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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Thursday's high school state playoff action below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFFS

HOGGARD SHUTOUT PINE FOREST 4-0
BRYAN SAMMONS WENT THE DISTANCE ON THE MOUND FOR THE VIKINGS
CHECK OUT OUR GAME COVERAGE ON THURSDAY'S 11PM SPORTS !!!!

CLAYTON BEAT LANEY 2-1

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Laney High School linebacker Coult Culler will announce his collegiate choice on Friday afternoon.

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- More than 200 East Carolina Pirate fans attended the ECU Pirate Club Spring Social at the USS North Carolina. Head coach Ruffin McNeill and head basketball coach Jeff Lebo both spoke to "Pirate Nation" on the Battleship.

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NORMAN, OK (UNCW) – Junior Lori Beth Adams matched her career low with a three-under-par 69 to claim a share of third place in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional Thursday at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.
Adams posted her eighth round of par or lower this season with the three-under-par score and matched her low collegiate round, established during the final round of the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational on March 10. Her opening round total also represents the second lowest single-round score for a UNCW golfer in postseason play.
Adams, who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation during the opening round, is one of six players tied for third as a total of 25 golfers were in the red Thursday on the par 72, 6,296-yard layout. Emily Collins of Oklahoma holds the individual lead after posting a five-under-par 67 Thursday on the host Sooners home course. Florida’s Elcin Ulu is one shot back of Collins in second with a Thursday total of 68.
Making her third straight NCAA Regional appearance, Adams showed no nerves on the 365-yard opening hole, sticking her approach shot from 130 yards out to six inches for a tap-in birdie.

Adams followed her birdie on the first hole with back-to-back pars before draining an 18-foot birdie putt on the fourth and a 13-foot birdie attempt on the fifth to move to three-under-par. The Burlington, N.C., native continued her torrid pace on the front nine, birdying both the eighth and ninth holes to make the turn atop the leaderboard with front-nine total of 31. A bogey on each of the first two holes of the back nine moved Adams to three under while a successful 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th put her back at four under. She would move once again to three under with a bogey on the 16th before closing out the round with pars on the final two holes to complete her opening round 69.

The second round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional gets underway Friday at 8:30 EST. Adams, who will once again be paired with fellow individual competitors Fanny Cnops (UNCG) and Emma Henrikson (San Diego State), will begin her round on the No. 10 tee at 1:45 p.m. EST.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -–UNCW’s Payne McLeod, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association champion, was named CAA Golfer-of-the-Year and the Seahawks landed four golfers on the all-conference squads released on Thursday.
“I’m excited for Payne and our award winners,” said UNCW Head Coach Matt Clark. “To be recognized by the league’s coaches for their hard work, dedication and determination is satisfying to see.”

McLeod, who was also a first-team honoree for the third time, won his first conference title in late April when he cruised to a four-stroke victory at the Reserve Club of St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C. He earned his first tournament win earlier in the season at the Seahawk Intercollegiate while leading the Seahawks to a one-stroke win over nationally-ranked Kent State.

McLeod joined former Seahawks Chris Buffaloe (1993), Sean Dougherty (2001), Josh Brock (2011) and Thomas Bass (2012) as UNCW CAA Player-of-the-Year award winners. Joining McLeod on the first team was Bass, who earned All-CAA honors for the third time and second straight as a first-teamer. He is tied for seventh at the conference championship and enters the NCAA Fayetteville Regional second on the team with a 74.2 stroke average. McLeod leads the way with a 72.4 average. Bass collected a tournament win when he captured medalist honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind.

Rounding out the Seahawks on the all-conference teams were juniors Stefan Brewer and Josh Woodfox. Brewer tied for seventh and Woodfox finished fourth at the conference championship.

The Seahawks head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA Regional hosted at The Blessings Course on May 16-18.

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