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TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County School Board will be meeting on Monday night. Kyle Hutchison’s name will be brought up for school board approval. If approved, Hutchison will likely be named the next head football coach for South Columbus. Hutchison is currently an assistant football coach at Richmond Senior High School. Hutchison primarily works with the tight ends and receivers for the Richmond Raiders.
Jake Fonvielle announced his resignation as the South Columbus head football coach and athletics director in February. 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. The 1997 South Columbus graduate & East Carolina grad plans to take over the family business in Tabor City.
High School Girls Soccer
WHITEVILLE 9 – RICHMOND COUNTY 0
CLINTON 9 – TRASK 0
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 4 – O’NEAL 0
COASTAL CHRISTIAN 0 – AMERICAN HEBREW 0
High School Softball
SOUTH COLUMBUS 12 – WEST COLUMBUS 2
WEST BLADEN 11 – MIDWAY 0, NICOLE WYATT PITCHED A 3 HIT SHUTOUT
TRASK 10 – CLINTON 3, A.J.JOHNSON WINNING PITCHER
NORTH BRUNSWICK 7 – NORTHSIDE 2
High School Boys Lacrosse
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 11 – LANEY 3
High School Baseball
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TOPSAIL 3 – HOGGARD 0, CLARK COTA HAD 18 STRIKEOUTS AGAINST THE VIKINGS
ASHLEY 4 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 1, WP DONOVAN FRANCIS, 3 HITS EVAN LAVERICK
RICHMOND COUNTY 3 – SCOTLAND COUNTY 0
WEST BRUNSWICK 10 – LANEY 0
TRASK 5 – CLINTON 2
DIXON 6 – EAST DUPLIN 2
MIDWAY 9 – WEST BLADEN 1
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WEST COLUMBUS 4 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 (9 INNINGS) TREY BENTON WINNING PITCHER
NEW HANOVER 4 – SOUTHERN WAYNE 0, WARD COLEMAN WINNING PITCHER
WILLIAMSBURG, VA (UNCW) -– Ryan LaGrange homered twice and knocked in a career-high five runs to back the 12-strikeout performance from UNCW starter Mat Batts as the Seahawks knocked off William & Mary, 8-2, in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener on Friday at Plumeri Park.
The Seahawks evened their record at 14-14 on the season while improving to 2-1 in the league. The Tribe, meanwhile, dipped to 18-10 with their third straight loss and 2-1 in the CAA.
Batts (1-2) broke his previous career-best of 11 strikeouts, done on three occasions. Over eight innings, Batts held the nation’s top offensive team to a run on four hits, two walks and two hit batters. W&M didn’t have a hit till the fifth inning.
W&M lefthander Jason Inghram (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits and five walks. He also surrendered three homers on the evening.
LaGrange homered twice in the same game for the first time in his career. Also adding a homer on the night was Corey Dick, who launched his fourth round tripper of the season in the sixth inning as he and LaGrange went back-to-back. Terence Connelly added two hits.
Josh Smith had two hits for the Tribe and was joined by Ryan Lindemuth with RBI singles.
How it happened: The Seahawks opened the scoring in the third on a bases-loaded double play ball hit by LaGrange. Drew Farber opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by the rightfielder on a ball hit by Casey Golden. Connelly drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases for LaGrange who rolled into a 6-4-3 double play.
Inside the box score: Batts allowed the leadoff hitter to reach just once in eight innings as the Tribe was 2-for-9 on the night … Batts also bared down with two outs, not allow a hit in eight situations … W&M was 0-for-9 with two outs and 2-for-14 with runners on … UNCW was 3for-13 in RBI situations and plated four runs with two out.
Notes: It was Batts’ first win of the season … The last Seahawk to strikeout 12 in a game was Daniel Cropper in 2011 against Jacksonville … Three home runs were a season-high for UNCW … LaGrange and Tyler Molinaro also went back-to-back at Hofstra in 2013 … LaGrange also extended his on base streak to 20 games … LaGrange’s homers came in the sixth and seventh innings.
Up next: UNCW and the Tribe will play at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– The UNCW women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to eight matches by besting the College of Charleston, 5-2, in a key Colonial Athletic Association match Friday at the UNCW Courts.
The Seahawks, who have not lost in 34 days, pushed their record to 13-3 overall and stayed unbeaten in the CAA with an unblemished 3-0 record. CofC had its eight-match winning streak go by the wayside and now stands 14-7 and 3-1.
Playing in sunny, breezy conditions, the Seahawks won the doubles point quickly and then tacked on four singles victories to claim the first meeting between the two schools since the Cougars joined the CAA. It was a tight match, however, with five of the six singles matches going three sets. “What a battle today against a very tough College of Charleston team,” said UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “They pushed us at every spot and give credit to them for playing a fantastic match.
“I could not be prouder of our team and the way they handled everything today. We have a very special group and it’s rewarding to see all of their hard work pay off in a big match.”
UNCW assumed control of the match by taking the early point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 3 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales grabbed the momentum by overpowering Samantha Maddox and Jamie Harrell, 8-3, and the top tandem of Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevitch downed CofC’s Katherine Schofield, 8-4, to nail down the point. It was the 13th time in 16 matches that the Seahawks have won the doubles point against foes this spring.
The Seahawks displayed their strength at the top of the lineup to clinch the match, winning at the first three singles positions right away to win for the eighth time in nine tries at home this season.
Blank, playing No. 2 singles, thumped CofC’s Brooke McAmis, 6-3, 6-3, to be the first off the court and fellow senior Angie Sekely continued to dominate. The Ontario, Canada, product won her 10th straight match by rallying past Kelly Kambourelis, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, to raise her record to an impressive 14-1. Freshman Annika Sillanpaa then iced the match by outlasting Mara Argyriou, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Junior Alyssa Ritchie accounted for UNCW’s other singles win when she turned back Maddox, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, at No. 5 singles.
The Seahawks play their home finale on Sunday when CAA rival James Madison visits for an 11 a.m. match. It will be the final home appearance for Blank, Cameron and Sekely. Clark said, “We will enjoy this win and then turn our attention quickly to another very tough CAA opponent in JMU. JMU is another great team and we will need to be ready to go on Sunday.”
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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS FC) — 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.