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Click here in order to see this week's high school football team of the week presentation at West Bladen High.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

BOYS SOCCER
EAST BLADEN 2 - WHITEVILLE 2
TOPSAIL 2 - TRASK 0
WEST BLADEN 2 - ST. PAULS 1
Goals: WB - Clay Allen 2. SP - Erik Perez
Assists: WB - Edwin Labra. SP - Hugo Calderon, Isaiah Reyes
Shots on goal: WB - 7, SP - 11
Records: West Bladen 2-1, St. Pauls 1-4.
Scoring summary
SP - Erik Perez, 15th minute, 8 yards (Assists: Hugo Calderon, Isaiah Reyes)
WB - Clay Allen, 34th minute, 45 yards, direct kick
WB - Clay Allen, 36th minute, 12 yards, (Assist: Edwin Labra)

VOLLEYBALL
SWANSBORO 3 - SW ONSLOW 1
SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 - SOUTH ROBESON 1
EAST DUPLIN 3 - JAMES KENAN 0
ASHLEY 3 - JACKSONVILLE 0

GIRLS TENNIS
EAST COLUMBUS - FAIRMONT SUSPENDED DUE TO DARKNESS

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW men's and women's cross country teams will be joined by 11 other schools late Friday (Sept. 6) for the 24th Annual Seahawk Invitational on the campus recreation fields.

The Seahawks, making their second appearance of the new season after running last week in Boone, N.C, have won the men's race seven times and the women's title on six occasions since its debut in 1986. The men open the competition at 6 p.m., followed by the women at 6:30 p.m., with both teams covering a flat 5k course.

"We're having a good week of training, but we're still eyeing the races that are two months away," said Layne Schwier, UNCW's assistant cross country/track and field coach. "I always say you can either train hard or race hard. Right now, we're choosing to train hard and race to work on tactics and mental toughness.

"We didn't set any end-of-the-year goals this year. Instead, we're focusing on the process. If we cannot stay focused on the process, we probably won't reach our goals in the end anyway. So the process is our goal."

In addition to UNCW, the field includes Barton, Campbell, East Carolina, Guilford, Meredith, Methodist, Peace, UNC Pembroke, Pfeiffer, Shaw and St. Andrews. Schwier said, "I expect ECU to provide the toughest competition, but Campbell should also be strong. Guilford has several strong men as well."

The race will also feature the return of former UNCW head coach Bill Cason, who begins his second year as head of the St. Andrews program.

ECU swept last year's competition, including the individual titles by Stacey Gonzales (18:17) and Antonio Palmer (15:42).

The college competition will be followed by a series of high school races early Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A year after skipping the U.S. Open because of a bad knee, 2010 champion Rafael Nadal powered his way back to the semifinals by overwhelming 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday night.

The second-seeded Nadal improved to 20-0 on hard courts in 2013, part of an overall record of 58-3 with nine titles, including his record eighth championship at the French Open in June. At the next Grand Slam tournament, though, Nadal flopped, exiting in the first round at Wimbledon.

That surprising defeat, against a guy ranked 135th, came on June 24. Feels like eons ago. Nadal hasn't lost a match to anyone since.

On Saturday, Nadal will face No. 8 Richard Gasquet, who edged No. 4 David Ferrer 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NEW YORK (AP) - Venus and Serena Williams overcame two service breaks in the second set Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova.

The Williams sisters, who have combined for 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, will play the defending champion and top-seeded Italian team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The Italians beat the sisters in three sets in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

The sisters lost only three points on their serve in the first set, but both sisters got broken once in the second. The second break came against Serena when she was trying to serve out the match at 5-4.

The Williams' won the first five points of the tiebreaker, then closed it out on Serena's service winner.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW men's basketball team opens its 2013-14 Colonial Athletic Association schedule with a home game in early January against defending champion James Madison and closes out the slate with a bye on the final night of the regular season.

Coach Buzz Peterson's club plays four of its seven conference games in January at Trask Coliseum, including the league opener on Saturday, Jan. 4, against the Dukes and Matt Brady.

"As always, it's a very challenging schedule," said Peterson. "We're looking forward to all of the league games and especially playing new conference member College of Charleston. We look forward to the challenge."

In addition to the Dukes, UNCW faces Hofstra, Drexel and Towson at home during the first month of the year. The road schedule in the first month includes the team's first conference pairing with the College of Charleston on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in UNCW's first conference visit to the Low Country.

The Seahawks, 5-13 in league play one year ago, have nine CAA contests in February, starting off with a two-game road trip to Delaware and Drexel. UNCW concludes the final month of the regular season in Wilmington with back-to-back home dates against Charleston and Delaware.

UNCW is the only CAA team with a bye on the final Saturday (Mar. 1) of the regular campaign.

All nine CAA teams will convene in Baltimore on March 7-10 for the CAA Championship at First Mariner Arena. It will mark the first time the CAA tourney has been held outside of Richmond since 1989.

Click here for the entire schedule:
http://www.uncwsports.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=19800&SPID=11332&S...

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced today that 128 member schools in the NCHSAA were ejection free in their athletic contests during the 2012-13 school year.
The schools will be recognized at the Association's upcoming regional meetings scheduled across the state. The 128 schools represent 32.3 percent of the NCHSAA's member schools, based on the 396 member schools last year.
Two schools, A.L. Brown in Kannapolis and Winston-Salem Prep, successfully completed their fifth consecutive ejection free years, one of the milestones that the NCHSAA tracks.
The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.
The 2006-07 academic year was the best since the NCHSAA started tracking ejections in 1997, with 202 schools earning ejection free status, which represented 54.8 percent of the member schools in that year. There were 113 ejection free schools in 2010-11, or 29 percent of the membership, and there were 127 ejection free schools during the 2011-12 academic year.
"We are proud that 128 schools were ejection free last year," said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield, "but we have to continue to make sportsmanship a priority and not lose focus until all member schools are ejection free."
All schools with no ejections for the year will receive a certificate of recognition at the NCHSAA regional meetings across the state. North Carolina Farm Bureau sponsors this as part of its initiative with the NCHSAA.

2012-2013 Ejection-Free Award Recipients

Region 1
Ayden-Grifton
Creswell
First Flight
Hertford County
Holmes, John A.
Ocracoke
Riverside-Martin
South Central
Southside
Washington

Region 2
Croatan
Eastern Wayne
Goldsboro
Jacksonville
Jones Senior
Kinston
Lakewood
Lejeune
New Bern
North Duplin
Pamlico County
Richlands

Region 3
Carrboro
Cary
East Wake Academy
Eastern NC School for the Deaf
Fike, Ralph L.
Franklin Academy
Fuquay-Varina
Garner
Granville Central
Green Hope
Holly Springs
Middle Creek
Nash Central
Neuse Charter
North Carolina School of Science & Math
North Edgecombe
Northampton County
Northwest Halifax
Princeton
Raleigh Charter
Rocky Mount Preparatory
Sanderson
South Johnston
Southwest Edgecombe
Tarboro
Weldon
West Johnston

Region 4
Cape Fear Senior
East Columbus
North Moore
Pinecrest
Seventy-First
South Robeson
Southern Lee
West Montgomery
Western Harnett
Westover

Region 5
Atkins
Bishop McGuinness
Carver
Chatham Central
Cummings
Dudley, James B.
East Davidson
Glenn, Robert B.
Jordan-Matthews
Ledford Senior
Lexington Senior
McMichael
Northeast Guilford
Northwest Guilford
Ragsdale
Randleman
Reidsville
Rockingham County
South Davidson
Southern Guilford
Southwest Guilford
Walkertown
Western Alamance
Winston-Salem Preparatory

Region 6
Berry Academy, Phillip O.
Brown, A.L.
East Gaston
Garinger
Highland School of Tech
Hough
Jesse Carson
Lincoln Charter
Marvin Ridge
North Gaston
North Lincoln
North Mecklenburg
Olympic
Parkwood
Providence
Queens Grant
Salisbury
Shelby
Sun Valley
Vance, Zebulon
West Charlotte
West Mecklenburg
West Rowan

Region 7
Christ the King
Davie
Hickory
Maiden
NC School for the Deaf
North Surry
Pine Lake Preparatory
South Iredell
St. Stephens

Region 8
Andrews
Asheville
Avery
Blue Ridge
Franklin
McDowell
Mitchell
Mountain Heritage
Nantahala
North Buncombe
North Henderson
Polk County
Rosman

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW has vaulted into the national men's soccer rankings after winning a pair of games en route to the Wolstein Classic championship over the weekend at Ohio State.

The Seahawks opened the new season with successive victories over the Buckeyes (2-1, OT) and Cincinnati (1-0). As a result, Coach Aidan Heaney's team is ranked 24th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

The Seahawks return to the national rankings for the first time since Oct. 9, 2010, when Heaney's club checked in at No. 24. UNCW opened at No. 23 that season before falling to 25th-ranked Old Dominion, 1-0, in October to drop out of the rankings.

UNCW has been ranked as high as No. 18 when it reached the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament.

Tenth-ranked California and 18th-ranked UAB joined UNCW as the only newcomers to move into the top-25.

The Seahawks made the national list following an impressive 2-1 overtime win at Ohio State and a 1-0 shutout over Cincinnati in Columbus, Ohio.

Sophomore Colin Bonner was named Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week after scoring twice against Ohio State and earning Wolstein Classic Most Valuable Player honors.

UNCW makes its home debut this weekend by staging the ninth edition of the Hilton Garden Inn Classic. The Seahawks play Presbyterian on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then battle Mercer on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC) -- CFCC 2 Wake Tech 1. The Sea Devils used a first have goal from David Segura and a 2nd half goal from Joel Reyes to defeat Wake Tech in the 1st conference Region Ten game Wednesday the CFCC North Campus Soccer Field! Its the 2nd straight win for the Sea Devils as they take to the road Saturday and Sunday in the Patrick Henry Classic! Record CFCC 2-1 (1-0 Region 10)

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