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MEDIA Reports :: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7-8-2017 Carolina Day VB Basketball makes a change at the head coaching position. DAVID Robinson in and TRIP Cogburn out. Cogburn resigned in April 2017 to move into a role at the Carolina Day Administrative Office. Cogburn went 15-12 this past 2016-17 basketball season and was head coach for four years. ROBINSON , career stints at Greensboro Page , High Point Andrews and outside the high school basketball ranks he was apart of the Carolina Gators and Team Carolina AAU Basketball programs.. Carolina Day VB Basketball and their new basketball David Robinson a 2002 grad of (T C R)  T C ROBERSON Basketball then continued basketball career at MONTREAT COLLEGE.He tips off his chapter as Wildcats head coach this 2017-18 season. ::: 7-8  CK

Late Friday CLYDE A ERWIN HS announced their Varsity Boys head coaching position is open. As DAVID Rhoney resigned. Rhoney who had been VB Basketball Coach at NB will go back and take a assistant principals position at North Buncombe HS. RHONEY had been at ERWIN as VB Head Coach since 2011. The Warriors went 17-10 during the 16-17 basketball season.. They were 7-5 in 3A MAC Conference. A search for a new head coach for ERWIN Basketball starts this coming week.. 7-9-2017 :: MEDIA Reports

HS Football Schedule Update at North Buncombe , the Hawks will open at home vs CHEROKEE on August 18th at 7pm. Shad Higgins shared that update.NB Football ::

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OFFICIAL Tuesday JUNE 27th SIDNEY GIBBS who ran for 1,750 and 19 Touchdowns as a sophomore TB . Missed 2016 due to a torn ACL has transferred from OWEN HS to CHRIST SCHOOL in Arden. The now former Warhorse Football TB will have 2years left in high school career. WLOS TV   Asheville ABC 13 STAN PAMFILIS ABC 13 Sports and CHRIS KELLY here on worked on this story in a joint effort..GO to my FaceBook page ( CHRIS KELLY ) or our own here at and check out Stan and the video courtesy of WLOS TV 13 Asheville.. Fred McCormick Photo Black Mountain News


ANDY GREGG Head Coach of the 25-2 Lady Patriot Softball Team. 47-4 last 2 seasons COACH of the YEAR



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SECOND Time around for Brandon Allen at North Buncombe who just came from FREEDOM where he was head football coach. Allen was rehired in December 2016 as a Offensive coach on Curtis Cagle's staff who is the former NB head football coach. Allen's trail , 2011 BlackHawk Head Football where he was 1-10 , then left for the head coaching at Tuscola for two years where he was 11-12 in two years. Then to Freedom to be the head coach where he was 27-9 in three years. And now back at North Buncombe. Is the Weaverville community happy with the hire by NB Athletic Director Barry Owens. WELL , time will tell. If Allen WINS then YES ! If not the public out cry and the HEAT will be 500 degrees. Pictured below maybe Caden Higgins can help the Hawks get off to a good start. North Buncombe's first game will be Cherokee on August 18th. By the way , Thanks to ABC 13 Sports STAN PAMFILIS for tip on this coaching update. 6-22-2017  10:00pm   Chris Kelly


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FORMER PISGAH Football assistant Curtis Cagle has resigned as head football coach at NORTH BUNCOMBE effective June 14th, 2017. Cagle came to NB in 2014 and the Hawks went 7-6. But in  2015 4-7 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. 2016 0-11 and 0-6 in the MAC. Cagle was 14-24 overall. A search for a new head football coach is now underway from Athletic Director Rusty Owen.


Aaron Fernandez NEW VG Head Coach Owen WARLASSES Basketball 2017-18


Aaron Fernandez is the NEW Head VG Basketball at Charles D. Owen HS. Fernandez played basketball at Tuscola and spent eleven years there as VB Basketball Coach. The former Tuscola Basketball coach will guide the WARLASSES Basketball program this 2017-18 season.


Parkwood wins NCHSAA 2A state softball championship


Parkwood High’s softball team won the NCHSAA state championship Saturday Parkwood High School

Parkwood High is a N.C. softball state champion and the Rebels stopped an unbeaten two-time defending state champion to do it.

After losing Game One of its best-of-3 N.C. 2A championship series with South Granville 3-0 Friday night, Parkwood handed South Granville back-to-back losses Saturday, winning Game two 3-2 and taking Game Three 7-2 at UNC-Greensboro.

South Granville (27-2) hadn’t lost a game this season and reached the state finals for the third straight year with four freshman starting.

Parkwood (27-3) led 1-0 in the top half of the first, scoring on an error at first base. South Granville (27-2) evened it in the bottom half as Emma Jones scored on a wild pitch after reaching third on an error in left field.

Parkwood broke the game open in a wild fifth inning.

South Granville had three errors – two on one play, to put two Parkwood runners on. A bunt single loaded the bases, and then -- with two outs -- South Granville surrendered a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, a bases-loaded walk and a three-run double.

For the game, Mary Piere Barnes and Caroline Ruth had two hits each. Ruth got the win as a pitcher.

Baylee Morton, a senior catcher signed to Appalachian State, was championship game MVP. She had two doubles in Saturday’s games, one of which that cleared the bases.

Reporter J. Mike Blake of the Raleigh News & Observer contributed.




Raleigh , NC , TC ROBERSON had proved not just this 2017 season that in the last number of years they were a force to be reckoned with on the high school baseball diamond. In previous years great seasons and into the playoffs only to come up short. This 2017 the Rams put it all together defeating NEW HANOVER  in two games. The Final in GAME 2 was 10-4. It was a first inning GRAND SLAM from WILL BUTCHER that TCR found their edge. Going on to the 10-4 win finishing 31-3 and becoming  the first WNC public school state champion in 15 years Saturday on June 3rd “SWEEPING” New Hanover in the Best of 3 Series at the HOME of the NC STATE. By the way Will Butcher for the game 6 RBI’s in the teams 4A Baseball  title win !! Chris Kelly  RECAP Local HS Baseball  June 4th 2017.



LADY PATRIOTS. 25-2.  :::  LADY REBELS 24-2.  NCHSAA 2A SEMI FINALS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS  GAME 2 :::: Lady Rebels win the series...



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2017  NCHSAA 2A Softball  Regional Semi Finals from Marshall and Monroe MAY 25 and May 26.

Parkwood   6
Madison     3  Final
2B BAILEY CANTRELL 3 Run Homerun 3rd Inning with 2 Out RP SAVANNAH RICE 4 Ks and 4 scoreless innings. Did give up one run in the 7th Inning.

Madison     0
Parkwood   1  Final
P HANNAH JENNINGS 7 k's , Lady Rebels 1st Inning was on a error and was UNEARNED and came with 2 0ut...MADISON in 2017 25-2 , PARKWOOD 24-2 and advances. This 2017 season MADISON was LIVE on 1460 WHBK and  ::
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Join Terry SHINN and CHRIS Kelly LIVE on line at and locally 1460 WHBK at 5:10pm on the CLIFTON HAMLIN GRADING LLC PRE GAME SHOW. You NEED it moved better call CLIFTON HAMLIN 828 689-9424..First pitch at 6pm LIVE from Monroe, NC. Game 1 Parkwood  6 - Madison  3 Final.  Sophomore BAILEY CANTRELL hit a 2 Out 3 RUN HOMERUN in the Bottom of the Third Inning.. MADISON SOFTBALL.  SEAY  BROADCASTING. CK 5-26-2017


NCHSAA Regional Semi Finals 2A Softball from Marshall, NC..  3  GAME Series   1460 WHBK 22-2 Parkwood Lady Rebels vs Madison Lady Patriots 25-0 GREGG SOFTBALL FIELD ::: Location beside Madison Cty Fairgrounds. 1460 The TEAM : Announcers : Chris Kelly and Terry Shinn  ::: Dale Gamble Studio




Marshall ,NC - on a HOT-HUMID night at GREGG Softball Field Home of the now 25-0, WHC 2A-1A Championsand NCHSAA Round 4 Regional Champions MADISON Lady Patriots Who punched their ticket Saturday May 20th, to face 2A PARKWOOD in Marshall this Tuesday at 6pm. The game was tied at 1 til Madison hit a 4 run 4th inning. One run was in earned R  S Central pitcher Haley White saw a pitch got away from her hitting Madison CF Ashley Hamlin that With the bases loaded allowed a run to score. It was part of a 4 run inning, senior catcher Brooke   Vilcinskas had a 2 RBI single and sophomore 2 B Bailey Cantrell had a BIG 2 out base hit and RBI .. That gave Madison the momentum they needed to advance to the state 2 A softball semifinals versus a very good Parkwood team. WINNING PITCHER in the game was Hannah Jennings she had seven Ks and walked only two. Jennings is 17-0 and ERA under 2. Game was carried LIVE  by Radio SEAY Broadcasting   1460 WHBK and streamed LIVE SEMI FINALS 2A Softball Playoffs AND as long as the Lady Patriots are battling for a State Title you can find it and follow it right here on your HOME for Local-Regional Sports And LIVE Radio-Internet and on your radio

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Marion native Greg Holland makes the MLB All-Star team

by Luke Notestine - ABC 13 Sports WLOS-TV
Monday, July 3rd 2017


DENVER, CO (WLOS) — Former Western Carolina University pitcher, Greg Holland has earned his third All-Star game appearance.

Holland is having a fantastic season for the Colorado Rockies. He's leading MLB with 26 saves, plus he's got 40 strikeouts in just 32 games he's pitched in this season.

Holland's previous two All-Star appearances happened when he was pitching for the Kansas City Royals.

Former Asheville Tourist, and now Rockies third baseman, Nolan Arenado also made this year's All-Star team.

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A change starting July 15th for SEST TYLER WORLEY of Fairview NC


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John Gallman JOHN GALLMAN drives the #81 machine in the Super Stock Divison


UPDATE and conversation with John Gallman and CHRIS Kelly.. 7-15-17 -  CLICK to listen to interview


SEST Super Stock WINNER WAYNE WEBB / Anderson NEWPORT Speedway


Newport Speedway 7-15-17 , WAYNE " Spider " WEBB in the #88 Super Stock machine lead from start to finish and won the S E S T , SouthEast Super Truck Series SUPER STOCK Event in Newport , Tennessee. #9 ASHTON HIGGINS stayed on his bumper but just couldn't pass Webb. Webb has won Newport Speedway Championships and over 100 wins at that fast track and after the win SEST KEITH Anderson spoke to him , sponsored by KEN WILSON FORD Canton
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SEST Truck Race Winner NEWPORT Speedway 7-15

SOUTHEAST SUPER TRUCKS SERIES in Newport , Tn TRUCK RACE saw #4 WADE DAY dominated the 75 lap race before a large crowd of SEST fans at Newport Speedway. 2015-2016 Defending SEST Truck Champion Lee Tissot came in second in the #88 , and Asheville native too Ed Surrett brought the #8 truck home third. SouthEast Super Trucks were roaring in Newport , Tennessee. After the race , SEST Photographer KEITH ANDERSON subbed as Track Announcer and was part of team coverage POWERED by Ken Wilson FORD 800-532-4631  ... ::::

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SouthEast Super Trucks Series

by Keith Anderson

This Saturday night the Southeast Super Truck Series invades Newport Speedway. The Jeff's Auto Sales Chase For The Championship is heating up as more and more drivers are locking into the Chase Playoffs. The Super Trucks will be battling it out for the  $3,000 Championship on top of the nice trophy and all of all of the prizes. Lee Tissot, Jason Cochran, Kenneth Headen, and Dakota Slagle all have won by winning and advanced, Wade Day locked in by being the next driver in line.

And in the Southeast Super Stocks John Gallman, Ashton Higgins, Derek Lane, Tyler Worley all advanced by winning and our most recent invitee Everette McMahan, into the Jeff's Auto Sales Chase For The Championship. Remember you don't have to have competed with us to win and lock in, Derek and Dakota both just came and won our most recent two races. So come on out and see who the next driver will be to be entered into the Chase.

Get there early, because it's round #2 of the Gripp Energy All-Star Tour. And on top of all of the other excitement, the Mini-Cups will be battling it out for 50 laps and some cold hard cash, $350 to win. This being one of their biggest races to date. It's going to be a awesome night of racing, we will sell you the whole seat, however you will only use the edge because the "Most Awesome Show On Wheels" will be one of the races you won't want to miss.

Divisions Racing are Front Wheel Drive, Carolina Vintage Racers, Mini-Cups, Southeast Super Stocks,  and Southeast Super Trucks. Gates open at 4, Qualifying starts around 5:30, On-Track Autograph session/ Fan & Driver Meet Greet at 6 and the Green Flag drops at 7.

Admission Prices:
Adults - $12
Seniors  - $8
Children Ages 6-12 - $6
5 & Under Free
Trackside - $15

We hope to see you there.


WORLEY 7-1 WIN 2 ??

UPDATE : After a closer look and more SEST investigation , the SouthEast Super Stock Divison Officials DQ #16 TYLER Worley for non sanctioned cam under the hood in race at TRI COUNTY Speedway on 7-1-2017. So Tyler WORLEY #16 Chevrolet Racing Team still has one win here in 2017 in a tight SEST Super Stock Racing Series. will look into this story more SATURDAY July 15th at NEWPORT Speedway. CK 7-7-2017


Dakota Slagle WINS at TRI COUNTY SPEEDWAY :: Story from NESBITT Racing

Dakota Slagle was the winner last night at Tri-County Speedway with the SEST Series. Dakota would like to thank his primary sponsor Southern Sun Construction. The Nesbitt Team would like to thank Leicht Race Cars, Leicht Designs, Eugene Leicht, Alan's Jewelry & Pawn, Universal Construction, Asheville Bolt and Screw, Davis Automotive and Towing, Brisco Laser Cutting, Daytona Performance, Hendren Racing Engines and McGunegill Engine Performance,  We would also like to thank the crew  Lewis Slagle, Taylor Nesbitt, Mike Anderson, Steven Fisher, Corky Hollifield, Ronnie Davis, Mark Fisher, and our crew chief Martin Nesbitt!!  It feels great to be back in victory lane!!  Thanks to everyone for their continued support!!



CREDIT Keith Anderson Race Story on TYLER Worley :: PHOTO

Jeffrey Worley Racing and driver Tyler Worley in the #16 Southeast Super Stocks Series "were not" saying rain, rain, go away at Tri-County Motor Speedway Saturday night (7-1-17). The SESS Series race event was over half way complete when the rain came and the rain dance begun as they sung! :) The Worley racing team scored their second win for 2017 in the Jeff's Auto Sales Race to the Chase. Now the team is more excited than they can stand or swim. To top their second victory off Billy Worley and Tyler Worley both cerebrated Birthday's with the family with the gift of the winning trophy and the pay day check.
It is unfortunate at times racing see's changing weather patterns that can jeopardize a racing event, but with many safety concerns track officials have to make important decisions for teams and fans.
It surprises me to hear some people make thundering comments when rain cancels an event. I have experienced and heard of rain outs and rain delays since I was a kid for crying "rain drops" out loud. It is up to ALL you fans to encourage others to support short track racing and not make a fool out of your self complaining... Complain to God, he sends us wonderful rain to help things grow, replenish the streams and provide us with water to drink ! We enjoy the sport of racing because it's entertainment and the people that bring it to you are grateful to be a part of the sport. Why? We all work many hours, weeks and years to continue what you enjoy. Racing, it's not just a sport, for some it's a way of life ! Live with us or live without us...better yet be apart of the working racing family and get use to it! Work at being a consistent loyal fan, period! At what price would you pay for a ticket if short track racing was gone ?
Congratulations to the #16 Team ! You can take a nice  relaxing shower from the rain barrel now ! :)  
Keith H. Anderson / RACE WRITER/SEST/SESS/CVR's/MC Series Photographer
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SEST MINI CAR DIVISION # 7. ANTHONY PRICE . Photo and Design by KEITH Anderson Official photographer of the SouthEast Super Trucks Series ::


Fairview , NC TYLER WORLEY #16 in the SouthEast Super Truck Series SUPER STOCK DIVISON fought through challenges and picked up his second win of 2017 putting his Chevrolet - In Victory Lane at ANDERSON MOTORSPEEDWAY in Williamson , SC. Next RACE JULY 3rd in Kingsport , Tn.  Photos by BRIAN DODD 6-17-17


Fairview , NC TYLER WORLEY #16 in the SouthEast Super Truck Series SUPER STOCK DIVISON fought through challenges and picked up his second win of 2017 putting his Chevrolet - In Victory Lane at ANDERSON MOTORSPEEDWAY in Williamson , SC. Next RACE JULY 3rd in Kingsport , Tn.  Photos by BRIAN DODD 6-17-17






SEST Mini Divison  : WINNER #6 Anthony Price SUPER STOCK Divison : WINNER #28 Derrick Lane 1st Win SEST CAROLINA Vintage Series : WINNER #4 PETE Mussina " DONUT MAN " Pete's first win in the Carolina Vintage Series 6-3-17 Newport LEGENDS CARS : #9  WINNER ASHTON HIGGINS POWERED BY KEN WILSON FORD IN CANTON NORTH CAROLINA SEST TRUCKS : WINNER #27 2015=2016 SEST Champion LEE TISSOT TISSOT took the LEAD on LAP 17 and dominated rest of the race. LEE TISSOT ASHEVILLE , NC Congrats Lee !  CSN

LEE TISSOT in VICTORY LANE Newport Speedway Newport Tn LEE talks to the NEWPORT Announcer . Apologize we had no name to ID him in the race coverage package at NEWPORT Speedway.. :: Email :::

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Carolina Vintage Winner '' THE DONUT MAN '' PETE MUSSINA :: FIRST win in the Carolina Vintage Series NEWPORT SPEEDWAY








SEST 27 LEE TISSOT ASHEVILLE NC 2015 , 2016 Defending SEST SUPER TRUCK CHAMPION , LEGEND CAR WINNER ASHTON HIGGINS STUDENT ATHLETE at North Buncombe HS, Turn 0ne of the Truck race T J HOLLIFIELD #5 hit inside wall . Report was he is ok.


Photo by KEITH Anderson

LEE TISSOT starts his title defense this Saturday APRIL 8 at ANDERSON Motor Speedway at 7pm GREEN FLAG :::::

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Wake Forest
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Report: Top QB recruit decommits from USC

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Sep 26, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Southern California Trojans helmet against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Matt Corral, a top QB recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, has decommitted from USC, according to reports.

247 Sports reports the news on Corral, who had been committed to the Trojans since Feb. 2016. Corral started off his high school career at Oaks Christian in Southern California, but left after a fight with Wayne Gretzky’s son. He then transferred to Long Beach Poly, which has been one of the best high school programs in the country the past few decades, producing numerous NFL players.

Corral is entering his senior year. He has thrown for 74 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his high school career, while rushing for 17 scores.

247 Sports ranks Corral as the No. 2 recruit in California for 2018. He is said to be considering Alabama, Florida and Georgia.


Western Carolina 2017 Catamount Football Schedule:

Sept. 2 – at Hawai’i
Sept. 9 – vs. Davidson (2017 Home Opener)
Sept. 16 – at Gardner-Webb
Sept. 23 – vs. Samford * (WCU Family Weekend)
Sept. 30 – at Chattanooga *
Oct. 7 – at Wofford *
Oct. 14 – vs. ETSU *
Oct. 21 – at VMI *
Oct. 28 – vs. Furman * (WCU Homecoming)
Nov. 4 – at The Citadel *
Nov. 11 – vs. Mercer * (Hall of Fame)
Nov. 18 – at North Carolina
Nov. 25 – NCAA FCS Playoffs, First Round (TBA)

* - denotes Southern Conference game


Former Tennessee QB Reveals He Did Not Enjoy His Time in Knoxville

Jonathan Crompton played quarterback for the Volunteers from 2006-2009, but he said he didn't enjoy his time behind center in Knoxville.

In 2008, Crompton's junior year, he spent the first four games of the season as the starting quarterback, but after a 1-3 start and some particularly poor play, the Volunteers benched him for first-year player Nick Stephens.

During his struggles, Crompton said he received harsh treatment from ​Tennessee fans, which included death threats aimed at him and his family. Crompton said he never quite got the bad taste out of his mouth.

One death threat Crompton recounted happened when a fan approached Crompton's mother and wished that Crompton and the rest of his family would die in a car crash.

“Animosity is probably the best word for how I felt for a long time," Crompton said to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "I could take it if they would just say things to me, but because they would yell things at my family, I developed a genuine dislike for that place."

While Crompton said he's only been back to twice since he left, the quarterback still believes Tennessee has the "No.1 fan base in the country."

In 2009, Crompton returned to his starting spot with the Vols and had a great season under first-year coach Lane Kiffin, and then he attempted a professional career.

While Crompton's life has moved away from Tennessee, the quarterback said he will never forget the bad experiences he had in his four years in Knoxville.


#1 ALABAMA 2017 Football Schedule

Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 at Florida State TBA
9/9 vs. Fresno State TBA
9/16 vs. Colorado State TBA
9/23 at Vanderbilt TBA
9/30 vs. Ole Miss TBA
10/7 at Texas A&M TBA
10/14 vs. Arkansas TBA
10/21 vs. Tennessee TBA
11/4 vs. LSU TBA
11/11 at Mississippi State TBA
11/18 vs. Mercer TBA
11/25 at Auburn TBA


POST SIGNING Interview : Wednesday 3-29-2017 COUGAR DEN on the Mountain Heritage HS campus. Now a MHU Football Lion Junior Denton talks to Chris Kelly. Sponsored by KEN WILSON Ford Canton NC 800-532-4631 , EDDIE McGill , TERRI Lyda , or any of the AWARD Sales Staff. NO BULL ! Just the best deal !

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Burnsville NC , Mountain Heritage Cougar RB/FS JUNIOR DENTON WHO RAN for over 1,450 yards and 13 TDS IN 2016 signed today to play football  with MARS HILL UNIVERSITY . He chose MHU over Emory and Henry and App State. TIM CLIFTON and his LION staff have now signed 19 football products from Western North Carolina. More with Junior Denton later as he is now a Mars Hill University Lion.... Photos. CHRIS Kelly 3-29-2017


FORMER Madison Patriot and in 2016 Running Back and Defensive Back ( FS )  JUNIOR DENTION signs with MARS HILL UNIVERSITY. Denton 5-10 189 rushed for 1452 yards , 9.9 per carry and 13 Total touchdowns. DENTON told and 1460 The TEAM WHBK first in his decision on MARCH 21st.

Denton joins a stable a of local WNC talent Head Coach TIM CLIFTON and staff has recruited in the 2017 Class.  Junior Denton is 11am this morning on the Mountain Heritage HS campus gym. and 1460 The TEAM will be there to cover it. CLIFTON HAMLIN GRADING LLC , If you need it moved you better CALL Clifton Hamlin  828 989-9424 . :::>>>>


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Warrior Football told you FIRST that Mtn Heritage RB------FS Junior Denton committed and signed with MARS HILL UNIVERSITY to play his College Football . He is number 19 .Well the 20th LOCAL WNC High School product to sign is ERWIN Speedster WR C.J. THOMPSON . In 2 0 1 6 he caught about everything that was in the air. Thompson who stand 5-11 160 pounds and can fly caught  88 balls that tallied 1,247 yards and 18 trips to the enzone. On the other other side of the ball Thompson had 32 tackles for the E  R W  I  N Warriors. Mars Hill University Head Coach TIM CLIFTON has got a REAL Speedster and another at WR or slot.



2017 Football Schedule Release: The Khayat Era Begins

BREVARD, N.C. – A new era begins for Brevard College as Head Coach Bill Khayat’s inaugural campaign at the helm of the football program is highlighted by a ten game slate, highlighted by five home games inside the friendly confines of Brevard Memorial Stadium.

The Tornados football season kicks off Sept. 2 with a road contest at non-conference Pioneer League affiliated Davidson Wildcats. This will be the first meeting between the two colleges on the gridiron. For the fourth time in Brevard College school history, the first since 2011 against Presbyterian, the Khayat led squad will open up against an FCS opponent that finished the 2016 season with a 2-9 campaign, with 8 losses in a row.

Sept. 9, 2017 will mark the Tornados home opener as the blue and white welcomes the Emory & Henry College Wasps to Brevard Memorial Stadium for the second non-conference contest between the two Division III programs. Brevard will be looking to avenge a 28-14 loss last season in Emory, Va., as the blue and white complete a home and home series against E&M, which competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

USA South Conference play kicksoff the following week, Sept. 16 when NadoNation travels for their first meeting ever with the Pride of Greensboro College  followed by a trip to LaGrange, Ga. to take on the LaGrange College Panthers, on September 23 and culminating with a home game against the Hawks of Huntingdon College. Greensboro finished 0-7 in conference play in 2016, while posting a 1-9 overall record with their lone win coming at home in week 3. Currently, the Tornados sit at 2-0 all-time against LaGrange, with their last meeting coming a decade ago. The 2017 Panthers feature a new head coach, as Matt Mumme departed for Nevada, while long-time LaGrange High School head man, Steve Pardue, takes over the helm, looking to improve on a 3-7 record last season. While Huntingdon takes to 2017 returning a solid nucleus of last seasons squad that closed out the 2016 season with a share of the USA South title, finishing 6-1 in league play and 9-2 overall.

October begins with an Oct. 7 homecoming showdown with NAIA affiliate Virginia University of Lynchburg Dragons. A relatively new program, VUL began football in 2011 and features their fourth head coach. After homecoming, the Tornados resume USA South play on the road against the Monarchs of Methodist Univeristy on Oct. 14, a program that finished 2016 at 2-4 in conference and 3-6 overall. Following Methodist, the Tornados welcome the Panthers of Ferrum College to Brevard, N.C. on Oct. 21. Ferrum finished 2016 at 4-3 in conference play, followed by a 6-4 overall record, including an opening win in the Crooked Road Classic against arch rival Emory & Henry. Brevard will close out the month of October with a trip to Rocky Mount, N.C. to take on the Battling Bishops of NC Wesleyan, a squad that finished 3rd in the USA South standings with a 4-2 league mark last season.

The Tornados close out the 2017 season at home Nov. 4 as they host the Cougars of Averett College for senior day. Averett finished the 2016 season at 5-5 overall, going 4-3 in USA South contests. Due to pre-existing game contracts, Brevard will not play the Maryville Fighting Scots, however the Tennessee native is featured on the 2018 Tornados schedule.

 7 PM
 at Davidson College
 Davidson, N.C.
 1 PM
 1 PM
 at Greensboro College*
 Greensboro, N.C.
 1 PM
 at LaGrange College*
 LaGrange, Ga.
 1 PM
 1 PM
 1 PM
 at Methodist University*
 Fayetteville, N.C.
 1 PM
 1 PM
 At North Carolina Wesleyan*
 Rocky Mount, N.C.
 1 PM
*denoted USA South Conference Games



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Three UNC Asheville Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Named to NABC Honors Court


"Giacomo Zilli"


"Kevin vannatta"


"Will Weeks"

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Men's Basketball Contact: Brian Hand (

2016-17 NABC Honors Court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three UNC Asheville men's basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court that was released on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

The three UNC Asheville men's basketball student-athletes recognized are graduated senior forwards Will Weeks and Giacomo Zilli and rising senior guard Kevin Vannatta.

The accolades from the NABC are the second in as many weeks for the Bulldogs, who were noted for their performance in the classroom during the 2016-17 athletic year by earning the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award on July 12, 2017.
The fifth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, recognize outstanding academic achievement by teams with cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade-point averages of all men's basketball student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.

The UNC Asheville men's basketball team finished the 2016-17 athletic year with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.094.

"These three student-athletes represent our program the right way," UNC Asheville men's basketball head coach Nick McDevitt said. "They work hard in all of their endeavors. In addition to being a big part of our championship teams, they shine in the classroom as well."

The NABC Honors Court recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

Weeks graduated from UNC Asheville in May of 2017 with a degree in Management. He closed out his career owning a 3.588 grade-point average.

During UNC Asheville's road win at Longwood on Feb. 11, 2017, Weeks became the 83rd player in Big South Conference history to surpass 500 rebounds. Weeks ended his time as a Bulldog with 537 career rebounds. He closed out his Bulldog career with 805 total points.

Weeks played in 33 games in the 2016-17 season, starting 22. He averaged 6.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. In UNC Asheville's thrilling home win over Winthrop on Feb. 9, 2017, Weeks picked up his lone double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. He just missed on a triple-double in the contest as he also dished out a career-high-tying six assists.

Zilli graduated in May of 2017 from UNC Asheville as a double major in Management and Economics. He concluded his time at UNC Asheville with a 3.964 grade-point average.

A key four-year contributor for UNC Asheville men's basketball, Zilli was chosen as the 2014-15 and 2016-17 Big South Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

This past season, Zilli averaged 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He made 13 starts on the year for the Big South Conference regular-season co-champion Bulldogs.

Zilli along with Vannatta were two of only 10 selected to the 2016-17 DI-AAA ADA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team.

Vannatta enters his senior season with the Bulldogs owning a 3.94 grade-point average as an Accounting major.

Vannatta was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® 3 Men's Basketball first-team in addition to being tabbed as a DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete. Vannatta also represents UNC Asheville and the Big South Conference on the NCAA Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Last season, Vannatta played in all 33 games on the season, starting 32. He finished his junior campaign averaging 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and team-best and league fifth-best 3.3 assists per game. Vannatta's 110 assists on the year were also a career-best. Vannatta led the Big South in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.93). He enters his senior season with 913 career points.

The UNC Asheville men's basketball program picked up their sixth Big South Conference regular-season title in the 2016-17 season (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2016-17).

The Bulldogs will commence the 2017-18 season having collected back-to-back 20-win seasons and having made two straight postseason appearances with the Bulldogs playing in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the 2017 Tournament.

The 2016-17 Bulldogs earned the second-most wins in program history in a season with 23. Asheville reached 20 wins faster than any other team in program history in 27 games.

UNC Asheville is currently accepting deposits for season tickets, and fans can reserve their season ticket for only $50 per seat. The season ticket includes both men's and women's home regular-season basketball games.


ALERT "SHANNON REID named WBB Head Coach at ERSKINE College

Due West, SC – On Monday, Erskine College Vice President for Athletics Mark Peeler announced the hiring of Shannon Reid as head women's basketball coach.
"We are really fortunate to be able to attract a coach of Shannon's quality. Not only was she a great player in our league but she has proven to be an exceptional leader as a head coach. Shannon is a perfect fit for the mission of Erskine as well as having an understanding of the obstacles we face here. I am excited to see her future contributions to Fleet Athletics and our student-athletes," commented Peeler.
Prior to Erskine, Reid served as the head coach at Brevard College from 2008-2016.  At Brevard, she had three All-Conference players, the SAC Freshman of the Year, four 1,000 point scorers, one All-American, and the All-Time leading scorer in program history.  Reid also served as an assistant coach at the University of Albany, Clayton State, and USC-Aiken before becoming a head coach.
Shannon graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2003 with a B.A. in Sports Management, while excelling on the court for the Falcons.  She was the 2003 Pfeiffer University Athlete of the Year, as well as a two-time Most Valuable Player, CVAC Conference Player of the Year, four-time All-Conference, scored 1,000 career points, and led the Falcons to their first NCAA tournament appearance.  She will also be inducted into the Pfeiffer University Hall of Fame in September of this year.  Following graduation, Shannon played professionally in Drogheda, Ireland in 2003-2004.
On being named head coach, Reid said "I am extremely thankful and blessed for the opportunity to be the next head women's basketball coach at Erskine College. I would like to thank President Gustafson and Athletic Director, Mark Peeler, for the opportunity to coach the game that I love, at a college that I have long admired. The current Flying Fleet roster is made up of a very talented group of student-athletes who I know will be eager to work hard and build on their recent success on the court and in the classroom.  I look forward to engaging in this community and growing our Fleet family as well as leading the program to new heights."


McDevitt Adds Long to UNC Asheville Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Men's Basketball Contact: Brian Hand (

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville men's basketball head coach Nick McDevitt recently announced the hiring of Wes Long as an assistant coach.

Long comes to UNC Asheville after spending the past couple of seasons at VCU. He also spent two seasons working at Chattanooga before joining the staff at VCU.

"I am very excited to have Wes Long join our basketball staff here at UNC Asheville," McDevitt said. "He has been a very successful coach, at many different levels and in varying capacities, including being the head coach at Queens University for five seasons."
During his time at VCU, Long was part of a staff that helped guide the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown in the 2015-16 season.
Before joining the staff at Chattanooga, Long spent a total of nine years at Queens University of Charlotte with him serving as head coach of the top-level NCAA Division II program during his last five years with the Royals. Long had a record 75-66 as head coach at Queens.
Long led the Royals to back-to-back regular-season Conference Carolinas titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The 2010-11 championship was the first conference regular-season title for Queens since 2003. The 2010-11 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Off the court, Long's student-athletes had five of the seven highest GPA's in program history during his tenure at Queens.
"Wes is a talented basketball coach that has a great deal of knowledge about the game, but he is an even better family man and someone our players will be able to look to for guidance as they grow on and off the floor," McDevitt said. "I have had the pleasure of knowing him for about a decade now and have always admired how he approaches both his professional and personal life with integrity and in a first-class manner. He is a great addition to UNC Asheville."      

A native of Mauldin, S.C., Long played and coached as an undergraduate at Clemson. He was a walk-on for the 2000-01 season before spending his final three seasons as a student assistant. He was a member of the Clemson team that defeated then No. 1 North Carolina, 75-66, in 2001.

Long graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Clemson in 2004. He added a master's degree in Business Administration from Queens in 2007. Married to the former Martha Wahlman, the couple welcomed a daughter, Abbie Grace, in August of 2016.

"Martha and I are thrilled to join the Bulldog family," Long said. "It isn't often you find the combination of a wonderful community, highly-successful program and high-quality people that UNC Asheville offers. Coach McDevitt is one of the finest leaders I know, and the opportunity to work with him at such a terrific place is a blessing. We are humbled to be here and look forward to working with the staff to continue the program's great tradition."

Long joins a UNC Asheville men's basketball program that picked up their sixth Big South Conference regular-season title in the 2016-17 season (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2016-17).

The Bulldogs will commence the 2017-18 season having collected back-to-back 20-win seasons and having made two straight postseason appearances with the Bulldogs playing in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the 2017 Tournament.

The 2016-17 Bulldogs earned the second-most wins in program history in a season with 23. Asheville reached 20 wins faster than any other team in program history in 27 games.

UNC Asheville is currently accepting deposits for season tickets, and fans can reserve their season ticket for only $50 per seat. The season ticket includes both men's and women's home regular-season basketball games.


UNC Asheville Athletics Unveils Fall Season Tickets Package

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Contact: Brian Hand (

2017-18 Season Ticket Brochure

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville athletics has unveiled its tickets plans, special offerings and prices for the fall of 2017.

This fall UNC Asheville athletics is offering a special tickets package that includes men's and women's soccer and volleyball for just $75.

Season tickets are still available for each of the three sports at $40 each, but the new offering allows fans to enjoy all three at a discounted rate.

UNC Asheville is currently accepting deposits for basketball season tickets, and fans can reserve their season ticket for only $50 per seat. The season ticket includes both men's and women's home regular-season basketball games.

To purchase your tickets today, please visit HERE.

An All-Sport Pass that includes men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball and baseball is also available.

To learn more about the season ticket offerings, please click on the brochure above or below.

For more information about UNC Asheville athletics, please visit


DECEMBER 17th , 2017 , it's ROY Williams vs RICK Barnes drop the cage. JUST KIDDING. But Coach Williams will bring his defending National Champion TarHeels to Knoxville , Tn to face Coach Barnes an d his Tennessee volunteers tipoff TBA. Tennessee Basketball tips off November 22 in the Pre Season Battle 4 Atlantic Basketball Tournament at Paradise Island in the Bahamas.. November 22nd -24th..  CSN


Gov. Roy Cooper evokes Woody Durham in declaring June Aphasia Awareness Month

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Major Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
WBB Contact: Mitchell Miegel (


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville women's basketball student-athlete Chatori Major was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as she was named to the 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar second-team.
"Chatori's recognition as one the Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholar recipients is exciting for both Chatori and our women's basketball program," said UNC Asheville women's basketball head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. "Her work in the classroom and on the court has earned her several accolades throughout her career and this one ranks right at the top. She is a great example of how hard work and determination lead to success. Chatori could not have achieved this level of success without her commitment in the gym and diligence in her studies. She is a great example of what it truly takes to be a student-athlete at the highest level."
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
Major, who graduated from UNC Asheville in May, finished the fall semester with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average and posted a 3.64 cumulative GPA. The Camp Lejeune, N.C. native was a Health and Wellness major during her tenure at UNC Asheville.
During her four-year career with the Bulldogs, she played 118 games, including a career-best 34 games during her senior season. Major joined the elite 1,000-point club during her final season, which she accomplished on Feb. 21, 2017 against Winthrop. She was the 16th Bulldog and 106th Big South Conference player to eclipse 1,000 points.
As the team leader in minutes played (1,102), field goals made (164), three-pointers made (78), steals (45), points scored (468) and points per game average (13.8), she was named to her second consecutive Big South All-Conference first-team in 2017. She capped off her senior campaign by setting a program record for three-pointers in a single season, which led the Big South Conference and ranked 62nd in the country.

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Matta abruptly out at Ohio State, reportedly still wants to coach

Photo Credit - Rick Osentoski- USA TODAY Sports

THAD MATTA was an Assistant Coach under BENNY DEES at WESTERN CAROLINA before the Head Coaching job at Ohio State

Hours after it was reported that Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta would coach one more season and retire, the school announced that Matta was out as coach, effective immediately.

The school announced in a release that Matta was leaving effective immediately. At a press conference, athletic director Gene Smith called the decision “mutual,” saying Matta would be heavily involved in the search for his successor.

When asked if he was done coaching, Matta did not sound like a man who was retiring. He notably refused to say he wouldn’t coach again, instead responding “never say never” and affirming that his focus was on his health. A source indicated to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Matta did not want to stop coaching.

When asked about the timing of the change, Smith cited Matta’s struggles to land top recruits due to speculation about his future, with the decision being reached within the last week. Matta said he agreed with Smith’s assessment that a coaching change would be beneficial when the subject came up.

The timing is extremely strange, and indications are that this was not necessarily Matta’s idea. The original report on Matta’s future made a lot of sense, but it’s quite late for a major college coaching search at this juncture.



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Bulldogs Come in at No. 22 in Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings for 2017-18

Monday, April 10, 2017
Men's Basketball Contact: Brian Hand (

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings (Click Link to Access)

2016-17 Season is One That McDevitt and Bulldogs Will Remember Fondly (Click Link to Access)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – After a very strong 2016-17 season, the UNC Asheville men's basketball team comes in at No. 22 in the Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings looking ahead to the 2017-18 season.

The Bulldogs are the only Big South Conference team among the top-25 in the early look into the next year of college basketball.

UNC Asheville head coach Nick McDevitt and his staff guided the Bulldogs to their sixth Big South Conference regular-season title in the 2016-17 season (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2016-17).

The Bulldogs will commence the 2017-18 season having now collected back-to-back 20-win seasons and having made two straight postseason appearances with the Bulldogs playing in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the 2017 Postseason Tournament.

The 2016-17 Bulldogs collected the second-most wins in program history in a season with 23. Asheville reached 20 wins faster than any other team in program history in 27 games.

UNC Asheville Men's Basketball Individual and Team Awards in the 2016-17 Season
MaCio Teague – Big South Player of the Week (Dec. 27)
Ahmad Thomas – Big South Player of the Week (Dec. 12, Feb. 13 and Feb. 26)
MaCio Teague – Big South Freshman of the Week (Nov. 21, Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Feb. 13)
Kevin Vannatta – CoSIDA Academic All-District Three Team
Ahmad Thomas – Preseason All-Big South Conference
Kevin Vannatta – Preseason All-Big South Conference
Donovan Gilmore – SAAC Representative at NCAA Convention
Kevin Vannatta – Big South's NCAA National SAAC Representative
Giacomo Zilli – Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year
MaCio Teague – Big South Freshman of the Year
Ahmad Thomas – Big South Defensive Player of the Year
MaCio Teague – Big South All-Conference first-team
Ahmad Thomas – Big South All-Conference first-team
MaCio Teague – Big South All-Freshman Team
Bulldogs Ranked as high as 19th in Mid-Major Top-25
Big South Conference regular-season champions Postseason Tournament No. 1 seed
Ahmad Thomas – NABC District Three first-team selection
MaCio Teague – NABC District Three second-team selection
Nick McDevitt – NABC District Three Coach of the Year
Giacomo Zilli – DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete
Kevin Vannatta – DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete
Nick McDevitt – Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award finalist
MaCio Teague – Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America team selection


Teague Selected to Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Men's Basketball Contact: Brian Hand (

PHOENIX – Big South Conference Freshman of the Year MaCio Teague has been selected to the Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team as presented by

"MaCio is a very driven young man and he is willing to put in the work that is required to be successful at the college level," UNC Asheville men's basketball head coach Nick McDevitt said. "We're very proud of him and all of the work that he has put in. He deserves this honor."

A first-team Big South Conference choice and NABC All-District 3 selection also, Teague finished his freshman season averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Teague ended his first year in a Bulldog uniform with 509 points to become just one of seven players in league history to record 500 or more points during their freshman season. At one point during Big South Conference play this past season, Teague connected on 29 consecutive free throw attempts.

In putting together his Freshmen All-America season, Teague scored in double figures in 25 of UNC Asheville's 33 games. The Cincinnati, Ohio native scored 20 or more points in eight games.

In total, Teague finished in the top-10 in the Big South Conference in free throw percentage (second-88.6), field goal percentage (fourth-46.8), minutes played (fourth-34.1), three-point field goals made (sixth-70), scoring (seventh-15.4) and assists (ninth-2.7).


Bam Adebayo Kentucky
Bryce Aiken Harvard
Jarrett Allen Texas
Lonzo Ball UCLA
Kamar Baldwin Butler
Keith Braxton Saint Francis PA
Miles Bridges Michigan State
De'Monte Buckingham Richmond
Zach Collins Gonzaga
Jarron Cumberland Cincinnati
De'Aaron Fox Kentucky
Markelle Fultz Washington
Jonathan Isaac Florida State
Josh Jackson Kansas
Peter Kiss Quinnipiac
Anthony Lamb Vermont
T.J. Leaf UCLA
Lauri Markkanen Arizona
Malik Monk Kentucky
Josh Okogie Georgia Tech
Justin Patton Creighton
Landry Shamet Wichita State
Dennis Smith NC State
Jayson Tatum Duke
MaCio Teague UNC Asheville
NOTE: Due a tie in the voting there is one additional player on the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team.



Akron hires former Illinois coach Groce to replace Dambrot

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program.

Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne.

Groce is familiar with the Mid-American Conference after spending four seasons at Ohio. He went 85-56 at the school and twice led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament. Ohio upset Michigan in the 2012 tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Illinois fired Groce last month after five seasons. He finished with a 95-75 record, but the Fighting Illini went just 39-53 in conference play.

Akron's program was one of the MAC's strongest under Dambrot, who became increasingly discouraged that the league could only get one NCAA bid.

The Zips made the NCAA field three times under Dambrot, but lost in this year's MAC championship to Kent State and played in the NIT.