WWAY’s Monday night sports – April 1

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Submitted: Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:13am
Updated: Tue, 11/19/2013 - 7:34pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Monday’s high school action below.









STATESBORO, GA (AP) – Georgia Southern has named former Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington as coach of the Eagles men’s basketball team.

Byington spent the 2012-13 season at Virginia Tech after working as an assistant at the College of Charleston for nine years. His time at the College of Charleston included seven seasons under Bobby Cremins, also the former Georgia Tech coach. Byington was 7-4 as Charleston’s interim coach in the 2011-12 season after Cremins took a leave of absence.

Byington replaces Charlton “C.Y.” Young, who was fired after posting a 43-84 record in four seasons. The Eagles were 14-19 overall and 7-11 in Southern Conference play this season.

Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein says Byington, a 1998 graduate of UNC Wilmington, has the experience and work ethic “to elevate” the program.

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DURHAM, NC (DUKE) -– Duke baseball junior Jordan Betts has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week as announced by the league Monday.

Betts led the Blue Devils to four wins over the past week, going 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, five runs and six walks. The Wilmington, N.C., native had at least one RBI in all five games and also posted a.609 on-base percentage and a team-best .875 slugging percentage. Betts drove in a career-high four runs with a pair of doubles in Duke’s victory over North Carolina A&T. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the series opener against Boston College, belting a two-run homer to left center to cap the Blue Devils’ eight-run sixth. Betts added an RBI double in game two of the series and knocked in a pair of runs in the series finale to help Duke complete the ACC series sweep. During his current 11-game hit streak, Betts is hitting .390 with six doubles, two homers and 17 RBI.

One of three Duke players to start all 29 games this season, Betts is batting .292 and leads the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.540), RBI (29), doubles (11), home runs (5) and total bases (61). He ranks tied for third in the ACC in both home runs and doubles, tied for sixth in RBI and tied for seventh in total bases.

Betts becomes Duke’s first ACC Player of the Week selection since 2008 when outfielder/right-hander Alex Hassan collected the honor. Overall, the Blue Devils have received 13 conference player of the week accolades and 19 pitcher of the week citations.


RALEIGH, NC (NC State) — NC State freshman guard Rodney Purvis has announced that he has asked for and been granted permission to transfer to another institution. Purvis averaged 8.3 points in his 35 appearances this season, starting 23 contests.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my time here at NC State,” said Purvis. “All of the people involved with the program have been great. However, I feel like it’s time for me to make a fresh start, step outside of my comfort zone and continue my career in a new environment.”

“Rodney was instrumental in our run to the NCAA Tournament this season,” said head coach Mark Gottfried, who granted the transfer to any school, with the exception of all ACC institutions, including new members Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, as well as the University of Missouri and Cincinnati, which are planned to be on the institution’s upcoming non-conference schedule. “We appreciate his contributions and wish him the very best in his future.”


RALEIGH, NC (NC State) — NC State junior forward C.J. Leslie has announced that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.

Leslie, a third-team All-ACC selection by both the media and coaches in 2012-13, led the Wolfpack in scoring for the second straight season with 15.1 points per game. Under head coach Mark Gottfried, Leslie was one of three ACC players to rank in the top 10 in scoring (seventh), rebounding (7.4, eighth) and field goal percentage (.519, seventh) in the conference.

“After discussing this with my family and Coach Gottfried, I have decided this is the right move for me and my family,” said Leslie. “Growing up watching NC State basketball, I’m honored to have been a part of this program for the past three years. I’m proud to have been a part of helping re-establish the Wolfpack as one of the nation’s elite programs.”

Leslie started 85 of the 99 games he played during his collegiate career. He averaged 13.7 points during his three campaigns. His 1,359 points rank 23rd all-time in program history, and his 135 blocks are fifth best in the Pack record books.

“It has been a pleasure getting to know and coach Calvin,” said Gottfried. “I want thank him for all he’s done for this program, and I believe he has bright career ahead of him at the next level.”


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)– UNCW junior lefthander Mat Batts has been named
Colonial Athletic Association Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week after tossing his second
straight complete game shutout in a 1-0 win at Old Dominion in last weekend’s series

Batts, who shared honors with Kevin Ferguson of Northeastern, made big pitch after
big pitch in shutting down the Monarchs. He allowed three hits and walked two while
striking out a season-high eight batters. ODU managed to put a runner on third base
just twice on the evening and did not manage a hit until the bottom of the fifth.
The last Seahawk to throw back-to-back complete game shutouts was Jake Mullis in
2001 against Charlotte (13-0) and Coastal Carolina (10-0).

It was Batts’ second consecutive pitching honor after earning the accolade on Mar. 25.
The Seahawks play five games this week beginning with a 6 p.m. start against College
of Charleston on Tuesday and followed by another 6 p.m. start on Wednesday against
top-ranked North Carolina.

This weekend, UNCW will play a split three-game series with Davidson as the Seahawks
open the non-conference set with a 6 p.m. start at Davidson on Friday before
returning to Brooks Field for a 4 p.m. start on Saturday and a 2 p.m. first-pitch on
Sunday. Sunday’s game will be a benefit game for the Access of Wilmington Miracle
League. The Seahawks will don special jerseys that will be auctioned off during the
game. The auction will benefit the Miracle League.

Previous CAA Weekly honorees for UNCW: 3/18 Michael Bass (Player); 3/5 Jordan Ramsey
(Co-Pitcher); 3/12 Jordan Ramsey (Pitcher); 3/25 Mat Batts (Pitcher); 2/26 Steven
Linkous (Rookie); 3/25 Terence Connelly (Rookie); 4/1 Mat Batts (Pitcher)


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Rob Aycock, a successful athletics fundraising professional with collegiate experience at three different institutions, has been named Senior Associate A.D./Executive Director of the Seahawk Club at UNCW.

Aycock, 31, most recently served as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at High Point before accepting the position with the Seahawks. He begins the post at UNCW on April 15 and becomes the 10th full-time chief of the Seahawk Club.

“We’re very excited about Rob becoming a member of the UNCW family and Wilmington community,” said Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass. “He’s one of the rising stars in collegiate fund raising. Rob brings a lot of experience and energy to the position as well as fresh ideas and a creative approach that will help us elevate our efforts as we embark on an exciting period in UNCW athletics.”

Aycock has worked at HPU for the last three years and spearheaded a marked increase in athletic giving for the Panthers. HPU hiked its giving from $122,000 in 2009 to more than $4 million last year. In addition, Aycock helped oversee several facility improvements, including the installation of a new surface for the track, soccer and lacrosse stadium, the renovation of men’s and women’s basketball offices and locker rooms and the construction of a plaza at HPU’s Williard Baseball Stadium.

“I’d like to thank Chancellor (Gary) Miller and Athletic Director Jimmy Bass for this special opportunity,” said Aycock. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with everyone at UNCW to help better the experiences of our student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the field of play.

“I want to engage the Wilmington community as well as all UNCW alums to let them know that we are their team. Their support is vital to our success and our ability to put out a product that can be a huge source of pride for them wherever they reside.”

The Tarboro, N.C., native began his athletic administration career at Wake Forest in 2006 as an assistant in the Demon Deacon ticket office. He moved up to Assistant Director of Ticket Operations at Wake before taking a position at Kent State in 2007.

He worked two years at Kent State as Associate Director of Athletic Advancement for the Blue and Gold Fund from 2007-09, managing a significant prospect pool and implementing the first comprehensive marketing effort of premium seating options for football and basketball for the Golden Flashes.

Aycock then returned to North Carolina to take over as Associate A.D. for External Relations at HPU in May of 2009 and has thrived with the Panthers. He solicited the largest planned athletic gift ($2.6 million) in the school’s history and coordinated record-setting corporate sales for the athletic program.

“The entire membership of the Seahawk Club is excited about having Rob on board,” said Don Fallis, the Seahawk Club’s current president. “We’re anxious to work closely with him to increase membership and giving.”

Aycock earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wake Forest in 2003 and completed his Master’s Degree in Sport Management at Tennessee in 2005. He and his wife, Turner, have a daughter Emmeline Leila, 2.


Note: Shane Victorino and Joel Hanrahan both played minor league baseball in Wilmington in 2001 for the Wilmington Waves. They both made their Boston Red Sox debut on Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) – By the time Brett Gardner fouled out to Will Middlebrooks and ended the game, most of the seats at Yankee Stadium were empty.

On what began as a sunny 62-degree afternoon, the vast majority of the sellout crowd of 49,514 left after New York fell behind or when rain started to fall in the top of the ninth inning.

For the first time since their 1982 start was postponed five days because of a snow storm, the Yankees lost a season opener at home. For the first time since 1961, the Yankees lost a season opener at home by six or more runs.

“It was ugly out there weather-wise. That got the crowd out of it,” Kevin Youkilis said.

Ugly day. Ugly start.

These no-name Yankees hope it’s not an ugly year.

Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox got off quickly in 2013 after their first last-place finish in two decades, giving new manager John Farrell an 8-2 win Monday.

Newcomer Shane Victorino led a revamped Red Sox lineup with three RBIs and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored twice in his big league debut. Boston’s big day against CC Sabathia came a year after it lost its first three games under Bobby Valentine and skidded to a 69-93 finish.

“It got kind of raw, in a sense,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

New York’s batting order was filled by Gardner, Robinson Cano, Youkilis, Ichiro Suzuki and a bunch of no-names and castoffs: Eduardo Nunez, Vernon Wells, Jayson Nix, Lyle Overbay and Francisco Cervelli.

A two-run single in the fourth by Cervelli, the No. 9 hitter, was the only production for an offense more Murmurers’ Row than Murderers’ Row without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez.

“You’re talking about some of the best players in the game. It’s going to be a little different,” Sabathia said. “But we know what we have to do and who’s not here. That’s not an excuse. We had injuries last year, the year before. We had the guys step up to get the job done. There’s no reason why we can’t do it again this year.”

The missing four stars have combined for 32 All-Star selections, and the Yankees were weakened when Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez departed as free agents. Wells and Ben Francisco began spring training elsewhere.

For the first time in the five-year history of new Yankee Stadium, there were no home runs on opening day.

“Yes, we are a different type of lineup. There’s no doubt about that,” Girardi said. “We’re not a club that is just going to hit home run. We’re going to have to score runs other ways.”

Sabathia (0-1) dropped to 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in five opening-day starts with the Yankees, allowing four runs, eight hits and four walks in five innings. Coming off surgery Oct. 25 to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, Sabathia topped out at 91 mph.

“I’m sure the velocity will keep coming back, and the arm strength will keep building up the more I throw,” he said. “Health-wise I feel fine: elbow, shoulder, everything.”

He gave up four runs in the second inning, when two walks helped set up Juan Iglesias’ run-scoring infield single to shortstop, Victorino’s two-run single and Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single.

Bradley hit a run-scoring comebacker in the seventh against Boone Logan, and the Red Sox added three runs in the ninth off Joba Chamberlain, when Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a pair with a 150-foot single to Cano at second. He didn’t have a play at first, then fumbled the ball before making an offline throw home. Victorino then singled in the final run.

Lester (1-0) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings against the defending AL East champions, who have reached the playoffs 17 times in 18 years.

“It’s big,” Lester said. “It’s obviously a lot nicer than the past couple of years to be on top 1-0 instead of going through a whole road trip without a win again.”

New York has not won a game since Jeter was helped off the field with a broken ankle during the AL championship series opener last October.

Already, Yankees fans are worried.

“We brought some guys in later into camp,” Girardi said. “They’re going to get a lot of opportunities here, and we’re going to need them to perform.”

Youkilis went 1 for 4 with a double in his Yankees debut, but was part of the fizzled seventh. After Andrew Miller walked his first two batters, he struck out Nunez, Cano and Youkilis in order, with Youkilis slamming his helmet in disgust.

After helping the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, he’s now playing for their biggest rival.

“I think we’re making it more than it is,” he said. “I go out there and play. I don’t sit down and stare at my uniform all game.”

NOTES: Teixeira, recovering from a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, said he has been given permission by his doctors to remove the brace, except when he works out. He hopes to return in May. … Mariano Rivera received the biggest cheers during pregame introductions, and the Bleacher Creatures chanted his name after the starting lineup during Roll Call. … With increased use of tablets, the Yankees have removed the individual computers that were installed in the home clubhouse when the stadium was built.

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MONTREAL (AP) – Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series against Carolina and remains undefeated in 10 games against the Southeast Division this season.

Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which has just one win in its past nine games.

The win gives Montreal a three-point lead over the idle Boston Bruins in the race for the Northeast Division title.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Larry Sanders had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee cruised to a 131-102 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night for the Bucks’ highest scoring total in more than four years.

Monta Ellis had 19 points, a career-high 14 assists and six steals to help Milwaukee pull 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics lost to Minnesota on Monday. Ersan Ilyasova added 22 points for the Bucks, J.J. Redick scored 20, and Brandon Jennings 19.

Milwaukee, which had lost five of six, remained solidly in the eighth position in the East, with a six-game lead over idle Philadelphia.

Kemba Walker scored 27 points to lead the Bobcats, and Gerald Henderson had 17.

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