POWHATAN,VA (WWAY) — The state champion Pender County Dixie Belles continued their impressive play on Tuesday night at the Dixie Youth World Series. Pender edged Florida 7-6 on Tuesday night. 11 teams started the double elimination tournament, but only two teams remain: Burgaw (Pender County, NC and South Hill, VA). These two teams will face each other on Wednesday. Pender is the only team in the Dixie Belles World Series without a loss in the double elimination tournament. Virginia has one loss. That was against Pender earlier this week.
WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The state champion Wilmington Post 10 baseball team will be departing Wilmington on Wednesday in order to play in the SE Regionals American Legion Tournament.
Thursday, Aug. 9
Game 1 – Kentucky vs. Virginia, 9 a.m.
Game 2 – North Carolina Wilmington Post 10 vs. Rockdale, Ga., 12:15 p.m.(approximate)
Game 3 – Alabama vs. Florence, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Fort Pierce, Fla., vs. Sumter, 7p.m. (approximate)
Friday, Aug. 10
Game 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 9 a.m.
Game 6 – Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4, 12:15 p.m. (approximate)
Game 7 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 3:30 p.m.
Game 8 – Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m. (approximate)
Saturday, Aug. 11
Game 9 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 10 a.m.
Game 10 – Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 2 p.m. (approximate)
Game 11 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Game 12 – Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 2 p.m.
Game 13 – Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11, 6 p.m.
(See Note 1 below)
Monday, Aug. 13
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, noon
(See Note 2 below)
Game 15 – (If necessary) Fifteen games will be needed if Winner Game 11 loses Game 13 or Winner Game 12 wins Game 14, 3:30 p.m. (approximate)
Note 1: Pairings for games 12 and 13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary.
Note 2: If three teams remain after Game 13, the winner of Game 11 automatically draws the bye for Game 14.
WILMINGTON,NC (news release) — The 26th annual BB&T Football Jamboree will be held Aug. 10 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.
The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase featuring squads from New Hanover, E.A. Laney, John T. Hoggard, West Brunswick, Whiteville, Wallace-Rose Hill, South Columbus, South Brunswick, Jacksonville and Ashley high schools.
Scrimmages begin at 6 p.m. The match-ups in order are: Jacksonville vs. South Columbus; New Hanover vs. West Brunswick; Ashley vs. Wallace-Rose Hill; Laney vs. South Brunswick and Hoggard vs. Whiteville. Each game consists of two 12-minute periods.
“This annual event highlights the excitement and anticipation for a run at conference titles and state playoffs for the 10 area high schools,” said BB&T’s Randy Huggins, jamboree chairman. “It is one of the most exciting high school events in southeastern North Carolina with a playoff atmosphere to help kick-off the season.”
Proceeds from last year’s event totaled $37,028, enough to fund 20 $1,000 scholarships (two per school). In addition, participating schools received about $1,452 each for their general operating budgets. The 2011 jamboree drew an attendance of 7,300.
Since its inception in 1989, approximately $1,020,256 have been raised for southeastern North Carolina high schools, and included in that amount, 486 student scholarships totaling $472,000 have been awarded.
Advance tickets are $4 and available at all BB&T branches in Whiteville, Wilmington, Wallace, Rose Hill, Shallotte, Southport, Tabor City and Jacksonville. Tickets are $6 at the gate. (Coolers, bags and umbrellas are not permitted in Legion Stadium for this event. Metal detectors are in use for admission into Legion Stadium.) Programs will be available for $1 each.
RICHMOND,VA (AP) — Albany and Stony Brook have accepted offers to join the Colonial Athletic Association football beginning 2013.
Commissioner Tom Yeager announced the additions Tuesday.
Albany has been playing in the Northeast Conference, winning the conference and reaching the FCS playoffs last season.
Stony Brook also made the FCS playoffs in 2011, winning the Big South title, and beat Albany 31-28 in the first round.
The additions will give the CAA at 10 members next season, when Georgia State and Old Dominion move up to FBS and Rhode Island leaves for the Northeast Conference.
The other CAA football schools are Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson, Villanova and William & Mary.
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TAMPA, FL (USL Pro release) — USL PRO announced its Team of the Week for week 18 of the 2012 season today, honoring Orlando City midfielder Jamie Watson as Player of the Week after he scored three goals in two games as the Lions took a pair of victories on the road in Harrisburg and Rochester last week.
Watson, the 2009 USL Second Division MVP, bagged a pair of goals as Orlando took a 4-2 victory against Harrisburg this past Wednesday night. He opened the scoring in the sixth minute, following up the rebound of his initial shot for his third goal of the season. While the City Islanders tied the game moments later, Watson gave the Lions the lead for good in the 32nd minute, heading home after Dennis Chin’s initial shot was saved.
On Friday night Watson scored the only goal in the Lions’ 1-0 win against the Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium. Matching his performance in the same stadium from the 2011 season, when his goal produced the same result, Watson picked up possession on a counter-attack in the left channel, cut past a defender and shot into the opposite corner.
Watson was joined on the Team of the Week by goalkeeper Sean Kelley, who put in a pair of good performances as the Lions took their two victories. Kelley recorded nine saves in two games, including a shutout of the Rhinos, as the 2011 USL PRO Championship Game MVP deputized for the Lions’ regular starter Miguel Gallardo.
The Wilmington duo of Gareth Evans and Corey Hertzog both earned selection to the Team of the Week after Hertzog first provided the assist for Evans’ first professional goal on Saturday night before scoring the game-winner in their 2-1 win against the Charleston Battery. Hertzog, who now has eight goals in 15 games since joining Wilmington on loan from the New York Red Bulls, was joined in attack by Los Angeles’ Max Griffin, who had a goal and an assist in the Blues’ 2-0 win against Pittsburgh.
Two other players who had a goal and an assist were also selected in the Team of the Week midfield, with Richmond’s Gerson dos Santos making a big impact off the bench in the Kickers’ 2-0 win against Antigua, and Charlotte’s Jorge Herrera helping keep the Eagles tight in the playoff race after their 4-0 win against the Barracudas. The quartet is rounded out by Los Angeles’ Erlys Garcia, who due to injuries moved into the midfield from his normal defensive position and helped the Blues control the flow of the game in their win against the Riverhounds.
Joining Evans in defense are Jose Rife, who had his first goal of the season for Charlotte in its win against Antigua, and Charleston’s Taylor Mueller, who scored his first professional goal in the Battery’s 2-2 draw with Wilmington on Friday night. Richmond’s Sascha Goerres rounds out the side after another stellar performance for the Kickers in their win against Antigua.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW release) — UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the hiring of UNC Chapel Hill’s all-time winningest pitcher, Robert Woodard, as pitching coach for the Seahawks following two seasons on the staff at his alma mater.
“Robert is an excellent addition to our staff and program,” said Scalf, who enters his 22nd season in 2012-13. “He was an excellent competitor and successful as evident from all his accolades. Robert is a student of the game and we’re excited to have him become part of the UNCW family.”
Woodard, who joined Tar Heel Head Coach Mike Fox’s staff prior to the 2010 postseason, worked in Chapel Hill following a three-year stint in the San Diego Padres minor league organization after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join such a first-class program,” said Woodard. “Coach Scalf, Hood and Monday are tremendous coaches and knowledgeable people. I’ve known Coach Scalf for a long time and he’s one of the most respected head coaches in the game. This opportunity would not be possible, though, without being on Coach (Mike) Fox’s staff for the past two-plus seasons. I’d like to thank Coach Fox for giving me my start. I’m looking forward to continuing to build upon what has been established here at UNCW.”
Woodard assisted with all aspects of the Tar Heel program, including the pitching staff under the direction of Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes. He also worked closely with the program’s strength and conditioning program and on-campus recruiting.
Woodard has served as pitching coach this summer for the Orleans Firebirds, who are second in the Cape Cod League with a 3.73 ERA and top the league in opponent’s batting average (.239).
In 2011, UNC-CH pitchers posted the third most strikeouts in program history and Patrick Johnson’s 13 wins marked just the fourth time a Tar Heel had earned at least 13 victories in a season. Johnson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 draft.
The 2012 edition of the Tar Heels led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally with a 2.66 earned run average. The pitching staff stood seventh among NCAA schools in strikeouts per nine at 8.5.
During Woodard’s coaching career at UNC, the Tar Heels posted a record of 97-32 and played in the College World Series in 2011.
As a player, Woodard concluded his career as the program’s all-time winningest pitcher with a four-year record of 34-5, including a perfect 22-0 mark at Boshamer Stadium. He earned All-ACC honors three times and finished among the circuit’s all-time leaders in wins and innings pitched. As the anchor of the pitching staff, Woodard helped the Tar Heels to the championship series of the CWS in 2006 and 2007.
Woodard graduated from Chapel Hill in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in management and society. In 2006-07, he was recipient of the Patterson Medal given to UNC’s most outstanding student-athletes.