Brevard College Athletics Newsfeed http://www.bctornados.com/ en-us Volleyball drops weekend opener 3-0 to Cobras http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4385

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard College Tornados Volleyball team (3-10, 3-5 SAC) dropped the opener of a three game weekend series, Friday evening in Hartsville, S.C., as the Coker College Cobras (8-6, 2-6 SAC) defeated the Tornados in three straight sets to earn the 3-0 South Atlantic Conference victory.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/30/2016
Brevard Shines Under the Lights http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4384

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College Men’s Soccer Team (6-3-1) could not be stopped Thursday evening as they defeated John Wesley University (2-2) by a score of 4-1. The Thursday night game marked the first time ever Brevard College has played under the lights on campus at the newly renovated Brevard Soccer Field.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/29/2016
Hudson tabbed as interim head women's basketball coach http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4383

BREVARD, N.C. – Donald Hudson has been tabbed with interim head women’s basketball coach, it was announced by Vice President for Strategic Planning & Athletics Juan Mascaro on Tuesday evening. Hudson will inherit a program that he served as assistant coach to Shannon Reid from 2013-15.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/28/2016
Tornados tie Mount Olive in lightning filled thriller http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4381

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados Men’s Soccer team (4-3-1) battled through two rain delays and a start time that was pushed back due to both lightening and weather to tie to the Mount Olive Trojans (0-6-1) 1-1 in a mid-week non-conference game, as the final was called due to darkness.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/27/2016
North Greenville Edges out Brevard 2-1 http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4382

BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College Tornados Women’s Soccer team (5-5, 0-4 SAC) lost in a non-conference game by a score of 2-1 to North Greenville University (2-6-0) on Tuesday afternoon in Brevard N.C.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/27/2016
Crusaders beat Tornados 3-0 http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4380

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard College Tornados Volleyball team (3-9) fell by a final of 3-0, Tuesday evening to the North Greenville Crusaders (10-4), as two consecutive .300 plus hitting sets for the Crusaders proved to be the difference in the match.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/27/2016
Rhyne posted career score card at Tusculum http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4379

GREENEVILLE, TENN. – Junior Kelsie Rhyne (Taylorsville, N.C.) closed out the final round of the 2016 Tusculum Women’s Fall Classic with her third consecutive career round, improving on an opening day score of 81 to end Tuesday afternoon with a round of 80, eight-over par to finish the event at 161, 17-over par and a share of 26th-place overall.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/27/2016
WGO carves career rounds to open Tusculum Fall Classic http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4377

GREENEVILLE, TENN. - The Brevard College Women’s Golf team recorded a career best afternoon in the opening round of the Tusculum Fall Classic, hosted by Tusculum College at the Link Hills Country Club.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/26/2016
BC's Volleyball Tornados On The Road This Week http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4372


By Paul Morgan
Special to the Times

While every new sports team is a work in progress, Brevard College Head Volleyball Coach Anna Wagner is beginning to see the outline of a solid Tornado club that features a quartet of seasoned seniors and a tall, talented Tiger from nearby Rosman High.

Although BC lost record-setting impact players Fatima Gharachorloo and Kindle Kirkham to graduation, seniors Savannah Cox from Kannapolis, N.C., Bailey Hayes from Phoenix, Ariz., Alek Vrvilo from Beaverton, Wash. and Katie Ruff from Mill Spring, N.C. have stepped up and are playing well.

“We lost major leadership when Fatima and Kindle graduated,” Coach Wagner said, “but I have to say that this year’s seniors have made up that gap. There’s a lot of hype about senior leadership, but it’s a vital quality that can’t be overrated.”

BC’s seniors are ably supported by the strong junior class of Rachel Ruble from Advance, N.C., Bri Vargas from Maryville, Tenn., Erin Barr from Hamptonville, N.C., Maggie Weiss from Clemmons, N.C., Hannah Elmore from Salisbury, N.C., Kristen Rathbun from West Bloomfield, Mich., Kathryn Beasley from Mount Airy, N.C., Stephanie Lambert from Florence, Ky. and Josie McElroy from Lenoir City, Tenn.

Four sophomores and three freshmen make up the remainder of this year’s team. The second year players are Maura Emert from Knoxville, Tenn., Madilyn Fox from Dumfries, Va., Katelyn Didio from Mooresville, N.C. and Catherine Goss from Fairview, N.C.

There are only three freshmen on this year’s roster, Callie Chappell from Rosman, Leanne Belga from Hampton, Ga. and Chloe Mount from Trumansburg, N.Y.

Chappell has quickly forced herself into Coach Wagner’s starting lineup with her aggressive style of play. “Callie has been impressive,” Wagner said. “She constantly looks to improve her skills, and she has the competitive mentality that coaches love to see.”

The Lady Tornados traveled to St. Augustine, Fla. in early September, playing, and losing, four games in two days to larger schools Southern Indiana, Valdosta State and host Flagler as they searched for the best combination of players for this year’s starting team.

Returning to the friendly confines of its own gym, BC lost 3-2 to cross-state rival Queens College in a game that Coach Wagner described as “sloppy,” then righted the ship with a 3-2 home win over Catawba, followed by a road win over Lenoir-Rhyne by the same score.

BC then split a pair of South Atlantic Conference road matches, falling 3-0 to Tusculum in games much closer than the final score indicates, then knocking off Mars Hill in a 3-2 thriller. Last week, BC dropped a pair of matches to SAC foes Newberry and Anderson by identical 3-1 scores. BC now stands at 3-4 in conference play.

The Tornados have a rough four road game road trip this week, playing at North Greenville Sept. 27, at Coker Sept. 30 and, on Oct. 1, at Wingate for contests with both host Wingate and Wheeling Jesuit.

“It’s clear that this team’s success depends on playing with consistency on our side of the court, and that’s something that we’re still learning to how do,” Coach Wagner said. “We are building on last season’s growth (Wagner’s first as head coach), and we’re working hard on the mental piece of the game, learning how to win.”

Paul Morgan is a
Retired journalist and
Journalism Professor



Brevard College Sports Information 9/26/2016
Rodgers earns AstroTurf Special Teams Player of the Week honors http://bctornados.com/article.asp?articleID=4374

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Brevard College senior place kicker Dayton Rodgers (Belmont, N.C) has been named the South Atlantic Conference Astroturf Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced by conference officials Monday morning.

Brevard College Sports Information 9/26/2016