MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) — The Wilmington based Blizzard 17 & under basketball squad captured first place at the Big Shots Myrtle Beach Tournament on Sunday with a 72-64 victory over the FYB Wildcats. WWAY Full Court Press co-host Brett Blizzard is the head coach of the squad. Hoggard’s Trevor Singleton shared tournament co-mvp honors with Ashley’s Ridell Camidge. WWAY Full Court Press co-host Kevin Schneider is vice president of Big Shots.
The Flight 22 Wilmington based 14 and under squad captured first place in their division of the Big Shots Myrtle Beach event. Congratulations from WWAY!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A strange week at Quail Hollow held one more surprise Sunday when 22-year-old rookie Derek Ernst won the Wells Fargo Championship in a playoff.
Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event. He was ranked No. 1,207 in the world. None of that mattered when he hit into 4 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 to get into a playoff with David Lynn of England. It was one of only four birdies in the final round on the closing hole.
In the playoff, he hit his approach into 15 feet as Lynn took four shots to reach the green. Ernst won with a par.
Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead with four holes to play, but made bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Matt Keeler’s two-run homer highlighted an eight-run sixth inning as UNCW rallied past Northeastern for a 9-5 victory to win the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks clinched a CAA tournament berth with the win and improved to 34-14 and 15-5 in the league. NU, meanwhile, dropped to 25-20 and 9-12. UNCW is the only school in the history of the CAA to participate in all 28 editions of the league’s championship tournament.
Jack Lane (2-1) picked up the win in relief, tossing a pair of shutout innings. Kelly Secrest posted his seventh save, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced.
NU starter Kevin Ferguson (5-4) suffered the loss despite cruising through the first five innings. He surrendered six runs, five earned, on 10 hits.
Keeler finished with two hits and four runs batted in while Luke Dunlap added two hits and two RBI’s. Five different Seahawks had at two hits on the afternoon.
Brad Burcroff and John Puttress each had three hits while Sean Lyons finished with two hits, including his first homer of the season, and knocked in two runs at the bottom of the order.
Next up: The Seahawks visit fifth-ranked NC State on May 7 at 6 p.m. in the final game of the home-and-home series.
How it happened: Northeastern built a 5-1 lead though five and 1/2 innings before the Seahawks came to life. UNCW sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth and scored eight runs on six hits to take a 9-5 lead. Keeler belted his second homer of the season with a man on and Luke Dunlap and Keeler again added two-run singles to fuel the uprising.
Inside the numbers: UNCW went 0-10 with less than two outs in the first five innings, but was 6-8 with two outs during that span … The Seahawks finished 10-15 with two out, but failed to get the leadoff hitter on base in any inning for the first time this season and first since a 4-2 loss at UNC on May 8, 2012 … UNCW’s bullpen held NU to 2-10 hitting with runners on base.
Notes: Luis Renvill owns UNCW’s longest active hitting streak at three games … Terence Connelly and Ryan LaGrange extended their on base streaks to 18 and 17 games, respectively … Kelly Secrest owns UNCW’s record for saves by a lefthander with seven and is tied for fifth on the single season list … Luke Dunlap leads the Seahawks with 14 two-out RBI’s … UNCW pitchers combined to walk just three hitters and strikeout 25 in the series.
WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) — WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks are excited to announce the most popular night of the summer will now happen every home game of the 2013 season.
Ask anyone in town about the Wilmington Sharks and the most common response is; “I love Thirsty Thursdays. $1 beer is the best deal in town.” The Sharks have taken that feedback and offered the fans what they have been looking for – $1 beer every night in Sharky’s Cove.
Once fans have entered the gate, for just a $2 admission to Sharky’s Cove, everyone 21 & over will have the ability to buy $1 beer and $2 wine during every home game. Sharky’s Cove will prove to be the place to be in the Port City.
“I’m looking to put my thumbprint on what we do at “The Shark Tank,” said Sharks general manager Pat Hutchins. “We heard, we listened, we acted. We’re looking forward to our 17th year in the Port City. As always, we will continue to provide an affordable, fun, family environment in the rest of the park.”
The Wilmington Sharks are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 17th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league.
WILMINGTON, NC (GWSHF) — On Sunday, May 5th, the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame welcomed the 2013 inductees into membership at their annual banquet at the Burney Center on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
The GWSHOF was formed in 2006 in order to honor those who have brought recognition to the Wilmington area and themselves, by their excellence in the sports world. Past inductees include Leon Brogden, Roman Gabriel, Wayne Jackson, Sonny Jurgensen and Meadowlark Lemon (2006 Class); Bill Brooks, Jap Davis, Tommy Green, Althea Gibson and Jack Holley (2007 Class); Buck Hardee, Clyde Simmons, Cathy Johnston Forbes, Hoss Ellington and Wray Carlton (2008 Class); E. A. “Spike” Corbin, Chester McGlockton, George Rountree III, Brian M. Rowsom, and Helen Grey Smith (2009 Class), Ben Bourgeois, Terry Holland, Joe Miller and Sherriedale Morgan (posthumously) (2010 Class), Sheila Boles, Bill Dooley, David Esposito and Wilver Dornel Stargell “Pops” (posthumously) (2011 Class).
Last year’s class of 2012 included Dr. James Dineen, M.D., Isaac B. (Ike) Grainger (posthumously),
Christopher Trot Nixon and Lendward (Lenny) Simpson.
The 2013 slate of honorees:
Kenny graduated from New Hanover High School class of 1982. During high school he was All/State Basketball and Football. His senior year, his basketball team finished the year 26-1
Kenny graduated from Old Dominion University in 1986 with a B of A in Secondary Education. In 1985 and 1986 he made First Team All – SunBelt Conference and in 1986 was voted Sunbelt Player of the Year. He was also voted SunBelt Conference All-Time Leader in Rebounds. In 1985 and 1986 he was All-American Team Member and International Team USA Member. In 1986 he led the NCAA in field goal percentage and in 1991 he was inducted into ODU Sports Hall of Fame.
During his NBA career as a player he played for the Phoenix Suns (1986-1988) the Charlotte Hornets (1989-1995) and the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-1196).
His coaching career led him to the New Jersey Nets (1996-1999), Old Dominion University (2001-2003), New Orleans Hornets (2003-2009) and the Atlanta Hawks (2010-2012).
During Kenny’s career he has been honored numerous times….in 1992 his #44 jersey at ODU was retired to the Hall of Fame. He was on the SunBelt Conference All-Decade, Team. In 2004 the Kenny Gattison Court was named for him at New Hanover High School. In 2008 he was the Assistant Coach for the All-Star Game Western Conference and in 2009 the Assistant Coach of Team USA.
Kenny currently is the President and Managing Partner of The Gattison Group; Strategic Positioning and Management Consultants.
THELL OVERMAN (Posthumously)
Thell, a legendary coach for 42 years (U. S. Navy, Warrenton High School, Wallace High School and Wallace Rose Hill High School) attended Brogden High School and graduated from Guilford College in 1938.
His overall high school coaching record in football, basketball and baseball was 1078-233-6, including numerous conference championships. Those stats break down accordingly…Football 278-73-6, Basketball 259-42 and Baseball 541-118.
Wray Carlton, record-breaking back at Duke University, who also starred with the Buffalo Bills and Jimmy Jerome, a UNC standout under Coach Bill Dooley are two of the many Overman coached athletes who received college athletic scholarships.
Thell was recognized by the NCHSAA as one of the top 50 contributors to high school sports in the state and the award for outstanding service in the N. C. High School Athletic Director Association as well as inducted into their Hall of Fame. He was selected to coach in both the East-West All-Star Game (1957) and Shrine Bowl (1958). He received the Good Neighbors award from Duplin County Council for efforts beyond the ordinary in improving inter-racial understanding. Thell was inducted into the Guilford College Sports Hall of Fame and lettered in basketball (4 times including captain 1 year), football twice and track twice. Thell is also in the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and the Duplin County Hall of Fame for overall contribution to the community.
He served on the NCHSAA Board during the 1950s and 1960s and worked to expand and improve the organization. He also served as president of the N. C. Coaches Association, chaired the committee that formed the NCHSAA High School Athletic Directors Association, served 10 years as chairman of the District II State boys basketball tournament and served 6 years as chairman of the District II State girls basketball tournament.
Thell designed and helped build the American Legion Stadium in 1950. The field is named in his honor. Thell Overman Field. He started the Summer Recreation Program in Wallace and directed the program for more than 15 years. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and transportation for the elderly and donated more than 60 books in history to the Bryant Library in Wallace.
He was married to Marjorie (deceased), has two daughters, Etta (deceased) and Ann and is a longtime member of the Wallace United Methodist Church.
MARTIN “GLENN” SASSER
Glenn graduated from Tarboro High School. He was All Conference, All State and played in the Shrine Game in 1960 and played in the East-West Game in 1961. He attended NC State University on a full football scholarship from 1961-1965. During that time, he was All ACC, played in Blue and Gray Game both in 1964. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Jets in 1964.
Glenn, the youngest 4A football coach in NC, was the Head Coach at New Hanover High School and took them to the playoffs. He was the first coach at Laney High School and was undefeated with a 10 & 0 record and Conference Champions at Myer Park High School in Charlotte. He took South Brunswick High School also to the playoffs where they won the title of Conference Champions.
He was the AP N. C. High School Coach of the Year in 1983 and the Charlotte News and Observer Coach of the Year. Glenn started the BB&T Football Jamboree in 1987, which is now recognized as the largest and best in North Carolina.
Glenn has competed in Masters Track in the Shot Put. His titles include National Champion indoor…Landover, MD 2009, Boston, MA 2010….National Champion outdoor…Spokane, WA 2008, Sacramento, CA 2010 and World Champion in Lahti, Finland 2009.
He is married to Mandy House Sasser…they have two sons Trey (wife Susan) and Carey (wife Rene’) and four grandchildren
Maggie graduated from Furman University, Greenville, SC in 1987 with a Business Administration degree.
Maggie has been a Tour Player with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) since 1989…a member of the PGA of America since 2000, a member of the LPGA Teaching Division since 2009 and a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker since 2005.
She was the winner of the LPGA Tour Desert Inn International in 1990, the Sara Lee Classic in 1992 and the Children’s Medical Center Classic in 1994.
Maggie began winning awards as early as 1975 and has continued through 2012. Those awards include Lee J. Greer Award for swimming Lake Waccamaw, Hugh O’Brien Award, Whiteville Optimist Youth Recognition Award, Top High School Magazine Salesperson, Student Council-Treasurer, National Honor Society, 2 year winner Carolinas’ PGA Junior, Carolinas Junior Golfer of the Year, 5 year member Furman University Women’s Golf Team, Winner North Carolina Women’s Amateur, Member of the NCAA runner-up National Championship Team, Individually finished 15th in Nation at NCAA Championship and Assistant Coach of CAA Women’s Golf Champions.
Maggie has lived a life of service….including but not limited to various camp and clinic volunteer positions and fund raising, speaking engagements for various organizations, LPGA Executive Committee, Urban Youth Impact Foundation – Golf Committee – Volunteer and Feed the Kids Program, Virginia Junior Golf Alliance – Golf Committee, NC State Athletics Compliance Focus Group Committee and Jim Fannin Golf Advisory Board.
Maggie is the owner of a lesson based putter fitting busines..Get Fit for Putting, LLC.
She is a volunteer assistant for the UNC-Wilmington Women’s Golf Team. She was a Teaching Professional at the Creek Club, Locust Valley, NY in 2008, Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Virginia Commonwealth Men’s Golf Team in 2009, Volunteer Assistant Coach for the N. C. State Women’s Golf Team in 2010 and Assistant Coach for the N. C. State Women’s Golf Team 2010/2011.
Maggie was the contributing editor to “The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever”.