UNCA Sends 16 to Summer Leagues

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 1, 2018) – The UNC Asheville baseball program announced on Wednesday that 16 players, spread across six leagues, have been assigned to summer college teams. Head coach Scott Friedholm (left) just completed his fourth season leading the Bulldogs after successful stints on the staffs at Boston College and the Naval Academy. Each spring his team hosts the Vs. Cancer game at McCormick Field as players shave their heads to help fund cancer research.

In baseball, UNCA competes in the Big South Conference.

The players, by league, include:

Cape Cod League: Greg Gasparro

Coastal Plain League: Andrew Friedholm, Jake Catalano, Danny Wilson, Joe Gruszka, Blake Brown

Southern Collegiate Baseball League: Jake Madole, Ben Nichols

New England Collegiate Baseball League: Carmine Pago, Brandon Lankford, Tripp Barfield

Valley Baseball League: Kole Harris, Anthony Cuozzi, Tyler Serricchio

North Carolina American Legion: Trey Jernigan

(photo courtesy UNCA Baseball)


WCU Women Complete SoCon Sweep

Cullowhee, N.C. (May 30, 2018) On May 11, Western Carolina University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams swept the Southern Conference Championships that they hosted at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

It was the third straight SoCon title for the men’s side while the women captured the league championship for the third time in four years. For the women, it was also their fifth conference championship in the past ten years as they’ve emerged as the dominant track & field program of the SoCon this decade.

The Southern Conference was established in 1921 and effectively spawned the modern SEC and ACC, with original members including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others.  (photos courtesy of WCU Athletics)

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Photos: Brevard vs. Montreat

BREVARD, N.C. (May 30, 2018) – The men’s lacrosse season opened in the Asheville area back on February 7 when the Brevard College Tornados of the NCAA’s DIII hosted the Montreat College Cavaliers.

The Tornados, who are in the process of fully joining the USA South Conference, defeated the Cavs, 15-6, and went on to a 9-3 record on the spring. Montreat finished at 6-11 on the year and received votes in the NAIA national poll after playing one of the association’s strongest schedules. The two programs will likely square off again in early 2019.

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Photos: Louisburg College Baseball

LOUISBURG, N.C. – Earlier this spring, the Louisburg College Hurricanes hosted USC Union at their home park, Frazier Field. Louisburg is the oldest junior college in the nation and was founded in 1787. Its baseball program is one of the top NJCAA programs in the state.

The Hurricanes went on to post a 31-22 record on the season before bowing out in the Region X playoffs.

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Furman Star Now Hurls for Tourists

Asheville hurler Will Gaddis (Photo / Carol Spagnuolo for the Asheville Citizen-Times)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2018) – Will Gaddis was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round in 2017, the highest a Furman baseball player has ever been selected. He’s now pitching at McCormick Field for the Asheville Tourists. I was able to catch up with the former Paladins’ ace recently for an article that ran in the Greenville News and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Furman Falls to UVM in NCAA Opener


GREENVILLE, S.C.Furman’s Richie Meade didn’t get the opener he’d hoped for in 2018 as the Paladins fell to the Vermont Catamounts, 12-6, in the 2018 NCAA DI Opener.

For Furman, David Williamson had four goals, but Vermont five goal outburst in the second quarter put them in command for the remainder of the contest. put up five goals in the second quarter to gain the winning margin. Due to its timing on the calendar, Williamson’s first score was also the first of the 2018 NCAA lacrosse season.

Ian MacKay had four goals for Vermont, and was followed by Liam Limoges with three. The Catmounts compete in the NCAA’s America East Conference in lacrosse.

In addition to Williamson’s four, the Paladins got scores from Carson Sorrells and Keegan Pearl. 

Furman travels to face UNC on February 10.

Pictured: Furman’s Lou Yovino (photo / Furman Athletics)

Furman Opens Men’s DI Lacrosse Slate


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Greenville, S.C. – The NCAA Division I lacrosse season gets underway this evening when the Furman Paladins host the Vermont Catamounts at 6:00 p.m at Paladin Stadium. For the Paladins, under veteran head coach Richie Meade, they’ll enter their fifth season of competition as an NCAA program.

The 2017 squad was the best in Furman’s short history, going 7-8 overall but ending the season with consecutive losses to the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference. The first defeat was the regular season closer, and the second came in the SoCon tournament. Meade was named the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year as the Paladins rebounded from a 2-11 2016 campaign.

The Paladins return four of their top five scorers from 2017, including Jonah Moore, William Holcomb (pictured), Lou Yovino, and David Williamson.

In cage, they return 2017 starter Alec Van de Bovenmap, and senior backup Reilly McDermott.

Vermont finished the 2017 campaign at 5-8 and 1-5 in the America East Conference.

Pictured: The Paladins’ junior midfielder William Holcomb facing Vermont last season. (Photo / Furman Athletics)



Frozen Falls in Western NC

Catawba Falls in Old Fort, NC (Photo / T. Flynn)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – While the weather has been exceptionally cold in western North Carolina, a benefit (as noted by the Asheville Citizen-Times) is frozen waterfalls in the area. I followed a mile-long trail to one in nearby Old Fort that led to the 100-foot+ high Catawba Falls within Pisgah National Forest. Along the way were a number of locations where the streams leading away from the falls were frozen.

It’s an easy hike with a large payoff for the effort and it’s located about 15 miles east of Asheville, just over the Eastern Continental Divide off of I-40. For years, access to the falls was limited as they sat on private property, but acquisition of the land adjacent to the falls, as well as upgrades to the trail leading to it, have put it in reach for hikers. – TF

Frozen stream en route to Catawba Falls (Photo / T. Flynn)