Travis Stanley named Assistant Sports Information Director/New Media Manager

BANNER ELK — Travis Stanley was named Assistant Sports Information Director/New Media Manager at Lees-McRae College on July 16.

Stanley, who is a native of nearby West Jefferson, will be tasked with assisting Sports Information Director Andy Fisher in all aspects of sports information as well as overseeing Lees-McRae Athletics social media and digital presence.

“Having grown up in the region, I have always been familiar with the Bobcat brand,” said Stanley. “I feel extremely blessed to be joining the team here at Lees-McRae. Banner Elk and the college community is a special place and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Stanley comes to Lees-McRae after spending the past two years working at Western Carolina University where he served as a videographer in the marketing department. While at WCU, Stanley was responsible for producing video content intended for all Catamount social media channels as well as assisting with TV commercials, documentaries, and other video related projects. In addition to his video background, Stanley also served as a photographer when needed at WCU and worked as a freelance photographer while in Cullowhee.

“I feel like we definitely found the right person for this position in Travis,” said Fisher. “His experiences in regards to social media and video will help us take our coverage of Bobcat Athletics to a whole other level.”

Prior to his time at WCU, Stanley was an undergraduate broadcasting student at Appalachian State University where he graduated in May of 2017. While in school, Stanley was involved with several on campus work opportunities including managing the on campus radio station, WASU, as well as working with the athletic department as a broadcast assistant and producer for AppTV.

LMC Men’s Soccer releases 2019 schedule

BANNER ELK — The Lees-McRae College men’s soccer team released its 2019 schedule on July 17. The Bobcats are scheduled to compete in 15 matches this fall with seven of those contests set to be played on Tate Field.

Lees-McRae will begin its 2019 campaign with a pair of road matches against schools from the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). First, the Bobcats will make the short trip to take on Mars Hill on Sept. 5 for their season opener. Following that tilt, Lees-McRae will travel to Hickory to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 8.

After those two road contests, the Bobcats will open their home schedule with three straight matches in Banner Elk. Lees-McRae will take on Anderson (Sept. 13) in its home opener followed by its first two Conference Carolinas tilts of the season against Southern Wesleyan (Sept. 15) and Erskine (Sept. 21). Closing out the season’s first month for Lees-McRae will be a pair of road matchups at Tusculum (Sept. 25) and Mount Olive (Sept. 28).

As the calendar turns to October, Lees-McRae will begin the month with contests against North Greenville (Oct. 2) and Emmanuel (Oct. 5) at Tate Field. The latter contest will be a part of the Homecoming festivities. The Bobcats will then close out the month with a tough stretch playing four of the five matches away from the High Country. Lees-McRae is slated to travel to Catawba (Oct. 9), Chowan (Oct. 12), Limestone (Oct. 23) and King (Oct. 30) with the only home tilt during that stretch being a matchup against Belmont Abbey on Oct. 19.

The Bobcats will close out its regular season with a match against Barton on Nov. 2 at Tate Field. That contest will serve as the team’s Senior Day celebration.

The 2019 Conference Carolinas men’s soccer tournament will begin on Nov. 9 at the campus sites of the top four teams in regular season standings. The four winners of the quarterfinal round will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 15) and perhaps the championship game (Nov. 17) at the site of the highest remaining seed following the first round. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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