COLUMBUS — Everyone in Western North Carolina who has been wondering what all the fuss is about can tune in Thursday.
Mitchell (6-0, 1-0) is off to its best start in school history and No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press NCHSAA 1-A rankings. And the last undefeated team in WNC football will have its work cut out with a Western Highlands Conference road trip to Polk County (3-4, 1-1).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Columbus.
This is believed to be the first-ever WNC game that has been carried over live television and WYMA (40) will be handling the honors. The NCHSAA had previously only allowed webstreaming of regular-season games, but finally bent this year on live TV.
“We found out back in May and obviously this is a dream for any kind of high school,” Mountaineers coach Travise Pitman said.
“Now the challenge is to go out and make our (TV) debut by going down there and playing hard. We want to show up and represent Mitchell County the best way we can.”
The rest of WYMA’s local broadcast schedule is as follows Erwin at Roberson (Oct. 15), Owen at Hendersonville (Oct. 22) and Asheville at North Buncombe (Oct. 29).
Host schools are being paid $500 to offset their losses from gate receipts from not only playing on a Thursday but allowing TV.
WLOS/WMYA general manager Jack Connors said he hopes that WMYA can expand its broadcast offerings for North Carolina to 10 or more games in 2016. The station will continue to show live South Carolina games as it has done for the past seven years.
More on this story to come….
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