Fieldhouse Weekender, 12.03.2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 01 East Carolina at NC State
NC State senior Woody Cornwell celebrates after scoring his first collegiate touchdown Saturday (photo – Icon Sports Wire)


RALEIGH, N.C. (December 3, 2018)  A story that began four years ago ended on the highest of notes for NC State senior quarterback, Woody Cornwell. Cornwell played his high school football at Western North Carolina’s Tuscola High School and walked onto the NC State team in 2014. He redshirted that fall, and in December 2017 received a scholarship for his final season of eligibility.

Cornwell registered his first career statistic when he rushed for three yards on one attempt in a 47-28 win over Florida State on November 3. On Saturday,  Cornwell’s second career rushing attempt was for an 11-yard touchdown in a 58-3 win over Eastern Carolina

“To see Woody Cornell score a touchdown – awesome. We have such a special group of seniors,” said head coach Dave Doeren after the game.

The win helped the Wolfpack finish the season at 9-3 and earn a bid to the Gator Bowl on December 31 in Jacksonville, Florida. They’ll face the SEC’s Texas A&M (8-4).

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Furman defeated WCU in double overtime on Saturday (photo – Furman Athletics)

College Basketball This week saw all area men’s basketball teams compete. On Saturday, Western Carolina (2-7) took undefeated Furman (8-0) to double overtime before dropping a 90-88 decision to the Paladins. It was the first double overtime win for Furman since February 1991. Jordan Lyons (pictured) led all scorers with 29 points, including six three-pointers.

Updated records for area teams include:

  • Furman (NCAA DI) (8-0)
  • Western Carolina (NCAA DI) (2-7)
  • UNC Asheville (NCAA DI) (1-6)
  • Montreat (NAIA) (6-2)
  • Mars Hill (NCAA DII) (4-3)
  • Warren Wilson (USCAA) (4-7)
  • Brevard (NCAA DIII) (3-4)
  • Lees-McRae (NCAA DII) (3-6)

Indoor Track Some members of area cross country teams turned their attention to the start of the indoor track season this week. UNC Asheville, Mars Hill, and Lees-McRae all competed in the Appalachian State Open in Boone. Click here for results from the event.

Mars Hill also sent athletes to the Montreat College Indoor Kickoff. Although staged outdoors, the event is considered the opener for the indoor season. Senior Noah Allison of Mars Hill won the men’s 5,000m run with a 15:10.74 time. Click here for full results.


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Fieldhouse Report, 11.22.2018

Furman defeated Villanova on November 17 (photo – Furman University)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (November 22, 2018)   On November, the Furman Paladins registered the biggest win by any basketball team in the region when they defeated the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats, 76-68, in overtime. Matt Rafferty (pictured) had 17 rebounds and 15 points for the Paladins. 

They followed that up on Wednesday with a win over Southern Wesleyan (0-5) to move to 6-0 for the first time in program history. Furman turns its sights north toward UNC Asheville (1-4) when it faces the Bulldogs on Sunday, November 25 at Kimmel Arena at 4:00 p.m. 

Mars Hill senior Jackson Vernon (photo – Mars Hill University)

The Mars Hill Lions are vying to be this year’s turnaround story as they are out of the gate at 3-2 after last year finishing at 4-24. 

They’re led on the scorer’s sheet by Ja’Shawn Brooks (pictured) who is averaging just under 20 points per game through five outings. Brooks had 31 against Warren Wilson in the Lions most recent win on November 20. The squad has rattled off three straight after starting off the season 0-2. They travel to face Division I Wofford (3-2) this Friday in their toughest test of the 2018 campaign. 

The Lions’ Ja’Shawn Brooks pulls up for a jumper against Regent (photo – Mars Hill Athletics)

Among the area’s non-Division I schools, Montreat paces the pack with a perfect 6-0 record to start the 2018 season. The Cavaliers are already five games into their AAC conference schedule and have won all five outings. 

Teams & Records (2017 record in parenthesis)

  • Furman 6-0 (NCAA DI) (2017- 23-10)
  • UNCA 1-4 (NCAA DI) (21-13)
  • WCU 1-4 (NCAA DI) (12-16)
  • Montreat 6-0 (NAIA) (21-10)
  • Mars Hill 3-2 (NCAA DII) (4-24)
  • Warren Wilson 3-5 (USCAA DII) (16-14)
  • Brevard 2-3 (NCAA DIII) (4-18)
  • Lees-McRae 2-3 (NCAA DII) (23-9)

Cross Country – This year’s fall cross country season produced several collegiate All-Americans. Foremost among them was Furman’s Aaron Templeton, who finished fifth overall in the NCAA National Championships to claim first-team All-American honors. Fellow Paladin Savannah Carnahan finished 20th overall to earn a place as an honorable mention All-American.

In the colleges, Montreat’s Lydia Wilson earned second-team All-American honors at the NAIA Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was the first time in the history of the Cavaliers’ men’s and women’s program that a cross-country runner earned All-American recognition. Warren Wilson’s Julian Rohn-Capellaro earned second-team All-American honors for the Owls at the USCAA Nationals on November 9 in Virginia Beach.

History – This article in the November 14, 1899 Asheville Daily Gazette hyped the upcoming Thanksgiving football game pitting Bingham Military School, which closed in 1928, against an assemblage of Asheville-area players.

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Fieldhouse Weekender, 11.11.2018

Montreat’s Lydia Wilson heads to the NAIA Nationals on Friday (photo – Codie Kunstmann/M.C.)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (November 11, 2018) –  As previously reported, the Montreat Cavaliers’ men’s cross country team qualified for the NAIA Nationals for the first time in its history on November 3. The team defeated regional power and perennial rival Milligan College (Tenn.) in the process.

Individually, Montreat sophomore Lydia Wilson earned her second consecutive invitation to the event by finishing third overall in the women’s race. Freshman Skyler Tait, a Western North Carolina native from Franklin, missed qualifying for nationals by .2 seconds. See the Black Mountain News on Wednesday for the full story.

Wilson is one of this area’s top women runners, along with UNCA freshman Clara Wincheski. The Bulldogs competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional on November 9 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. At the event, Zach Boone was the top finisher for UNCA on the men’s side, while Wincheski finished 47th overall in the field of 245 runners. The freshman finished just ahead of WCU’s standout, Kaitlyn Lingard. 

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The Paladins’ women’s cross country team will compete in the NCAA National Championships on November 17 in Madison, Wisconsin (photo – Furman Athletics)

To the south, Furman cemented its spot as the area’s top running program when its women’s cross country team finished second overall in the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional. The finish earns them a trip to the NCAA Nationals on November 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

On the men’s side, senior Aaron Templeton locked up a spot at the nationals when he captured third in the men’s race and will travel to Madison as well this weekend. The men’s side finished fourth overall and is awaiting word on whether it will receive an at-large bid to the nationals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 18 Western Carolina at North Carolina
WCU, shown here in 2017, concludes its 2018 season against UNC this Saturday (photo – Icon Sportswire)

College Football  Following a 3-0 start to their 2018 campaign, the Western Carolina Catamounts have now dropped seven straight after falling to Wofford, 38-23, on Saturday. They’ll try to bounce back this Saturday against a UNC Tar Heels team that is struggling and is 1-8 heading into the contest. The game will be available via ESPN+. 

College SoccerFurman’s men’s soccer team seeks its record 14th Southern Conference title today when it faces UNCG (8-8-2) in the conference championship game in Johnson City, Tennessee. Check in this week for the final score.

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Furman Sweeps SoCon Titles

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Furman swept the SoCon XC Championships on Saturday (photo – Furman Athletics)

Cullowhee, N.C. (October 30, 2018)  – The Furman Paladins swept the men’s and women’s Southern Conference cross country championships held Saturday at Western Carolina University. It was the sixth consecutive year that the Paladins have swept the championships.

Both teams won in commanding fashion with the men capturing seven of the top nine spots, and women capturing six of the top ten. 

On the men’s side, Aaron Templeton was the individual winner and earned conference Runner of the Year honors for his efforts. Behind him in the top ten were Mason Coppi (4), Ryan Adams (5), Cameron Ponder (6), Daniel Bernal (7), Trent Mandato (8), and Jake Ogden (9). Ponder was named the SoCon’s Freshman of the Year for his performance.

The women were paced by Savannah Carnahan who took second overall. Emma Grace Hurley (3) and Gabrielle Jennings (4) finished just behind Carnahan. Rounding out the Paladins’ scorers were Riley Burr (7) and Kristlin Gear (9). Right behind Gear was freshman Emma Kuntz, who closed out the race’s top ten finishers.

Both squads will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional on November 9 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Click here for the complete listing of individual honors garnered by the Paladins in addition to their team titles.

Both Western Carolina teams finished sixth overall in the 10-team fields, with the Catamounts’ Kaitlyn Lingard finishing eighth in the women’s race and earning All-Southern second team honors. 

Click here for the complete individual and team results.


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Fieldhouse Report, 10.16.2018

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


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)


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. (photo Tom Flynn)


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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)


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.

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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Furman’s Aaron Templeton (photo – Furman Athletics)


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)


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)


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.



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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