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Transylvania County and Brevard School System Once Again is Top Performing In The State Of North Carolina

Another proud attribute of Brevard is it’s outstanding performance amongst it’s students and my hats off to all of our educators! Have children? Look no further than Brevard NC for a top quality education from pre school all the way through a 4 year college.  75% of our graduating class goes on to college and our county serves approximately 3800 total students from it’s four elementary schools to its two middle and two high schools, as well as an alternative school and lastly four after school locations.

Our schools and students have consistently outperformed per pupil across the State of North Carolina year after year. From presidential awards to the awards for schools of excellence.  Both my kids went through the school system, and thankfully  both with honors. Both went on to recieve batchelors and masters degrees once  again with honors. This is not bragging but my hats off to the school board and their hiring of the finest teachers available that care for each and every student. Being a county with a population of just over 31,000 our kids are not crammed into overcrowded classrooms, thus the individual help as needed is given to each student. I attribute a great deal to their success with the quality education they received, to not only the courses offered, extra-curricular activities, as well as the opportunity to attend our local college level classes for credit in their high school.

Brevard NC is blessed to have not only Blue ridge Community College where students can graduate from general studies in preperation for a 4 year university,  buisness as well as the recently built 2.7 million Allied Technology Building offeringrecently added nursing and automotivesystem technology.  Blue Ridge Community College  is among the most affordable in the state as well as an excellent opportunity offered as a  satellite campus. Interested in medical and health care profession as an emergency medical person, how about your GED, buisness administration all the way to free courses offered to the senior population.  What more could one ask for than free except for small fees for books that may be required.

Interested in a 4 year institute then look no further than the famous Brevard College. Since 1934, Breavrd college has been graduating students from this private college in liberal arts. As mentioned about our student to teacher ratio in our public school system, Brevard College offers an 11 to 1 ratio student to faculty ratio. Sports, music, arts and 40 major and minors to choose from. Not a day goes by that sports plays an imprtant role in building character, not to mention this is a Methodist based college. Football, baseball, tennis, golf, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball are just a few of the sports offered. Interested in the wilderness experience then the Leadership and Experimental Education Programs, along with the Creek side Continuing Education leaves lifelong opportunities and learning experiences. This is just a few of the reasons why the college has been ranked among the top 40 by outside magazine as the college to work, play, study, party and live. Southern living ranks us at 250 favorite spots in the south for education and lifestyle.

Brevard North Carolina, withs its extremely well priced real estate that offers views that seem to go on forever, as well as over 250 of some of the most spectacular waterfalls, is the playground for the students as well as the second home and retiree. Make your plans today to visit Brevard and you too will see why we love, live and work in what I believe is the finest around. Where else can you live and play and have almost 50% of your county in protected lands. Visit my web site at the tabs provided above or at www.HomeINBrevard.Com and experience just a taste of our residential and lands offered.

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Last night the Brevard Tornado Club held its semi annual meeting and a get to know and meet Coach Jack Daniels. Jack Daniels is the new Brevard College cross country and track and field coach. 

Besides the warm welcome received for Jack Daniels, athletic director Kim Pate introduced the new Tornado Club President Mr. Ken Kolb. Ken went on lead the discussion on the new NCAA Rules for the Alumni, Boosters, Trustee’s and friends to be sure that Brevard College complies with the National Recruiting Regulations. 

An approved copy of the new Brevard College Tornado Club Bylaws were given out to each member. There were several featured speakers at the meeting including the new Base Ball Coach as well as a former player and assistant coach all who recently joined Brevard College from the University of North Carolina, of Chapell Hill Matt McCay. 

The new women’s head Tennis head coach Nichole Bumbgardner, new cross country NCAA Division 3 Coach of the Century Dr. Jack Daniels along with Thad Walker Head cycling coach and winner of the last 2 National Team Championships of 2009 and 2010.

Needless to say with the lineup of the leading coaches in the nation now employed by Brevard College as well as other baseball coaches and volunteers coaches of national status and former pro’s themselves now lead a lineup at Brevard College to become a greater powerhouse in the sports arena. 

Brevard College and the town of Brevard NC are extremely proud of not only our coaches but the players and for all they stand for. All I can say is watch out other NCAA teams that try to take on Brevard College as they will soon be awakened!

Daniels accepts position as new Cross Country and Track & Field CoachJuly 15, 2010
World-renowned coach, author and speaker takes over the BC programs

Jack Daniels Head Coach at Brevard College in Brevard NC

Jack Daniels Head Coach at Brevard College in Brevard NC

Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Athletic Department and Athletic Director Kim Pate are pleased to announce Dr. Jack Daniels, a world-renowned coach, author and speaker, as the new Brevard College cross country and track & field coach.

“We are excited to have Dr. Jack Daniels join our coaching staff; his wealth of experience, depth of knowledge for the sport, and love for coaching will continue to lead our cross country and track programs toward great promise and success,” said Pate. “Coach Daniels is a very humble and remarkable individual and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Daniels has been involved in both collegiate and post-collegiate track and cross-country for 35 years and has coached 30 individual DIII NCAA National Champions, eight NCAA National Team Champions and 130 All-Americans. He was also named the NCAA DIII Women’s Coach of the Century and was a three-time NCAA National Coach of the Year.

“For me, what makes a job most enjoyable is to be working with nice people and I was very impressed with the several people I met during my visit to Brevard,” said Daniels. “Simply put, I love to coach both young ladies and young men, and to be able to continue doing that makes life real enjoyable for me.”

Daniels has also coached five Olympians in men’s and women’s distance events and has also coached two sub-2:10 male marathoners on his way to being named “World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World Magazine. Recently, he has been working at the Center for High Altitude Training, working and developing athletes from around the world.

“Jack was my coach and mentor at the University of Texas and truly shaped my life,” said Dr. Sue Carter, a former athlete under Daniels. “Under his guidance I was able to excel in distance running as well as academics. He supported me in my preparation for medical school while earning All-American status in Track and Field. He is the best coach and the nicest man on the planet!”

In addition to his coaching ability, Daniels is an accomplished author, featured speaker and researcher, having written four books on running, including his most recent title, Daniels’ Running Formula, 2nd ed. He has also had over 50 articles published in scientific journals and also seen numerous articles on running published in popular magazines. Daniels is a featured speaker at coaches’ clinics, running camps and symposia that deals with training and has spent the past 13 years as the National Running Coach of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” program. Daniels was also part of a research program which examined performances and known VDOT values of elite middle and long distance runners, which helps determine an equivalent performance at a different race distance, providing a better value from which to access fitness and determine training paces.

Other professional accomplishments and merits of note for Daniels includes being the named Meet Director at the National Cross-Country Championship and has been the meet director at 25 conference championships and annual invitationals in both cross country and track and field. He was the Altitude consultant to the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and also served as a color commentator for CBC Television for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Daniels has also been involved and conducted considerable research involving elite runners, swimmers and paddlers in both the U.S. and Canada, often working with U.S. teams in swimming and running at Colorado Springs and Lake Placid.

Daniels has a number of personal accomplishments as well, having received both silver and bronze medals in the Olympics in the Modern Pentathlon competition. He has also received a World Championship Bronze Medal and is a two-time U.S. National Champion and was the first foreign winner of the Swedish National Championship in the same event. Daniels also competed eight years as a competitive swimmer and four years on the University ROTC Rifle team. He was also a U.S. Army officer and military triathlon champion in Seoul and Tokyo.

Daniels has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 H. Browning Ross Outstanding National Service Award of Merit from the USATF. He was also awarded the title of “Master Coach” by the USA Track Coaches Association and is a Fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine. Daniels also serves as the Exercise Physiology consultant to Runner’s World Magazine and is an Editorial Board member of American Running & Fitness Association and serves as a consultant to college and club coaches and runners around the U.S. and the world. Daniels was also a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Montana, and was inducted into the Cortland C-Club Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Sequoia High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

“I truly get as much enjoyment out of watching a young runner improve his/her performance as I get from seeing one of my runners make it to the Olympics,” commented Daniels. “The road traveled is certainly as important as is the destination because every day along the way is part of a person’s never-ending education, and I still feel I learn as much from my runners as they learn from me.”

Brevard College Entrance

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 Tonight at the Porter Center at Brevard NC College is featuring Charles Pettee & Folk Psalm.  Tonight’s performance will be featuring many local musicians as Brittany Whitmire and Elizabeth Bahnsen a  past Steep Canyon Rangers member.

Other local talent and I must say that Brevard, is blessed to have some of the finest musicians and singers that can be found anywhere in the country. Examples are Elizabeth Bahnson, Charles Pettee with there sound startling contemporary version of songs from the Bible from Hebrews and the Psalms. We hope you enjoy tonight’s performance of music and song to sacred poems over 3000 years old. The message tonight is focusing on the earth and our charge to be wise and good stewards of the land.

Upcoming events at the Porter Center are not to be missed like the : Steep Canyon Rangers
Thursday, Dec. 16th�
Porter Center for Performing Arts
Greg Brown
Friday, Mar. 4th�
Porter Center for Performing Arts
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sunday, Mar. 13th
Porter Center for Performing Arts

Just another reason why when you are searching for a new residence, land parcels, second or vacation properties you mustn’t leave out Brevard North Carolina Properties. You too I am sure will fall in love with the culture, the people and all that God has given us with over 250 waterfalls, as well as mountain ranges that seem to go on forever. Call Jay and Jewell Kaiser today for your Western North Carolina and especially in your Brevard NC Real Estate searches. 828-421-0375. See you tonight!

Charles Pettee & Folk Psalm Perform Tonight

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Lady Tigers being Cheered on by the Ecusta Credit Union Employees

Lady Tigers after Huge Win and on to State

For the second straight year the Rosman Tigers Volleyball Girls team vies for the Championship for the state of North Carolina! Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Pisgah Forest etc.,  and all of Transylvania County has more of the  offer besides the best deals in Real Estate in all of the Western North Carolina Counties. Team work and great schools are just a part of what makes this area one of the Coolest Small Towns in all of America!

The girls have done it again with a huge win over West Wilkes Tuesday night wrapping up another shot at a state title. This morning as I visited a local banking institute the Ecusta Credit Union I notice a large crowd with signs out by the road with orange pom-poms and excitement all over their faces. So naturally being the curious one in the family, joined them and took the attached photos. Amazing how all along the way from Rosman into Brevard and into Pisgah Forest on the way to Raleigh that folks were gathered along the road to cheer on the girls as they drove by in the bus.

Game time is set for 2:30 at the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh.  For the second straight year the Rosman Tigers Volleyball Girls team vies for the state of North Carolina Championship! Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Pisgah Forest etc.,  and all of Transylvania County has more of the  offer besides the best deals in Real Estate in all of the Western North Carolina Counties. Team work, great schools, and fantastic fans are just a part of what makes this area one of the Coolest Small Towns in all of America!

Go Lady Tigers

Tuesday wrapped up the final win for the 1-A championship and now on to state. Below is the excerpt from our newspaper the Transylvania Times by Robbie Robertson, Sports Editor and how the big win was one! GO Lady Tigers! 

Bus full of winners!

Robbie Robertson, Sports Editor• Fri, Nov 05, 2010

For the second straight year, the Lady Tiger volleyball team will vie for a state championship, earning a title shot by defeating West Wilkes 3-1 Tuesday night.

It was a hard-fought match against a worthy adversary, but a regional championship appearance wasn’t going to cut it.

“Six juniors got on a bus home from Raleigh last year and made a promise to us,” said an emotional Mildred Powell, Rosman’s long-time volleyball chief.

“They promised us they’d be back this year and they kept it. That is what has been their drive all year long,” she said.

Honoring that pledge required a Rosman rally, as the Lady Blackhawks came ready to play. West Wilkes won the first game 25-23.

West Wilkes went early and often to their big hitter, Laura Cantrell, a recent signee to play volleyball at UNC-Charlotte. She almost single-handedly kept the Lady Blackhawks in the game.

But where Wilkes had one weapon, the Lady Tigers had many, spreading the scoring out from one corner of the net to the other, getting points from starters and substitutes alike.

As a result, three Lady Tigers had double-digit offensive output and another was within one.

Lea Kilpatrick narrowly missed a triple-double. She had 10 kills, 33 digs and seven aces, three of those in a critical stretch in the game four win.

Taylor Whitmire had 14 kills, while Teal Parker had 10 blocks to go with six kills.

Maddie Limbo had nine kills and 23 digs, while Lauren Galloway had four kills and five blocks.

Kaleigh Whisenant and Baylee Bagwell set up the killers, with 21 and 14 assists, respectively.

The Lady Tigers used five players to build a 15-10 lead in the first game. Kilpatrick and Limbo served aces, while Whitmire and Galloway had early blocks.

Parker’s tip into the back corner made it 15-10, but a 7-2 run by West Wilkes knotted it at 17 apiece.

The score was tied four more times down the stretch, at 18, 19,21 and 22. Galloway had a kill and Parker scored back-to-back points for a 21-19 Rosman advantage.

The Lady Blackhawks roared back to take a quick lead at 22-21, before Whitmire put a kill down from the outside spot.

West Wilkes then scored three straight points, two of them on Rosman miscues, to win 25-23.

Game two was another see-saw battle, with Rosman erasing an early deficit and building a four-point lead, only to see the Blackhawks rally.

With the score tied at 21, Carissa Lambert served an ace that nobody on the visitors’ side covered. Kilpatrick then put down a kill for a 23-21 lead, prompting a Lady Blackhawk time-out and invigorating the capacity crowd.

After a kill by West Wilkes, Whitmire made it game-point with a kill down the left side.

The Lady Blackhawks tied it up with two straight points, however, and had game point themselves after a serve into the net by Rosman.

Whitmire tied it up at 26 with a kill that bounced off a West Wilkes blocker, but Rosman gave up a point on a net violation.

Galloway tied it up with a kill and Kilpatrick put Rosman up one with a kill, 28-27. An error on the next play doomed West Wilkes to a 29-27 game two loss.

The back-and-fourth struggle continued into the third game, with Rosman rallying from a 13-10 deficit on kills by Kilpatrick, Lambert and Limbo.

The Lady Tigers continued to roll, extending their lead on a 11-2 run to go up 21-15.

A great dig by Emma Driver set up a kill for Whitmire. Driver had 23 digs on the evening.

Kilpatrick then served an ace and Limbo put a kill down the sideline.

Parker blocked a kill and Kilpatrick served an ace that landed inside the baseline for a 21-15 Rosman advantage.

That prompted a West Wilkes time-out, but the Lady Tigers cruised to a 25-19 win, pulling ahead 2-1 in the match.

Neither team would give an inch in the early stages of game four, either.

Rosman took a 3-0 lead to start the game only to see West Wilkes score five straight.

A tip by the setter, Whisenant, gave Rosman a 6-5 lead, but a 6-2 run by Wilkes put the Lady Blackhawks up 11-8.

West Wilkes’ last lead came at 14-13, right before Parker tied it up with a kill from the middle.

Limbo put down a quick kill on an errant Lady Blackhawk pass just over the net.

Kilpatrick then scored two straight aces for a 17-14 score and a West Wilkes time-out.

Kilpatrick then made it three in a row and the Lady Tigers were never again challenged in the match.

Galloway blocked a Cantrell kill and Christina Rice served back-to-back aces for a 22-15 score.

Whitmire put a kill down that bounced off the West Wilkes digger for game point, 24-16.

Limbo closed it out with a kill on the left side for the 25-16 (3-1) victory.

The Lady Tigers will now travel to Raleigh for the state 1-A championship game. Rosman will face last season’s champion, Pender, who won 3-0 in the Eastern Regional finals.

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Brevard North Carolina and all Transylvania County is a Street and Mountain Bike riders dream come true. The event below as held in Nevada yet Brevard was the training ground for this race for our team. If I had to guess we probably have in Brevard more signs along the road to share with cyclists of any town than many others combined. 

Last week the Brevard College Cycle team took the States Second Consecutive National Championship. Brevard has been famous for not only bringing in the top names in racing, but this year had the largest cash prize for a road racing event. 

Our mountains offer not only some of the most challenging so I’ve heard from the racers, but at the same time the best scenery to race in. Our fall colors and cool mornings and pleasant highs during the day in the 70’s offer the finest for a quality ride. But naturally these men and women are out for the gold so to speak so work extremely hard.

My son has been dating one of the top women riders in the country, Natasha Cowie and as you will see below her brother Tristan Cowie consistently leads the Men’s in on road and off road racing. Having known Natasha for now over 2 years the dedication these true athletes exhibit is amazing to me. Not only does she and surely those men in the picture ride in all types’ weather but have trainers inside and ride for hours and hours on end.

These truly talented folks are dedicated and goal driven like no others I have witnessed. I often would here my son call me and he would be heading out at night as Natasha would ride over the Pisgah National Forest from Brevard all the way into Asheville North Carolina and back, and having never measured it it has to be at least a 50 to 75 mile ride and downhill at speads reaching 70 miles an hour I have heard. Now those of you that have had the privilege of driving these roads know how grueling the grade can get and the struggle the car has in the mountains, so just imagine the energy being expelled by these bicyclists and mental anguish at times. As funny as it may seem Natasha on other rides would head out and many hours later thankful for cell service, call my son Julius Kaiser and tell him how lost she was and could be anywhere within a 50 mile radius. Don’t worry she safely made it home each and every time. Natasha and Chef Julius now reside in Bellingham Washington.

Natasha Cowie picture after a win in Florida

Now to given the honor to where honor is due is the excerpts for the Transylvania Times News. Congratulations and we are proud of out Brevard North Carolina team as well as I am proud of Natasha Cowie as whe too is a leader of the pack and one the other reacers work extreemly hard to beat!

The Brevard College Cycling Team stands on the winner’s podium at the National Cycling Championships in Nevada. (Courtesy photo)

Brevard North Carolina's College Cycle Team

The Brevard College cycling team did it again, capturing their second consecutive team national championship at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort, scoring 630 points as a team throughout the three-day event.

Coach Thad Walker said Monday morning it was a grueling weekend. 

“A lot of athletes are really exhausted,” said Walker, who is proud of the hard work put in by the members of the team.

Led by Tristan Cowie’s Men’s Omnium National Championship, the Tornados held a 20-point lead over Union College from Kentucky going into the final event on Sunday morning. The team was able to hold off both Union and Warren Wilson College in clinching their second team national title in the first five years of the program’s history.

Cowie, who finished on the podium in both the cross country and the short track events, finished 10th overall in the four cross and the downhill races to give the program its first Men’s Omnium National Champion.

This is Cowie’s third national title overall in his mountain bike career, having won the cross country and the short track events back in 2008. Cowie also joins former BC cyclist Jo Tuttle as the program’s second Omnium National Champion.

Tuttle took the women’s crown last year in Truckee, Calif., leading the team to its first team national championship.

On the women’s side, Alexis Decosimo also had a strong showing for Brevard in the omnium, improving on last year’s 10th place finish, to take home the bronze medal.

Decosimo had two podium finishes on the first day, including the individual national championship in short track and finished out the weekend with the four cross and the downhill events, placing 12th and 10th, respectively.

After Saturday morning’s race in the short track, the cyclists moved on to the four cross event in the afternoon, with the women taking the course first. Essence Barton from California Lutheran University took the women’s national title in the event, while Kate Weisenfluh was the top finisher for Brevard, narrowly missing the podium by coming in sixth.

Decosimo finished in 12th overall in the event, while Morgan Sykes rounded out the women’s group with a 14th place result.
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