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"Catamount Madness: Cats After Dark" Set for Thursday Night in Cullowhee

Nov. 8, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - The wait is nearly over. As a part of Purple Pride week, the much anticipated return of Catamount basketball is less than 24 hours away as on Thursday, Nov. 9, fans will converge upon the lawn of the Hinds University Center the campus of Western Carolina University for "Catamount Madness: Cats After Dark."

Thursday's special event is part of a busy set of days in the Valley which includes home basketball, football, and volleyball contests.

Activities amidst the free festival atmosphere commence at 6:00 pm and will include free food and drinks, special glow-in-the-dark giveaways, trivia contests, shooting contests on the 50-by-50 sport court for free food from Sonic, and a chance to win $10,000 cash in the final Sonic Shootout contest. The night also includes performances by the Catamount cheerleaders, WCU Dance Team and Pride of the Mountains Marching Band as part of a "Purple Pride / Beat App" pep rally. Then, around 8:00 pm, head coaches Larry Hunter and Kellie Harper will unveil and introduce their 2006-07 basketball squads.

Also, as a part of this fantastic evening in the Valley, Catamount Clothing & Gifts, located on the second floor of the Hinds University Center, will be sponsoring a Catamount Madness sale with 20-percent off all purple merchandise. The store will also have special hours on Thursday, opening at 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Catamount Madness is presented by the Western Carolina Department of Athletics, WCU Student Government Association (SGA), Residential Student Association (RSA), Last Minute Productions (LMP), Sonic Drive-In of Sylva, and Carolina Sport Court of Charlotte.

The following night, Friday, Nov. 10, the Lady Catamounts will host the Auburn Tigers at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center in the 2006-07 season opener. The game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 or online at www.WWCUFM.com and www.CatamountSports.com. Live GameTracker, presented by Carolina West Sports Medicine and WestCare Health System, is also available on CatamountSports.com.

Immediately following the women's game, the Catamount men and second year head coach Larry Hunter will host Muskingum in exhibition action with an approximate tip time of 9:30 pm. Fans can follow the exhibition on live GameTracker as there will not be radio coverage.

On Saturday, the Catamount football team takes to the field in the annual gridiron grudge match, the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, at 4:00 pm at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Kickoff between mountain-rivals, Western Carolina and Appalachian State is set for 4:00 pm. The Old Mountain Jug will be up for grabs for the 31st time in the 71st all-time meeting between the two mountain schools in a rivalry that was heralded as "the best football rivalry you've never heard of" by Sports Illustrated in the mid-1980s. Saturday is also Senior Day for Western with 17 players to be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.

Game day activities begin with the official "countdown to kickoff," Catamount GameDay, on WWCU-FM in Cullowhee (www.WWCUFM.com) live from Whitmire Stadium at 2:00 pm. Then, the Catamount Sports Network will take over with its pre-game show at 3:00 pm, followed by kickoff at 4:00 pm.

The busy weekend wraps up on Sunday with Catamount Volleyball hosting Furman at 2:00 pm in the Ramsey Center. WCU will recognize its four seniors - Meghan Boyle, Heather Koontz, Krista Neumann, and Kate Willard - in a special pre-match ceremony.

In celebration of the rivalry weekend and Purple Pride in general, Catamount fans are encouraged to "Get in the `Whee: Be Loud. Be Proud. Wear PURPLE" at each event over the next four days.

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