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THURSDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
WEST BRUNSWICK 42 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 24
LEILANI EMILE HAD 12 POINTS & 13 REBOUNDS FOR THE TROJANS
WEST BLADEN 44 – WEST COLUMBUS 29
TAYLOR STEPHENS HAD 16 POINTS FOR THE KNIGHTS
COURTNEY THOMPSON HAD 24 REBOUNDS FOR KNIGHTS
SOUTH COLUMBUS 78 – WEST BRUNSWICK 71 IN OVERTIME
LEROY MILLER LED THE STALLIONS WITH 21 POINTS
WEST BLADEN 48 – WEST COLUMBUS 33
NATE PRYOR HAD 19 POINTS & 11 REBOUNDS FOR THE KNIGHTS
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The Topsail High School cheerleaders won the 2013 state championship in Raleigh recently in the small non-tumble division. Click the play video icon to see WWAY’s feature on Topsail. Topsail will compete for a national title in cheerleading in March in Myrtle Beach.
NCHSAA – 11th Annual Cheerleading Results Small Non-Tumble
Jamestown Ragsdale 125.05
A.C. Reynolds 122.3
North Johnston 119.6
Eastern Guilford 118.2
North Gaston 117.8
Charles D. Owen 115.8
Southwest Onslow 110.1
Ashe County 109.2
Wilson Beddingfield 108.15
South Brunswick 106.55;
South Creek 103.5
Farmville Central 101.45
Wilson Fike 101.2
NC School of Science & Math 98.7
East Bladen 94.05
North Forsyth 89.3
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW sophomore Jordan Ramsey, a righthanded pitcher, is ranked 76th on Baseball America’s Top-100 listing of the top draft-eligible players at the college level entering the 2014 season.
Ramsey, who was a Colonial Athletic Association third-team selection as a sophomore, enters the season as the league’s leader in earned run average after posting a 2.34 mark in 2013 and limited opponents to a .236 batting average.
In two seasons with the Seahawks, Ramsey owns a 10-9 mark in 30 starts while fashioning a 3.12 ERA. He has struck out 137 batters in 170 innings.
Ramsey was selected by Kansas City in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft after a decorated prep career at North Davidson High School.
The Seahawks open the 2014 season as the two-time defending regular season champions of the CAA. UNCW made its sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2013, earning a bid as an at-large selection for the third time in the program’s history.
The CAA boasted three teams in the NCAA tournament as Towson earned the league’s automatic bid for the first time and William & Mary earned an at-large bid.
UNCW returns a majority of its staff, including all six pitchers who combined to make all 61 starts. Senior Mat Batts, the reigning CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year, joins Ramsey in the starting rotation following a 9-4 season for the Diamond Hawks. Rounding out the staff as those who started games last season are seniors Christian MacDonald (13 starts) and Blaze Tart (10) and sophomores Evan Phillips (5) and Nick Monroe (1).
The 2014 opens on Feb. 14, with the Seahawks hosting the Hughes Bros. Challenge with Virginia, Kentucky and VMI.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Gwen Austin will be the first women’s basketball player in UNCW history to have her jersey retired when the Seahawks bestow the honor on the former hoops standout in late February
The ceremony will take place during halftime of UNCW’s matchup with Towson on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Trask Coliseum. The contest will also serve as the program’s annual alumni game in conjunction with homecoming week festivities.
A dominating center for the Seahawks in the early 1980’s, Austin joins former men’s basketball greats Brett Blizzard (11), Brian Rowsom (35) and Bill Mayhew (35) and former Director of Athletics and Baseball Head Coach Bill Brooks (47) as the only individuals in UNCW’s history to reach the pinnacle.
“We’re very pleased to honor Gwen for her outstanding career at UNCW,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “Gwen had a spectacular career with the Seahawks and her records have stood the test of time. Honoring her in this fashion is long overdue.”
A four-year star with the Seahawks from 1981-85, Austin averaged a double-double of 18.9 points and 11.8 rebounds over 109 games, shooting a remarkable 52 percent from the field.
The Wallace, N.C., native capped off a brilliant career in her senior season, earning First-Team All-ECAC and ECAC South Player-of-the-Year accolades in 1984-85 after averaging 20.4 points and 12.8 rebounds. She also enjoyed a stellar junior campaign, collecting career highs of 21.0 points and 13.0 rebounds to establish new single-season marks in both categories and propel the Seahawks to their first 20-win season in program history (22-6).
Austin remains UNCW’s career leader in scoring (2,056), rebounding (1,290) and blocked shots (222). She also holds school records for career scoring average (18.9 ppg), career rebounding average (11.8 rpg) and owns 16 records overall.
Austin was recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association in 2009 as one of the league’s legends during its annual program to honor past greats of the game. She was also inducted into the UNCW Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 2010.
WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC) — The Cape Fear Community College Lady Sea Devils were ranked in this week’s D-II National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Top 20 poll at No. 8 following weekend wins over Tidewater and No. 10 Guilford Tech (No. 13).
At 8-0 on the year, CFCC cracked the national poll for the first time in the brief two-year history of the program.
“Who would have thought that in just the second season year of existence we would crack the national poll? There was no doubt in my mind that this year’s squad would make this happen,” said Head Coach Lori Drake. “These ladies went above and beyond throughout the summer and preseason to prepare for where they are now and where we will be in March.”
Eboni Gilliam (19.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg) and Kristina Rumplach (17.9 ppg, 8-9 rpg) have led the offensive attack as each of the freshmen average nearly a double-double per game, while Shakerya Morrison chips in with about 10 points a night.
Former New Hanover High School standout Shanta Williams has also emerged as a threat, with double figures in the scoring column in three of the last four games. The sophomore put in a season-high 20 points in the win over Tidewater.
“Shanta Williams has really stepped it up this season and she is also having fun,” said Drake. “She has helped lead this team to where they are now by working hard day in and day out at practices, weights, conditioning and in the classroom.”
One other victory that helped the Sea Devils move into national contention a third of the way through the season was a 71-69 win this month over previously ranked Louisburg College on Dec. 3.
“I have found myself extremely humbled by this accomplishment, and I have fed that into our ladies as well,” said Drake. “We have to realize that we haven’t even put a dent in our schedule yet and we have 19 more games to go in the regular season. We will prepare for each game and battle. Our ladies are fully focused, staying humble and working hard to improve daily.”
Cape Fear will need to put in a good week of practice before returning to the floor Dec. 19-21 at the Brunswick Classic in Supply, with the thick of their conference schedule getting started after the holidays.
“This week our main focus is in the classroom and nailing down our academics, but as we head into next week’s Holiday Classic at BCC, we will continue to prepare as we have been up to this point,” said Drake. “They are itching to get back on the hardwood.”
ROCKY POINT, NC (TRASK RELEASE) — Glenn Sellers announces his resignation as the Head Football Coach at Trask High School. Coach Sellers came to Trask in 2009 and led the Titans to the 3rd round of the playoffs including the school’s 1st football playoff victory that year.
Jonathan Batts has stepped down as the Head Baseball Coach. Coach Batts has been the Titans coach since 2009 and led them to the Conference championship in 2010.
Coach Sellers (English) and Coach Batts (Phy.Ed.)will stay on as teachers at Trask High School.
A search will start immediately to fill those vacancies.