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WWAY's Thursday night sports - April 26

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- On Thursday night's sports on WWAY we featured high school soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball on a rainy night in SE North Carolina. The dominant teams just keep on winning (Topsail softball & Hoggard soccer), while New Hanover's victory in lacrosse just earned the team its first ever appearance in the state lacrosse playoffs. We also talked to Laney basketball coach Fred Lynch about Buccaneer senior basketball standout Elijah Wilson's decision to reverse his decision to commit to play basketball at the College of Charleston.

Check out our NBA Charlotte Bobcats & Carolina Panthers report at the bottom of the page.

Scores & Notes:

IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TOPSAIL BEAT RICHLANDS 8-1
ASHLYN REAGAN STRUCK OUT 10 BATTERS
THE PIRATES IMPROVE TO 21-0
IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL WEST BLADEN BEAT NORTH BRUNSWICK 6-3
ERICA TANNER WAS THE WINNING PITCHER FOR THE KNIGHTS

IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL NORTH BRUNSWICK EDGED WEST BLADEN IN EXTRA INNINGS 5-4
TYLER BARNES PICKED UP THE WIN ON THE MOUND FOR THE SCORPIONS
IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOPSAIL BEAT RICHLANDS 7-5
THE PIRATES HAVEN'T LOST AT HOME ALL SEASON

IN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE NEW HANOVER BEAT ASHLEY 12-8
HOGGARD WILL BE THE #1 SEED FOR THE CONFERENCE FOR THE STATE PLAYOFFS
NEW HANOVER EARNS THE # 2 SEED BASED ON THURSDAY'S WIN OVER ASHLEY
ASHLEY WILL BE THE # 3 SEED FOR THE CONFERENCE
THURSDAY'S WIN PUTS NEW HANOVER INTO THE STATE LACROSSE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

IN HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER NEW HANOVER SHUTOUT LANEY 7-0
HOLLAND MCGRAW HAD 3 GOALS FOR THE WILDCATS
NIKKI TILLER SCORED 2 GOALS TO BECOME THE WILDCATS SINGLE SEASON SCORING LEADER
IN HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER HOGGARD BEAT GREENVILLE ROSE 5-2
CHELSEA FRANKENY SCORED TWICE FOR THE VIKINGS
THE VIKINGS IMPROVE TO 12-1-2 OVERALL
IN HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER ASHLEY SHUTOUT NEW BERN 1-0
(NOTE: THIS IS THE CORRECT SCORE. WE ORIGINALLY REPORTED A 1-0 VICTORY FOR NEW BERN. THAT IS REFLECTED IN THE VIDEO AS WELL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. ASHLEY DID EMERGE WITH THE ONE GOAL ROAD VICTORY)

THE NEW YORK KNICKS BEAT CHARLOTTE 104-84 ON THURSDAY NIGHT
THE BOBCATS FINISH THE SEASON WITH ONLY 7 WINS FOR THE WORST PERCENTAGE IN NBA HISTORY

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats couldn't even beat a Knicks team resting most of its starters, finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss on Thursday night.

J.R. Smith scored 22 points for the Knicks, who pulled away in the second half to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed and a first-round playoff matchup against No. 2 Miami beginning Saturday.

Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats, whose 23rd consecutive loss left them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.

The Knicks held out Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis, while Amare Stoudemire had 21 points over two quarters.

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Panthers have selected linebacker Luke Kuechly from Boston College with the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft, hoping to bolster a defense which finished 28th in the league last season.

Kuechly is expected to compete for a starting job right away at outside linebacker with Thomas Davis, who is coming off three torn ACLs in the past three seasons.

Kuechly averaged 14 tackles per game for his career and received the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation's top defensive player. He is the only ACC player to lead the league in tackles three times in his career.

The Panthers had needs up and down the defense heading into Thursday's draft, but decided to go with Kuechly, the most proven defensive player left on the draft board.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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