Fieldhouse Report, 10.16.2018

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The 2018 NYC Marathon will again be preceded by the USATF 5K Championship (photo – NYRR)

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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 the 5K Championship on NBCSN. 

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Asheville’s Austin Brown (11) leads Mars Hill (photo – Mars Hill Athletics)

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College Football – Austin Brown (pictured) is a graduate of Asheville’s Erwin High School and currently directs the NCAA DII Mars Hill Lions from 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. 

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Women’s College Soccer – The WCU Catamounts are 3-4 to date in the 10-team Southern Conference and 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) 

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UNCA’s Chris Troost batting against Georgia (photo – UNCA Athletics)

College Baseball – The UNC Asheville Bulldogs faced the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC in a special 14-inning fall exhibition in Athens, Georgia on Sunday. Eight of the last ten College World Series champions have come from the SEC (5) or PAC-12 (3). Georgia was the #4 team in the country last year. 

“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. 

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Preps  See last week’s Black Mountain News for an article on the rarest of three-of-a-kinds on the gridiron for the Owen High School Warhorses.

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Fieldhouse Report, 10.09.2018

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Furman faces Wofford for the 93rd time on Saturday (photo – Furman Athletics)

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College Football – Furman (1-3) will host Wofford (4-1) this Saturday after an open date last week. The game will be the 93rd meeting of the two teams, making it the oldest football rivalry in the Deep South. The two first met in 1892, and the Paladins lead the series, 53-32-7. Wofford has won the last four meetings, including a victory in the second round of the FCS playoffs last season.

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Men’s College Soccer – The men’s soccer season is moving into its final stages before the postseason. After a slow start, the Lees-McRae Bobcats have won three of their last four and along with Furman lead the region in wins. The Bobcats are 2-3-1 in Conference Carolinas. Their conference playoffs begin in early November with eight of the 12 teams qualifying. The Bobcats are currently tied for sixth place. Furman went 3-0-1 in its last four games and begins its Southern Conference schedule tonight at Belmont (2-6-2) at 7:30 p.m.

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UNCA’s Clara Wincheski (photo – UNCA Athletics)

Cross Country – The UNCA Asheville Bulldogs cross country teams head east to Greenville, North Carolina on Friday for the Pirate Invitational. Leading the way for the women’s side is Clara Wincheski.

The freshman paced the team at Appalachian State’s Covered Bridge Open on August 31 when she placed seventh overall in a field of 95 and kept a combination of Appalachian State and Florida State runners from taking the race’s top 15 spots. She followed that up by winning the Asheville Invitational on September 21. Following each race, Wincheski was honored with Big South Runner of the Week honors.

On the men’s side, Zach Boone and Thomas Little are the front-runners for the Bulldogs to date. Little was the top finisher among the UNCA men at Appalachian State and won Big South Runner of the Week honors for the effort. Boone took third at the Asheville invite, with Little finishing fourth.

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Fieldhouse Weekender, 10.07.2018

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Furman’s Aaron Templeton (photo – Furman Athletics)

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College Cross Country – Furman’s Aaron Templeton was named the Southern Conference men’s cross country runner of the week on October 3. Templeton finished fourth overall out of 142 runners at Notre Dame’s Joe Paine Invitational to earn the honor.

In his first race of the season, Templeton helped the Paladins to finish fourth overall in the 17-team field. Furman races this upcoming weekend at the Queen City Royals Challenge in Charlotte on October 12 and at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on October 13.

College Football – Western Carolina (3-2) had a long game on Saturday, dropping a 66-28 decision on the road to Samford. Furman (1-3) had an open week, while at the NCAA DII level Mars Hill (2-4) fell to Tusculum (3-2), 31-28.

Brevard (1-3) picked up the region’s sole win on the gridiron on Saturday, with a 41-36 victory over Methodist (1-3) Check back for details on the games.

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WWC celebrates a goal at home earlier this season (photo – WWC) 

College Soccer  This week’s Black Mountain News includes an article on Lydia Vandenbergh, a former Clemson standout and current player-owner of the Asheville City Blues women’s soccer team. She’s also the head coach of the Warren Wilson College Owls, and has the team off to its best start in recent years. Click here for the full story

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Black Mountain’s Owen High School football field (photo – Tom Flynn)

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Fieldhouse Report, 10.02.2018

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Furman’s Jonah Tibbs sheds a block as WCU’s Tyrie Adams looks upfield (photo – Furman Athletics)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 2, 2018) – The Furman Paladins pulled off a week four Southern Conference upset on Saturday when they defeated Western Carolina, 44-38.

Catamounts’ quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for five touchdowns and 424 yards but Furman more than countered with four rushing touchdowns, an aerial TD from quarterback Harris Roberts, and a 97-yard touchdown return from Dejuan Bell

The key score for the Paladins (1-3, 1-1) came from Devin Wynn who broke free for a touchdown from midfield with 5:27 in the game to give Furman a 44-31 lead. 

Adams’ fifth TD pass was to Connell Young with just 1:41 remaining and closed the gap to six points. The ensuing onside kick attempt from the Catamounts (3-1, 1-1) failed and the Paladins were able to run out the clock for their first win of the year. For WCU, it was their first loss of 2018. Both teams are now 1-1 in the Southern Conference.

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Asheville City’s Lydia Vandenbergh at Memorial Stadium (photo – ACSC)

College Soccer – Check the Black Mountain News later this week for an article on the Warren Wilson Owls and their head coach, Lydia Vandenbergh. Vandenbergh, a Clemson graduate and veteran of multiple professional leagues, is also a player-owner of the Asheville City Blues’ women’s soccer team that debuted this summer. The Owls are off to one of their best starts in recent years within the USCAA.

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Furman is  currently #2 in the Southeast (photo – Danielle Meersman)

Women’s Cross Country – The Furman Paladins’ women’s cross country team was ranked #2 in the Southeast in Monday’s USTFCCCA poll. It’s the third consecutive week that Furman has held to the second spot. On Friday, the Paladins captured second place at the Notre Dame Joe Plane Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

UNC Asheville freshman Clara Wincheski captured Big South Runner of the Week honors for the second time this season on September 26. The honor was earned in large part by Wincheski’s first-place finish at the Asheville Invitational.

Montreat sophomore Lydia Wilson captured 10th place in the Greater Louisville XC Classic on Saturday. Wilson competed in the women’s 5k ‘blue’ race, the middle competitive tier of three races. She was the top NAIA runner in the overall field of 287 competitors and her time would have placed her 58/226 in the all-NCAA Division I ‘gold’ race.

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Fieldhouse Report, 09.26.2018

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WCU’s Michael Murphy (photo – WCU/Mark Haskett)

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Cullowhee, N.C. (September 26, 2018) – Despite yielding 50, the WCU Catamounts came away with a victory in their Southern Conference opener against VMI on Saturday. The Catamounts withstood two Keydet touchdowns in the final four minutes to capture the 52-50 win and move to 3-0 on the season. WCU churned out 324 yards on the ground, including 117 yards from quarterback Tyrie Adams.  Adams threw for three scores and added one rushing for the Catamounts.

Redshirt sophomore Michael Murphy returned his first career interception 46 yards for a touchdown to put WCU up by 15 points in the fourth quarter prior to the late Keydet surge.

Earlier this week, WCU again received votes in the FCS Top 25 poll. 

The Catamounts face Furman in Greenville, South Carolina this upcoming Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Paladins (0-3) dropped their Southern Conference opener to ETSU (3-1, 2-0) this past weekend, 29-27.

College Soccer – On the women’s side, the Brevard Tornados (5-1) and WCU Catamounts (5-3-2) share the region’s lead with five wins apiece. The Tornados play back-to-back games against Agnes Scott and Wesleyan (Ga.) this weekend.

For the men, Mars Hill owns the area’s best mark with a 4-3 record, despite dropping a 1-0 decision to Anderson this weekend. Montreat drew to 3-4-2 after defeating Milligan (4-3), 3-1, on Saturday night. Lees-McRae has won two straight games to move to 3-3-1. They host #24 Limestone (5-1-0) tonight in Banner Elk. 

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Cross Country – At Friday’s Asheville Invitational, the Bulldogs’ squad won both the men’s and women’s meets in a race held at Asheville Christian Academy in Swannanoa (pictured).  

As reported in yesterday’s Black Mountain News, Montreat’s Lydia Wilson was last week’s NAIA national runner of the week.

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As reported in the Citizen-Times, Asheville School opened its new multi-sport football facility on Friday night in Asheville. The Blues celebrated the opening with a resounding 54-0 win over Statesville Christian. (photo – Asheville School)

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UNCA Asheville Invitational 2018SWANNANOA, N.C. (September 21, 2018) – The UNCA Bulldogs cross country teams claimed both team first-place finishes in Friday’s Asheville Invitational in Swannanoa. Nine teams competed in each race at Asheville Christian Academy in Swannanoa, North Carolina.

Freshman Clara Wincheski (pictured) claimed the women’s race with an 18:21.11 time at the 5k distance. She was followed by Milligan’s Jaqcuelyn Crow, with an 18:34.43. The Bulldogs Kelly Coleman (19:18.58) nabbed third place for the Bulldogs.

Combined, Milligan and UNCA captured the top five finishes in the race. The team finishes in order included: UNCA (28), Milligan (41), Tennessee Wesleyan (100), Belmont Abbey (104), Wofford (113), Limestone (144), Gardner-Webb (175), Lees-McRae (209), and Warren Wilson (248)

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The top men’s finisher was Noah Allison of nearby Mars Hill University. Allison, a Marshall, North Carolina product, turned in a 25:58.74 in the 8k distance to win the race. Tennessee Wesleyan’s Romeo Blackburn (26:14.21) took second, with fellow Bulldog Zach Boone (26:27.89) finishing third place.

The men’s team finishes included: UNCA (41), Milligan (51), Tennessee Wesleyan (67), Lees-McRae (79), Wofford (160), Belmont Abbey (169), Limestone (188), Warren Wilson (222), and Gardner-Webb (231). (photos – Tom Flynn)

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Fieldhouse Report, 09.18.2018

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Former Catamount and current Charger, Detrez Newsome (photo – Icon Sports Wire)

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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.

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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.

WNC College Soccer StandingsCollege 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.

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Lydia Wilson (center) captured runner of the week honors (photo –  MC Athletics)

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.

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Fieldhouse Report, 09.10.2018

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Jenny Simpson won her seventh 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday (photo – T. Flynn)

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 10, 2018) – Jenny Simpson won her seventh New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday in New York City. Crews were busy pushing away water from near the finish line just prior to the race as a steady rain fell throughout. Despite the elements, Simpson posted a fast 4:18.8 to win.

The field was loaded with Olympians, including Simpson, Emma Coburn, Kim Conley, Kate Grace, and Colleen Quigley. Simpson outkicked Quigley for first place, while Melissa Courtney of Great Britain captured third.

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ASHEVILLE, NC– Western Carolina (1-0) football had a bye this past Saturday and returns to the gridiron on September 15 to face Gardner-Webb (1-0). To the south, Furman (0-2) dropped a 45-7 decision to Elon (1-1).

Brevard (0-1) also had a bye week and will face Allen (0-1) of the NAIA at home on September 15. Mars Hill (0-2) fell on Saturday to Shaw University (1-1), 27-9.

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UNC Asheville’s Thomas Little (left) – (photo – UNCA)

On Wednesday, it was announced that two UNC Asheville runners captured the first Big South weekly cross-country awards of the season. They were Clara Wincheski and Thomas Little (pictured). 

The Bulldogs will continue their 2018 campaign on Friday, Sept. 21, when they host the Asheville Invitational. The Bulldogs’ men’s cross country team hosted and won last year’s Asheville Cross Country Invitational at Asheville Christian Academy. 

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Fieldhouse Report, 09.05.2018

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WCU’s Connell Young (photo – Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (September 5, 2018)Western Carolina held on to defeat an upset-minded Newberry College team, 33-26, at home on Saturday. As late as the fourth quarter, the Catamounts (1-0) trailed the Wolves after Newberry (1-0) rattled off 19 unanswered points. 

WCU ultimately responded with two fourth-quarter touchdowns from the junior signal-caller, Tyrie Adams. Running back Connell Young had 102 yards on the ground to lead WCU. 

After a bye week, Western Carolina travels to face Gardner-Webb (1-0) of the Big South on September 15.  

In other regional college football action, Mars Hill (0-1) opened against the SoCon’s ETSU (1-0) and fell, 28-7. The Brevard Tornados (0-1) of the NCAA’s DIII dropped their opener to DI Davidson (1-0), 34-13, on Saturday.

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The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team upset a 4-1 Citadel team on Sunday to earn its first victory of the year. The Bulldogs defeated their namesakes from Charleston by a 3-2 decision to move to 1-3-1 on the year. 

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Furman’s men and women’s cross country teams finished first among Division I teams in the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

In a matchup of local cross country programs, Montreat handled Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa on Friday. The Cavaliers captured the top seven spots on the men’s side and had three of the top four finishers among the women.

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Fieldhouse Report, 08.27.2018

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 27, 2018) – UNC Asheville’s cross-country teams get underway this Friday at the Appalachian State Covered Bridge Open. Last year at the event, the Bulldogs finished seventh out of 11 teams on the men’s side, while UNCA finished ninth of twelve teams among the women. 

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.

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The WCU Catamounts open 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 ETSU in 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.

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As reported last week, former UNCA Bulldog Mike Shildt has the St. Louis Cardinals surging.

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. 


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