WWAY’s Tuesday night sports – January 21

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Submitted: Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:58am
Updated: Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:19am

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Girls Basketball
Coastal Christian 49
Wilmington Christian 18 ** Click icon to see video

East Columbus 63
West Columbus 25
Kayla Brown paced the East Columbus girls with 17 points, including 4 treys in the 1st quarter. East is now 7-0 in 3 Rivers Conference play.

Boys Basketball
Wilmington Christian 64
Coastal Christian 53 ** Click icon to see video

East Columbus 55
West Columbus 50
Marquise King led the Gator boys with 18 points, 10 in the 4th as the Gators held on for the victory. East improves to 4-3 in conference. East Columbus hosts Whiteville Friday and West Columbus will entertain the South Columbus Stallions on Friday.

On our 6pm news we honored the East Bladen girls basketball team with our team of the week award. Check out that presentation here. http://www.wwaytv3.com/full-court-press (Scroll down to the part where you see team of the week)


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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Reigning Colonial Athlete Association Player-of-the-Year Rafael Aita of UNCW has been named to Peru’s Davis Cup Team, becoming the first player in the history of the 44th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team to achieve the penultimate honor.

“It has always been a goal for our program to help our team members reach their dreams,” said seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois. “Rafael has been talking about his dream of playing Davis Cup for his country since he arrived here and his selection is something our entire team takes pride in.

“There is nothing that compares to representing your country in international competition and I know it means everything to Rafael. The experience he will gain is something that will benefit him the rest of the season with us and as he transitions into professional tennis after his graduation this spring.”

The fleet-footed Peruvian is ranked 42nd nationally in singles and went 16-5 one year ago, climbing as high as No. 17 before finishing 52nd overall. He became the first player in UNCW history to earn an invitation to play in the NCAA Singles Championships last spring in Champaign, Ill.

Aita, a native of Lima, has sharpened his doubles play and is ranked 15th nationally with teammate Sam Williams. The tandem is the highest ranked doubles team in the state and advanced to the ITA National Men’s Tennis Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., in the fall by completing an unbeaten run in the ITA Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park. The team beat opponents from Elon, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and N.C. State en route to the ITA Carolina crown.

Aita and Williams went a perfect 15-0 last year, including 14-0 at the No. 2 position, to earn a final ranking of No. 33.

Peru travels to Bolivia for its first round match. The two nations have not met in the Davis Cup since 1978.

Peru, which began competing in 1968, participates in the Americas Zone Group II of the Davis Cup and is governed by the Federacion de Tenis de Peru. The country has fashioned a 34-44 career record in Davis Cup matches through the years.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – UNCW junior Valtteri Halonen extended his stranglehold on the Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer-of-the-Week honor as he claimed the award for the fifth time this season.
Halonen helped the Seahawk men to a win over visiting Wingate last weekend by winning three individual events and swimming on the winning 400 Medley Relay.

Against Wingate, Halonen won the 100 Fly (50.45 seconds), 200 Freestyle (1:43.97) and 200 Backstroke (1:50.63). In the opening event of the meet, he helped the 400 Medley Relay to a winning time of 3:51.12.
Halonen holds the top time in the CAA in the 100 Butterfly, is second in the 100 Backstroke and third in the 200 Backstroke this season. He also swam the leadoff leg of UNCW’s league-leading 200 Medley Relay.

Overall for the Seahawk men, the award is the eighth for the program. Freshman diver Allen Crosby has earned the award three times this season.

The Seahawks close out their home slate this weekend when they host ACC member Virginia Tech on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. UNCW will recognize their senior class during the meet.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon watched his team melt down in the final moments in a loss at No. 2 Syracuse over the weekend and wondered how the Panthers, who he insists are still finding themselves, would respond.

“Is there going to be carryover? Are you going to be down?” Dixon asked. “I was concerned about that. But they looked more angry than disappointed.”

Dominant too.

Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting and the 20th-ranked Panthers drilled Clemson 76-43 on Tuesday night.

Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from the potentially crushing loss to the Orange by overwhelming the Tigers.

“We came out to prove something,” Dixon said.

At both ends of the court.

Pitt held Clemson to 32 percent shooting (16 of 50) and displayed remarkable willingness to share the ball on offense. The Panthers had 24 assists on 27 field goals.

“I think from the start of the game we just tried to play our style of game, play as hard as we can, execute as best we could,” Pitt guard James Robinson said. “We’re a very unselfish team. When somebody gives up their shot to let somebody else make a play, it usually comes back around.”

It came around often on a night the Panthers posted their fourth-highest margin of victory in conference play in school history.

Lamar Patterson scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to become the 19th Pitt player to top 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and often served as the catalyst during a first half in which the Panthers raced to quick lead and never let the Tigers (13-5, 4-2) in it.

“They make plays out of nowhere every once in awhile,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “The defense isn’t as bad as it looks, they’re just so good passing the ball. It’s demoralizing to play defense for 30 seconds and give up a layup.”

K.J. McDaniels battled early foul trouble and finished with 11 points for the Tigers but Clemson appeared overmatched from the opening tip. Pitt needed less than 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and cruised while handing the Tigers their worst loss of the season.

Clemson came in one of the bigger surprises in the new-look ACC. Wins over Duke, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest had the Tigers off to their best conference start since 1997. The game against the Panthers marked the beginning of a difficult stretch in which Clemson plays five of six on the road, including visits to North Carolina and Syracuse.

As promising as things have looked at times, Brownell admitted there’s still plenty of work to be done.

“All of a sudden you get slapped in the face a little bit and it’s real,” he said. “There’s nowhere to hide.”

There certainly wasn’t on a night the Panthers provided the Tigers with a glimpse of what life at the top of the ACC looks like.

Pitt used a quick 11-0 burst to take control, their fluid offense working just fine even without sophomore forward Durand Johnson, who is sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee on Jan. 11. The student section wore white headbands – Johnson’s signature look – in tribute while his teammates did a pretty solid impression of Johnson’s streaky 3-point shooting.

Clemson came in ranked third in the country in 3-point defense but could do little more than watch as the Panthers hit 4 of 7 3-pointers during a near flawless opening 20 minutes. Pitt made 12 baskets during the first half, and recorded assists on all 12.

There was no such efficiency for the Tigers. Clemson had as many turnovers (8) as baskets during arguably their worst 20-minute stretch of the season.

The result was a 37-20 Pitt lead, the Tigers’ biggest halftime deficit this season.

“Our guys played like a young team that got a little nervous,” Brownell said.

It didn’t get any better. Patterson opened the second half with a 3-point heave that splashed through the net as the shot clock expired to give Pitt a 20-point lead.

At one point Clemson guard Austin Ajukwa received a technical foul with 8 minutes left for hanging on the rim after a breakaway dunk that made it 61-33.

Brownell screamed “We’re down by 40″ at Ajukwa as the Panthers went to the free throw line. Robinson made the ensuing free throws to push the lead back to 30 as the “We Want Duke” chants started. The Panthers host the 18th-ranked Blue Devils next Monday.

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ATLANTA (WINGATE) — Wingate University women’s golf student-athlete Kathryn Rand (Hampstead, N.C.) was named a semi-finalist for the 10th annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. Rand is the only NCAA Division II golfer on the semi-finalist or finalist list. Athletes for a Better World president Fred Northup named five collegiate finalists and the professional athlete winner this week.

The five collegiate finalists are Ohio State basketball student-athlete Aaron Craft, Chestnut Hill (Pa.) tennis student-athlete Kelly Davis, Pennsylvania basketball student-athlete Dau Jok, Holy Cross hockey student-athlete Jeffrey Rappucci and Notre Dame soccer student-athlete Elizabeth Tucker. The professional recipient is Drew Brees, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

The Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. The collegiate award recipient will be announced at a ceremony held at the Atlanta History Center on April 23.

Rand is a four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs. In the classroom, she holds a stellar 3.67 GPA with her Human Services major. A vibrant member of Wingate’s campus community, Rand has served three years on Wingate’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As a senior, she is the SAAC Make-A-Wish chairperson. Last year, Wingate’s SAAC led the South Atlantic Conference in monies raised for Make-A-Wish.

“I enjoy my role (with the SAAC) so much because it allows me to invest in others, whom I hope to inspire to give their time and go out to do well in society,” Rand says. Her volunteer efforts are not limited to Wingate’s SAAC. Rand has spent two years volunteering at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center.

“Kathryn is an inspiration to all who know her and watch her from day to day,” Wingate head women’s golf coach Dr. Jerry Surratt says. “She is indeed investing her life in the future by realizing the future is composed of many todays…and every today is an opportunity to excel and to serve.”

“Kathryn is selfless with her time in helping others and exudes leadership capabilities which make our entire campus better,” Wingate associate athletic director Michelle Caddigan says. “She lives her life by a standard of integrity and is a wonderful example to her peers.”

Wooden Award finalists
Aaron Craft, Ohio State, Basketball
Kelly Dennis, Chestnut Hill (Pa.), Tennis
Dau Jok, Pennsylvania, Basketball
Jeffrey Rappucci, Holy Cross, Hockey
Elizabeth Tucker, Notre Dame, Soccer

Wooden Award semi-finalists
Christian Bilkovic, Wayne State (Mich.), Baseball
Shayla Bivins, Georgia Tech, Basketball
Tera Bradham, Arkansas, Swimming
Whitney Canion, Baylor, Softball
Caroline Casey, Rhode Island, Volleyball
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State, Basketball
Chris Conley, Georgia, Football
Kastine Evans, Kentucky, Basketball
Danny Fisher, Bloomsburg (Pa.), Football
Alec Golini, Lafayette, Soccer
Jakob Gollon, Mercer, Basketball
Dave Harding, Duke, Football
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, Football
Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee, Football
Collen Klein, Kansas State, Football
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, Football
J.J. Mann, Belmont (Tenn.), Basketball
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, Football
Courtney Moses, Purdue, Basketball
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, Basketball
Marlee Paton, Loyola (Md.), Lacrosse
Kathryn Rand, Wingate, Golf *******************
Josh Richardson, Tennessee, Basketball
Rachel Ross, Wittenberg, Softball
D.T. Shackleford, Mississippi, Football
Chelsea Suitos, Arizona, Softball
Isabella Vidana, Lesley (Mass.), Soccer
Kelly Wallace, Northeastern, Hockey
Asa Watson, North Carolina State, Football
Avery Williamson, Kentucky, Football
Winston Wright, South Dakota, Football

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