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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - March 27

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Wednesday's high school sports below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
LANEY DEFEATED NEW HANOVER 3-2
HOGGARD BEAT TOPSAIL 7-5
ASHLEY DEFEATED PINECREST 5-4
WHITEVILLE DEFEATED SOUTH COLUMBUS 3-2

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
EAST BLADEN SHUTOUT NORTH BRUNSWICK 4-0
SW ONSLOW SHUTOUT DIXON 1-0
WHITEVILLE SHUTOUT SOUTH COLUMBUS 9-0

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
WEST BLADEN BEAT LUMBERTON 11-1
NICOLE WYATT HAD 10 STRIKEOUTS FOR THE KNIGHTS
SOUTH COLUMBUS BEAT WHITEVILLE 7-1

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PRE-SEASON SOCCER:

UNCW 1
HAMMERHEADS 1

Click the play video icon to see both scores and reaction from coach David Irving.

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- North Brunswick baseball coach Randy Fennell has resigned, just days after being suspended. We've posted Randy Fennell's resignation letter below:

"This year I accepted the position as athletic director at North Brunswick High
School while maintaining my coaching obligations. No doubt, I have been burning
the candle at both ends which perhaps has compromised my ability to meet the
responsibilities of both roles. Being temporarily relieved of my coaching duties
last week has given me the opportunity to really think about how at this time I
can best serve students and the North Brunswick community while I am learning
more about my new responsibilities as athletic director. What is certain is that
the conversation about my coaching responsibilities has become a distraction from
what is most important...our student athletes. For that reason I have decided to
hand the reins of the Scorpion varsity baseball program to its new head coach
Dustin Medlin. In no way was my decision based on allegations of illegal or
immoral behavior. This will give me the opportunity to focus attention on my
duties as athletic director. I ask the community to respect my decision and put
their energy and focus into supporting Coach Medlin and the baseball program." Randy Fennell

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says North Carolina State junior point guard Lorenzo Brown will enter the NBA draft.

The person says Brown has notified coach Mark Gottfried of his plans to skip his final season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the school hasn't made an official announcement.

A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by both the media and the coaches, the 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.4 points and a league-best 7.2 assists per game.

N.C. State was the preseason ACC favorite, but lost its NCAA tournament opener to Temple last weekend.

The move wasn't a huge surprise considering Brown and junior C.J. Leslie were both mentioned as candidates to jump to the NBA all season.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short.

The Heat finished six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat's pursuit of the record to a screeching halt despite another big game from James.

Miami's superstar did all he could to keep the run going, scoring 32 points in a physical final few minutes that saw the MVP even collect a flagrant foul.

The Heat hadn't lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on Feb. 1. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, they simply came up short down the stretch in this one.

For the better part of two months, they were the NBA's comeback kings. They erased seven double-digit deficits during the streak. They found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter 11 times, and won them all.

Not Wednesday.

And when they walked off the floor in Chicago, they were not happy. Faces were stoic as the Heat trudged toward the locker room. James turned and glared at one fan who grabbed at his head. Meanwhile, the Bulls whooped and slapped hands with anyone they could reach, with some acknowledging that being the team that snapped the streak meant plenty.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Brett Austin and Trea Turner had three hits apiece and
combined for four runs and four runs batted in as #27 NC State topped host UNCW,
10-6, in college baseball action Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Wolfpack halted a four-game losing streak and improved to 17-9 on the season. It
was their fifth straight win over the Seahawks. UNCW, who had its six-game winning
streak snapped, dropped to 17-8. The loss also brought an 11-game home winning
streak to an end.
NCSU built an 8-2 lead after three innings against losing pitcher Blaze Tart (2-2).
Jake Fincher added two hits and Sam Morgan belted a two-run homer for the Wolfpack.
Hunter Ridge had two hits, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning, while
Ryan LaGrange added two hits for the Seahawks.
Josh Easley (2-1) picked up the win with three innings of two-hit shutout relief.
Chris Overman notched his fourth save.
Next up: The Seahawks return to conference play beginning on Friday with a 6 p.m.
start at Old Dominion.
How it happened: The Wolfpack struck for five runs in the third to extend a 3-0
lead. Morgan plated the first two runs with a homer to left off Tart. Turner added a
RBI single and Tarran Senay completed the scoring with a two-run single later in the
inning off reliever Jack Lane.
Inside the numbers: UNCW committed four errors in the first two innings as NCSU
plated three unearned runs . In the third, all five runs scored with two out . Both
teams totaled five two-out RBI's on the evening . Ridge had four two-out RBI's .
UNCW managed to get its leadoff hitter on base once (LaGrange walk in 2nd) . NCSU
advanced runners 18 times in 31 opportunities.
Notes: UNCW's 11-game winning streak was the sixth longest current streak in the
nation . Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 21 games and his on base streak
to 27 games . Terence Connelly drew a pair of walks to push his on base streak to 17
games . UNCW dropped to 16-5 at Brooks Field . The Seahawks also dropped to 0-3
versus the ACC (Virginia Tech 0-2) . At 3:50, tonight's game was the longest of the
season . Paid attendance was a season-high 1,926.

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