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Make It a Spring Fling Whee-kend April 11-13 in Cullowhee

April 7, 2014

More than normally, Cullowhee is definitely the place to be for the annual Spring Fling Whee-kend, April 11-13. Five combined Catamount athletic events, pregame football tailgating and a Baseball BBQ await fans that come home to Cullowhee for the fun-filled weekend.

A busy week on campus gets underway on Tuesday as the Catamount baseball team - winners of nine-straight - host the Presbyterian Blue Hose at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. It is the third all-time meeting between the two - and the first since 1993 - with WCU winning both of the only other games. First pitch is 5:00 pm.

Here is a break-down of the bevy of events slated for the "Whee-kend" in Cullowhee!


5:00 pm
Catamount Baseball vs. Furman
Western Carolina opens the "Battle for Purple Supremacy" in the Southern Conference on the diamond by hosting the Furman Paladins at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee. Game one of the three-game league series is scheduled for a 5:00 pm start in Cullowhee. WCU took 2-of-3 games against Furman a season ago, and has won six-straight games over the Paladins in Cullowhee.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

First stop of the 2014 Catamounts Unite Tour
Comfort Inn of Sylva
The Third Annual Catamounts Unite Tour, presented by the Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee, gets underway at the new Comfort Inn in Sylva. The only local stop on the six date tour is co-hosted by Macon Bank. Join WCU Director of Athletics Randy Eaton, head football coach Mark Speir, head men's basketball coach Larry Hunter and many other Catamount coaches and staff for the Sylva reception.

9:00 am

Beynon Catamount Classic (Track & Field)
Catamount Athletic Complex
Lace up for a full-day of track & field events on-campus as the reigning Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field champion Catamounts defend the home track in their lone home meet of the outdoor season. Field and the multi-events get underway in the morning with most of the track competitions slated for the afternoon hours.



9:30 am - 11:00 am

"Are You Catamount Strong?" Clinic
Jordan-Phillips Field House
Do you have what it takes to be a Division I student-athlete and to be Catamount Strong? Open to the first 50 registrants, this morning of activities will take participants on a crash course of weight, agility, speed and nutrition training with the WCU Athletic Performance staff.

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Catamount Football Tailgating
Whitmire Stadium Parking Lot
Just as the Catamount football team works through the spring to prepare for the upcoming fall, Catamount Nation needs the off-season workout to fine tune things for upcoming season. Time to dust off the tailgating gear and get to the Stadium Parking Lot for pregame festivities. Be sure to contact the Catamount Club to reserve a location for Spring Game tailgating.

Catamount Club Spring Whee-kend Tailgate Parking: (828) 227-3794 - or

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Catamount Football Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Get the first look at the 2014 Catamount Football team with the annual Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo. Third-year head coach Mark Speir and his Catamounts start to wind down spring drills with the annual intra-squad scrimmage. The scrimmage will be streamed online for through Catamount All-Access (subscription) through

Be sure to pay close attention at the start of the second half of the scrimmage for the first-ever, "Catamount Play Call Challenge." Two contestants have been chosen to call a series of three plays with a chance to win great prizes including an autographed WCU football and gift certificate to Dunkin' Donuts.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Catamount Baseball & BBQ
Childress Field / Hennon Stadium The action switches from Whitmire Stadium to Childress Field / Hennon Stadium as we go from hard-hitting football to hardball on the diamond. Purchase your special Baseball & BBQ package that includes a general admission ticket to the WCU-Furman baseball game, plus a meal voucher redeemable at the Baseball BBQ which will be set-up just outside the right field line behind the first base dugout. Food will be provided by Aramark, with Pepsi products also being served.

The cost is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-17 are just $10 with kids 5-and-under are free with a paid adult. Space is limited so call now to secure your reservation by calling the WCU ticket office at (800) 34-GOWCU. Based on availability, fans may also be able to purchase tickets for the barbecue on Saturday at the baseball stadium.

Gates to the stadium and BBQ open as soon as the football spring game concludes at 3:00 pm, with the event winding down just before first pitch of game two of the SoCon series against the Furman Paladins.

4:00 pm

Catamount Baseball vs. Furman, presented by WestCare Health
Childress Field / Hennon Stadium
Game two of the three-game Southern Conference series between the Catamounts and Paladins is scheduled for first pitch at 4:00 pm.

1:00 pm

Catamount Baseball vs. Furman
Childress Field / Hennon Stadium
The three-game SoCon series between Western Carolina and Furman concludes with a Sunday afternoon finale on-campus at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.