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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Click http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter in order to go straight to this week's full version of the high school football team of the week presentation from West Brunswick High School 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 on Wednesday. Special thanks to Farm Bureau at Mayfaire, Leland and Southport !!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

BOYS SOCCER
EAST BLADEN 4 - WEST BLADEN 2
EAGLES IMPROVE TO 10-9-2 OVERALL

EAST DUPLIN 2 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 0
PANTHERS FINISH 10-0 IN EAST CENTRAL CONFERENCE

TRASK 2 - PENDER 0
TITANS FINISH IN 6TH PLACE IN FOUR COUNTY CONFERENCE

DON'T SEE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL SCORE LISTED HERE? MAKE SURE YOUR SCHOOL'S AD GETS SOMEONE TO REPORT IT TO WWAY

GIRLS TENNIS STATE PLAYOFFS
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY BEAT FAYETTEVILLE ACADEMY 6-3
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY GIRLS TENNIS TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE SEMI-FINALS ON FRIDAY

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BOSTON (AP) - Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.

Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth straight Series win.

David Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran - a catch that sent the star right fielder to a hospital with bruised ribs - but Big Papi later hit a two-run homer following third baseman David Freese's bad throw.

The Red Sox also capitalized on two errors by shortstop Pete Kozma to extend a Series winning streak that began when they swept St. Louis in 2004. Boston never trailed at any point in those four games and, thanks to this embarrassing display by the Cardinals, coasted on a rollicking night at Fenway Park.

It got so bad for St. Louis that the sellout crowd literally laughed when pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina, who've combined to win six Gold Gloves, let an easy popup drop untouched between them.

Serious-minded St. Louis manager Mike Matheny didn't find anything funny, especially when the umpires huddled in the first inning and flipped a call by Dana DeMuth at second base.

The six-man crew correctly ruled that Kozma had not caught a soft toss from second baseman Matt Carpenter on a slow grounder by Ortiz. A season before Major League Baseball employs full replay, fans got to see a wrong get righted.

"There's five of us out here, OK? And all five of us agreed 100 percent that it wasn't a catch. Our job is to get it right," crew chief John Hirschbeck told Matheny on audio played on the Fox telecast.

The normally slick-fielding Cardinals looked sloppy at every turn. Wainwright bounced a pickoff throw, Molina let a pitch skitter off his mitt, center fielder Shane Robinson bobbled the carom on Napoli's double and there was a wild pitch.

The Cardinal Way? More like, no way.

Game 2 is Thursday night, with 22-year-old rookie sensation Michael Wacha starting for St. Louis against John Lackey. Wacha is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA this postseason.

Boston brought the beards, but it was a most hairy night for St. Louis. The Cardinals wrecked themselves with only their second three-error game of the season.

The umpires made a mistake, too, but at least they got to fix it in a hurry.

(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) -- Freshman diver Allen Crosby was named Colonial Athletic Association Diver-of-the-Week after breaking a school record in the 1-meter dive in a meet against Emory last week.

Crosby continued his standout season with a score of 309.60 points, breaking Dean Berman's record of 307.65, set in 2003. He also won the 3-meter board with a score of 325.27.

In two meets competed this season, Crosby has won all four events he's been in. He opened his career with a sweep of the diving events against Old Dominion.
Crosby and the Seahawks host Duke for a 2 p.m. start on Oct. 26. Crosby will compete against Olympic Bronze Medalist Nick McCrory, who also is a three-time NCAA champion.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads announced today that Jason Arnold, who formerly served as Executive Director of USL Youth Leagues and as USL PRO and MISL Director of Operations, has been appointed General Manager of the club. His new role is effective immediately.

As general manager of the Hammerheads, Arnold will oversee the operations of all individual divisions while providing ongoing direction for the development of the club.

Arnold comes to the Hammerheads following his management of youth league programs within USL, including Super-Y League, Super-20 League, Next Generation Series, and Olympic Development Program.

"We are pleased to have Jason join the Wilmington Hammerheads staff as we continue to transition into our 2014 planning," said Wilmington Hammerheads Owner George Altirs. "He brings the experience and the skill set that will ensure positive growth and development of the club."

Arnold joined USL in 2010 as USL PRO and MISL Director of Operations prior to engaging in his previous role as Executive Director of USL Youth Leagues in March 2012. Arnold served as the primary league contact for professional team executives and owners while also developing procedures and protocols for both professional leagues.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be named general manager of an organization with such a rich history as the Wilmington Hammerheads, and I am extremely excited to get started," said Arnold. "The Hammerheads are an organization that I know very well and have had the opportunity to work with for many years during my time at the league office. I believe the opportunities for growth and community involvement in Wilmington are endless. The future is bright and I look forward to bringing the team to the next level, both on and off the field."

As a player, Arnold is a three-time NCAA College Cup final four participant with the University of Maryland where he graduated in 2004.

Matt Sadler, former general manager of the Wilmington Hammerheads, has taken the roll of Director of Development for the team.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Call it an even dozen for the Landfall Tradition, one of the college game's premier women's golf tournaments.

The tournament that has become a staple in the Wilmington community runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course. It marks the 12th year the annual event has showcased the nation's top talent.

"The Landfall Tradition is one of the most prestigious collegiate events in the country," said veteran UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "The committee, CCL staff and the entire membership embrace The Tradition and take tremendous pride in putting on a great event at a first-class venue. The tournament is always a memorable one for the players, coaches and their families."

Eighteen teams and six individuals will compete on the par-72, 6,204-yard layout that borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. Spectacular weather is expected, with plentiful sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60's.

In addition to host UNCW, the field features Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Tigers from the ACC are the lone newcomer to the tourney.

The tournament has moved to the Pete Dye Course, site of the 1995 and 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, after playing 10 of its first 11 years at the club's Jack Nicklaus layout.

"The Dye course is a great test and a favorite among many of the players and coaches," added Ho. "The course sets up very well for the women's game. It demands accuracy off the tee since many holes have trouble on both sides.

"The course also requires the golfer to think about where to leave their approach shots on the green because certain pins allow a better opportunity to score. Overall, scores should be lower this year on the Dye course."

Ten of Golfstat's top-25 teams are entered: Oklahoma State (3), Duke (4), Arizona (7), Alabama (10), Clemson (13), Iowa State (14), N.C. State (15), South Carolina (19), Michigan State (21) and Ohio State (23).

Individually, 15 of the top-50 players in the Golfstat rankings are scheduled to appear in the event, including three of the top seven players in the land. Freshman sensation Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson is ranked third, Oklahoma State sophomore Julie Yang is ranked fifth and Alabama senior Stephanie Meadow checks in at No. 7.

Also 16 of the top-50 players in the Golfweek poll will tackle the Dye layout. Yang ranked No. 3 by Golfweek, followed by Ramsey (4th) and Meadow (6th). Ramsey is seeking her third consecutive individual title of the fall.

Ho said: "We have an outstanding field with 10 of the top-25 nationally-ranked teams coming. We try to attract the best teams for this event and we've been very successful again."

Four teams in the tournament own a national title: Alabama, Arizona, Duke and Purdue. Duke has five NCAA Division I championships on its resume.

Oklahoma State claimed last year's rain-shortened event with a 292 total and returns to defend its crown. Individually, Texas Tech's Kimberly Kauffman claimed medalist honors with a remarkable 5-under 67 under difficult conditions.

Purdue and Wake Forest are striving to become the first teams to win the event three times. Devon Brouse's Boilermakers captured the crown in 2005 and 2011, while Dianne Dailey's Demon Deacons went back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

The event begins Thursday with the popular College/Am Tournament that raises funds for the UNCW men's and women's golf programs. It has raised more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception.

During its historic run, more than 1,100 golfers from 86 schools and 31 states have competed in the LT. This year's field includes golfers from 24 different countries.

The tournament has also been very competitive through the years. Five different champions have been crowned over the last five years (Wake Forest in 2008, Duke in 2009, UCLA in 2010, Purdue in 2011 and Oklahoma State in 2012).

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