WWAY’s Friday night sports – April 12; Reunion for 1993 New Hanover baseball state champions

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Submitted: Sat, 04/13/2013 - 3:31am
Updated: Sat, 04/13/2013 - 3:55am


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Trot Nixon, Fletcher Bates, Parker Southerland, Eric Faulk were just a few of the New Hanover Wildcats who attended a reunion for the 1993 state championship baseball team. WWAY was there for all the tall tales. This is clearly one of the best teams in the history of Wilmington sports. Click the video icon to see our report on the Wildcat reunion.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Friday’s Colonial Athletic Association baseball series opener between UNCW and Delaware has been postponed due to poor playing conditions after rain made its way through southeastern North Carolina and much of the East Coast.
The game will now be part of a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
UNCW’s 2003 NCAA Tournament team recognition will take place prior to the first game on Saturday. That team was the first to earn a NCAA tournament berth where it reached the finals of the Baton Rouge Regional before bowing to host LSU in extra innings.
Sunday will be Super Hero Day at Brooks Field when the Seahawks and Blue Hens conclude their series beginning at 2 p.m. In conjunction with FANBOY COMICS, there will be free comics giveaways in addition to discounted tickets ($3) for those wearing a super hero t-shirt. Fans can meet their favorite costumed characters, including Sammy C. Hawk, and artist Tom Fleming.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– UNCW freshman standout Jenson Engen has been named Colonial Athletic Association women’s swimming Rookie-of-the-Year by a vote of the league’s coaches. Engen becomes the first Seahawk to win the award.
The conference also announced its official All-CAA honorees with UNCW collecting 30 all-conference awards. Joe Gallene, C.J. Fiala, Valtteri Halonen and Nick Lowe each earned five all-conference awards apiece on the men’s side and Carly Tanner with five of her own to top the Seahawk women.
Engen, who hails from Verona, Wisc., held UNCW’s top time in the 100 Breast stroke with mark of 1:01.54 and was second on the top times list in the 200 Breast (2:15.80).
At the CAA Championships, Engen placed fifth in both the 100 and 200 Breast strokes with times of 1:02.81 and 2:15.80, respectively. Her time in the 200 was a NCAA “B” qualifier and broke UNCW’s school record by two seconds.
Engen earned All-CAA honors swimming on UNCW’s third-place 200 Medley Relay.
All-Colonial Athletic Association Awards list
UNCW Women
Carly Tanner (50 Free*, 100 Free*, 100 Breast*, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay)
Hannah Stephenson (100 Back, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay)
Chelsea Tomko (200 Free Relay)
Rachel Sears (200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay)
Jenson Engen (200 Medley Relay)
Joe Gallene (50 Free, 100 Free*, 200 Free Relay*, 400 Free Relay*, 200 Medley Relay*)
C.J. Fiala (50 Free, 200 Free Relay*, 400 Free Relay*, 200 Medley Relay*, 400 Medley Relay*)
Nick Lowe (100 Free, 100 Fly*, 200 Free Relay*, 400 Free Relay*, 400 Medley Relay*)
Valtteri Halonen (100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Back*, 200 Medley Relay*, 400 Medley Relay*)
Stephen Conrad (100 Fly, 200 Free Relay*, 200 Medley Relay*)
Ray McGorry (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM)
Michael Baric (200 Breast, 100 Back)
Gabe Thran (400 Free Relay*)
Michael Williams (400 Medley Relay*)


AUGUSTA, GA (AP) — AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Six former Masters winners and another quintet who each won at least one of the three other major championships won’t be around for the weekend at Augusta.

But the biggest story related to the cut was still Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese sensation whose 4-over score – which included a one-stroke penalty for slow play – left him in the field of 55 players heading out for round three Saturday.

There were few surprises among the past Masters champions heading out of town. Mike Weir was the youngest of the group at 42, and his golf game hasn’t been sharp for a while.

Among the major winners departing were three former British Open winners – Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen – and defending U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

The biggest surprise, in fact, may have been Hunter Mahan. He shot 82 after an opening-round of 76 left him in a tough spot.


AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE: An Australian golfer has never won the Masters.

On the other hand, they’ve lost a few in heartbreaking fashion, most famously perhaps by Greg Norman – twice.

But if there’s ever a year that appears to have their name on it, this is the one. Jason Day leads the tournament at 6 under and Marc Leishman is tied for second a stroke back. Adam Scott is in a crowd of seven players tied for seventh at 3 under, followed by John Senden, who is part of a six-way tied for 14th at 2 under.

“If you look at it as pressure, you’re going to worry about it more,” Day said. “If you look at it as a challenge and an opportunity to be the first and stay positive with it, you know, it only motivates you to play well.”


FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Bill Haas wasn’t the only guy who made an eagle – there were 11 in all Friday.

His short iron that bounced twice and rolled straight into the cup at the 460-yard, par-4 ninth wasn’t even the only eagle that came from the fairway; there were three of those.

But Haas’ was the only one almost upstaged less than a minute after he knocked it in. Haas had barely finished high-fiving his caddie when a fan yelled at his playing partner, Jason Dufner, “Put it in, Duf!” – and he nearly did.

Dufner’s approach landed just inches left of the hole, and as the gallery around the green roared, it rolled out to four feet. As consolation, though, Dufner, made the birdie putt.


OR DON’T: To be fair, the windy conditions and diabolical pin placements made eagles of any kind tough to come by. At no place was that more true than at No. 15, where the number dropped to two just a day after 10 golfers made 3s on the 530-yard, par-5 hole.

“Yesterday that wind was kind of down and right on 15,” Jim Furyk said. “Today it was mostly in and on the right. So, totally different, a totally different look.”

One way to illustrate the difference was how, and how well, Furyk played the hole both days. In Thursday’s opening round, he hit a hybrid for his second shot, landed it on the green and settled for par. On Friday, he used the same club to lay up short of the pond.


EYE ON AUGUSTA: Television ratings for the first round of the Masters on ESPN climbed seven percent over last year, a trend likely to continue if the number of younger viewers is an indication.

Among two of the most desirable demographic groups, males aged 18-34 and 18-49, the numbers were up 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

The first-round telecast averaged 2.85 million viewers with a 2.4 household coverage rating based on fast nationals. The rating peaked at a 2.7 from 5-5:30 p.m. EDT.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Tiger Woods might’ve be the leader midway through the Masters if not for a bad break at the 15th hole.

Woods was tied for the top spot Friday when he hit a wedge from 87 yards right at the hole. Unfortunately for him, it struck the flagstick and ricocheted back into the water.

He limited the damage by scrambling for bogey, but that bit of misfortunate seemed to take all the steam out of Woods’ round. He three-putted for another bogey at the 18th and wound up shooting a 1-under 71 that could’ve been so much better.

Even so, Woods is right in the mix heading to the weekend at Augusta National. He’s just three shots behind Jason Day and liking his chances if he plays like he did Friday.

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


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