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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Week number 12 of the high school football season will kick off on Friday. Click the play video icon to see our preview of Friday's action as the regular season comes to a close.
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HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) – Led by First-Team All-CAA selections junior Stephanie Bronson and sophomore Katrina Guillou, a total of six players were recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Thursday evening during the league’s championship banquet.

Joining Bronson and Guillou on the all-conference teams were sophomores Morgan Leyble and Maddie McCormick, who garnered Second and Third Team All-CAA accolades, respectively. Freshman keeper Carolyn Huddy was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team and senior Natalie Winslow was recognized for her work in the classroom as she was selected to the league’s All-Academic Team.

“It is an honor for six of our players to be recognized in this league,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “There is an incredible depth of talent in the CAA and there is not much separating the first, second and third teams. As with any individual award, our whole team shares these honors with Katrina, Stephanie, Morgan, Maddie, Carolyn & Natalie.”

A Third-Team All-CAA pick a season ago, Bronson earned First-Team honors in 2013 as she ranked third on the team in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists. The Raleigh, N.C., product took part in all 19 games for the Seahawks this season and was third on the team with 37 shot attempts. She scored the game-winning goal in the Seahawks’ 3-2 victory at East Carolina in September.

A native of Ft. Washington, Md., Guillou earned First-Team All-CAA accolades after enjoying a breakout sophomore season that saw her post team highs in goals (10), assists (6) and points (26) to rank among the top five players in the CAA in all three categories. Guillou took part in all 19 games for the Seahawks and finished the season on an offensive tear with points in 11 of the team’s final 15 games.

One of only three players to start all 19 games for UNCW this season, Leyble provided scoring depth as she tallied six points (1 G, 4 A) from the centre back position. A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Leyble also played a key role in the team’s defensive efforts, helping the squad post three shutouts.

McCormick was recognized as a Third-Team All-CAA honoree for the second consecutive season after ranking second on the team in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16). The Newark, Del., product authored the game-winning goal on two occasions; providing the decisive tally in victories against Longwood and Delaware.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Huddy earned All-Rookie Team honors following a freshman campaign that saw her play a total of 12 games in goal for the Seahawks and fashioning a 1.28 goals against average, a .806 save percentage and 50 saves. Pressed into full-time duty after the injury to fellow rookie keeper Lissa Rahkola, Huddy rose the challenge, posting a 1.01 goals against average, a .840 save percentage and two shutouts over the final seven games of the season.

Winslow was named to the All-Academic Team for her work in the classroom as the Wilson, N.C., product is a four-time Dean’s List honoree with a 3.59 cumulative GPA. ON track to graduate with a degree in Elementary Education in the spring, Winslow started all 19 games for the Seahawks this season and contributed two assists from her right back position.

“It is exciting that five of our honorees will be back next season,” Cairney said. “With one junior, three sophomores and one freshman being All-CAA simply demonstrates the youth that our 2013 squad had and it bodes well for a championship run in 2014. I am also very happy for Natalie to be finally recognized for her athletic and academic achievements at UNCW.”

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FLUSHING, NY (UNCW) -– Rafael Aita and Sam Williams made history on Thursday by becoming UNCW’s first competitors in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Tennis Championships, but the result wasn’t quite what they wanted.

The tandem fell to Columbia’s Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, 8-2, at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Narayana and Schnur had knocked off No. 3-seeded Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow earlier in the day, 8-3.

"We had a tough day transitioning to the indoor courts,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach. We never were really able to get ourselves into the match. Give credit to Columbia’s team. They really came out aggressively and played the right match to beat us. We will continue to make adjustments and try to take a step forward tomorrow."

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, slated for Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 7-10), serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia, the prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.

Aita (Lima, Peru) and Williams (Bristol, England) punched their ticket to the event by completing an impressive unbeaten run in the ITA Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park last month. The pair is guaranteed to play at least four matches in New York.

The field includes the men’s and women’s champions from each of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, singles quarterfinalists from the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, singles semifinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships along with consolation champions and doubles finalists from both All-American events.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held at the home of the US Open.

For complete coverage of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, or like the ITA Facebook page for updates and news from Flushing. Use the hashtag #NationalIndoors for all tweets in regards to the event, or search the term "NationalIndoors" to find others who are tweeting about the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two scores and the Minnesota Vikings stopped the Washington Redskins at the 4 in the final seconds to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.

Christian Ponder went 17 for 21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with an injured left shoulder. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (2-7).

Robert Griffin III was 24 for 37 for 281 yards and three touchdowns for the Redskins (3-6), who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. But Santana Moss couldn't get his second foot in bounds on a pass in the corner of the end zone on fourth down, giving Minnesota the victory.

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

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SOCCER 4-A EAST SEMI FINALS

LANEY AT SANDERSON
The Laney Bucs will travel to Raleigh to face Sanderson in the 4th round of the state soccer playoffs at 5pm Saturday. Winner advances to the East finals.

NEW HANOVER AT GREEN HOPE
The NHHS boys soccer team (21-2-2) travels to Green Hope H.S.(21-2) Saturday for the 4th Round of the State playoffs. Game time is 6:30p.m. Winner advances to the East finals.

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HE TIP-OFF: The 63rd season of intercollegiate basketball at UNCW gets under way tonight when the Seahawks travel to America’s heartland to take on Iowa in the 2013-14 season opener. It’s the first leg of a two-game season-opening swing that also takes the Seahawks to Iowa State on Sunday.

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is beginning his 16th season with a 258-206 (.556) overall record and 33-59 (.359) mark in three seasons with the Seahawks. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery opens his 18th season with a 305-227 (.573) record overall and 54-50 (.519) in Iowa City.

THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr. Guard, Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward), Dylan Sherwood (6-9, 215, R-Soph., Forward). The probable starters for the Hawkeyes include Roy Devyn Marble (6-6, 200, Sr., Guard), Mike Gesell (6-1, 190, Soph., Guard), Adam Woodbury (7-1, 245, So., Center), Melsahm Basabe (6-7, 220, Sr., Forward), Aaron White (6-9, 220, Jr., Forward).

JUMP BALL: Tonight’s game is the earliest start in school history, eclipsing a 98-91 overtime victory over the College of Charleston on Nov. 10, 2007, at Trask Coliseum.

FAST BREAK: The Seahawks are 20-17 overall in season openers since joining the D-I ranks in 1976-77. UNCW stands 5-15 in season openers on the road and has lost three in a row in true road openers. UNCW’s last season-opening win away from home came on Nov. 21, 2003, in a 65-56 verdict over Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.

THE SERIES: Tonight marks the first game between the two clubs. It’s also only the second team from the state of Iowa the Seahawks have faced (Northern Iowa).

OPENING MINUTES: The Seahawks will keep their bags packed early in 2013-14, playing six of their first eight games away from Trask Coliseum. Tonight’s contest opens a three-game road swing. After returning to Wilmington for their home opener on Nov. 16 against Wingate, the Seahawks head back on the road for three more outings.

TIP-INS: Iowa will be the eighth Big Ten Conference opponent the Seahawks have played through the years. UNCW owns a 3-8 mark against the loop, beating Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State. UNCW’s last Big Ten foe was Purdue. The Boilermakers cruised, 66-40, last November (Nov. 21, 2012) in West Lafayette in the fourth game of the season for the Seahawks.

BENCH TALK: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is squaring off against the Hawkeyes for only the second time in his career. He brought his Tulsa club to Iowa City during the 2000-01 season and dropped a 66-65 score to the Hawkeyes in the championship game of the Hawkeye Classic.

INTERESTING FACTS: The journey to Iowa City - a total of 1,124 miles - is the longest trip of the season for the Seahawks. Carver-Hawkeye Arena will also be the largest facility the Seahawks will play in this year.

BUZZ (PETERSON) BITES: “This will be a very challenging trip for us to start the season. Iowa is an excellent basketball team that is well coached. They might have more depth than anyone in the country. They just keep coming and coming in off the bench. We learned a lot in our two exhibitions, but this will be a big upgrade in talent and a major challenge for our guys.”

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Television/Internet: ESPN3.com; Radio: Sunny 107.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

ON THE HORIZON: The Seahawks travel the 130 miles across the state to Ames early Saturday and practice that day in preparation for Sunday’s 1 p.m. start against Iowa State’s Cyclones. It’s another first-ever matchup for Buzz Peterson’s club.

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Nov. 8
Men's Basketball
Brunswick CC vs Grey Military Academy
at Cape Fear Community College
5:00 PM

Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Classic
Men's Basketball
Richard Bland College
at Cape Fear Community College
7:00 PM
Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Classic

Nov 9, 2013
Men's Basketball
Brunswick CC vs Richard Bland College
at Cape Fear Community College
1:00 PM
Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Classic

Men's Basketball
Grey Military Academy
at Cape Fear Community College
3:00 PM
Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Classic

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