Sept. 22, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Prior to leaving for Greenville Friday for Saturday evening's encounter with third-ranked Furman, Western Carolina head football coach Kent Briggs - along with seniors Bennett Swygert, Bubba Hamrick and Darius Fudge - went to the Skyland Care Center and visited long-time Catamount supporter Raymon Stovall. Stovall, who is 96 years old, had attended every home Western Carolina football game in excess of the last 50 years, until his health did not allow him to go to the Chowan or Eastern Kentucky games this season.
"What an honor it was to spend time with such a great Catamount today," Briggs said. "Raymon has committed most of his life to being a Catamount fan and his enthusiasm is still there at the age of 96. He is an inspiration for all of us. We are thankful that players of the present had this opportunity to spend time him."
A charter member of the Catamount Club, Stovall owned his own his own business in Sylva and is described by WCU Athletics Hall of Famer Steve White as "truly one of Western's greatest supporters in the every sense of the word." When Western Carolina expanded its stadium, opening the West Side stands for the 2003 season, Stovall was both on hand and honored by the Department of Athletics, recognizing his consecutive home games attended streak.
The 22nd-ranked Catamounts will face the Paladins Saturday night at 7:00 pm. For those unable to attend, fans can tune into the Catamount Sports Network or listen to Sirius Satellite channel 122 for a radio broadcast. The game will also be televised on CSS TV (Charter-Comcast Sports Southeast) live with a rebroadcast being made available on Asheville's WLOS (Channel 13) on Sunday at 2 pm.
All Catamount football games can be heard on the Catamount Sports Network, which includes:
CSN RADIO NETWORK AFFILIATES
WWCU - 90.5 FM (CULLOWHEE)
WZGM - 1350 AM (BLACK MOUNTAIN)
WBHN - 1590 AM (BRYSON CITY)
WPFJ - 1480 AM (FRANKLIN)
WTZQ - 1600 AM (HENDERSONVILLE)
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