WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Round three of the high school basketball playoffs is complete. Due to severe weather on Friday several playoff games were held on Saturday afternoon. We’ve posted the Saturday results below.
1-A girls state playoffs:
East Columbus 41
The Gators end the season with a 21-5 record.
1-A boys state playoffs:
West Columbus 90
James Kenan 81
West Columbus senior Cameron Brisbon led West Columbus with 26 points. Jaquaile Martin added 23 points. Anthony Davis scored 22 points. Michael Moore had a game high 29 points in the losing effort for James Kenan. We’ll have extensive highlights and postgame reaction from the West Columbus victory on the Coach’s Corner at 6pm on Sunday on WWAY. West Columbus will play Rocky Mount Prep on Friday in Fayetteville in the 1-A East Regionals.
2-A boys state playoffs
West Bladen 49
West Bladen senior DJ Mason had 12 points & 20 rebounds. Cummings used 5 three pointers to vault to a 42-25 lead early in the third quarter after holding a three point lead at the half. We’ll have extensive highlights and postgame reaction from the West Bladen game on Sunday’s Coach’s Corner at 6pm on WWAY.
HEMPSTEAD,NY (UNCW sports release) — Two-time CAA Player-of-the-Year and current NBA player Charles Jenkins was back at the David S. Mack Sports Complex Saturday afternoon to be honored by his alma mater, Hofstra,. But the Pride didn’t need him.
Seniors Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester torched UNCW for 50 of Hofstra’s points to power the Pride over the Seahawks, 93-64, in the regular season men’s basketball conference finale for both teams on Long Island.
The Pride improved to 10-21 overall and 3-15 in the CAA, and will be the No. 11 seed in next week’s 28th CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, facing No. 6 Georgia State in the last game Friday at 8:30 p.m The Seahawks, 9-20 and 5-13, will be the No. 9 seed and play No. 8 James Madison in the opening game of the conference tournament Friday in Richmond.
“We didn’t get a shot off on the first three possessions and that’s not the way to get started,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s second-year coach. “We had a good practice yesterday, so it’s puzzling to me why we came out like this. It’s not easy playing someone on Senior Night, but I thought we would play with more effort and intensity in the first half.”
Moore, the CAA’s leading point producer, poured in 17 of his game-high total in the first half as the Pride jumped all over the Seahawks early and never relented. The Fordham transfer wound up connecting on 9-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-9 behind the arc, and made all six of his free throw attempts. Lester chimed in as well with 15 of his points in the first half and wound up converting 7-of-14 field goal attempts.
Stephen Nwaukoni, Stevie Mejia and Shemiye McLendon scored 10 points apiece to give the Pride five players in double figures, while Dwan McMillan dished out 15 assists in his final home game for Hofstra.
Keith Rendleman paced the Seahawks with 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Hofstra held the junior from Iron Station, N.C., shy of his usual double-double for the second time this season to earn a split of the regular season series.after losing to the Seahawks, 86-80, in January at Trask Coliseum.
The Pride raced out to a 9-0 lead, withstood an early response by the Seahawks and then spurted again behind Lester and Moore to put the game out of reach early by building a 45-25 margin at halftime and coasting the rest of the way.
In the early minutes, the Pride led 9-0 when Lester pumped in a jumper with 16:28 on the clock. Second-year coach Buzz Peterson them emptied his bench in frustration after watching his starters open the game with three turnovers on their first three possessions.
Sophomore guardTanner Milson rallied the Seahawks to a 14-11 advantage at 12:32, but Hofstra answered by scoring 18 of the next 22 points to break the game open. Moore scored 10 points and Lester had four markers in the outburst and a pair of free throws by McMillian with 4:36 left staked the Pride a 29-18 cushion.
Hofstra wound up leading, 45-25, at halftime after shooting 53.8 percent in the first period and continued its onslaught after intermission.
The Pride opened the second half by scoring 15 of the first 20 points and extended its lead to 60-30 on Lester’s second triple of the game at 14:25. Lester later sank a free throw to give Hofstra its largest lead of the game, 90-53, with 2:17 left to play.
Hofstra scored a season-high for opponents against UNCW and shot 56.6 percent from the field for the best shooting effort by an opponent this season against the Seahawks, eclipsing Drexel’s 52.7 percent effort on Jan. 14.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks suffered their sixth straight loss and have dropped 10 of their last 11 outings….Peterson’s team stands 4-12 on the road this season and finished 2-7 in conference road contests….Hofstra has won seven of 11 matchups with UNCW in Hempstead since the Pride joined the CAA in 2001-02. The Seahawks have lost four straight on Long Island and last won on the Pride’s hardwood on Dec. 1, 2007… The Seahawks still own a slim 13-12 edge in the series and the two clubs have split the series three times…Rendleman made his 91st career appearance and 76th career start and is Overall, he has scored 981 points and needs just 19 points to become the 21st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau…Rendleman’s 305 rebounds this season give him 735 career caroms, second only to all-time great Brian Rowsom’s 1,015 total.
OXFORD, MS (UNCW sports release) — UNCW’s bullpen limited Ole Miss to one run over the final 6.1 innings, but the Rebels built an early 5-0 lead on their way to a 6-4 win over UNCW on Saturday at Swayze Field.
The Rebels raised their record to 4-1 with their third straight win, all at home, while the Seahawks dropped their third consecutive outing to fall to 2-4.
R.J. Hively (1-0) earned the win for the Rebels, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He finished with nine strikeouts after fanning the first five hitters he faced to open the game. Brett Huber earned his second save of the series and third of the season allowing one hit in the ninth.
UNCW starter Tyler DeLoach lasted just 1.2 innings before being removed. He allowed four runs, three earned on four hits and three walks. DeLoach struck out two.
Auston Bousfield and Matt Snyder paced the UM lineup with three hits apiece. Snyder drove in a game high three runs.
Freshman Corey Dick, making his first collegiate start, and senior Jake Koenig had two hits apiece for UNCW.
After Hivey stuck out the side in the top of the first, Ole Miss wasted no time jumping on DeLoach as Snyder cleared the bases with a double to right. In the second a hit batter and a walk opened the inning for UM. A double steal put runners at second and third for Yarbough, who knocked in both runs with a single to right.
UNCW got on the board in the fifth with a one-out RBI single by Koening. The Seahawks would narrow their deficit in the sixth with three runs to make it 5-4. A two-out rally began with a Hunter Ridge single and he would come around to score on batter later when Thomas Pope tripled to left center. Pope would score on a wild pitch and Dick closed out the eruption with a RBI double to center field.
Ole Miss tacked on a run in the sixth for a 6-4 lead. Bousfield doubled in the final run of the game for either team.
Tom Timoney (2.1 IP, 2 H), Thomas Jones (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and Kelly Secrest (2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) gave the Seahawks the opportunity to rally, allowing just one run in the final seven innings.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 12 p.m. CST start.
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — The UNCW softball team suffered a pair of losses to Big 12 rival Kansas, 9-1 and 3-0, on the second day of competition at the 2012 Seahawk Classic Saturday at Boseman Field.
The Jayhawks improved to 11-2 on the young season as they stretched their winning streak to 11 games. The host Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 1-8 overall.
Both teams are back in action on Sunday in the final day of the event. Kansas will play the winner of the semifinal contest between Fairfield and Gardner-Webb in the championship game at 1:15 p.m. while the Seahawks will face the loser in the consolation contest at 11 a.m.
The first contest saw Kansas rack up nine runs in the first inning, using five hits and a pair of Seahawk errors to build the early edge.
The Jayhawks took advantage of a wild pitch and the two UNCW miscues to score the first three runs of the frame before a single by junior Rosie Hull, a bases-loaded walk to freshman Cassan Salamone and a RBI groundout by sophomore Ashley Newman stretched the KU cushion to 6-0. A three-run home run by junior Maggie Hull one batter later closed out the scoring in the frame.
Senior Amanda Davenport would replace freshman starter Casey Rowland in the circle in the bottom of the second and hold the Jayhawks without a hit over the next three innings, but a solo home run by senior Kelsey Eddinger in the top of the fourth was the only run the Seahawks were able to push across before the game came to an end in the fifth by way of the mercy rule.
Freshman Alicia Pille picked up her fifth straight victory for Kansas in game one to improve to 5-2 on the season. Pille pitched all five innings and allowed one run on two hits and one walk while fanning seven.
Game two would start out as a pitchers’ duel as Davenport and Jayhawks hurler junior Morgan Druhan kept both teams off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth, when a one-out double down the left-field line by freshman Lexi Bryant would bring home sophomore pinch runner Elsa Moyer and give the Jayhawks a 1-0 edge.
Kansas would stretch their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out double by Rosie Hull and added an insurance marker in the sixth on a RBI single by Newman to make it 3-0.
The Seahawks best chance to get in the board in game two came in the top of the sixth as a leadoff double by sophomore Daniela Torres and a single by freshman Jordan Critcher put runners at second and third with only one out. The Jayhawks were able to work out of the jam however, as pinch runner Olivia Poplin was called out at the plate on a wild pitch play before junior Jennifer Ladd was retired to end the threat.
Druhan pitched the first five innings for KU in the nightcap and struck out five as she improved to 4-0 on the season. Pille came on in relief of Druhan in the sixth and retired all six batters she faced to pick up her first collegiate save.
Davenport was saddled with the loss in game two as she slipped to 1-4 on the campaign. She allowed three earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five. Six players tallied one hit each for UNCW in the nightcap.
GREENSBORO,NC (WWAY) — In the state 3-A state finals for high school wrestling South Brunswick wrestler John Wiley won the state championship in the 152 pound weight class on Saturday night. Wiley pinned his opponent.
152 Lbs: John Wiley, South Brunswick FALL Kenan Robertson, Robinson – Jay M. PIN 5:21
In the 4-A state finals for high school wrestling Hoggard senior Terry Caldwell finished as the state runner-up in the 195 pound weight class on Saturday night.
Malcolm Blackmon, Mt Tabor MAJOR Terry Caldwell, Hoggard 10-2
GREENSBORO,NC (NCHSAA news release) — After almost 1,300 matches and three grueling days of competition, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships at the Greensboro Coliseum wrapped up Saturday night with the championship matches in all four classifications.
Individual weight class champions in 56 different divisions across the four classifications were crowned.
Winston-Salem Parkland, which placed four wrestlers into the 4-A championship round, was seeking its sixth straight state tournament team title in two different classifications and third straight 4-A title. But the wild 4-A race went right down to the end and Southern Pines Pinecrest slipped past Parkland with 100.5 points to win the team title. Southern Alamance was second with 95.5 points and Parkland in third with 94.
Pinecrest had rallied to enter the championship round in the team lead with 94.5 points to 86 for Parkland, and had two wrestlers in the finals. Dustin Roemer of Pinecrest won the 152 title.
Parkland had Phazon Roddy at 106 pounds and Drew Turner at 113 win state championships, while Southern Alamance had three state champs, including Tony DeAngelo (138), Joey Moon (145) and Cody Boswell (160).
Nick Kee of Scotland County, the champion in the 170-pound class, was selected as the 4-A Most Outstanding Wrestler. A total of 77 schools were represented in the 4-A tournament.
Orange rolled to the 3-A championship by virtue of having nine wrestlers remaining in Saturday’s action, although only one was in the championship finals, Zach Rimmer at 145 pounds. Rimmer beat Alexander Knight of Rocky Mount 6-1 in the championship.
The Panthers, who won the dual team tournament earlier this month, topped the standings with 115 points. Cameron Union Pines was second with 75, followed by Concord Jay Robinson (66.5) and Northeast Guilford (66). Northeast Guilford had three wrestlers in the finals but none of them won titles.
There were 83 3-A schools with wrestlers in the tournament.
Garrison White of J.M. Robinson, the 126-pound champion, was voted the 3-A Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Trinity built up a substantial lead among the 2-A schools and held off second-place Newport Croatan, the defending tournament champion. Trinity had four wrestlers in the championships while Croatan had three, the most of any of the schools in the classification.
Trinity won it with 122 points, with Billy Simmons winning the 132 title and Cameron King taking top honors at 195. Croatan was second with 99 points, followed by North Surry (92), Monroe Piedmont (86.5) and Newton-Conover (80). A total of 69 schools competed in the 2-A tournament.
Piedmont’s Parker VonEgidy, the 170-pound champion, was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the 2-A event.
In the 1-A classification, defending champion West Wilkes led the way and rolled to the championship, with four of its wrestlers competing in the finals. Jorge Lima at 126, J.J. LaPlante at 132 and Devin Fussell at 138 all earned state crowns for West Wilkes.
LaPlante was named the 1-A Most Outstanding Wrestler.
West Wilkes tallied 97.5 points to 73 for second-place North Rowan, followed by Central Academy (67) and Robbinsville (58.5). A total of 37 schools qualified wrestlers to the 1-A tournament.
The 2-A, 3-A and 4-A competitors began wrestling on Thursday night, with the 1-A class starting on Friday afternoon since it had fewer wrestlers in the field.
This was the third consecutive year the event has been held at the Greensboro Coliseum. The host city sponsors for the wrestling championships included the Greensboro Sports Commission, the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greensboro Sports Council. The NCHSAA has been offering a wrestling championship since the 1930’s.
FAIRFAX,VA (UNCW sports release) — Aided by a strong showing in the 100 Freestyle, UNCW’s men’s team broke open a close meet and cruised to its 11th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title on Saturday at the McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va.
The Seahawks, who led from wire-to-wire, claimed their 11th title by 57 points over second-place George Mason.
The women finished third overall, behind James Madison and Towson, respectively. The Dukes halted a four-year championship reign by Towson with their first title since 2001.
UNCW held a 17-point lead after 16 events after GMU narrowed its deficit with pair of top-five finishes in the 200 Backstroke. In the 100 Freestyle, though, UNCW, lead by Joe Gallene, placed three swimmers in the top five and added a seventh-place finish to push its lead to 64 points. Gallene, who was UNCW’s lone individual champion on the day, posted a time of 44.25 to win the event.
Freshman Valtteri Halonen finished second and earned All-CAA honors in the 200 Backstroke while senior Brandon Hicks also earned all-conference honors when he placed second in the 200 Butterfly.
In the pivotal 100 Free, junior Michael Williams gave UNCW valuable third-place points and earned All-CAA honors. Freshman C.J. Fiala was fourth and sophomore Gabe Thran was seventh as UNCW captured 63 points in the championship final.
The Seahawks finished off their title performance with the 400 Free Relay of Fiala, Thran, Gallene and Williams setting a meet record with a winning time of 2:57.34.
In the women’s 100 Free, UNCW was represented in the top three by senior Anna Munger (second place) and junior Carly Tanner (third place).
The women’s 400 Free Relay also claimed a conference championship when the relay of Tanner, Mattie Riley, Libby Mayock and Munger set a meet record with a time of 3:20.81.
Women – FINAL
1. James Madison University 771
2. Towson University 625
3. UNCW 494
4. William and Mary 476.5
5. Old Dominion University 327.5
6. Northeastern University 276
7. George Mason University 253
8. Delaware 238
9. Drexel University 134
Men – Final
1. UNCW 683
2. George Mason University 626
3. William and Mary 549
4. Old Dominion University 515
5. Delaware 422
6. Drexel University 287
7. Towson University 269