WWAY’s Monday night sports – December 9

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Submitted: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 4:42am
Updated: Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:19am

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East Bladen 47 – St. Pauls 23
Lacey Suggs led the Eagles with 17 points
Ashley 69 – North Myrtle Beach 27
New Hanover 65 – Pender 19 ** click the icon to see video
Kapria Pressley led the Wildcats with 23 points

East Bladen 72 – St. Pauls 35
Farrell Murchison led the Eagles with 26 points
North Myrtle Beach 63 – Ashley 54
New Hanover 62 – Pender 49 ** click the icon to see video
Ridell Camidge led the Wildcats with 26 points
North Brunswick 58 – East Columbus 44
Jacksonville 71 – Dixon 66


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– The UNCW men’s basketball program will continue its long tradition of supporting the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots foundation by providing discounted ticket prices for Sunday’s game with Manhattan.

As part of the promotion, fans that bring a new, unwrapped toy may purchase a $5 ticket to the non-conference game with the Jaspers at 2 p.m. Manhattan is one of the favorites in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this season.

Major William L. Hendricks of the United States Marine Corps Reserve initiated Toys for Tots in 1947. The Marine Corps adopted the program the following year and turned it into a nationwide campaign.

The mission is to collect toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distribute them to needy children in the community. The objective is to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s children.

“This is our 65th year of serving children in all 50 states,” said Michael Gautier, coordinator for the Cape Fear Region, which encompasses New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties. “Last year, we collected more than 20,000 toys for 6,553 children in the area. The faculty, students, and all Seahawk fans are a key part of our campaign and Toys for Tots appreciates their contributions.”

Fans can bring their toys to Trask Coliseum, where representatives from Toys for Tots will collect the items. Monetary donations will also be accepted at that time.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek announced the signing of Sydney Brock (North Richland, Texas/Richland) and Sarah Kelly (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) to National Letters-of-Intent during the fall signing period on Monday.

Brock and Kelly will join the team as freshmen for the 2014 season.

“After having a tremendous 2013 season I couldn’t be more excited about our first two 2014 signees,” said Bambenek, who recently completed her fifth season with the program. “We will be graduating some key positions in the middle and right side and feel that Sydney and Sarah will be game ready as freshmen to make an impact. Both have the experience of playing open-level club volleyball and both have the work ethic to continue to grow as athletes and help our program reach even more success.”

Complete bio information and comments from Coach Bambenek on both players can be found below.

Sydney Brock |6-0 | MB | North Richland, Texas | Richland | Tejas VBC

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time First-Team All-District and District Blocker-of-the-Year honoree … Academic All-District and Academic All-State selection following 2013 season … Averaged 3.71 kills, 3.50 digs and .90 blocks per set during senior season … Posted 3.48 kills, 1.80 digs and 0.28 blocks per frame during 2012 campaign … Averaged 2.49 kills and 0.85 blocks per set during 2011 season … Member of school’s 1,000-kills club … Named a top 100 player to watch by Vype Magazine … Also plays basketball at Richland … Four-time First-Team All-District and Academic All-District selection for basketball … Named District Offensive and Defensive MVP for basketball following 2012-13 season … Member of National Honor Society and Student Council at Richland.

CLUB: Plays for Tejas VB … … Helped U17 and U15 squads qualify in open level for Junior Olympic National Championship with fourth-place finishes in respective Kansas City Show-Me qualifiers … Helped U16 team win regionals and earn a national level bid to Junior Olympics Championship.

Bambenek on Brock: “Sydney is a great all around fit for our university and volleyball family. Her hustle and competitive nature caught our attention, but her ability to block and attack with speed and consistency will add another dimension to our offense. Sydney will have an opportunity to showcase her skills and versatility right away as a middle and right side attacker.”

Sarah Kelly | 6-1 | MB | Raleigh, N.C. | Leesville Road | Triangle VBC

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Leesville … 2013 First-Team All-Cap 8 selection after leading Lions to NCHSAA State Championship appearance … Posted 221 kills, 60 total blocks and a .378 hitting percentage during 2013 season … Served as team captain for senior season … Honorable Mention All-Cap 8 pick in 2012 after finishing with 232 kills and 61 total blocks … Guided Leesville Road to 27-1 overall record, Capital 8 Conference Championship and Class 4A State runner-up finish during 2012 campaign … Tallied 148 kills and 63 total blocks during 2011 season, helping Lions reach third round of NCHSAA Class 4A State Championship … Three-year member of the honor roll program at Leesville Road.

CLUB: Plays for Triangle VBC … Led U17 squad to third-place finish in Monument City Classic … Guided U16 & U15 teams to First-Place finishes in regional championships … Helped U15 & U14 squads qualify for nationals.

Bambenek on Kelly: “Sarah is a phenomenal in-state prospect and we are thrilled to continue a successful trend of strong North Carolina recruiting. One of our team strength this season was blocking, which is Sarah’s most impressive skill. She has grown into a dynamic athlete this past year and we feel Sarah’s future as a Seahawk is very bright.”


PEMBROKE, NC (UNCP) -– Five players recorded double-digit scoring efforts, including two with more than eight rebounds to help the UNC Pembroke men’s basketball team maintain its undefeated record with a 90-67 triumph over visiting Mid-Atlantic Christian on Monday evening in the English E. Jones Center.

The win kept the Braves (8-0) perfect through eight games – the best start for the program since reeling off a 9-0 mark to begin the 1999-00 campaign. The setback snapped a two-game winning streak for Mid-Atlantic Christian (3-7) who recorded its seventh loss.

The Black and Gold got double-digit outings from four of its five starters, including Griffin Pittman with 17 points as he was 7-for-10 from the field, Quamain Rose with 14 points and Brandon Winford and Ben Jacobs with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while big man Chris Lindsay knocked down 12 points. Sophomore Tyler Kordenbrock pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds, while Winford claimed nine boards and Lindsay collected eight. Rose tallied a game-high seven assists and five steals during his 23 minutes on the court.

Daquan Holden scored a team-high 16 points for the Mustangs, who also got 14 points from Michael Anderson, while Perry Wood registered nine rebounds.

“The game plan was to go out and play hard on both sides of the ball – execute on offense and contain the dribble on defense,” Pittman said. “It was a big game for us. We take every game as a big game when you are undefeated. You are going to get everyone’s best effort and we feel like we played pretty good. We are going to go back and watch film. I’m sure we made some mistakes because no team is perfect, but it’s a stepping stone to chase perfection and that is what we want to do.”

UNCP, who out-rebounded the Mustangs by a 53-40 edge during the contest, collected 21 second-chance points, 29 points off the 21 Mid-Atlantic Christian turnovers and led by its largest lead of 30 points with 17:30 remaining in the second half.

Despite the Mustangs opening up the contest with a huge 3-pointer to control their only lead of the contest at the 18:26 mark, but the Braves continued on a 16-point run during the next four minutes as the team shot 43.6 percent from the field in the game.

The Braves will open up Peach Belt Conference action on Saturday when the Black and Gold host USC Aiken (7-2, 0-0 PBC) in the second game of the doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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