likely see time platooning in the outfield against right-handers, as well as pinch-hitting. The move also proves a Redbirds’ counter to the Cubs’ acquisition of Daniel Murphy from the Nationals on the same day.
Shildt is the first MLB manager hired since 2007 without former professional playing experience.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (August 14, 2018) – Earlier this summer, on the far end of a cross-country road trip, I visited the Sacramento and Davis areas of Northern California. There I spent time with Olympian Kim Conley, and her husband/coach Drew Wartenburg.
The first stop in joining the tandem was at Sacramento’s 23-mile American River Parkway (below). The Parkway is comprised of multiple segments, including the paved Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail, which winds from Folsom to Old Sacramento, and is a leg regularly frequented by Conley in her training. It cuts a green, often-shaded swath through the capital city, and on the morning we visited hosted runners and cyclists taking advantage of a rare traffic-free respite in a major urban center.
Later we traveled to UC-Davis (below) some twenty miles west of Sacramento. The University is the alma mater of Conley, and also where Wartenburg got his head coaching start in the college ranks, after a stint as an assistant at Oregon State, and before moving on to the professional ranks.
Conley became one the program’s first standouts at the DI level in both cross country and track & field, while offering only the smallest of glimpses into the success that awaited her on the professional level – including two USATF national championships and spots on consecutive USA Olympic teams (2012, 2016).
Wartenburg played a key role in continuing the Aggies’ transition from a highly-successful NCAA Division II program to its current place in the Division I Big West Conference.
Conley makes an appearance on the East Coast this weekend, when she travels to compete in the 46th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod on Sunday. (photos – T. Flynn)
Check back here, and at @tomflynn51 (twitter) and @tom_flynn_writing (Instagram) next month for an exciting announcement on the two-time Olympian.