WWAY’s Tuesday night sports – October 29

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Submitted: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:49am
Updated: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 6:13pm

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NEW HANOVER 2 – HOKE COUNTY 0 ** click video icon to see video


ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — We talked with veteran basketball coach Ken Cross on Tuesday, just one day prior to the start of official basketball practice for high school teams. Ken Cross is the East Bladen boys basketball coach. Click the play video icon to see our segment with coach Cross.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – WWAY 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon was one of a handful of former Boston Red Sox players to throw out the first pitch in game 2 of the World Series last week. Click the play video icon to get Trot’s thoughts on that experience.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 22, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

Class 4-A
1. Charlotte Mallard Creek (12) (9-0) 120 1
2. Scotland County (9-0) 102 2
3. Greensboro Dudley (8-0) 93 3
4. Richmond County (8-1) 77 4
5. Cornelius Hough (8-1) 75 5
6. West Forsyth (9-1) 45 7
7. East Forsyth (8-1) 44 6
8. Charlotte Catholic (7-2) 26 10
9. Southeast Guilford (9-0) 23 NR
10. Rocky River (8-1) 21 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: North Davidson (8-1) 11.

Class 3-A
1. Havelock (11) (10-0) 119 1
2. Belmont South Point (1) (10-0) 104 2
3. Northern Guilford (7-2) 84 3
4. Lawndale Burns (9-0) 81 4
5. Asheville Erwin (9-0) 76 5
6. Concord (9-0) 66 6
7. Orange County (9-0) 43 7
8. Shelby Crest (8-1) 37 8
9. Wilson Fike (9-0) 16 NR
10. South Iredell (8-1) 14 9
Others receiving 10 or more points: None.

Class 2-A
1. North Rowan (12) (9-0) 120 1
2. Franklin (9-0) 97 3
3. East Lincoln (5-4) 90 2
4. Winston-Salem Carver (8-1) 82 4
5. Reidsville (7-2) 65 5
6. High Point Andrews (8-1) 62 6
7. Maiden (9-0) 50 8
8. Elizabeth City Northeastern (8-1) 47 7
9. Monroe (8-1) 20 9
10. Black Mountain Owen (8-1) 9 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: None.

Class 1-A
1. Warsaw Kenan (11) (9-0) 119 1
2. Plymouth (1) (8-0) 105 2
3. West Montgomery (8-1) 84 4
4. Tarboro (7-2) 80 5
5. East Surry (7-1) 62 6
6. Wallace-Rose Hill (7-2) 59 3
7. Swain County (7-2) 57 7
8. Whiteville (8-1) 39 8
9. Murphy (7-2) 34 9
10. Lejeune (8-1) 13 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: None.

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


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — The UNCW men’s basketball team shoots for its 25th straight exhibition victory Wednesday night when NCAA Division II Belmont Abbey visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Seahawks.

UNCW, 10-20 one year ago in Buzz Peterson’s third season in the Port City, was picked to finish eighth in the league at the Colonial Athletic Association’s annual Media Day. It will be the first of two exhibition games for the Seahawks, who will take on Methodist on Sunday, Nov. 3, in their final tune-up for the regular season.

“Coach (Stephen) Miss has done a great job there and they’ve had some very successful teams,” said Peterson. “In exhibitions, we’re more concerned more about what we do than our opponent. We’re trying to figure out our lineup, who plays well together and minutes.

“We’re going to use it to simulate a game-day situation. It’s a lot different when you have referees and the light’s a little brighter.”

The Seahawks stand 41-5 lifetime in exhibition games since their first tune-up back on Nov. 12, 1985. UNCW has not lost an exhibition game since being surprised, 71-57, by the Court Authority on Dec. 12, 1998.

UNCW shellacked North Carolina Wesleyan, 90-51, one year ago in their only exhibition game of the 2012-13 campaign. Tanner Milson’s game-high 19 points led three Seahawks in double figures as UNCW used a 20-7 run midway through the opening half to open a 27-15 lead and never looked back. Chris Dixon chipped in 11 points and sophomore forward Cedric Williams had 10 for the Seahawks, who shot a blistering 63.2 percent from the field, including 64.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Peterson said, “We’ve been very encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last four or five days. We’ve had 25 practices and the guys are ready to go against somebody else. They’re tired of playing against the same people.

“These exhibition games have come quickly. The bottom line is that we want to win the ball game, but we still want to see what certain players can do in a game setting. We don’t want to lose the game, but we do want to see how players react in certain situations.”

Belmont Abbey is a private liberal-arts Catholic school located 15 miles west of Charlotte. The Crusaders compete in the Carolinas Conference and won the 2013 basketball crown.

The Crusaders and Miss feature four seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen on their 13-man roster. The list includes players from Taiwan and New Zealand.

Belmont Abbey was picked to finish sixth in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. The defending league champions return two starters from last year’s 22-10 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons.

The Abbey graduated its top three scorers from last season, including First-Team All-American Tyshawn Good, whose 27.0 points per game average led all of NCAA in 2012-13. The Crusaders’ top returning leading scorer, Chris Davis, averaged 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Darryl Durham, the other returning starter, averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

For the fourth straight year, every UNCW basketball game may be heard on Sunny 104.5 FM, with the pre-game show 30 minutes before tip-off. Mike Vaccaro and Danny Dahl will provide the call.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW juniors Hannah Stephenson and Valtteri were honored yet again by the Colonial Athletic Association for the performances last weekend against ACC member Duke.

For Halonen, this is the third time this season he’s been named CAA Swimmer-of-the-Week. Against Duke, he swept the Backstroke events with times of 50.63 in the 100 and 1:51.02 in the 200. Both times were season bests for Halonen.

Stephenson earned the honors for the second time this season. The backstroke from Raleigh matched Halonen in sweeping the backstroke events against Duke. Stephenson shared this week’s honor with James Madison’s Kelsey Holmgaard.

The Seahawks head to Harrisonburg, Va., for a CAA Pod Meet beginning Friday along with Delaware and William & Mary.

UNCW Swimmers/Divers who have won CAA Honors this season.


FOXFIRE VILLAGE, NC (NCHSAA) -— Ledford rolled to its third consecutive team championship on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3-A women’s golf championships at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club.

Ledford held just a six-shot advantage of Northern Guilford entering the final day of play but then recorded a 248 as a team for a 498 total, 29 shots ahead of Northern Guilford and West Henderson, who tied for second. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons was fourth at 536.

Siranon Shomee of Lee County emerged from the pack of contenders in the individual race to take the championship, firing a two-over par 73 on Tuesday for a 149 total, one shot better than South Brunswick’s Ashley Sloup. Abby Parsons of Cameron Union Pines, who also had a 73 in the final round, was third at 151.The championship layout was a par 71 and 5,787 yards.

The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 11 teams and 78 individual golfers competed in the event, the 11th year that the sport has been classified. It was the third time that three separate championships have been held and the 33rd year for state championship competition in the sport.



Longleaf Golf and Country Club


1 Siranon Shoomee Lee County 76 73 = 149

2 Ashley Sloup South Brunswick 75 75 = 150


PINEHURST, NC (NCSHAA) -– Emilia Migliaccio of Raleigh Athens Drive maintained the lead on Tuesday she had built after the opening day and held on to win the individual title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s golf championships at Pinehurst number six.

Migliaccio and Megan Cullip of Charlotte Ardrey Kell were tied for the lead after Monday’s opening round with 73s. Migliaccio had a four-over 76 in the final round for a 149 total, two shots ahead of Meghan Symons of Green Hope and Moon Cheong of Ardrey Kell.

Cullip had an 84 in the final round to fall out of contention. There were 10 golfers within five shots of the lead entering the final 18 holes.

Par was set at 72 and the layout was 5,735 yards.

Defending team champion Ardrey Kell made it two in a row and three titles in the last four years, taking the crown with a score of 477, 12 shots ahead of Green Hope after holding a 10-stroke advantage after Monday’s rounds. Southern Pines Pinecrest was third at 494 and Holly Springs placed fourth at 509.

The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 10 teams and 78 golfers competed in the event, the 11th year that the sport has been classified. It was the third year that three separate championships have been held and the 33rd year for state championship competition in the sport.

Maddy Thompson New Hanover finished in a tie for 18th place in the state 4-A championship.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover High and ECU alum Jay Ross is again looking for a job in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills announced today they have released Ross from their 53-man roster. It’s the second time this season the Bills released the defensive lineman. He started the season with the team before being released after the first game. The Bills signed him to the practice squad two weeks later.

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