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WWAY's Thursday night sports - April 3; Scorpions beat Trojans in baseball

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Thursday Scoreboard

GIRLS SOCCER
WHITEVILLE 8 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 0

SOFTBALL
EAST COLUMBUS 8 - WHITEVILLE 7
SOUTH ROBESON 9 - WEST COLUMBUS 0
TOPSAIL 5 - SWANSBORO 2
EAST BLADEN 15 - UNION 1
LACEY SUGGS HAD 5 HITS IN 5 PLATE APPEARANCES & PITCHED A 2 HITTER

BASEBALL
WEST COLUMBUS 6 - SOUTH ROBESON 1
EAST BLADEN 7 - UNION 3
WHITEVILLE 11 - EAST COLUMBUS 1
LEJEUNE 3 - COASTAL CHRISTIAN 0
EAST DUPLIN 8 - WALLACE-ROSE HILL 3
NORTH BRUNSWICK 4 - WEST BRUNSWICK 1 ** Click icon to see video

BOYS TENNIS
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 7 - O'NEAL SCHOOL 2

COLLEGE BASEBALL
SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4 - ST. ANDREWS 3

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW freshman diver Allen Crosby capped his outstanding freshman campaign by being named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie-of-the-Year following an impressive showing in the post-season. “Allen had set high personal goals for himself coming into UNCW,” said UNCW Head Diving Coach Beau Bunn. “For him to win Rookie of the year, paired with both freshman records, caps off a successful freshman year for him. This individual accomplishment paired with the high finishes of both Nathan Lane and Chase Seymour at the CAA Championships, allowed the UNCW Men’s Swimming and Diving team to continue the dynasty for the 13th straight year.”

Crosby helped the Seahawk men to their 13th consecutive CAA championship with a pair of third-place finishes at the CAA Championships in College Park, Md., in late February. He totaled 311.65 points in the one-meter and followed that up with 353.15 points in the three-meter competition.

At the NCAA Zone B Championships, Crosby finished 29th in the 1-meter and 30th in the 3-meter. Crosby joins current Seahawk Diving coach Beau Bunn (1996), Kobi Salinas (2008) and J.T. Perryman (2012) as CAA Diving Rookies-of-the-Year.

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WILMINGTON,NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– Wilmington Hammerheads FC will open the 2014 USL PRO regular season at Legion Stadium on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. as they host the Harrisburg City Islanders. This match will also be the first matchup of the season for the City Islanders.

The Hammerheads concluded their 2013 USL PRO regular season with an overall record of 11-4-11 after being one point shy of clinching a playoff berth. With a heavy home schedule set for the first half of the upcoming season, the squad has an advantage to get ahead in the league standings on their home turf before being on the road nine out of their final 14 matches.

“I feel confident coming into this season,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Head Coach David Irving. “The players have been ready to take the field and be part of the action for weeks now. There has been a good spirit coming through preseason amongst the team and they are ready to get to work.”

Familiar players such as Cody Arnoux, Christian Davidson, Mickael Oliveira, Will Heaney and four-year veterans Paul Nicholson and Tom Parratt will be taking the field in 2014. Joining them is Yahaya Musa and Troy Cole returning for their second season as Hammerheads following their stint during the team’s championship run in 2012.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC entered into an exclusive affiliation agreement with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC this season that resulted in Toronto FC loaning players to the Hammerheads. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, along with midfielders Daniel Lovitz and Manu Aparicio are among those that will be taking the pitch.

In addition, the Hammerheads have fielded a combination of experienced, international, and collegiate standouts.

The team will be returning to their traditional Hammerheads blue and white striped kit this season, as well as incorporating a navy kit in relation to their recent rebranding earlier this year.

New Hammerheads merchandise will be available at the merchandise booth at Legion Stadium during the match on Saturday. Gates to Legion Stadium open at 6:00 p.m. for fans.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC will be broadcasting the match live via their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WilmHammerheadsFC.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW men’s and women’s track and field teams head down I-95 today to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays, a nationally-acclaimed meet featuring more than 3,000 high school, collegiate and international competitors from all over the world.

The Seahawks, making their fifth appearance of the outdoor season, are back in action after having their Beaches Vs. Mountains Meet washed out one week ago. Coach Jim Sprecher and his staff will carry 40 student-athletes to the historic meet at the Percy Beard Track at the University of Florida’s James G. Pressly Stadium.

“Every year when we set our schedule, it’s always one of the meets that the team looks forward to going to each year,” said Sprecher, UNCW’s veteran coach. “There’s great competition and we’re going to see some of the top collegiate athletes in the country as well as international athletes who are former and future Olympians.

“The atmosphere will be great and our athletes always enjoy competing in front of a large crowd. We’ve always had a lot of success at the Florida Relays. We can’t control the competition and just try to control ourselves. We hope to get the best performances we can and we’ve been competitive in the past.”

One of the highlights in UNCW’s participation at the Relays came in April of 2012 when the 4X800 relay team of Connor Brooks, Ryan O'Connor, Bob Vanderham and Wil Zahorodny clocked a winning time of 7:28.66.

The event originated in 1939 and started as a one-day meet with 209 athletes. Today, the meet has evolved into a three-day affair and one of the nation’s premier track meets.

The Relays have been held every year since 1939, except during World War II (1942-46) and in 2006 when construction to facilities surrounding Percy Beard Track prevented the meet from being contested. The first 15 meets were held on the cinder track at Graham Field, south of Florida Field. In 1959, UF's track and field complex was moved to its present location.

Starting with the 2012 Florida Relays, athletes have benefitted from running on a completely renovated track. More than $725,000 was poured into a new Mondo surface, which included renovating the additional 30 feet of track space at the southwest corner of the stadium, installed in 2007.

Following this weekend’s meet, the Seahawks compete in the two-day East Carolina Invitational next weekend in Greenville, N.C.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– The Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Championships in two weeks may rank atop the priority list for Coach Evan Clark’s UNCW team, but this weekend’s two conference matches with the College of Charleston and James Madison are a close second.

The streaking Seahawks, riding a seven-match winning streak and a 12-3 record this spring, battle the Cougars Friday at 2 p.m. before concluding their home slate with an 11 a.m. match Sunday on “Senior Day” at the UNCW courts.

The matches will go a long way in determining the all-important seeding for the CAA Tournament that runs April 17-20 in Williamsburg, Va.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to host two high quality CAA opponents this weekend,” said Clark, who is finishing up his second season with the team. “We have a lot of respect for both programs and their coaches and know each match will be hard fought.”

The Seahawks have not lost in over a month and stand 2-0 in league play following decisive wins over Towson and Delaware.

Individually, No. 1 player Angie Sekley is the reigning CAA Player-of-the-Week after winning both of her matches against East Carolina and Delaware to hike her season ledger to a sparkling 13-1 this spring. The Mississauga, Ontario, senior carries a nine-match winning streak into the weekend.

Sekely is making her final home appearance this weekend with fellow seniors Olga Blank and Kelly Cameron. The trio has led the Seahawks to a 63-22 record the last four years, including a combined 130-64 mark in singles: Blank (26-30), Cameron (48-20), Sekely (56-14).

Friday’s opponent, CofC, is also on a roll. The Cougars will put their eight-match winning streak on the line in their first match against the Seahawks as a CAA member. Veteran coach Angelo Anastopoulo’s team owns a 14-6 dual match record and has already beaten CAA foes William & Mary (4-3), Hofstra (7-0) and Towson (7-0) this spring.

UNCW’s three seniors will be honored prior to Sunday’s match with the Dukes. JMU, 10-3 and 2-1 in Maria Malerba’s 38th and final season in Harrisonburg, have won five in a row and faces CofC Saturday at 9 a.m. prior to Sunday’s clash with the Seahawks.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Seahawks conclude the regular campaign next Saturday, April 12, at non-conference foe Charleston Southern.

“At this point in the season we could not feel better about where we are and the team feels very confident headed into this weekend,” added Clark.

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