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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Jay Ross Celebrity Basketball Game:
Wilmington Police Dept / Friends of Jay Ross 98
Jay Ross Celebrity All-Stars 95
It appeared Buffalo Bill defensive tackle Jay Ross had a stacked team, but the Jay Ross all-stars lost on Friday night. NFL free agent Vonta Leach, NFL kicker Connor Barth, NFL wide receiver Leodis McKelvin and former Wake Forest basketball center Ty Walker joined Jay Ross on Friday night, but they weren’t able to knock off the opposition. Former UNCW guard Trevor Deloach led the 98-95 winning effort at Brogden Hall.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE) — Rick Pitino made a three hour stop in Myrtle Beach on Friday to check out the talent at the Big Shots Basketball Tournament. The Head coach of the NCAA National Champion Louisville Cardinals was asked if his team has the returning talent to make it back-to-back titles next season, “We do, we have eight players back. We have a great recruiting class, the number one junior college player in the country committed to us, Chris Jones.”
Pitino also talked about his horse, Goldencents, winning the Santa Anita Derby, but falling short in the Kentucky Derby. He also has a book that will be released in October called, “The One Day Contract.”
NewsChannel 15 Sports asked Pitino how long he will continue coaching. He said, “Well I’m only 60 so I can probably go to 85.”
Pitino will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Note: WWAY Full Court Press co-host Kevin Schneider is vice-president of Big Shots basketball.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local 6 year old junior golfer Austin Luther from Wilmington has qualified for the 2013 US Kids World Golf Championship being played the first week in August at Pinehurst. Luther qualified for the event by finishing in second place at the US Kids North and South Carolina State Championship in Raleigh. The 3-day US Kids World Golf Championship is the largest and most prestigious event in the world for junior golfers age 12 and under, attracting over 1,200 participants. Luther will compete in a 72 player field of the top junior 6-yr olds from across the United States and more than 30 countries.
Austin and his family will be hosting a 2-Man Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament July 28th at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. All money raised goes directly to Austin’s Tournament entry fees and travel expenses. For entry forms or more info on the golf tournament, please contact Chris Luther at 910-367-8302 or by email at email@example.com
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson has completed his staff for the 2013-14 season with the appointment of Kevin Easley as the team’s new Director of Men’s Basketball Operations.
Easley, 34, served as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville last season before accepting the post at UNCW, where former UNCA skipper Eddie Biedenbach became an assistant coach earlier this summer.
Easley is the seventh individual in the program’s history to hold the position, following Mike Capaccio, Jimmy Garrity, Adam Collins, David Jandrew, Brooks Lee and Dante Calabria.
“We’re extremely excited to have Kevin and his family become a part of our Seahawk family,” said Peterson, who filled the position after it was vacant one year ago. “He’s a tireless worker and very organized. We’re looking forward to having him on board.”
Easley’s hiring injects three new faces into the program with the hiring of Biedenbach and Houston Fancher as assistant coaches. Andre Gray begins his third year on the staff.
“First and foremost, it’s an honor to work with someone I considered a childhood idol,” said Easley. “Since I’m from Tennessee, I grew up watching Coach Peterson’s teams at Tennessee. It’s definitely a pleasure to reconnect with Coach Biedenbach and I know Coach Fancher after coaching against him. Also, Coach Gray is a close friend, so it should be an easy transition.”
Before moving to Asheville last year, Easley worked with Team Loaded, an AAU program, in 2011-12 and helped coach the 16-under team compile a 40-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in Five-Star Basketball’s final AAU poll.
The Trenton, Tenn., native spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach at High Point for Coach Scott Cherry. He helped recruit the top class in the Big South Conference in 2010-11 and helped the Panthers advance to the semifinals of the BSC tourney.
He also worked three years as an aide for former coach Mike Dement at UNCG from 2006-09. He played a key role in the development of four-time First-Team All-Southern Conference performer Kyle Hines.
Easley was a four-year standout at Austin Peay from 1997-2001. In 1998-99, he was voted the team’s Most Improved Player and he appeared in 21 games in 2000-01 when APSU went 22-10.
When APSU assistant Bret Campbell became the head coach at Tennessee-Martin, Easley signed on as an assistant coach in 2004-05. The Skyhawks made a seven-win improvement in Easley’s first season at UTM and he helped recruit 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Marquis Weddle.
A high school star at Peabody High School in Trenton, Easley was a finalist for Tennessee’s Class A “Mr. Basketball” in 1996-97 after sparking his team to a 26-1 record in his senior season.
Easley earned his B.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Austin Peay in 2002 and completed his M.S. in Education from UT-Martin in 2006.
He is married to the former Erin Wren and the couple has two children, Sebastian, 6, and Peyton, 3. Easley is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Note: We originally reported this story four days ago. Below is the official report from UNCW on Shatia Cole.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Second-year Head Coach Adell Harris continues to add to her roster as she announced the addition of Coastal Carolina transfer Shatia Cole on Friday.
Cole will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will continue her career in 2014-15 with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“Our staff is extremely happy to add Shatia Cole to our family,” said Harris. “She comes from a winning high school program in Myrtle Beach High School. She also brings two years of valuable on court experience at the Division I level. More importantly, she’s a true point guard. I love Shatia’s toughness, competitiveness and confidence at that leadership spot. She will improve our team immediately.”
A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Cole spent two seasons with the Chanticleers and started 42 of 55 games played. A Big-South All-Rookie Team selection in 2011-12, Cole averaged 10.0 points per game and reached double figures in 30 of those contests. She also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 steals per contest, ranking among the top 12 players in the league in steals per game in each of her two seasons in Conway.
Prior to joining the Chanticleers, Cole enjoyed a standout prep career at Myrtle Beach High School, helping lead the Seahawks to back-to-back South Carolina state championships as a junior and senior. A two-time All-State selection, Cole averaged 14.0 points per game over her final two seasons in guidingthe squad to a 54-6 overall record in that span.