ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2019) – The release date for “Underdog: Kim Conley & the Making of an Unexpected Olympian” has been bumped back indefinitely. The move facilitates a longer-than-expected production time as the book goes through its production stages. Keep checking back at Fieldhouse for updates and I appreciate your patience.
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 teamin 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).
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 resultsfrom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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, seniorAaron Templetonlocked 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 overalland is awaiting word on whether it will receive an at-large bid to the nationals.
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+.
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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 winnerand 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 herefor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’sJoe 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 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.
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.
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.