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Busy Weekend Across Catamount Athletics

April 15, 2005

Cullowhee, N.C. - This will be a busy weekend across the spectrum for Catamount athletics at Western Carolina. Seven of WCU's athletics teams will be in action across the region, including football under the "Friday night lights" at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Catamount Football to Hold Spring Game

Western's football team will take to the gridiron Friday night in the annual Spring Game to begin to wrap-up the 15-day spring drills. Festivities kick-off at 4:30 pm with the lots open for tailgating. At 5:00 pm, the band "Designated Johnny" will perform live in front of the Jordan-Phillips Field house, followed by a meet and greet with the Catamount players and coaches for youth 13 & under at 6:00 pm. Judging for the Rib Cook-off between campus and community groups will commence around 6:45 pm, with the winners announced during the spring game.

The Spring Game will begin at 7:30 pm, pitting the first team offense and second team defense against the first team defense and second team offense. Scoring for the game will be done as a normal contest. Following the game, Western's Greek organizations will hold their annual Chariot Races as a part of the on-going "Greek Week Celebration."

Diamond Cats Visit Furman Paladins for Three-game Set

Beginning Friday night, the Catamount baseball team will battle conference-foe Furman in Greenville, S.C. The first of the three game series begins at 7:00 pm on Friday night, with Saturday's first pitch at 6:00 pm, and the conclusion of the trio on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.

All three games can be heard on the Catamount Sports network, locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 or on the Internet at Steve White and Mike Cawood will have the call as the Cats look to position themselves amidst a competitive Southern Conference race. Fans can also follow the GameTracker online at, sponsored by the Olde Towne Inn in Dillsboro.

Track & Field in Split Squad Action

The Western Carolina track & field teams will be in action in split squad action this weekend. Select members of the squad were taken over the mountain to Knoxville to compete in the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee. The event, which actually began on Thursday, will run through Saturday at the Tom Black Track & Field facility on UT's campus.

Other Western team members will travel back to Clemson, S.C. to compete in the Solid Orange Classic on Saturday. Both are non-team scored events.

Catamount Tennis Wraps up Regular Season in Boone

Jan Stubbs and the Catamount women's tennis team will conclude their regular season Saturday afternoon when they visit rival Appalachian State in Boone. The match, rescheduled due to snow back on April 3, will begin at 1:00 pm. The Catamounts are locked in to the 11th-seed in the upcoming Southern Conference women's tennis championship, but will look to close the year with a victory over the Mountaineers.

Men's Golf at SoCon Championships

First-year head coach Gorham Bradley and the Catamount men's golf team begin their quest for a Southern Conference championship on Sunday afternoon at the River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C. Freshman Matt Cook, who has finished in the top 10 in all four spring events for the Cats, will look to lead the way as WCU searches for its first title. Sophomore Tripp Morrow, who earned Western's first-ever SoCon Golfer of the Week honor on April 7, will join Cook as the Cats attack the field in Davidson.

Catamount Soccer Travels to Tennessee to Conclude Spring Competition Days

The Catamount women's soccer team, fresh off an 8-0 victory over USC Upstate, will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., for the final competition day of the spring season. Western will face both Tennessee Tech and SoCon-exiting East Tennessee State on Saturday. First-year head coach Tammy DeCesare is excited about the play of her squad during the spring drills and hopes to continue that trend this weekend.

Catamount fans can find recaps of all the aforementioned events on