WWAY’s Monday night sports – October 21

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Submitted: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 3:50am
Updated: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 4:21am

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Buccaneer goals by Robert Atkinson, Tyler Gioielli and Michael James


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Boston Red Sox slugger Trot Nixon is pumped up about Boston’s appearance in the 2013 World Series. Click the play video icon to get Nixon’s take on this year encounter between Boston and St. Louis.

Note: Trot Nixon was the starting right fielder for Boston when the team won the 2004 World Series. The Wilmington resident is the co-host of WWAY’s 5th Quarter high school football show.


GREENVILLE, NC (WWAY) – Former New Hanover Wildcat DaQuan Barnes is making an impact at the wide receiver position for East Carolina. Click the play video icon for an DaQuan Barnes update.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Kevin Schneider & Big Shots Basketball hosted a Big Shots North Carolina Showcase with Flight 22 at Laney High School over the weekend. Kevin Schneider and Laney head basketball coach Nathan Faulk both hosted the event. Click the play video icon at the top of the page to see Monday’s coverage of the event.

Click here to see a list of the participants. http://www.bigshots.net/big-shots-today/oct-19-big-shots-nc-showcase-schedule/


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants got their first win of the season Monday night by holding Adrian Peterson in check and converting Minnesota mistakes into a 23-7 victory.

The Giants began the season with six losses in which they were the team turning over the ball and showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings (1-5), they were efficient enough, if not overwhelming, and had three takeaways.

Peterson, the league’s MVP last season, was held to 28 yards rushing five days after his 2-year-old son was buried in South Dakota. The man accused in the death was indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Monday.

Peterson was not aided by a rusty Josh Freeman, making his debut as Vikings quarterback.

Josh Brown kicked three field goals, Rueben Randle caught a 24-yard TD pass and Peyton Hills ran for a TD for New York (1-6).

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– UNCW senior right side hitter Christi Laite was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week on Monday.

Laite, who shared the award with Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills, was recognized for the second time this season as she was also honored on Sept. 3 after being named MVP of the Kristen Dickmann Invitational.

“The two wins over JMU and WM will certainly go down as one of the most memorable weekends for our program since I have been at UNCW,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Christi played with tons of confidence and was a tremendous sparkplug that made it difficult for either JMU or W&M to gain any momentum against us. She was creative with her shot selection, which kept our opponents guessing and ultimately led to a great attacking performance from Christi all weekend.”

A native of Severna Park, Md., Laite recorded 30 kills (5.0 KPS) and posted a .472 hitting percentage in leading UNCW to sweeps of James Madison and William & Mary last weekend at Hanover Hall. She committed just five attack errors in 53 total attempts to power a Seahawks lineup that combined to hit .191 for the weekend.

Against James Madison, Laite finished with 12 kills and just three errors in 21 total attempts for a .429 hitting percentage against the Dukes. She followed that performance with 18 kills and only two miscues in 32 tries for a .500 attack clip against William & Mary. She also added four total blocks, including one solo rejection, versus the Tribe.

UNCW (14-7; 3-4 CAA) returns to action Saturday when it travels to league-leading College of Charleston for a 2 p.m. matinee at TD Arena.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW freshman keeper Carolyn Huddy was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie-of-the-Week for the second week in a row on Monday.

Huddy becomes just the second league newcomer to earn the award on more than one occasion this season. She was also honored on Oct. 14 following her first career shutout against College of Charleston.

“Goalkeepers get the chance to keep you in games and Carolyn certainly did that this weekend,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “Our other goalkeepers push each other in practice, so Liisa (Rahkola), Liz (Thompson) and Jordan (Brown), along with Coach (John) Adams, all share in this honor with Carolyn.

The Huntersville, N.C., product made16 saves as she helped the Seahawks earn a split of its contests at James Madison and William & Mary last weekend.

Huddy opened the road swing by making nine saves in a 2-1 loss to the Dukes on Oct. 18 before recording seven saves in a 3-0 win over the league-leading Tribe on Sunday that gave the Seahawks their first victory over William & Mary in program history.

“In our JMU game, Carolyn made a few key saves to keep us in it and on Sunday at W&M she made at least two class saves to keep the Tribe off the board,” said Cairney. “Carolyn was drafted into action just a few short weeks ago after Liisa’s injury, so she deserves a lot of credit for how she has responded.”

UNCW (8-8; 3-3 CAA) plays its final two games of the regular season this weekend as it hosts Drexel (Oct. 25) and Delaware (Oct. 27) at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. The Seahawks can clinch a spot in the upcoming CAA Women’s Soccer Championship with a win or tie in either contest.


CARY, NC (UNCW) -– Senior Rafael Aita and junior Sam Williams are in a New York state of mind.
Aita (Lima, Peru) and Williams (Bristol, England) punched their ticket to the ITA National Men’s Tennis Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., early Monday by completing an unbeaten run in the ITA Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park.

Aita and Williams, the No. 2 seeds, defeated N.C. State’s Robbie Mudge and Sean Weber, 8-4, for the right to travel to New York. The team beat opponents form Elon, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and N.C. State en route to the championship.

“We take a lot of confidence from this because we have so much respect for the teams in our region,” said seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We feel real good going into the national indoors next month.”

The national tournament, scheduled Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, will feature 16 teams from eight regions, along with wild card entries.


Note: Click the play video icon to see a team picture of the Landfall team.

WILMINGTON, NC (CCL RELEASE) -– Country Club of Landfall’s ACES 14’s Intermediate Junior Team Tennis team won the Junior Team Tennis National Championship for the first time ever this past weekend. The team competed in the United States Tennis Association’s National Junior Team Tennis Championships in Columbia, South Carolina, competing against teams from sections all over the country, including Southwest, Eastern, Middle States, Missouri Valley and Southern California.

The USTA has over 19,000 Junior Team Tennis Teams competing on an annual basis and over 300 juniors competing at the national level for the 14’s age group tournament. The team qualified for Nationals by winning the Junior Team Tennis North Carolina Championships and the Southern Championships held in Alabama earlier this summer.

“This very same team lost at Southern’s last year and ever since that loss they set a goal to at least qualify to compete at Nationals this year,” said Lauren Isenhour, Country Club of Landfall Assistant Tennis Professional and Head Coach for the 14’s. “To see the team come together and work hard throughout the year to not only meet their goal of qualifying, but to actually win a National Championship is the ultimate accomplishment; as coaches we couldn’t be more proud.”

The team is comprised of Keegan Bigoness, Lila Das, Lexi Lampkin, PJ Middleton, Taylor Walicki, Patrick Senior, Holland Baynard, Kara Ferner, Eddie Janosko, Robert Schuett, Westley Gaines and coached by Country Club of Landfall Head Tennis Professional Jonathan Ingham and Assistant Tennis Professional Lauren Isenhour.

The team began their match play by beating New Mexico who was representing the Southwest section, followed by New Jersey out of the Eastern section and then Pennsylvania out of the Middle States section. After those three wins, CCL’s ACES qualified to play in the National Semifinals. Battling from behind during their semi-final match against a tough Oklahoma team from the Missouri Valley section, they took the win and earned a berth in the finals for the National Championship. The final match was against a team from San Diego out of the Southern California section. Again, playing from behind the teams pulled out a victory with the final match of girls doubles tipping the win.

“Each match we played got tougher and tougher and entering into the semi-finals and finals we played a number of matches from behind,” stated Jon Ingham. “The team’s ability to come back speaks to their mental toughness; they definitely earned this title and are the best in the country.”

This coming weekend CCL’s ACES 18’s will be competing at Nationals for the second time where they finished third in the Nation last year.


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