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THE TRASK TITANS WON THE 1-A BOYS STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY
Individual champions include Wesley Porter in the Shot Put, Josh Smith in the Discus and Ethan Bischof in the 300m Hurdles. See results on http://ncpreptrack.net/
BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFFS
NORTH BRUNSWICK SHUTOUT SOUTH LENOIR 13-0
WEST BRUNSWICK BEAT SOUTH JOHNSTON 5-2
TERRY SANFORD EDGED ASHLEY 2-1
SOUTH BRUNSWICK DEFEATED HERTFORD 10-1
WEST COLUMBUS BEAT PENDER 7-1
SEASON ENDS EARLY FOR THE 2-A DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION WHITEVILLE WOLFPACK
CLINTON BEAT WHITEVILLE 4-1 IN TEN INNINGS
SOUTH COLUMBUS EDGED CROATAN 2-1
PAMLICO BEAT TRASK 8-3
TOPSAIL BEAT RICHLANDS 10-1
DIXON DEFEATED AYDEN-GRIFTON 3-1
GIRLS LACROSSE STATE PLAYOFFS
GREEN HOPE DEFEATED HOGGARD 13-12
SOFTBALL STATE PLAYOFFS
TRASK BEAT WEST COLUMBUS 23-1
DIXON SHUTOUT UNION 5-0
SOUTH BRUNSWICK DEFEATED HERTFORD 23-1
WEST BRUNSWICK BEAT TRITON 2-0
ASHLEY DEFEATED PINE FOREST 7-0
EAST WAKE SHUTOUT LANEY 4-0
SOUTH LENOIR BEAT NORTH BRUNSWICK 11-3
TOPSAIL BEAT SOUTH COLUMBUS 2-0
WHITEVILLE DEFEATED SWANSBORO 3-2
WEST BLADEN BEAT EAST DUPLIN 7-0 I
MIDWAY DEFEATED EAST COLUMBUS 4-2
JACK BRITT SHUTOUT HANOVER 14-0
GIRLS SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS
NEW BERN SHUTOUT HOGGARD 1-0
LANEY SHUTOUT LUMBERTON 4-0
LANEY BUCCANEER LINEBACKER COULT CULLER ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT NC STATE ON FRIDAY
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There has been some confusion on the start time for Sunday’s Wilmington Sea Dawgs game at Blizzard Athletics. It will be a 5pm tip vs. Big Texas. See you there.
Wilmington, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– The Wilmington Hammerheads donned their away kits at Legion Stadium Friday night as they hosted the Rochester Rhinos for their third home match of the regular season. The Hammerheads began their doubleheader weekend sporting their Nike Volt jerseys as they fell to the Rhinos 1-0 by a goal from forward Matthew Horth in the 79th minute.
The return of Hammerheads veteran Paul Nicholson in the midfield after a two-game suspension, along with former defender Tom Parratt, paced the match for smooth transition throughout the pitch. Precise footwork was the key choice for both Wilmington and Rochester as possession was kept close. Brazilian forward Richard Isberner made his USL PRO debut with the Wilmington Hammerheads after officially being cleared for play earlier this week. He was joined up top by teammate Cody Arnoux who is recently coming off a hamstring injury he sustained weeks prior.
Arnoux made attempts early on into the match, but Rochester goalkeeper Kritian Nicht denied all chances on goal. Hammerheads defender Daniel Steres kept the momentum strong at the beginning of the match in the 13th minute with a shot that missed the goal to the right of the post. Rochester midfielder Lance Rozeboom followed soon after with a similar attempt on the Hammerheads end of the pitch.
Wilmington had an opportunity to take a one score lead in the 20th minute as Arnoux stepped to the line for a penalty kick after a hand ball was called in the eighteen on Rochester defender George Kyriazis. The shot soared hard over the crossbar, leaving the match to remain scoreless.
Another close opportunity was within reach for the Hammerheads when defender Gareth Evans took a header off a corner kick from Arnoux and striking the corner of the crossbar and the intersection of the left post, leaving the ball to bounce back into play.
Closing in on the 38th minute, Rochester’s Michael Reidy made an attempt on Hammerheads goalkeeper Philip Tuttle that just slipped past Tuttle’s grasp at the far post then rolling out of bounds.
Nicholson set the pace starting the second half as he regained possession with a one-on-one challenge versus Rozeboom passing to Isberner, which then lead to a shot attempt by Parratt. Nicht tallied impressive saves during the match, but none as notable as his goal line save off a shot by Steres that left his entire lower body lying in the goal. The lone goal of the match came in the 79th minute by Rochester’s Matthew Horth from a rolling ground ball just outside of the eighteen into the far corner of the net on a slow reaction by Tuttle, putting the Rhinos up 1-0. The Hammerheads tried to come up with a goal to tie the match in the remaining time as the put up several attempts, but unfortunately they couldn’t knock the ball into the net for a draw.
The Wilmington Hammerheads continue their doubleheader tomorrow night at Blackbaud Stadium as they face the Charleston Battery in a rematch of the USL PRO Championship. The two teams encountered during preseason with Charleston taking the win in the second half 2-0. Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. as Charleston hosts Kick for the Cure.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Brett Koehler allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings as William & Mary topped UNCW, 5-1, to even the weekend series between the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association standings on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Tribe ran its record to 32-18 overall and 15-8 in the league while the Seahawks dropped to 35-16 and 16-6. UNCW still holds a one and 1/2 game lead on W&M.
Koehler (6-3) dominated after allowing a pair of walks in the opening inning. The righthander set the Seahawks down in order from the second through the fourth innings and escaped a jam in the fifth when Michael Bass lined into a double play with the bases loaded.
UNCW’s Jordan Ramsey (6-5) lowered his league-leading earned run average to 1.96, allowing a pair of unearned runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. Ryan LaGrange and Andy Austin had two hits apiece for the Seahawks. Ryan Hissey and Jonathan Sarty also had two hits apiece for the Tribe. Michael Katz had the game’s only extra base hit with a double in the sixth inning.
Next up: The two teams close out the weekend series with a 4 p.m. start on Saturday.
How it happened: With the game in a scoreless deadlock in the fifth, Hissey and Sarty reached base with one-out singles. Jackson Shaver then hit a ground ball to first base, but the feed to Ramsey covering was high and glanced off his glove allowing Hissey to score. Sarty came across one batter later as UNCW was unable to complete a potential double play.
Inside the numbers: UNCW was able to get its leadoff batter on in 5-of-9 innings, but moved runners in just 6-of-20 at bats … The Seahawks recorded 10 fly ball outs … Koehler held UNCW to 1-of-7 hitting with two outs … The Tribe landed its leadoff hitter on base just once, a leadoff single in the first by Ryan Brown.
Notes: Ramsey has received just one run of support in his last two starts covering 15 innings with a 0.60 ERA … Terence Connelly and Matt Keeler extended their on base streaks to 20 and 13 games, respectively … The top four hitting spots in the UNCW lineup went 2-for-15.
DURHAM, NC (UNCW) -– Go right ahead and check off another milestone for UNCW’s red-hot men’s tennis team.
The No. 53 Seahawks added another entry to their tennis hopper full of “firsts” early Friday with an impressive 4-0 upset of No. 18 South Carolina in the opening match of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Duke Regional at the sun-splashed Ambler Tennis Center.
The shutout gave the Seahawks their first NCAA tourney win and vaulted them into tomorrow’s regional final against the No. 9 Blue Devils, with the winner advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in Urbana, Ill. Duke pounded Coastal Carolina, 4-0, in the afternoon match at the courts.
“It’s a big win for us in so many ways,” said a smiling UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. “We’ve knocked on the door so many times. We have a lot of respect for South Carolina and to beat a team that we have so much respect for makes it special.
“We’ve been talking about the importance of having every person on every court show up and then good things will happen. And today we had it.”
The Seahawks, who dropped a 4-3 decision to the Gamecocks back on Feb. 20 in Columbia, S.C., set the tone early this time by dominating doubles play. It was UNCW’s first win over USC in four career tries.
The No. 1 team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, ranked 30th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, breezed past No. 17 Tsvetan Mihov and Chip Cox, 8-2, and the No. 2 tandem of Raphael Aita and Sam Williams, rated 52nd, clinched the critical point with an identical romp over No. 39 Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies.
“We haven’t lost a lot of doubles points this year and South Carolina won the point in our match in February, so I think our guys wanted to make a statement,” DuBois said.
When singles action started, Aita, the 2013 CAA Player-of-the-Year, gave the Seahawks a 2-0 lead by beating Mihov in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (4), at the top of the lineup to keep the momentum going. Sophomore Zach Hublitz extended the lead to 3-0 by downing Menzies, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 6 spot.
Cooprider then delivered the clincher by surprising No. 81 Andrew Adams, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 2 to keep the Seahawks alive in the postseason affair. It was UNCW’s 11th consecutive win of the season.
DuBois said, “We’re going to enjoy this for a little while and then start thinking about tomorrow. It’s been six years of work and we’ve some guys put a lot of work into it, so we want to enjoy the moment.”
UNCW is making its fourth NCAA appearance in five seasons after capturing its third CAA championship two weeks ago in Williamsburg, Va.
NORMAN, OK (UNCW) -– UNCW junior Lori Beth Adams carded a three-over-par 75 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional Friday at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.
Adams will enter Saturday’s final round part of a three-way a tie for seventh place with a 36-hole total of even par 144 (69-75). Oklahoma’s Emily Collins leads the individual field with a two-day total of seven-under-par 137 (67-70) while Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald is one shot back with a six-under-par total of 138 (69-69). Three players are four shots back of Collins in a tie for third at three-under-par.
Playing under sunny but windy conditions, Adams opened second round on the back nine and began the day by sinking a 15-foot putt on the 299-yard par four tenth hole for birdie.
Adams would remain at one-under through the remainder of the back nine, recording par on each of the next eight holes to make the turn with a 27-hole total of four-under-par.
On the front nine, Adams dropped back two strokes with a double bogey on the par three second before regaining a stroke with a six-foot birdie putt on the fourth to move back to even par.
A bogey on the par five fifth once again moved Adams back to one-over for the round. A double on the closing hole of the day, the 358-yard par four ninth, put her at even par for the tournament.
The final round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Central Regional begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. EST. Adams will paired with fellow individual competitors Julia Roth (Central Arkansas) and Paige Spiranac (San Diego Sate) and begin the final round on the first hole at 9:25 a.m. EST. The top eight teams and two individuals not members of an advancing team will qualify for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.