WWAY's Wednesday night sports - February 19
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wednesday was a full night for boys high school hoops on WWAY. We had tournament coverage from the Four County Conference and the Mideastern Conference. On top of that we started speculating about the replacement for South Columbus football coach Jake Fonvielle. He turned in his resignation on Wednesday morning. Click the play video icon to see it all!

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Wednesday Scoreboard

Girls High School Basketball

Four County Conference
WEST BLADEN 50 - TRASK 34
COURTNEY THOMPSON HAD 16 POINTS & 12 REBOUNDS FOR THE KNIGHTS
EAST BLADEN 63 - UNION 25
LACEY SUGGS HAD 23 POINTS FOR THE EAGLES
CLINTON 77 - PENDER 31

Schedule for Thursday, Feb.20
Semi-Finals at Clinton High School
4:00pm Women #4 West Bladen vs. #1 East Bladen
5:30pm Men #4 East Bladen vs. #1Clinton
7:00pm Women #6 WRH vs. #2 Clinton
8:30pm Men #3 Midway vs. #2 Trask

Three Rivers Conference
SOUTH COLUMBUS 43 - FAIRMONT 32

East Central Conference
NORTH BRUNSWICK 49 - SW ONSLOW 31

Boys High School Basketball

Four County Conference
CLINTON 64 - UNION 42
TRASK 85 - PENDER 66
RASHEED BROWN LED TITANS WITH 25 POINTS, TYQUAN DAVIS 22 POINTS
EAST BLADEN 54 - WEST BLADEN 38
JAQUAN JONES HAD 16 POINTS FOR EAST BLADEN
EAST BLADEN HEAD COACH IS NOW 4-3 AGAINST HIS FORMER SCHOOL, WEST BLADEN

Schedule for Thursday, Feb.20
Semi-Finals at Clinton High School
4:00pm Women #4 West Bladen vs. #1 East Bladen
5:30pm Men #4 East Bladen vs. #1Clinton
7:00pm Women #6 WRH vs. #2 Clinton
8:30pm Men #3 Midway vs. #2 Trask

East Central Conference
NORTH BRUNSWICK 89 - EAST DUPLIN 60
CHRIS GRAHAM LED SCORPIONS WITH 17 POINTS
TERRANCE BROWN WAS NAMED BOYS MVP OF EAST CENTRAL CONFERENCE TONIGHT
JABRIL ROBINSON AND CHRIS GRAHAM JOIN TERRANCE BROWN ON THE FIRST TEAM EAST CENTRAL CONFERENCE SQUAD

Mideastern Conference
SOUTH BRUNSWICK 55 - TOPSAIL 43
COUGARS EARNED A SPOT IN THE 3-A STATE PLAYOFFS DUE TO TODAY'S VICTORY IN THE PLAY-IN GAME
WEST BRUNSWICK 54 - HOGGARD 48
NEW HANOVER 72 - ASHLEY 44
THIS MARKS THE END OF ASHLEY'S SEASON
NEW HANOVER WILL FACE WEST BRUNSWICK IN THE MEC BOYS TITLE GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) -- Jake Fonvielle announced his resignation as the South Columbus head football coach and athletics director on Wednesday morning. Fonvielle took over the football program at South Columbus in 2009. Fonvielle led the Stallions to the 2-A East Championship game in 2011 & 2012.

Fonvielle told the football team about his resignation at the start of school on Wednesday, shortly after he met with the school's principal. The 1997 South Columbus graduate & East Carolina grad plans to take over the family business in Tabor City. He tells WWAY he's been thinking about the career move for over a year. The resignation is effective March 28.

It may be too early to speculate, but current South Columbus assistant coach T.J. Spivey is considered to be the favorite to replace Fonvielle as the South Columbus head football coach. Spivey has been an assistant at South Columbus the last two seasons. Prior to that he had a brief stint at West Columbus and a stint at West Brunswick High as well.

Jake Fonvielle's record as head coach at South Columbus:

2009 4-7
2010 11-1
2011 10-4
2012 12-3
2013 8-4

45-19 overall record (conference champions last 4 seasons at South Columbus)

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Note: New Hanover grad Cari Blalock is a senior standout on the North Carolina women's swim team.

GREENSBORO, NC (ACC) -- Buoyed by a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference-record performances in the opening relays, seventh-ranked Virginia made a big splash as the 2014 ACC Women's Swimming Championship got under way Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cavaliers, seeking their seventh consecutive ACC team title and their 12th overall, completed the 200 medley and 800 free relays with 128 team points, ninth-ranked North Carolina and No. 21 NC State were tied for second place with 108.

Florida State and 24th-ranked Notre Dame shared fourth place with 102 points, followed by Virginia Tech (96), Duke (94). Pitt (90), Georgia Tech (74), Miami (72) and Boston College (66).

The Virginia 200 medley team of Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson and Emily Lloyd won the first event in an ACC-record time of 1:36.16, breaking the previous conference and meet record of 1:37.33 set by Virginia at the 2010 ACC Championship. The highly competitive race featured six NCAA 'A' cut times, and saw the NC State team of Zina Grogg, Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic and Riki Bonnema claim second with a time of 1:37.18, which also topped the previous conference mark.

Notre Dame, swimming in its first ACC Swimming Championships event, took third place as Catherine Mulquin, Emma Reaney, Courtney Whyte and Kelly Ryan finished with a time of 1:37.61. North Carolina, Duke and Florida State joined the Cavaliers, Wolfpack and Fighting Irish in posting 'A' cut times.

Virginia closed out the night by winning its seventh straight 800 free relay title in 7:01.39, bettering the previous mark of 7:01.56 set by the Cavaliers at last year's ACC Championship. Leah Smith, Caroline Kenney, Kaitlyn Jones and Williamson combined for the gold medal showing,

Both winning Cavalier relay teams earned 2014 All-ACC honors with their victories.

The Championship continues Thursday with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m.

Both the ACC Men's and Women's Diving Championships begin on Thursday. The men's 3-meter diving prelims are scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by the women's 1-meter prelims are at 3:30 p.m., with the women's 1-meter finals at 6 p.m. The men's 3-meter diving finals will take place at 7 p.m.

One change of note in this year's Championship is the addition of the scoring of all 24 competitors competing in a swimming final. In previous years, only the top 16 competitors received points that counted toward their team's total.

A live video stream of event finals will be available on theACC.com on Thursday through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., with Dean Linke handling play-by-play and Frank Comfort adding analysis.
There is no charge for admission to the 2014 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. Parking is available for $8 or for $15 for a session pass.

All Championship information, including a full event schedule and live results, can be found at the official championship website, http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps. Fans can also get updates by following along on Twitter, @ACCSwimDive.

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Note: New Hanover grad Cari Blalock is a senior standout on the North Carolina women's swim team.

GREENSBORO, NC (UNC) -- The North Carolina women's swimming and diving team set a trio of school records Wednesday night at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. After the first day of competition, the Tar Heels are in a tie for second place in the competition.

Both Tar Heel relay teams that swam Wednesday night also set NCAA "A" qualifying times for the 2014 NCAA Championships.

"We're excited to get underway in Greensboro for the ACC women's swimming and diving championship and the men's diving competition," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. ""We had a good night. We had three school records out of two races. That's very impressive."

This is an exciting time of the year for all of us. I speak for the entire coaching staff in saying how much we've enjoyed working with this team and we look forward to many record-setting swims and NCAA qualifying efforts over the next three days."

A veteran group of Tar Heels combined to finish second in the 800-yard freestyle relay in a school record time of 7:03.72. The relay included junior Danielle Siverling, who led off with a 1:44.72, followed by sophomore Lauren Earp (1:47.48), sophomore Ally Hardesty (1:46.06) and senior Stephanie Peacock (1:45.46). The Tar Heels' previous school record in the event was 7:06.32, set three years ago. That Tar Heel relay included Peacock, Stephanie Eisenring, Emily Kelly and Katura Harvey.

Siverling's leadoff time of 1:44.72 erased the second oldest existing record in the UNC women's record book. That 200 free time was less than a second off an automatic qualifying time. Even more important was the fact Siverling eclipsed the University standard of 1:45.01 that had held up since the 2003 season. Jessi Perruquet established that record with a swim that earned her an NCAA co-championship at 200 yards freestyle that season.

"We had four great women on that relay," said DeSelm. "Danielle Siverling has really improved some technical things that are now helping her becoming her very best. Tonight she showed up and broke an 11-year-old school that was already a very fast time. That got us off to a great start. I'm very proud of all of them for stepping up and getting us another school record and NCAA "A" time.

The North Carolina women started off Wednesday night with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37.87, a University record time. The Tar Heels also had an NCAA "A" qualifying time in the event and was one of six relays to achieve NCAA automatic standards.

The Tar Heel relay included a trio of seniors in Carly Smith (backstroke), Katie Rechsteiner (breaststroke), Cari Blalock (butterfly) and sophomore Hannah Lincoln (freestyle). Lincoln's anchor leg was of particular note as she had the fastest split in the 11-relay field at 21.40. Lincoln's split lifted the Tar Heels past both Duke and Florida State in the final 50 yards and into fourth place in the event.

UNC's splits in the relay were 25.07 for Smith, 27.83 for Rechsteiner, 23.57 for Blalock and 21.40 for Lincoln. Carolina's previous school record in the event was 1:37.89 set in 2011 by Carly Smith (24.80), Layne Brodie (27.39), Katie Nolan (24.04) and Rebecca Kane (21.66).

Virginia won the event in ACC record time in 1:36.16 followed by NC State (1:37.18), Notre Dame (1:37.61), North Carolina (1:37.87), Duke (1:37.91) and Florida State (1:37.97). Spots #2-#6 were separated by a mere 79 one-hundredths of a second.

"It was an interesting relay. The back two legs were really outstanding," said DeSelm. "Carly Smith has been a mainstay on this relay a long time did a good job leading off for us. Katie Rechsteiner had her lifetime best split in the breaststroke leg and Cari Blalock had one of the fastest splits we've ever had on this relay in the fly. Sophomore Hannah Lincoln was on fire on the freestyle leg, breezing to a 21.40. We were moving very well at end of event and with a few more yards we might have moved up a couple more spots."
CURRENT TEAM SCORES: Virginia 128, North Carolina 108, NC State 108, Notre Dame 102, Florida State 102, Virginia Tech 96, Duke 94, Pittsburgh 90, Georgia Tech 74, Miami 72, Boston College 66

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ROCK HILL, SC (CCU) --- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team led by five at halftime but a strong second half by the Eagles of Winthrop University gave WU its second victory over the Chants this season, 75-65. In a closely called game that featured 49 fouls and 59 free throws, the Eagles went 19-22 from the free throw line in the second half to help seal the victory.

Junior Warren Gillis eclipsed his previous career-high in points with 15 while knocking down 14-15 from the charity stripe. Freshman Elijah Wilson cemented himself atop the CCU record books with 17 points. He now has 437 points this season which breaks Jack Leasure's mark of 420 set during the 2004-05 season for points by a freshman.

The loss moves the Chants record to 16-11 on the season and 9-4 in Big South action. The Eagles improve to 15-11 overall and 8-5 in Big South play.

Coastal had a strong first half hitting 65.0 percent of its shots from the field but nine turnovers cost the Chants nine points on the other end which kept the score within reach. Coastal led 36-31 at the break and had just two players with two fouls.

The second half was a much different story as key Chants were in foul trouble almost immediately. Junior points guard Josh Cameron picked up three fouls in the first four minutes of the second half giving him four for the game. Sophomore forward Michel Enanga picked up two fouls in that same span to push his total to four as well while sophomore forward Badou Diagne picked up two fouls to move his total to three.

The Chants played the majority of the second half without Cameron's services as he ended the night with just nine points. Enanga fouled out of the game at the 8:53 mark with four points and two rebounds while Diagne hung on with four fouls to lead the team in rebounding with seven boards.

The Eagles out rebounded the Chants 32-26 while picking up 13 offensive boards. The Eagles converted those 13 offensive rebounds into 15 second chance points.

Coastal shot just 31.6 percent in the second half while going 1-8 from 3-point range. Coastal finished the game going 3-14 from long range while the Eagles knocked down 7-22 from downtown. Both teams shot the ball well from the charity stripe as CCU ended the night going 24-32 from the stripe and Winthrop went 22-27.

With the loss the Chants now hold a one-game lead in the Big South Conference South Division with three games to play. UNC Asheville, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb are all tied in second at 8-5. Coastal will next head to UNC Asheville on Saturday for a 2 pm tip.

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