WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – October 16

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Submitted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 3:52am
Updated: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:04pm

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Duke is the favorite to win the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference, though new member Syracuse has the preseason player of the year in C.J. Fair.

The Blue Devils earned 50 of 54 first-place votes from media members at the league’s “ACC Operation Basketball media day Wednesday. Syracuse – which joins the ACC along with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame from the reconfigured Big East – was picked second, while North Carolina was picked third.

Virginia was picked fourth, followed by Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, reigning champion Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

In addition, Duke freshman Jabari Parker was picked as preseason rookie of the year.

This will be Maryland’s final year in the league before leaving for the Big Ten.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Click http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter in order to go straight to the full version of the high school football team of the week presentation from New Hanover that aired at 6pm on WWAY. It’s the WWAY – Farm Bureau Insurance Team of the Week Award. We showed a shorter version of the presentation at 11pm. Special thanks to Farm Bureau at Mayfaire, Leland and Southport !!





LANEY 4 – WEST BRUNSWICK 2 IN OT **click icon for video

CROSS COUNTRY – see release from Cape Fear Academy below:

Today at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington, The Cape Fear Academy Varsity Boys Cross Country team pulled off the upset by winning the CFIC Conference Championship by a 4 point margin. This is the boys second consecutive conference championship. The CFA Varsity Girls

Conference Champion and Runner of the Year – All-Conference – Alex Nadaud – finished first for Cape Fear Academy and first in the race.

Cameron Stephens – finished 2nd in the race and was named all-conference

Team Scores
CFA – 51 points
O’Neal – 55 points – won by tiebreaker
Fayetteville CHristian – 55
Village Christian – 60

Top 7 CFA finishers and Place
Alex Nadaud – 17:23 – 1st – All-Confernece
Cameron Stephens – 17:41 – 2nd – All-conference
Zach Weinstein – 20:47 – 13th
Ira Soltis – 21:51 – 16th
Phillip Njapa – 22:29 – 19th
Lazelle Smith – 22:42 – 21st
Jake Meyers – 23:14 – 23rd

Varsity Girls

Two CFA Finished with all-conference honors and the team came within one point of finishing 2nd in the conference. 7th graders Noelia Martinez (4th) and 7th grader Emily Esposito (11th) earned All-Conference

Team Scores:
Fayetteville Academy – 28
Village Christian Academy – 56
Cape Fear Academy – 57
Fayetteville Christian – 86
O’Neal School – 132

Top 7 CFA runners:

Noelia Martinez – 4th – 22:22 – All-Conference
Emily Esposito – 11th – 23:25 – All-Conference
Yasmine Henneke – 13th – 23:34
Dani Kranchalk – 14th – 23:48
Rebecca Early – 15th – 24:02
Hollan Wills – 16th – 24:04
Ireland Berry – 18th – 24:18


ALLENDALE SC, (CFCC RELEASE) CFCC 3 USC-Slakehatchie 1. Goals 17th min Emmett Lunceford PK 24th min Derek Yates (Lunceford) 25th Gabe Moore (Sergio Esparrago) Record 11-4-3 7-2-3 Region 10 currently 2nd in Region Standings with 2 games to go. Next Game Saturday vs Spartanburg Methodist College 2pm North Campus Soccer Field for 1st place implications


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Goals from John Grosh and Guido Pena lifted visiting Drexel past UNCW, 2-0, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action on Wednesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The win snaps a four-game winless skid for the Dragons and moved their record to 6-5-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the CAA. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 6-5-1 and 2-2 in the league.

Grosh opened the scoring in the 34th minute when corralled a pass at the top of the penalty area and eluded his defender with a touch to the left side. He then lined his shot just inside the right post from 16 yards out at the 33:50 mark.

Colin Bonner nearly tied the game in the 45th minute when he stole the ball from a Drexel defender and fired a shot from 20 yards out that skipped just outside the right post with 42 seconds remaining in the half.
Pena added to Drexel’s lead with his first goal of the season coming in the 50th minute. Ken Tribbett started the play with a pass from the right side that found Pena streaking into the penalty area and he headed it home from 10 yards out with 40:25 left in regulation.

The Seahawks outshot the Dragons, 13-9, but DU goalkeeper Tyler Afflerback recorded the shutout with an eight-save performance.

UNCW visits UNC Chapel Hill in its final non-conference match of the season on Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


WILMINGTON, NC (RELEASE) — One Love Tennis, a not-for-profit in the Greater Wilmington area under the umbrella of the Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund, Inc, officially announces its first ever fundraising event.

This day long event, featuring tennis superstars The Bryan brothers, the winningest doubles team in the history of tennis and current world No. 1, will come to Wilmington on November 24 to headline a fundraising tennis exhibition in Trask Coliseum at UNCW. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow through the UNCW Box Office
The American brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan both 35, have clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record NINTH time and for the fifth consecutive season.

The Bryans are one of only two teams in history to have won every 
Grand Slam title as well as Olympic gold medals (2012). They have a Career Golden Slam and 15 grand slam titles overall, which is more than any team in the Open Era. These include victories at the Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), the French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013), and the US Open (2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012). They won the Tennis Masters Cup doubles tournament three times (2003, 2004 and 2009). They won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They also won the 2007 Davis Cup along with Andy Roddick and James Blake. The Bryan Brothers were named ATP Team of the Decade for 2000–2009.

The Bryan Brothers are coming to headline the “Double Your Bryan Brothers Tennis Extravaganza” in Wilmington at the behest of Lenny Simpson, Executive Director of One Love Tennis Program that started has been providing services to area youth since April of this year.

The One Love mission is to Provide a year round program to under-served youth that provides Tennis instruction and academic support in an environment that builds self-esteem, character and life skills, regardless of socio-economic background, color or creed. Additionally, the One Love Program promotes tennis as an alternative to negative recreation and create an atmosphere that values respect, honesty, sportsmanship, discipline, education and success. The program will focus initially on the Greater Wilmington, NC area.

“If you haven’t heard of One Love yet, you will. We have already made well over 3500 youth contacts since April in our summer and after school programs.” Says Simpson.

A tennis legend in his own right, Simpson was trained and coached by tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. He had many career highlights including being the youngest male to play at Forest Hills (the US Open)

Simpson feels that tennis and education helped shape his life in positive ways and wants to give that same opportunity, direction and motivation needed to succeed on the court, in school and in life to at risk young people.

Simpson believes that the tennis, academic tutoring and life lessons provided by One Love to at-risk youth in tennis afterschool programs will help them develop life skills that will enhance their development and growth for the rest of their lives.

This Bryan Brothers event, which is being organized by One Love and produced by Simpson and Associates Sports Management, includes a youth clinic taught by the Bryan Brothers, their father Wayne Bryan and other tennis professionals.

All proceeds from the Bryan Bros. Tennis Extravaganza will be shared among three Wilmington-based sports not-for-profits… The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, the UNCW Seahawk Club and One Love Tennis.

“Hosting the Bryan Brothers in Wilmington promises to be a world-class, family oriented, crowd pleasing occasion for Southeastern North Carolina.” Says Jon Rosborough, President of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. “This event complements the mission of the GWSHOF and provides something for everyone in our community and we are thrilled to be associated with such a top-notch event. “

“We are excited to partner with One Love Tennis to bring the Bryan Brothers to Wilmington.” Says Rob Aycock, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Executive Director of the Seahawk Club. “The Seahawk Club is thankful for the ability to be one of the benefitting charities while also bringing a great event to the community.”

Simpson, who has produced over 60 of these world class exhibition matches with such names as Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Caroline Wozniacki, also produced the John McEnroe-Todd Martin match that played to an almost sold out crowd at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington a few years ago as part of the Azalea Festival.

Simpson is happy to be back in his hometown of Wilmington and bringing in the Bryan Brothers and other tennis superstars to raise money for such important causes. “This event is even more exciting than the McEnroe-Martin match”. Says Simpson. “The Bryan Brothers are truly game changing athletes and great American ambassadors and role models. They are very current champions and the fans go crazy for them. They even have their signature “Chest Bump”! They are real entertainers on and off the court.” Their Dad, Wayne Bryan, was their coach growing up and he still works with them. He travels with them and is a talented and audience- pleasing emcee and manages the Youth Tennis Clinics at these fundraising events. The day will culminate with a performance by the popular Bryan Brothers Band. “These guys are really great…they rock, they rap and the crowds love them.” Says Simpson. The Bryan Bros. Band, with Mike on guitar and Bob on keyboards, has performed all of the country and to large audiences at the bigger tennis events including the big stage at the US Open. Their songs, including their hits “Autograph” and “Let it Rip” can be purchased on iTunes.
“We are really looking forward to coming to Wilmington. We love working with Lenny and especially supporting programs like his One Love Tennis.” Says Bob Bryan from his home in Florida after being on tour with his brother in Asia. “We’ve seen the difference these kind of programs can make in young lives and communities all over the country.”

“It’s really great that the organizations benefiting from this event are totally in line with our mission in our Bryan Brothers Foundation.” Adds his brother, Mike Bryan, home in Southern California. “Which is to promote the ideals of sports and emphasize the values of hard work and dedication.”

“We will be ready for some of that historic southern hospitality and we will make sure that Wilmington has an exciting , fun day of more than just tennis!” Mike adds. “So follow us on Facebook and Twitter…we will be talking about it.”

Tickets will go on sale at the UNCW Sports Box Office. Also check out www.bryanbros-onelove.org for more details.


DETROIT (AP) – A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland’s revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.

Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped Jackson to eighth in the order and moved everyone else up a place following the Tigers’ 1-0 loss in Game 3. Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk off Jake Peavy for the first run of Detroit’s five-run second inning.

Doug Fister allowed a run in six innings, and after blowing a 5-0 lead in Game 2, Detroit kept the Red Sox at bay Wednesday.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Detroit. The Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez faces Boston’s Jon Lester in a Game 1 rematch won by Detroit.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis’ lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series.

Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also went deep for the Dodgers, who rediscovered their power stroke just in time to save their season. They held in the ninth, when St. Louis scored twice off closer Kenley Jansen before he struck out pinch-hitter Adron Chambers with two on to end it.

The best-of-seven series shifts back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Friday night, when ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers against rookie Michael Wacha.

When those two squared off in Game 2, the Cardinals won 1-0 on an unearned run.

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WILMINGTON, NC (TEAM POULTON BOXING RELEASE) — Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, is stepping back into the ring to fight Celebrity Boxing Champion, Todd “The Punisher” Poulton!

The event, which is entitled, “The Do Right Challenge – Fighting for Fathers”, will take place on Father’s Day weekend in 2014 (Saturday, June 14) at The X Sports Complex on George Bishop Parkway in Myrtle Beach, SC.

“The Do Right Challenge – Fighting for Fathers”, which is a charity event, will feature local amateur fighters from the greater Myrtle Beach area, and will serve as The Grand Finale of an historic 3-day event that includes a free boxing camp for kids 10-18 years of age.

The concept, “Fighting for Fathers”, was created by James “Bonecrusher” Smith in an effort to encourage Fathers in this country “to step up, serve as role models, and be more active in their chidlren’s lives.”

The boxing camp is being hosted by “Bonecrusher” Smith, and the children who attend will learn boxing techniques, fitness and important life skills.

Bonecrusher founded his charity, Champion For Kids, in 2004 to mentor kids around the world. He is also planning to build a Boxing Legends Hall of Fame Museum in Myrtle Beach that will be the home for his after-school boxing program for kids and an international boxing club to train young boxers.

Stay tuned for more information about this historic boxing event, including details regarding the boxing card itself which will feature the much anticipated Main Event bout between “Bonecrusher” and Todd “The Punisher” Poulton!

Note: See our interview with the former champ, Bonecrusher Smith. Click the play video icon.



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