WWAY’s Tuesday night sports – Nov. 13

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Submitted: Wed, 11/14/2012 - 4:37am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:29am

CARY, NC (WWAY) — Green Hope High defeated New Hanover High on Tuesday in the 4-A East finals for boys high school soccer. Green Hope advances to the 4-A state title game on Saturday. New Hanover ends the season with a 16-7-2 record.


CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington connection in Chapel Hill has ended. Hoggard High graduate Casey Barth will miss the final two games of the college football season for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Barth injured his ankle during UNC’s 68-50 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday. The injury occurred during a kickoff in the third quarter. Casey is the younger brother of Connor Barth ( kicker for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Casey broke several of Connor’s Tar Heel kicking records. This includes career field goals and career scoring.


RICHMOND, VA (UNCW) — Hot shooting Richmond raced out to a 51-31 halftime lead and torched the nets for 58.2 percent in a 101-58 romp over UNCW in the men’s basketball road debut for the Seahawks Tuesday night at the Robins Center.

“It seemed like everything they put up went in,” said third-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “They sped the game up and we had to play catch up. We missed a lot of chip shots around the basket.

“They have a very good basketball team. We had our back to the basket and they ran two people at us. We just have to do a better job of protecting the basketball.”

The Seahawks, playing the first leg of a three-game road swing, now stand 1-1 on the season after dropping the first game in the four-game Nations of Coaches Classic. The Spiders are 2-0 after beating Liberty and UNCW at home to open the campaign.

The 43-point loss was the third worst defeat in UNCW history and the first time an opponent has scored 100 points on the Seahawks since a 101-60 loss at George Mason on Jan. 3, 2009.

Senior guard Darien Brothers led four players in double figures for the Spiders with 21 points. Sophomore guard Kendall Anthony added 17 points, junior forward Derrick Williams scored 15 and sophomore guard Wayne Sparrow had 10 for the UR, who made 32-of-55 field goals against a variety of Seahawk defenses.

Senior forward Keith Rendleman was the only player in double figures for UNCW with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Seahawks trailed, 51-31, at halftime and struggled offensively most of the night, shooting a sub-par 32.1 percent on 18-of-56 field goals. UR, meanwhile, got contributions up and down its lineup to post its second straight rout of the new campaign.

In the 46th meeting between the two former Colonial Athletic Association rivals, the Spiders, who also led the Flames by 20 points at the break, made 14-of-25 field goal tries in the first 20 minutes to take command and never let up.

After redshirt freshman Craig Ponder connected on a shot in the lane to slice UR’s early advantage to 9-8 at the 16:02 mark of the first half, the Spiders reeled off 13 unanswered points to grab control. Greg Robbins made a steal and layup to start the run and Williams dropped in pair of free throws with 10:30 left to increase the lead to 22-8.

The Spiders kept up the pressure in the first half and closed out the first period with an 11-2 spurt over the final 2:15, capped by Sparrow’s triple on the right wing that gave UR a comfortable 51-31 cushion at the break.

UNCW never got closer than 21 points in the second half as the Spiders continued to cruise down the stretch. Leading 74-44 with eight minutes remaining, Chris Mooney’s club went on a 19-3 outburst to extend the lead and led by 50 points, 101-51, with 1:32 left.

A bright spot for the Seahawks on the night was free throw shooting, where UNCW went a perfect 19-of-19 at the charity stripe. Rendleman, Tanner Milson and Chris Dixon each made all four of their free throw attempts in the contest.

The Seahawks remain on the road for a 7 p.m. tip-off Friday at Sweet Sixteen participant Ohio in Athens, Ohio.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks now stand 16-30 against UR, including 5-16 at the Robins Center…Richmond has won five straight over UNCW…Buzz Peterson is 11-14 in non-conference games since taking over the UNCW program three years ago…The Seahawks have lost six straight to UR at the Robins Center…The officials called 25 personal fouls in the first half…Fifthteen of the 16 players who dressed for the Seahawks played…Freshman center C.J. Gettys and junior guard Marcus Graham each made their first field goal attempt as Seahawks…UNCW committed 18 turnovers to just eight for the Spiders…UNCW won the rebounding battles, 34-30…The Spiders had 12 steals…UR went 23-of-28 at the free throw line…Tyree Graham paced the Seahawks with four assists…UNCW made just 3-of-14 behind the arc.


SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) – In women’s college basketball Brunswick Community College won the 2012-2013 season opener against Mount Olive 84-59. Tyesha McClain led BCC with 20 points and 6 steals.


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Charlotte Bobcats say they have acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll.

In 499 games over eight NBA seasons with five teams, the 6-foot-9 Warrick has averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and a .494 field goal percentage.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says Tuesday, “We are very excited to add a player of Hakim’s ability and overall NBA experience. His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, which will make for a smooth transition into our current roster and style of play under coach Mike Dunlap.”

Warrick played in only one game this season after being acquired by the Hornets in July.

Carroll hasn’t been in Charlotte’s rotation.

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NEW YORK (AP) – Young rosters, small budgets, limited expectations.

No matter.

Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Washington’s Davey Johnson won big right away and were chosen as managers of the year Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons.

Melvin beat out Baltimore’s Buck Showalter for the AL honor in a close vote by a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. In his first full season with Oakland, the rookie-laden A’s made a 20-game improvement, finished 94-68 and stunned just about everyone by winning the AL West with baseball’s lowest payroll.

Still, the unassuming skipper was surprised to win.

“Absolutely shocked. I mean, Buck had such a great year,” Melvin said on MLB Network.

Johnson was an easy choice for the NL prize after the Nationals – who had never enjoyed a winning season – posted the best record in the majors and made their first playoff appearance.

Johnson, who turns 70 in January, was honored for the second time. He was tabbed as the AL’s top manager in 1997, hours after he resigned from the Orioles in a feud with owner Peter Angelos.

This time, Johnson will get a while to enjoy the accolade.

The Nationals announced this month that he will guide them in 2013, when he will be the oldest manager in the majors. He’s set to leave the Washington dugout and become a team consultant in 2014.

“World Series or bust,” Johnson said on MLB Network. “It’s going to be my last year, anyway.”

Melvin also became a two-time winner, having been chosen in 2007 with Arizona. He and Johnson joined Jim Leyland, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Lou Piniella as the only managers to win the award in both leagues.

La Russa was the only other Oakland manager to earn the honor, in 1988 and 1992.

Melvin received 16 first-place votes. Showalter got the other 12 firsts after leading the wild-card Orioles to their first winning season since 1997, and Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura finished third.

With five rookies in their starting rotation, the A’s were one of baseball’s biggest surprises this year – especially after trades, injuries and the suspension of veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon wreaked havoc with the roster. Oakland never panicked under Melvin’s cool demeanor, rallied from 13 games back on June 30 and overtook Texas in the final week to win the division.

The Athletics went 72-38 after June 1, the best record in the majors. They became the first team in big league history to come back from a deficit of at least five games with fewer than 10 remaining to win a division or pennant. The A’s then lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs to AL champion Detroit.

“We just tried to keep it day to day,” Melvin said. “It’s a credit to the guys each and every day going out there and just worrying about that particular day.”

Johnson received 23 of the 32 first-place votes, Dusty Baker of NL Central winner Cincinnati got five firsts and was second. Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants got four firsts and was third.

Washington won its second major postseason award, both in the past two days. Bryce Harper was voted NL Rookie of the Year on Monday.

Washington went 98-64 this year, taking over the NL East lead in late May and staying in first place the rest of the way. Boosted by Harper, Cy Young Award candidate Gio Gonzalez and their fresh “Natitude,” they brought postseason baseball to Washington for the first time since 1933.

The playoffs didn’t go quite so well. Minus Stephen Strasburg – team execs decided the ace had pitched enough in his first “full” season following elbow surgery – Washington blew a 6-0 lead and lost the deciding Game 5 of the division series to St. Louis. Voting for the BBWAA awards was done before the playoffs.

Johnson oversaw a diverse roster, one made up of young and old, Washington veterans and newcomers. A four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glover, two-time World Series champion and the last big leaguer to get a hit off Sandy Koufax, Johnson spoke with a soft, raspy tone but always held his team’s attention.

He would occasionally raise his voice – he liked to holler “whack-o!” when the Nationals homered.

“Davey Johnson’s legacy was secure well before he became our manager in 2011, but his performance this season has to rate among his best work,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He showed this club how to win despite being engaged in a pennant race for the first time. And he accomplished this with so many young players.”

Johnson managed the New York Mets to the 1986 championship and later guided Cincinnati and the Orioles. He returned to managing in 1999 with the Los Angeles Dodgers for two years.

In June 2011, Johnson was working as a senior adviser with the Nationals when Jim Riggleman suddenly resigned midway through the season. Johnson took over and agreed to be part of a search committee to select a manager for 2012, allowing that he could be a candidate for the post, too.

The Nationals finished 80-81, barely missing out on their first winning season, and Johnson was brought back for another try.

Washington was without major league baseball for more than three decades. The Senators moved to Texas after the 1971 season, then the Montreal Expos moved to D.C. to start in 2005.

Under Johnson, the Nationals put aside their losing past and set up a winning future.

The same is true of the A’s. Fired by the Diamondbacks early in 2009, Melvin was hired as Oakland’s interim manager on June 9, 2011. Three months later, he signed a three-year contract that runs through the 2014 season.


AP Sports Writer Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report.

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

1 Comment

  • Guest AD says:

    I’ve NEVER understood hiring Peterson at such a huge salary – even less understanding in the renewing of his huge contract. Yet, tuition goes up and up. Way to go, Dub.

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