April 5, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. - With the numbers tallied after the conclusion of fall and winter sports, the Southern Conference today released the updated standings for the annual running in the Commissioner's and Germann Cups. Western Carolina will enter the spring championship season in fourth-place in the women's race for the Germann Cup, while the Catamount men are poised in fifth-place in the chase for the Commissioner's Cup.
Each year, the SoCon rewards the conference affiliate which fields the league's best all-around men's and women's sports programs. The Commissioner's Cup, inaugurated in 1970, goes to the SoCon's best men's program, while the Germann Cup, named after former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann and first awarded in 1987, honors the conference's best all-around women's program. Schools earn points based upon regular season finish, with bonus points added to the team that wins the conference tournament. Appalachian State leads the way with 25 Commissioner's Cups all-time, while Furman has captured 12 Germann Cups. However, neither the Mountaineers nor the Lady Paladins are the defending champions as Chattanooga and the College of Charleston won last year.
Final tallies will be made after the conclusion of the spring championship season, which begins with men's golf, April 16-18 at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C., and concludes in Charleston for the baseball championship May 23-27 at Riley Park. Additional championships to be decided this spring include men and women's outdoor track & field, women's golf, men and women's tennis, and softball. Western Carolina will earn points in every category except men's tennis this spring. The Catamounts currently stand tied for first in the softball standings and are tied for third in baseball coming off an upset of #7 Clemson on Tuesday night. WCU ranks in the top two in both men and women's track & field power rankings and have individuals ranking among conference leaders in both men and women's golf led by senior Ashley Hovda and sophomore Matt Cook.
Appalachian State currently leads in the chase for the Commissioner's Cup as the Mountaineer men's teams have accumulated 50 points with first-place finishes in cross country and football and a second at the indoor track and field championships. Chattanooga is in second place with 46.5 points, followed by Davidson in third with 44.5 points and UNC Greensboro fourth at 38.5 points. Western Carolina currently stands fifth with 32 points including first-place points for its indoor track & field championship, followed by Furman just one point behind in sixth with 31 points and Elon in seventh with 29. The Citadel holds down the eighth spot with 27 points, while Georgia Southern, Wofford, College of Charleston and VMI round out the order.
Chattanooga leads in the Germann Cup standings with 45 points after picking up 13 points for women's basketball and eight points for indoor track and field. Davidson is in second with 41.5 points, followed closely by Appalachian State with 40.5. Western Carolina is fourth with 34.5 points after a second-place finish during indoor track & field, while the College of Charleston and Furman sit tied for fifth with 34 points apiece. UNC Greensboro has accumulated 28.5 points for seventh, followed by Georgia Southern with 26 points in eighth. Elon, Wofford and The Citadel complete the women's standings.
The Catamounts have been in contention for the Commissioner's Cup since 1977-78 and have battled for the Germann Cup since its inception in `87. In the 28 years of Commissioner's Cup competition, WCU's best finish was a second-place tally during the 1984-85 season, a mere 1.5 points shy of first-place ASU. That year, the Catamount football team posted an 8-3 overall record, 5-2 in the league, while the men's basketball team went .500 at 14-14, 8-8 SoCon. Also, the men's golf team finished fourth while the baseball team, under former coach Jack Leggett, won the conference tournament before advancing to the NCAA East Regional, falling to South Carolina. Since the `84-'85 season, WCU's best men's finish was third in 1993-94, finishing tied for 8th a year ago.
On the women's side of competition for the Germann Cup, Western's best-ever finish was fourth accomplished on four separate occasions, the most recent of which came during the 2001-02 season. During that campaign, the women's soccer team went 16-6 overall and won a share of the regular season championship before falling in double overtime of the conference tournament in Greenville, S.C. The Lady Catamount basketball team placed fifth in the final regular season standings with a .500, 9-9 record, while the women's golf team finished sixth at the SoCon Championship and the volleyball team posted a 21-11 overall record and finished third with a 15-5 SoCon mark. Last season, Western posted an eight-place showing in the final Germann Cup standings, just five points shy of sharing a top five.
Commissioner's Cup Standings (Men's) 1. Appalachian State 50 2. Chattanooga 46.5 3. Davidson 44.5 4. UNC Greensboro 38.5 5. WESTERN CAROLINA 32 6. Furman 31 7. Elon 29 8. The Citadel 27 9. Georgia Southern 25 10. Wofford 21 11. Coll. of Charleston 18.5 12. VMI * 6 * - denotes associate member
Germann Cup Standings (Women's) 1. Chattanooga 45 2. Davidson 41.5 3. Appalachian State 40.5 4. WESTERN CAROLINA 34.5 5. Coll. of Charleston 34 Furman 34 7. UNC Greensboro 28.5 8. Georgia Southern 26 9. Elon 23.5 10. Wofford 13.5 11. The Citadel 9