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Catamount Athletics to Highlight Western Carolina Homecoming 2006

Oct. 12, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - As alumni and friends flock to Western North Carolina this weekend, Catamount Athletics will take center stage on Homecoming Weekend.

Activities kickoff on Friday with the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. For more information, contact Western's Office of Alumni Affairs at (877) 440-9990 or (828) 227-7335.

The annual Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday evening at 6:15 pm on Main Street. The parade route starts at Mark Watson Park and moves through Main Street through beautiful downtown Sylva. Prizes will be awarded for best floats in the parade with the winners announced during Saturday's Homecoming football game.

Just as the parade is ending in Sylva, the Catamount women's soccer team will be taking to the pitch in Southern Conference action, hosting the College of Charleston at 7:00 pm at the Catamount Athletic Complex (CAC) in Cullowhee. Western, which is unbeaten in its last three matches, holds a 5-2-1 series lead over the Cougars including having won both meetings with CofC last season. At the conclusion of the match, Western will host Spirit Night at the CAC featuring the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the Catamount football team, WCU Dance Team and Catamount cheerleaders and student spirit skits. The evening will conclude as fireworks light the autumn sky.

Admission to the Catamount soccer match and Spirit Night festivities is FREE. There will also be FREE hot chocolate, courtesy of WCU Dining Services, and FREE Papa's Pizza to Go while supplies last.

Also on Friday, the Western Carolina basketball teams take to the court for the first time in team fashion as practices for the 2006-07 seasons get underway. Catamount head coach Larry Hunter welcomes six new faces to the practice court, while Lady Catamount skipper, Kellie Harper, has two new freshmen and a transfer to compliment her nine returning players that were one win away from their third-straight Southern Conference tournament finals appearance.

The basketball teams are scheduled to make their debut on Thursday, Nov. 9 in an extra-special Catamount Madness event to be held on the lawn at the Hinds University Center (UC) on-campus in Cullowhee. The following night, the Lady Catamounts will open their 06-07 season by hosting the Auburn Tigers at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center, which will be followed by a men's basketball exhibition against Muskingum.

On Saturday, festivities commence at 8:00 am with the Alumni Breakfast, which will be held in the Grand Room on the third floor of the UC. At 12:30 pm, tailgating will get underway in full force, with live music provided in the parking lot at the Jordan-Phillips Field House. Also, fans can get their football fix by tuning into Catamount GameDay on Power 90dot5, the Flagship Station of Catamount Athletics. The GameDay crew will be live on-location near the student entrance on the West Side grandstands. Fans can also follow all of the live game action from the Catamount Sports Network on 90.5, or online at

(Fans are reminded of the WCU Tailgating policies and are asked to help alleviate long lines at the ticket entrances by coming into the stadium early).

At 3:30 pm, Western (2-3, 0-3 SoCon) will entertain the Chattanooga Mocs (2-4, 1-2 SoCon) at E. J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field in a regionally televised game. Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will broadcast the 33rd all-time meeting between WCU and UTC as Western looks to snap a three-game slide on the season. (WCU vs UTC Game Notes

At halftime, the Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned as based upon WCU student votes. Also, Spirit Week and parade award winners will be announced.

For a complete listing of Homecoming 2006 festivities, please click HERE.

Catamount Sports Network Affiliates:
90.5 FM - WWCU, Cullowhee
1350 AM - WZGM, Black Mountain
1590 AM - WBHN, Bryson City
1480 AM - WPFJ, Franklin
1600 AM - WTZQ, Hendersonville

Or listen on the Internet: