Catamount Club hosts Basketball Rouser at Broadmoor Golf Links

The Catamount Club’s Second Annual Western Carolina University Basketball Rouser will tip-off Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at Broadmoor Golf Links in Fletcher.

Coaches Larry Hunter and Kellie Harper will provide pre-season scouting reports. This year’s event also features a “reverse raffle” and includes a grand prize of $5,000 in cash, a second prize of $3,000 in cash, and two third prizes of $1,000 each. To purchase raffle tickets, call the Catamount Club at (800) 492-8496 or (828) 227-7377. The club will accept MasterCard and Visa for ticket purchases.

Winners need not be present to receive the cash prizes. Those attending in person will have the opportunity to win door prizes. “In addition to the prizes, participants will enjoy good food and great fun,” said Bill Richter, executive director of the Catamount Club.

To participate and support the Cats at the same time:
1. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win the cash prizes
2. Attend the Rouser in person and enjoy a great night of fun with the Catamount basketball family. Each ticket admits two people to the event.
3. Those who cannot attend in person can purchase a raffle ticket to be eligible for the cash prizes. The Catamount Club will notify winners.

“Last year’s event was great fun. With your help, this year’s event can be even better,” Richter said. “Great things are expected on the hardwood this winter in the Ramsey Center.”

Check out these preseason scouting reports:

Men’s basketball:

Head Coach Larry Hunter returns seven players from a year ago, including All-Southern Conference selection, sophomore Nick Aldridge who averaged a team-best 18.3 points per game a year ago. Equipped with five athletic newcomers, Hunter’s Catamounts spent their Labor Day holiday with 10 days of practice and a three-day jaunt to Costa Rica, defeating two of that country’s national teams. A new, 20-game Southern Conference slate and non-conference road games at Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and N.C. State await the Catamounts in Hunter’s third season at the helm.

Women’s basketball:

After the most successful season in WCU women’s basketball history – including records both in wins and at the turnstiles – fans are eager for the encore from Head Coach Kellie Harper’s Lady Catamounts. WCU posted a school-record 24 wins – including the program’s 500th all-time – and claimed a share of the school’s first-ever Southern Conference regular season championship with a record 15 SoCon victories. The Lady Cats also won a post-season game, sinking East Tennessee State in the first round of the WNIT in Cullowhee. The success extended well beyond the court as WCU led the SoCon with a 15th-place ranking in terms of team grade point average. Harper returns nine players, including four seniors and her top seven scorers from last year, with two talented freshmen added to the fold for the 2007-08 season.