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WWAY's Tuesday night sports - November 19

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Note: On Tuesday we made the trip to Tabor City to get reaction from South Columbus football coach Jake Fonvielle on an NCHSAA ruling that puts an end to the season for the Stallions. We've posted the ruling below. Click the play video icon to see our story with Jake Fonvielle.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association was made aware on Saturday, Nov. 16, of a situation involving a Southern Vance player who participated in the football playoff game with South Columbus the night before. The question about his eligibility for that game revolved around whether or not the player had been ejected from a contest on November 8.

A thorough investigation included conversations with officials who worked the game as well as coaches and administrators. It has been determined that the ejection report, which is filed by the officials with the NCHSAA and then creates the official notification for the schools involved about an ejection, did not transmit prior to Saturday, November 16. Therefore, the young man participated in the game against South Columbus.

As a result, the athlete will serve his suspension in Friday night’s playoff game between Southern Vance and Eastern Randolph, and the result of last Friday’s South Columbus-Southern Vance game will stand.

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TUESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

GIRLS BASKETBALL

East Bladen 50
SW Onslow 14

Fayetteville Academy 43
Coastal Christian 38

White Oak 22
Laney 68 ** click video icon to see video

Cape Fear Academy 60
Wilmington Christian 19

BOYS BASKETBALL

White Oak 62
Laney 57 ** click video icon to see video

Cape Fear Academy 52
Wilmington Christian 49 ** click video icon to see video

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COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

Cape Fear CC 91
Wake Tech 80 ** click video icon to see video

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Hollins helped Minnesota overcome a sluggish performance, scoring 19 points for the Gophers in an 82-72 victory over Coastal Carolina Tuesday.

Hollins, the Big Ten's leading scorer entering the night, shot 6 for 14 from the floor, and chipped in five rebounds and four assists for Minnesota (4-0). The junior is averaging 21.8 points per game. He scored eight straight for the Gophers and followed that stretch with a fast-break assist on their final basket of the first half, for a 39-33 lead.

Freshman Elijah Wilson led Coastal Carolina (1-3) with 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Colton Ray-St Cyr contributed 15 points and six assists, but he also had five of 20 turnovers for the Chanticleers.

DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points with six assists, Austin Hollins added 15 points and Oto Osenieks had a career-high 13 points for the Gophers.

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

DURHAM, NC (AP) - Rodney Hood scored a career-high 30 points Tuesday night to help sixth-ranked Duke beat East Carolina 83-74 in the NIT Season Tipoff.

Freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight from the underdog Pirates to improve to 24-2 all-time in the early season tournament.

Duke led by a single point with about 7 minutes left but stayed in front and did enough in the final 2½ minutes to turn away East Carolina (4-1).

The Blue Devils advanced to next week's semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Prince Williams scored 15 for the Pirates, who shot 40 percent but helped themselves by hitting the offensive glass for a 16-3 edge in second-chance points.

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

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BUIES CREEK, NC (UNCW) -– Campbell opened the second half on an 21-6 run to erase a one-point deficit and defeat UNCW, 67-53, in collegiate women’s basketball action Tuesday at Gore Arena.

In the 47th meeting between the two regional programs, the Lady Camels improved to 3-1 on the young season while the Seahawks moved to 1-3.

Junior Kiera Gaines scored 19 points to lead four Camel players in double figures as sophomore RaeChaun Edwards chipped in 16 and seniors Jessica Moore and Roslyn Presley pitched in 10 points apiece. Senior Ashley James tallied eight rebounds to highlight a 41-33 advantage on the glass for the Camels while Gaines dished out a game-best six assists.

Junior Kelva Atkins scored 18 points and freshman Naqaiyyah Teague added 16 for the Seahawks, who shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the floor but were just 5-of-19 (.263) from the free-throw line.

Trailing 32-31 at the start of the second half, Campbell knocked down each of its first four attempts from beyond the arc to key the game-changing spurt that lasted 6:46 and gave the Camels a 52-38 cushion.
A layup by Teague brought the Camels run to a close and sparked the Seahawks to score seven unanswered points and trim the Campbell advantage to seven, 52-45, with 7:25 on the clock.

That would be as close as UNCW would get, however, as a three-point play by James gave Campbell their double-digit lead back and sent the Camels on a 15-6 run that lasted until a layup by freshman D’Asia Cain with 14 seconds remaining determined the final 14-point margin.

The Camels were 13-of-26 from the floor in the second half, highlighted by a 5-of-11 effort from 3-point range while the Seahawks were 9-of-25 from the field, including a 1-of-6 effort from downtown.

In the first half, Campbell raced out to a quick 10-3 lead as scored points on each of its first five possessions of the game to build the early advantage.

Atkins would get the Seahawks offense going moments later, hitting a free throw and nailing a 3-pointer from the right elbow to bookend a 13-2 run that lasted just over four minutes and gave UNCW its first lead of the game, 16-12.

An 11-4 run by the Camels would end the Seahawks spurt and put Campbell back in front, 23-20, before the Seahawks closed the frame with 12 of the final 20 points to take a one-point lead, 32-31, into the halftime break.

UNCW is back in action Friday as it hosts Tulane in a 7 p.m. contest at Trask Coliseum. Campbell is back on the floor Saturday with a Noon game at Mount St. Mary’s.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW’s national-caliber men’s tennis program got even better on Tuesday with the addition of four student-athletes during the fall early signing period for the 2014-15 year.

Successful seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois announced the signing of Gianlucca Massa (Weston, Fla.), Taylor Cramer (Texarkana, Texas), Josh Du Toit (Charlotte, N.C.) and Josh Hublitz (Vienna, Va.) to National Letters of Intent to play for the Seahawks.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this recruiting class and what they each bring to our program,” said DuBois, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. “I was able to watch each of them on several occasions and get to know their families and junior coaches as well.

“It’s very exciting to sign four excellent players from a very strong American class. I’m confident they have the type of character and talent that will benefit our program. This group is extremely motivated, both on the tennis court and in the classroom, and this will help us take another step forward with our program.”

Gianlucca Massa
Cypress Bay High School
Weston, Fla.

Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net and ranked as high as No. 49 nationally this year and as high as No. 23 nationally in junior career. ..Won three rounds at Clay Court Super-nationals last summer.…Has made Round of 16 in three separate ITF international events.

Coach DuBois On Massa: “Gianlucca has a great frame and foundation coming in the door and his junior coaches like his tireless work ethic and character. He is passionate about his tennis and his parents told me that while the family enjoys vacationing in Peru, he spends his vacation time training on the practice courts there. His talent level, personality, academic success and character make him a great fit for our program and I believe he has only started to scratch the surface of his potential.”

Massa On Selecting UNCW: " I chose UNCW because of its top-15 ranking academically in the South and because it is a top-50 NCAA Division I tennis school. I believe UNCW is an excellent fit for me as a student-athlete. As a tennis player, having a good chemistry with the coaches and the team was key in choosing the school. This played a major role in selecting UNCW and I’m tremendously excited to join the team in the fall.”

Taylor Cramer
National High School
Texarkana, Texas

Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Ranked as high as No. 82 nationally this year and No. 52 nationally during junior career…Top-5 in singles in every age group for Southern Section…Captured National Open Doubles title and reached three other National Open Finals…Six-time state singles champion…Received Sportsmanship Award for Southern Junior Davis Cup team.

Coach DuBois On Cramer: “I was very impressed with Taylor’s athleticism and all-court game-style the first time I saw him play and knew he had a huge upside. The better I got to know him I learned he also has excellent work ethic, strong character and love for the team concept of college tennis. His success in doubles at the highest level is a great indicator of his athleticism and his best tennis is definitely ahead of him.”

Cramer On Selecting UNCW: “I really wanted to be at a college that I could feel very comfortable. I felt that way as soon as I stepped onto campus and visited the city. The campus, for me, is the perfect size; not too big not too small, and everything was beautiful and very well-kept. I got the feeling that all the students and teachers were very relaxed and easy-going, which fits my personality. When I first met Coach DuBois and Coach (Taylor) Vaughn, I felt like they had a similar personality as me, very easy-going and down to earth but meant business when it came time to train. I loved the way they went about practice and their willingness to improve every day. That's the type of environment you need to get to the next level, which is where I want to go and could tell the coaches and all the guys on the team want to go. I feel like UNCW is the perfect fit for me and think I can thrive athletically and academically there.”

Josh Du Toit
Ardrey Kell High School
Charlotte, N.C.

Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Currently ranked No. 3 in North Carolina and has been ranked as high as No. 55 nationally during junior career…Selected 2013 USTA North Carolina Player of the Year…Winner of nine North Carolina Junior titles (most all-time), including singles and doubles titles in 2013.

Coach DuBois On Du Toit: “Josh is a player who is very intelligent on the court and extremely strong in all the intangibles. He knows how to win matches and his win percentage in the juniors demonstrates that. Ranking first in junior titles in the history of North Carolina Tennis is an impressive accomplishment. He will benefit a lot from being in a great training environment and I am really excited about what his future holds.”

Du Toit On Selecting UNCW: "I knew I wanted to be a Seahawk after meeting Coach DuBois and the UNCW tennis team. They were incredibly welcoming and encouraging and I knew that interaction with them on and off the court would be dynamic. Tennis will be a huge part of my college experience, but I am also looking forward to a great academic environment.”

Josh Hublitz
The Potomac School
Vienna, Va.

Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Has been ranked as high as No. 134 nationally this year and No. 88 during junior career…Selected to All-American Team at High School Nationals in Newport Beach, Calif…Selected by Mid-Atlantic Section to represent group at Boys 18’s National Team Championships last summer…Brother of current team member Zach Hublitz.

Coach DuBois On Hublitz: “Josh is a very complete player that is extremely strong off the ground and has a lot of tools to help him be a great Division I tennis player. We recruited him based on his talent, work ethic and character. It’s an added bonus that we happen to know his family so well. We have always prided our team on being like a family and it means a lot to me personally that Zach would give the highest compliment to our team by encouraging his brother to be a part of what we are trying to do here. Josh has been coming to Seahawk matches for years now and I can’t wait for him to be on the other side of the fence playing in the UNCW uniform.”

Hublitz On Selecting UNCW: “I've surrounded myself with UNCW for about two years now with my brother being a junior on the team. After watching the players, understanding the team dynamic, and also learning about the coaches and their styles, I know UNCW is the best program in the nation for me to develop my game to its fullest with a group of guys eager and capable of beating any team in the country.”

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW head men’s golf coach Matt Clark has announced the signings of Thomas Eldridge, Patrick Cover and Ross Robison to play for the Seahawks in 2014-15. All three golfers are listed among Golf Week Magazine’s top-100 National recruits.

“I am extremely excited about the UNCW class of 2018,” said Clark. “They will make an immediate impact on the program on and off the course. They have proven that they can excel on the course, in the classroom as well as making a difference to their communities. I am excited they are joining the Seahawk Golf Family and I look forward to watching them make putts all over the country the next four years.”

Thomas Eldridge (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) is ranked 46th nationally in GolfWeek’s national top-100. He’s also ranked sixth in the in the state in the class of 2014. During the summer of 2013, he posted top-four finishes in the Dogwood Junior, (second), Joe Cheeves Junior (tied for third) and AJGA Davis Love Junior (fourth).
Patrick Cover (Huntersville, N.C./Hough) is ranked 65th nationally and seventh in the state by GolfWeek. Cover earned second-team All-State honors in 2012 and was named to All-Lake Area first team his freshman through junior seasons. Cover represented the United States in the 2012 USA-China Youth Golf matches and was the winner of the USGA/AJGA Presidents leadership award for his efforts with the Dormie Cup. He created and hosted the Dormie Cup fundraiser which benefitted the Wounded Warriors Foundation, First Tee and Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The event raised over $100,000 over the past four years.
Local product Ross Robison (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) rounds out the top-100 signees, ranking 83rd nationally and ninth in the state. Robison was the Wilmington Star News Player-of-the-Year in 2012 and 2013 and was an all-county selection five times during his career with the Hurricanes. He was the City of Wilmington Amateur Junior Champion from 2011-13. In 2012, he was honored as second-team All-State by the Carolina Golf Association. Robison was also a 2A Independent All-State selection in 2010 and 2012 and earned All-State honors at the 3A level in 2013.
Robison’s father, Marvin, and brother, Taylor, are UNCW graduates from the Cameron School of Business in 1983 and 2013, respectively.

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South Columbus football

No one wants a team to win on an infraction like this, but the coach knew the rules. He should not have to be told that his player that got ejected for the game could not play. Why is there not an infraction imposed on the coach? Again this is a prime example how official's like to pick and choose. The rules are there, not for the good of everyone just the ones who enforces them. I don't have a dog in this fight, but what kind of signal does this send out? What was done to the official who did not report the incident in a timely manner? We don't know if this player changed the out come of the game and we will never know. Looking at stat's it was a game South should have won. Bad brake South, but do you really want a win that way?