WWAY's Wednesday night sports - May 1
 

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Wednesday's high school action below. On our 11pm sports we showcased baseball from Laney along with the track and field championship of the Mideastern Conference.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
WHITEVILLE SHUTOUT SOUTH BRUNSWICK 9-0
EAST BLADEN SHUTOUT WEST BLADEN 9-0

MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK MEET
LANEY HIGH SCHOOL WON THE GIRLS COMPETITION, ASHLEY FINISHED 2ND
ASHLEY HIGH SCHOOL WON THE BOYS COMPETITION, NEW HANOVER TOOK 2ND
NEW HANOVER'S JACEN MURPHY WAS NAMED THE BOYS MVP
ASHLEY'S JAMIE DURHAM WAS NAMED THE GIRLS MVP

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
NEW BERN EDGED LANEY 6-5
WEST BRUNSWICK DEFEATED SOUTH BRUNSWICK 11-2
SOUTH COLUMBUS BEAT WHITEVILLE 5-3

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
TOPSAIL BEAT DIXON 7-3
THE PIRATES IMPROVE TO 18-2 ON THE SEASON
WHITEVILLE DEFEATED SOUTH COLUMBUS 3-1

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Jonathan Cooper, the 2013 #7 overall draft pick in the National Football League and former Hoggard High School and UNC Chapel Hill standout, will visit the Brigade Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, May 2nd. The new Arizona Cardinal will speak to Club members about his experiences in the NFL draft, collegiate football and the importance of education in his life.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW -– One day after the UNCW men’s tennis team officially secured its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five years, three individuals – Rafael Aita, Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider - have been invited to compete in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships singles and doubles brackets.

The NCAA conducts a team championship from May 10-21, featuring 64 schools, and also has a singles and doubles tournament with 64 individuals and 32 doubles teams from May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

It marks the first time the Seahawks have had players invited to play in the NCAA’s postseason singles and doubles brackets.

Aita, a junior from Lima, Peru, has been ranked throughout the season and is the top-rated singles player in the CAA at No. 53. He owns a 15-5 singles record this spring and was named First-Team All-CAA and 2013 CAA Player-of-the-Year.

Aita defeated No. 27 Mac Styslinger of Virginia, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (9), and No. 31 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, 6-3, 6-4, in the Virginia Ranked+1 Invitational in late September and knocked off South Carolina’s Tsvetan Mihov, ranked 35th, by a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) score on Feb. 20 in Columbia.

Blank (Winnipeg, Canada) and Cooprider (Denver, Colo.), meanwhile, are ranked 27th nationally in doubles with a 12-4 record at the No. 1 position this spring. A First-Team All-CAA selection, the tandem has won eight of its last 10 matches. The pair defeated third-ranked Styslinger and Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, 8-6, in the Virginia Ranked+1 Invitational in September and lost a tough matchup to No. 2 Raphael Hemmeier and Henrique Cunha of Duke in the doubles final of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championship in Cary, N.C.

In the team tourney, the No. 53 Seahawks, 18-4, face No. 17 South Carolina on May 10 in Durham in a first-round matchup at Amblin Tennis Center.

The Seahawks, 18-4, enter NCAA play as one of the nation’s hottest teams with a 10-match winning streak. The Seahawks are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years, including three as Colonial Athletic Association champions (2009, 2011, 2013).

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -— Today the Wilmington Sharks announced the opening of registration for their 2013 Host Family Program. The Sharks, who kickoff the 2013 season May 28th, are looking for families to serve as hosts to players from May 25th through August 15th.

Every year the Coastal Plain League recruits some of the top collegiate baseball talent from across the country. These young men travel from far and wide, many landing in our own backyard. According to NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot be paid for living expenses, food or any other costs. The Wilmington Sharks team is built on people just like you willing to serve as host families to these athletes.

Our host families consist of retired individuals and parents with children up to teenagers. In addition to receiving Sharks season tickets, a meet and greet dinner with the players and being recognized on the field for their contribution, there are numerous other benefits to being a host family. Most importantly, the bond formed between hosts and players is one that will last a lifetime. Have a child that loves baseball? What better opportunity for them to learn tips on their favorite sport than from an expert. Not to mention the potential to live with a future MLB star.

Our host families must be able to welcome these student-athletes into their homes much like they would any visiting guest. Families must be available to host players from May 25th through August 15th. We recommend you provide players with access to cupboards and food—treat them like a part of your family! Finally, you must provide players with a clean, safe and overall pleasant environment.

Sign-up now and feel the satisfaction that comes with knowing you helped a student-athlete achieve a dream.
To reserve your spot as a 2013 Host Family, call Pat Hutchins, Wilmington Sharks GM at 910-343-5621.
The Wilmington Sharks are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1000 alumni drafted and 62 alums—including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander—make their major league debut so far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@cpleague).

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Wilmington, NC (HAMMERHEADS)-– The Wilmington Hammerheads will return to Legion Stadium on Friday, May 3 for their second home match of the season after suffering two defeats on the road last weekend in Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Hammerheads, with only three matches under their belt this season, are set to take on the Richmond Kickers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

After catching flack over what might have been the quickest red card of the season, Hammerheads veteran Paul Nicholson has been put on a two-game suspension after committing a hard foul in Los Angeles after only 18 seconds into the first half of the match. Nicholson served his first suspension during the match in Phoenix on Sunday and will serve his second this Friday versus the Kickers.

It was a weekend of red cards for the Hammerheads as midfielder Shawn Nicklaw received one during Sunday night’s match in Phoenix. Nicklaw has been placed on a three-game suspension and will be unable to play until Saturday, May 18 when the Hammerheads take on Los Angeles for a second time this season at Legion Stadium.

Friday will be the Hammerheads’ first encounter with the Kickers in the 2013 USL PRO regular season. The two teams last met at City Stadium during the quarterfinals of the 2012 USL PRO playoffs when the Hammerheads defeated the Kickers 3-2 in the final minute of stoppage time for a spot in the semifinals.

The match Friday night at Legion Stadium is the same night that locally filmed Marvel’s Iron Man 3 will release in theaters throughout the country. Iron Man 3 is predicted to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and was filmed in several locations throughout Wilmington and Screen Gem Studios. Some filming locations that can be distinctly recognized in the movie, such as the Port of Wilmington, are located only minutes from Legion Stadium.

Friday night’s match has been dubbed ‘Superhero Night’ in honor of the release of the film. Not only will we be celebrating the release, but we will also be honoring our real hometown heroes in the community – firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, etc. – for all that they do to keep the safety and save lives every day. Come dressed as your favorite superhero (action or hometown) and have a chance to win some great prize packs and join the fun.

For further information on the Wilmington Hammerheads, tickets, and to reserve group space, contact (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

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