WWAY’s Monday night sports – May 6; Hunter Ridge suspended by UNCW & Otis Nixon arrested

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Submitted: Tue, 05/07/2013 - 3:39am
Updated: Tue, 05/07/2013 - 3:53am

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW director of athletics Jimmy Bass confirmed with WWAY the suspension of UNCW slugger Hunter Ridge for a violation of university policy. Ridge is the all-time hits and at-bats leader at UNCW. He hasn’t played in the last six games for UNCW. The suspension will last the remainder of the season; therefore, his playing days are now over at UNC Wilmington.


CANTON, GA (AP) – Former Major League outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in suburban Atlanta.

A report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says Nixon was pulled over just after midnight Saturday after another driver called police to report a Dodge Ram truck weaving all over the road. The 54-year-old remained in jail Monday afternoon on $11,880 bond.

The report says deputies found a pipe to smoke crack cocaine in Nixon’s pocket and another in the car. They also found several suspected crack rocks.

The deputies conducted field sobriety tests and determined Nixon wasn’t under the influence of crack cocaine or alcohol.

Nixon collected more than 600 stolen bases in 17 seasons from 1983-99. He played for several teams including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos.

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Note: Otis Nixon grew up in Evergreen, NC (Columbus County)

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– Head Coach Matt Clark and his UNCW Seahawks learned Monday that they will compete in the Fayetteville Regional of the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament hosted by the University of Arkansas, May 16-18.

The Seahawks will be competing in their fourth consecutive regional and the third time in as many years as the reigning Colonial Athletic Association champions.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to compete in the Fayetteville Regional,” said Clark, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Seahawk program. “This is a very talented field we’ll be competing against, but we’re eager to get back on the course and get after it.”

This will be the Seahawks first appearance in Fayetteville after competing in New Haven, Conn. (2009-10), Blacksburg, Va. (2010-11) and Athen, Ga. (2011-12) in recent years under Clark’s guidance.
For Clark, this will be his ninth trip to the NCAA regionals after helping Georgia State in each of his five seasons directing the Panthers.

The Seahawks won the CAA’s automatic berth with a 24-stroke victory at the CAA Championship in late April.
Joining the Seahawks in Fayetteville are defending national champion Texas, host Arkansas, perennial power Oklahoma State, SMU, Kent State, Illinois, Liberty, Tulsa, Kentucky, Colorado, Indiana, UMKC and Alabama State.

The Seahawks edged Kent State, by a stroke, for the Seahawk Intercollegiate in March at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. UNCW also faced off with SMU (0-1), Colorado (0-1) and UMKC (0-1) at the Bandon Dunes Collegiate in early March. The Seahawks also competed against Liberty at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate, won by the Flames, in early October.


INDIANAPOLIS (NCAA) -– The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee has selected the teams and individuals to participate in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. There will be 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The finals will be conducted May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year’s championships.

Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.

Palouse Ridge Golf Club – Pullman, Wash. (Hosted by Washington State)
1. California (Pac-12)
2. TCU 2.
3. Southern California
4. St. Mary’s (Calif.) (West Coast)
5. Virginia Tech
6. BYU
7. North Texas (Sun Belt)
8. Baylor
9. San Diego State
10. Ball State
11. Memphis
12. Pacific (Big West)
13. Princeton (Ivy League)
14. Saint Francis (Pa.) (Northeast)

University Club of Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge La. (Hosted by Louisiana State)
1. Alabama (SEC)
2. Florida
3. LSU
4. Mississippi State
5. Houston (Conference USA)
6. Northwestern
7. Tennessee
8. South Alabama
9. Coastal Carolina (Big South)
10. UAB
11. Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
12. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland)
13. Houston Baptist
ASU Karsten Golf Course – Tempe, Ariz. (Hosted by Arizona State)

2. Duke (ACC)
3. Georgia
4. Texas A&M
5. Clemson
6. Vanderbilt
7. UCF
8. North Carolina
9. Arizona State
10. Kennesaw State
11. Arizona
12. Austin Peay State (Ohio Valley)
13. New Mexico State (Western Athletic)
14. Lehigh (Patriot)

The Blessing Golf Club – Fayetteville, Arkansas (Hosted by Arkansas)
1. Texas (Big 12)
2. Arkansas
3. Oklahoma State
4. SMU
5. Kent State (Mid-American)
6. Illinois (Big Ten)
7. Liberty
8. Tulsa
9. Kentucky
10. Colorado
11. Indiana
12. UNC-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic)
13. UMKC (Summit League)
14. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic)

The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course – Columbus, Ohio (Hosted by Ohio State)
1. New Mexico (Mountain West)
2. Stanford
3. Auburn
4. South Carolina
5. Missouri
7. Texas Tech 7
8. Chattanooga (Southern)
9. Georgia Southern
10. San Francisco
11. Virginia
12. Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
13. Valparaiso (Horizon League)
Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club – Tallahassee, Florida (Hosted by Florida State)

1. Washington
2. Georgia Tech
3. Florida State
4. North Florida (Atlantic Sun)
5. Oklahoma
6. Wake Forest
7. NC State
8. Oregon
9. Oregon State
10. Iowa
11. South Florida (Big East)
12. San Diego
13. Loyola Maryland (Metro Atlantic Athletic)

Texas won the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. The Longhorns defeated Alabama 3-2 in the final round of match-play competition. At the end of three rounds of stroke play, Thomas Pieters, from Illinois shot a 5-under-par 208 to capture the individual title. The tournament was held at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and was hosted by Southern California.


MIAMI (AP) – Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Trailing 86-83 with 2 minutes left, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat once again.

Joakim Noah added 13 points, Taj Gibson had 12 and Marco Belinelli added 10 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season, and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one.

LeBron James scored 24 points for Miami, which got 14 from Dwyane Wade.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami.

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  • Peyton Garrett says:

    First of all Sister Agnes, You need to get the name right. It was not the closer you refer to and second what other so called cover ups may you be referring to. Scalf does not tolerate misconduct and he is not a liar. When there are discipline issues, they are addressed and the appropriate punishments are put in place.

    Third may I add. Unless you are the parent of said individual it really is none of your damn business.

    Again I would challenge you on the term cover up. How many would you estimate have occurred? Lets see, you have already named the wrong man in the one you mentioned. Think you could be wrong again?

  • Sister Agnes says:

    Come on John Boy. WWAY loves to get the dirt. They bash everyone they can. Join your WWAY team and let us in on the dirt. What did Ridge do? UNCW has been covering kids on the baseball team for a while. A few years ago a pitcher who is now in the minors (SH) got a DUI and nobody let that cat out of the bag. He was our only real closer. It’s time we know what is happening.

  • GuestHarriett Council says:

    Just very sad to hear about his arrest.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    and to think he was one of the role models Mandalanta brought into Wilmington to promote the ill conceived, tax payer funded baseball park.

  • Vog46 says:

    No follow through as to why Hunter was suspended?
    Just the milquetoast “violating team policy?”
    C’mon John don’t let UNCW skate on this.

    Just what policy did Hunter violate?
    The teams anti PED policy?
    Perhaps the team anti recreational drug policy?
    Your story leaves a lot to be desired and leaves a LOT to our imagination.

    Get with the program ! Find out.


  • Guest1264 says:

    Vog, why is it important to know why he was suspended? This is a young man that has made a mistake, probably a series of them and now he has lost his College baseball career. A big disappointment to many and especially to Mr. Hunter I suspect. If the reason for suspension is given we will then be able to read several opinions from the general public including several from you I’m sure. There is no reason to give any reason; I am sure that he is embarassed enough at this point and wondering about his future.Give it some space – he is not on anyone’s payroll.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    VOG, Ridge apparently violated a policy.

    You don’t know and it is killing you. Let it go!!! Write a Check!!!

  • Vog46 says:

    I agree with you.
    Unless it’s PEDs – then it becomes a University problem.
    Did UNCW know – when? Who else is involved? Where did they come from?
    If Hunter screwed up on a personal level – yeah you’re right he’s paying the price, and should be, and hopefully he is sorry for what he did – whatever it is.
    But there are many team policies that exist that go far beyond individual failings.
    In that situation would you believe UNCW to tell you the truth?
    Would you believe the UNCW Police to effectively investigate a problem that might put the University in a bad light? If you hesitate when you say “Yes” then there’s doubt.

    Thats why I asked

  • Otis says:

    She is right about the DUI. That boy did close a few games for the Hawks. He started some also. Mr Garrett you seem so angry. The Sister did not say Mark was a liar. Where did you get that from. You need to get some ret my friend. Calm down and relax. This kind of stuff happens in all D-1 sports. Sounds like she just wanted to know what they were covering up now.

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