WWAY’s Tuesday night sports – May 21

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Submitted: Wed, 05/22/2013 - 3:54am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:49am

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Tuesday’s high school state playoff action below. We had highlights from Shallotte and Hampstead.





WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren was the guest speaker on Tuesday at the Wilmington Wolfpack Club meeting at the Cape Fear Country Club. Click the video icon to see our interview with the new leader of the Wolfpack.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ashley High named David Rutledge head boys basketball coach on Tuesday. Rutledge just finished his third season as the head coach at Mallard Creek High. Previously he served as head coach at South Iredell and Newton-Conover. Click the video icon to see our interview with Rutledge.


AUSTIN, TX (HAMMERHEADS)-– The Wilmington Hammerheads traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in the second round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup versus the Austin Aztex (PDL) at House Park on Tuesday night. With a 2-0 result, Wilmington earned their advance into the third round of the U.S. Open Cup next week defeating the Aztex.

Goalkeeper Troy Hernandez started in goal for the first time this year for the Hammerheads and made some key saves shortly after the beginning of the match. Both teams came out onto the pitch with strong shots on goal and repeatedly trading possession.

Wilmington’s first goal of the night came in the 23rd minute of play off a penalty kick by forward Richard Isberner, extending the lead 1-0 over Austin. Aztex goalkeeper Devin Cook jumped off the goal line to stop Hammerheads forward Steven Perry on a breakaway, taking him down in the box, thus serving him a red card and putting the Aztex down to 10 players for the remainder of the match.

As the Aztex defense attempted to clear a free kick in the 68th minute, unlucky defensive touches by Aztex defender Juan Cruz led to the Hammerheads second goal of the night when the ball was kicked into the back of the Aztex net, giving Wilmington the insurance goal they needed as final time approached.

The Wilmington Hammerheads now advance to the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and will travel to Oregon on Wednesday, May 9 to face Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field. Beforehand, the Wilmington Hammerheads will return to Wilmington this week only to turn around and travel to Florida for a doubleheader weekend versus Orlando City on Saturday, May 25 and VSI Tampa Bay FC on Sunday, May 26.


HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) -– UNCW junior Mat Batts was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year and Head Coach Mark Scalf earned Co-Coach-of-the-Year, along with William & Mary’s Jamie Pinzino, to highlight the CAA Awards Banquet on Tuesday on the campus of James Madison University.

The Seahawks placed eight players on the All-CAA squads including four on the first team as senior Michael Bass and junior Ryan LaGrange and Kelly Secrest joined Batts on the team. Bass, who was a second team selection in 2012, made the first team as a second baseman. LaGrange and Secrest, meanwhile, were voted to the team at third base and relief pitcher, respectively.

On the third team, freshman Terence Connelly, who also made the All-Rookie squad, was joined by sophomores Corey Dick (first base), Luke Dunlap (outfield) and Jordan Ramsey (pitcher).

Batts completed the regular season with a 9-3 record, posted a 2.59 ERA, ranking sixth in the league, and led the circuit with 106 strikeouts, which ranks ninth nationally. His six complete games also paced the CAA and is currently sixth in the NCAA. Opponents hit just .231 against him and he issued just 20 walks in 100 and 2/3 innings. Batts’ had a stretch in which he tossed four complete games, including back-to-back shutouts against Georgia State and at Old Dominion. Also during that 35-inning period, he allowed just four runs and posted a 1.03 ERA. He is UNCW’s first CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year selection.

Scalf was honored as the top coach in the league for a sixth time as the Seahawks claimed their second consecutive CAA regular season title and eighth overall. Scalf is tied for the league’s all-time lead with six Coach-of-the-Year honors. In 2013, UNCW posted a 37-19 record overall and 18-8 in the league. Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks have fashioned a 42-14 record in league play.

Bass leads the Seahawks with a career-high .382 batting average and ranks amongst the conference leaders in hits (75), runs (57), doubles (19) and stolen bases (24). He crafted a 42-game on-base streak and tied the UNCW school record with hits in 26 consecutive games. Bass is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Player-of-the-Year awards and is on the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

LaGrange earned All-CAA honors after posting career highs in 12 offensive categories. The Wilmington native hit .374 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 36 runs batted in. LaGrange committed just three errors at third base in his final 29 games.

Secrest led the Seahawk bullpen with 27 appearances and tied for the league lead with a career-high seven saves. He posted a 3-1 record and a 3.40 ERA while holding opponents to a .236 batting average. He earned the win with five and 1/3 innings of shutout relief in UNCW’s win over then top-ranked North Carolina, handing the Tar Heels their only non-conference loss of the season.

Connelly, who was the only Seahawk to start all 56 games, hit .287 but drew a team-leading 31 walks and set a UNCW freshman record with 16 hit by pitches. He was third on the club with a .444 on base average and belted his lone homer of the season against Hofstra in the final weekend of the season.

Dunlap, who like LaGrange, had a breakout season with a .347 batting average and six home runs, one season after seeing just six at bats as a freshman. Dunlap was second on the team with 14 doubles and third with his six home runs. His biggest home run of the season was a game-winner as he belted an extra inning homer at Hofstra to lift the Seahawks to a 12-10 win in the regular season finale.

Dick, who earned All-Rookie honors in 2012, is second on the Seahawks with seven homers and tied for fourth with 34 runs batted in. Against Towson, he homered in all three games.

Rounding out UNCW’s all-conference selections was Jordan Ramsey, who finished the regular season as the league’s ERA leader at 2.34. Ramsey owns a 6-6 mark despite posting stellar numbers. He struck out 75 in 92 and 1/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. He enters the tournament having allowed just three home runs this season and four for his career.

UNCW’s eight All-CAA selections is tied for third most, joining the 2005 club which also placed eight on the postseason award squads. In 2012, 11 Seahawks earned all-conference honors. 2013’s four first-teamers ranks third for the Seahawks behind the 2008 edition that placed six on the first team and the 2005 team that featured five first-team performers.


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – For the second straight year the Charlotte Bobcats have failed to land the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery.

Charlotte will choose fourth overall, behind Cleveland, Orlando and Washington.

This year’s “loss” wasn’t nearly as gut-wrenching as a year ago when the Bobcats, coming off the worst season in NBA history at 7-59, failed to land the rights to the top pick and franchise center Anthony Davis from Kentucky. Unlike 2012, there isn’t a consensus No. 1 pick like Davis in the draft, so losing out on the top pick should be a little easier for Bobcats’ management to swallow.

But it was still a disappointing outcome for the Bobcats considering they had the second-best odds of landing the top pick.

Charlotte has never selected No. 1 overall.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he’s changing his team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan said at a Tuesday press conference he has informed the league of his decision and is optimistic the NBA board of governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.

Charlotte will remain the Bobcats next season, but if all goes as planned Jordan anticipates his team will become the Hornets for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Jordan says the team listened to the fans and “the fans wanted the name back.”

NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver previously said it would take about 18 months for the Bobcats to change their name.

The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn relocated the team to New Orleans.

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