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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Thursday’s high school action below. On our 11pm sports we showcased baseball from Hampstead, softball from Hampstead and soccer from Wilmington. Plus we showcased Wilmington’s newest NFL player, Jonathan Cooper.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
HOGGARD SHUTOUT NEW HANOVER 1-0
ALI FRANKENY SCORED THE ONLY GOAL OF THE MATCH
WEST BLADEN-SOUTH BRUNSWICK GIRLS SOCCER GAME CANCELLED
WEST BLADEN DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH PLAYERS TO FIELD A TEAM
WEST COLUMBUS SHUTOUT EAST COLUMBUS 2-0
CHELSEA BRITT SCORED BOTH GOALS FOR THE VIKINGS
LIVING WATER BEAT COASTAL CHRISTIAN 5-1
EAST BLADEN EDGED NORTH BRUNSWICK 2-1
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
TOPSAIL EDGED NORTHSIDE 5-4 IN 8 INNINGS
NEW BERN BEAT ROSE 2-1
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
TOPSAIL SHUTOUT NORTHSIDE 2-0
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jonathan Cooper is about to enter a new chapter in his life. not only is he about to embark on what’s expected to be an illustrious NFL career, Cooper is now a role model on the national stage and in Wilmington. “It means a lot to come back to where it all started here at the Boys & Girls Club,” Cooper said. “I enjoyed talking to the kids. I love it. You got to start with the youth and I feel like I didn’t say much, but hopefully something will they’ll understand that if they work hard and do the right things, then they’ll have a bright future.”
Jonathan Cooper is no longer a student at the University of North Carolina. He graduated in December. In fact the former Hoggard Viking talked about the importance of a good education to the children at the Brigage Boys & Girls Club on Thursday.”Everybody should go to college,” Cooper said. “That’s very important. That was some of the best times of my life and I learned so much. Education is so important, so make sure that you’re working hard now and doing what you’re taught because your elders really just want what’s best for you.”
The former Hoggard Viking football standout will pack his bags to head west to Arizona next week. “I head out to Arizona on May 9th. That’s coming up fairly quickly. Once there I’ll pretty much be out there for good.”
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW senior middle infielder Michael Bass has been named to USA Baseball’s midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List to commemorate the nation’s top amateur player.
Bass is one of 60 players on the prestigious list, along with instate rivals Kent Emanuel (LHP, UNC Chapel Hill), Jeff Hoffman (RHP, East Carolina), Colin Moran (INF, UNC Chapel Hill), Carlos Rodon (LHP, NC State) and Trea Turner (INF, NC State) and Colonial Athletic Association rival Jimmy Yezzo (INF, Delaware).
“This is a well deserved honor for Michael,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. “He’s had a tremendous senior season and become a leader on the club.”
Past winners of the honor include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).
Bass leads the Seahawks and is ranked sixth nationally with a .426 batting average and owns the nation’s longest active on-base streak at 41 games. Earlier this season, Bass tied the UNCW hitting streak record of 26 games and owns an eight-game streak entering this weekend’s series with Northeastern at Brooks Field.
Fueling the Seahawks offense from the top of the lineup, Bass is seventh nationally in runs per game (1.21) and 21st in runs scored (47). He also ranks 37th in stolen bases with 20 and has only been caught once. His on-base average of .511 ranks him eighth in the NCAA.
Bass is among UNCW’s all-time leaders in seven categories, including hits (fifth, 241), stolen bases (fifth, 70), assists (5th, 454), double players turned (sixth, 89), at bats (eighth, 731), games started (193) and triples (ninth, 8).
The Seahawks return to action when they open a three-game series against CAA rival Northeastern on May 3 at Brooks Field. First-pitch is slated for 6 p.m.