HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
HOGGARD 15 – NEW HANOVER 2
LANEY 15 – JACKSONVILLE 4
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
SOUTH COLUMBUS 13 – RED SPRINGS 1
WHITEVILLE 11 – ST. PAULS 4
FAIRMONT 13 – WEST COLUMBUS 3
HOGGARD 4 – NEW HANOVER 1
DUKE 9 – NC CENTRAL 1
HIGH POINT 6 – APPALACHIAN STATE 5
UNCW 3 – CAMPBELL 0 ** Click icon to see video
NORTH CAROLINA 10 – NC A&T 0
FORMER ASHLEY PITCHER TREVOR KELLEY PITCHED ONE INNING OF RELIEF FOR TAR HEELS
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 8 – PARROT ACADEMY 1
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE
HOGGARD 14 – NEW HANOVER 10 ** Click icon to see video
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
LANEY 5 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 2 ** Click icon to see video
WHITEVILLE 6 – ST. PAULS 1
SOUTH COLUMBUS 13 – RED SPRINGS 1
FAIRMONT 13 – WEST COLUMBUS 1
NEXT WEEK’S ASHLEY SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 15 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 17
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
WHITEVILLE 5 – COASTAL CHRISTIAN 0
EXHIBITION PRO SOCCER
WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS 5 – BARTON COLLEGE 0
UPDATE ** NC State’s T.J. Warren is expected to play in Burgaw on Thursday, April 10 (Warren announced on Thursday he’ll be entering his name for the upcoming NBA Draft)
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BURGAW, NC (RELEASE) — For the past 36 years, The Sumner Group has sponsored and coordinated the ACC Barnstorming Tour. Over the years, the Tour has provided a rare up-close-and-personal look at such standout players as Michael Jordan, Len Bias, Dereck Whittenburg, Tyler Hansbrough, Nolan Smith, and Tyler Zeller to fans of all ages across the southeastern United States. This season promises to be another exciting year in Barnstorming history. The tour will consist of eight games over three weeks following the completion of the NCAA Final Four in April.
This year’s roster includes: UNC’s Leslie McDonald, Duke’s Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston, and Andre Dawkins, N.C. State’s Jordan Vandenberg, and Wake Forest’s Coron Williams and Travis McKie. These ACC All-Stars will be coached by UNC legend Phil Ford.
In addition to the basketball games, each stop will also consist of a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Players will be available following the game for a limited autograph session with general admission ticketholders. VIP ticketholders will enjoy reserved front row seating to the game, a post game reception with the ACC All-Stars, and a photo/autograph session. A portion of the proceeds from each game will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Additional proceeds will also benefit each hosting high school.
Doors open each night at 6:00 pm and the game starts at 7:30 pm
Click the link for more info: http://carolinabarnstorming.com/tickets/burgaw.html and click the play video icon to see Pender basketball coach Gary Battle talk about Thursday’s event.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Ryan Foster allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings as UNCW blanked visiting Campbell, 3-0, on Tuesday at Brooks Field as the longtime rivals renewed their series.
The Seahawks halted a brief two-game skid with the home win, improving to 15-16. The Camels saw their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 22-12.
Foster (1-1), who was making his fourth career start, walked two, hit one and struck out four as he carried a no-hitter into the seventh. With two out, he surrendered a double to center field by Elijah Trail to end the no-hit bid.
Kelly Secrest nailed down his second save of the season, retiring both batters he faced.
CU starter Andrew Witczak (2-3) took the loss after being chased in the first inning. The lefthander allowed two runs on two hits and a walk before exiting the game. Corey Dick collected three hits on the game for UNCW while Robbie Thorburn added two. Trail and Matt Parrish had CU’s only hits on the evening.
Up Next: UNCW visits North Carolina Central on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. start. The game will be played in the Old Durham Athletic Park and can be heard locally in Wilmington on AM630 or 95.9 FM.
How it happened: UNCW jumped on Witczak for the early lead as Dick and Luke Dunlap had RBI singles for a 2-0 lead. With one out, Terence Connelly was hit by a pitch to ignite the outburst.
Inside the box score: Campbell actually got its leadoff hitter on base three times, but was just 1-for-7 with two outs … Campbell did not advance a runner on the night and only had one runner reach scoring position … Foster held CU to 0-for-7 with runners on base … He finished with 10 ground ball outs and eight fly ball outs.
Notes: Foster set a new career-high with his eight innings on the mound (previous high was 6.2 innings against VCU (3/9/14) … It was his second career win … He joined Nick Monroe as UNCW pitchers who carried no-hitters into the seventh inning … Monroe actually lost his perfect game in the ninth with one out against Liberty … The teams had no played each other since 2011 … UNCW now owns a 76-37-1 lead in the all-time series … Casey Golden extended his hitting streak to five games … Connelly is now tied for fourth all-time at UNCW with 31 hit by pitches, he’s just three from tying Mark Carver (2004-08) for the career lead (31) … Secrest made his 103rd career appearance, ranking second on UNCW’s list … Secrest moved into sole possession of fourth with 11 career saves at UNCW … Dick had three hits in a game for the third time this season and first since Mar. 23 in a win over West Virginia … Tonight’s game was played in a season-fastest, 2:14.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW junior Alyssa Ritchie has been selected the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Tennis Singles Player-of-the-Week and the tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales has earned Doubles Team-of-the-Week to give the Seahawks a sweep of the league’s weekly honors.
The Seahawks, 14-3, have reeled off nine consecutive victories and have not lost since March 1. Coach Evan Clark’s red-hot team has already clinched the top-seed at the upcoming CAA Women’s Tennis Championships April 17-20 in Williamsburg, Va.
Ritchie, from Franklin, Ohio, went 2-0 at No. 4 singles as UNCW recorded key conference wins over the College of Charleston (5-2) and James Madison (6-1). The junior outlasted CofC’s Samantha Maddox, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, before rolling past JMU’s Emily Bradshaw, 6-0, 6-0. Ritchie has won nine straight matches and owns a 14-2 mark this spring.
Cameron (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Hales (Wilmington, N.C.) notched a pair of wins at No. 3 doubles against the Cougars and Dukes. The tandem posted an impressive 8-3 triumph against the Charleston’s Samantha Maddox and Jamie Harrell before edging JMU’s Rachel Nelson and Cara Wirth, 8-6. Cameron and Hales are unbeaten this spring with a 10-0 mark at No. 3 doubles.
The Seahawks wrap up the regular season on Saturday, April 12, with a Noon match at Charleston Southern.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior Rafael Aita of UNCW made a big leap in the ITA’s national rankings this week and at the same time collected Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Player-of-the-Week honors for the third time late Tuesday.
The Lima, Peru, star rocketed 22 spots to No. 47 in the ITA’s poll after upsetting No. 22 Joren Vliegen of East Carolina, 6-3, 4-2, ret., last Friday. He has been rated as high as No. 33 in 2013-14.
“Rafa had a good week in beating his second top-25 opponent this spring,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach. “It’s also the second player he has beaten this spring that defeated him the last time they played. This is a good sign that Rafa is still improving and I know it means a lot to him. We look forward to giving him and our other two seniors a great sendoff in our final home match Friday.”
Aita hiked his season scorecard to 11-4 and moved up to third on the school’s career singles mark with a 61-17 mark. He is 5-2 against ranked opponents this spring following Friday’s conquest of the talented Vliegen.
Aita, recognized by the CAA earlier in the season on March 5 and March 12, makes his final home appearance Friday when the Seahawks entertain state foe UNC Charlotte at 2 p.m. at the UNCW courts. In addition to Aita, fellow seniors Matt Kealy and Pedro Mol are playing in Wilmington for the last time.
TAMPA, FL – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 3 of the 2014 season on Tuesday with OKC Energy FC’s Kyle Greig being named Player of the Week as he scored the first goal in club history to lead his side to a 2-0 win against Orange County Blues FC.
USLPRO-Greig0408.jpgGreig, a former member of the Wilmington Hammerheads, opened the scoring for the Energy in the 12th minute against the Blues as he beat the offside trap and then coolly shot low into the right corner of the net from the top of the penalty area. He was joined on the Team of the Week by teammate Tarek Morad, who had a strong first professional game at center back as OKC held firm under pressure in the second half.
A pair of strikers from the Richmond Kickers joined Greig in the Team of the Week attack as D.C. United loanees Kyle Porter and Michael Seaton both claimed berths. Porter had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and Seaton tallied his first goal of the season in a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The Dayton Dutch Lions and Orlando City also had a pair of players chosen, with Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams and defender Brock Granger both earning selection. Granger scored his first professional goal and Williams made it stand up as he recorded a shutout to earn the Dutch Lions their first win of the season.
Orlando also claimed its first win of the season behind a goal and an assist by former league MVP Kevin Molino, who was joined on the Team of the Week by defender Rob Valentino, who notched what proved to be the winning goal for the Lions.
Harrisburg’s Jason Pelletier and Wilmington’s Paul Nicholson both earned midfield berths as they were influential in the draw between the two sides on Saturday night, and Charlotte’s Bilal Duckett rounded out the defensive group as he put in a strong debut in a losing effort for the Eagles.
The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Friday night as the Rochester Rhinos visit the Dayton Dutch Lions for their home opener at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday night sees the final debut of the 2014 season as Arizona United makes its first appearance as it hosts OKC Energy FC at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Also on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds host their home opener as the Wilmington Hammerheads visit Highmark Stadium, and there are a pair of 2013 playoff rematches as Orlando City hosts the Charleston Battery, and the Richmond Kickers visit the Charlotte Eagles. Closing out the night, the Orange County Blues FC will host Sacramento Republic FC looking for their first win of the season.
Every game of the 2014 USL PRO season can be seen live on YouTube, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+. Stay up to date with news, previews and match reports from throughout the league via USLPROSoccer.com.
USL PRO Team of the Week
Recorded six-save shutout as Dutch Lions downed Eagles
Had the game-winning goal for Lions against Rhinos
Strong debut performance in Energy FC’s inaugural win
Pushed forward well as Eagles fell against Dutch Lions
First professional goal lifted Dutch Lions to victory
Marshaled the midfield well against Wilmington
Scored a goal, added an assist in win against Rochester
Provided strong tackling, good distribution in opener
Pair of goals, including game-winner, against Pittsburgh
Scored first goal in club history in win against Blues
Scored opening goal in victory against Riverhounds
Honorable Mention – Charlotte: Wells Thompson, Doug Herrick; Dayton: Shintaro Harada, Kevan George; Harrisburg: Clesio Bauque, Pedro Ribeiro; Oklahoma City: Gareth Evans, Nate Shiffman; Orange County: Stephen Okai, Schillo Tshuma; Orlando: Dennis Chin, Tyler Turner; Pittsburgh: Collins John, Joseph Ngwenya; Richmond: Samuel Asante, Mike Callahan; Rochester: J.C. Banks, Alex Dixon; Wilmington: Quillan Roberts, Brian Ackley.