T.J. Warren & Leslie McDonald impress crowd in Burgaw; New Hanover baseball edges Hoggard

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Submitted: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:59am
Updated: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:04am

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A team of ACC All-Stars played a group of local high school basketball players on Thursday in Burgaw. As expected, it turned out to be a slam-fest with T.J. Warren and Leslie McDonald leading the way. Click the video icon for proof of that.

Former Hoggard Viking Stilman White attended the game. He didn’t play on Thursday, but White did say he’ll be talking to UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams later this week about returning to Chapel Hill to play for the Tar Heels now that White’s Mormon mission is over..


Thursday Scoreboard



WALLACE-ROSE HILL 8 – TRASK 3, WP WALKER IMWALLE ** Click icon for video
NEW HANOVER 4 – HOGGARD 3, WP TYREE JOHNSON ** Click icon for video



SOUTHPORT, NC (EGOLF) -– On a day when skies were blue, sun was bright, and wind was minimal, eGolf Tour leading money winner Seamus Power of Waterford, Ireland took full advantage of his opportunities, putting forth a course-record 64 at the Reserve Club at St. James on his way to a 9-under 135 tally at the midway point of the fifth annual Championship at St. James Plantation. Power’s stout performance on day two put him four clear of the field heading into Friday’s third round of the 72-hole event, with an eye on possibly capturing career win No. 4 on a Jack Nicklaus track that once baffled his superbly-gifted game.

Power’s week in idyllic Southport began in solid fashion during Wednesday’s weather-delayed opening round, as a first-round 71 put him at 1-under par for the week, just two shots back of a quartet of overnight co-leaders. The former East Tennessee State star struggled, however, on his way to that 71, fighting his swing and battling a handful of errant shots throughout.

“I was kind of struggling hitting it yesterday, so I worked on things on the range afterwards, just trying to soften the transition move,” said the 27-year-old. “It made a big difference and gave me a positive feel, and I just went from there.”

Starting day two on the opening nine at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reserve Club, Power posted birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 7 on his way to a 3-under 33, turning at 4-under par for the tournament.

“I knew the course would play easier today, especially with no breeze. I knew I’d be able to go at some pins,” said Power. “I was able to make a few putts early on.”

A birdie at the par-5 12th pushed Power even further into the red at 4-under for the day, but it was a strong finish over his final four holes that solidified the record-setting effort.

At the narrow par-4 15th, the Irishman overcame an approach left short and left with a chip-in birdie to a tough back hole location that took him to 5-under for the round. At 16, Power laced a 4-iron tee shot to 2 feet before adding a third straight birdie with a two-putt on the par-5 17th.

On the tee of the par-4 finishing hole, Power caught a left fairway bunker, but still managed to put his second shot just 15 feet from the hole. When he rolled in the closing birdie, he was left with a 31 on his inward nine and an 8-under 64 on the day – eclipsing the prior course record by one shot.

Power’s 2014 campaign on the eGolf Tour began in stellar fashion, with back-to-back top-5s at both the Palmetto Hall Championship and Championship at Callawassie Island giving way to career win No. 3 at the Cowans Ford Open.

The win brought Power’s 2014 earnings to $21,364, good for first on the eGolf Tour money list. More importantly, the win ended a 21-month winless drought, dating back to the 2012 Spring Creek Classic – the second of two victories in a breakthrough season of sorts.

Looking to keep his hot streak intact, the former Buccaneer standout was forced to sit idle with the tour taking a week off before trekking to the North Carolina coast for this week’s event.

“I took a couple of days off after the win, didn’t do much. I love playing – I’d play 52 weeks a year if I could, especially when you’re playing well,” he said. “It’s nice to have the good feelings in your head. But, the week off also gives you time to rest, especially coming into a tough golf course like this.”

Annually one of the most demanding venues on the eGolf Tour rotation, the Reserve Club requires a player’s full attention. Year in and year out, the winner is most often the player that can reach 8-under par by week’s end while avoiding a complete catastrophe on the tree- and hazard-lined layout.

“My first couple of years here, I didn’t play it great. Then I played well last year and figured a few things out,” said Power, who offset missed cuts in his first two starts with a T11 in the event’s 2013 edition. “You have to hit it real well off the tee as it’s kind of an intimidating course. There are a lot of tee shots where you have to pick a club and hit it to a spot. So I’m thinking my way off the tee a little better.”

The 64 was Power’s sixth round of 64 or better on the eGolf Tour dating back to the end of the 2011 season, with three of those rounds coming in at 62, including another course record at the Patriot Golf Club in 2012. The likeable kid from across the pond has zero fear of going low, and more than cements that notion far too often.

“For some reason, I’ve always been able to shoot low scores when I get going. My problems have come when I’m off, my score tends to be a little higher than it really should be,” he said. “I’m very comfortable once I get under par, and I start to trust my feelings that much more. There’s no real secret, I just trust it and go.”

Matt Ryan of Santa Clarita, CA is alone in second place, four shots back of Power at 5-under 139.

Ryan, who just happens to be Power’s roommate, was one of the opening-round co-leaders, following a Wednesday 69 with a 2-under 70 on Thursday to slide in at 5-under par for the week.

The long-hitting lefty began on the back nine and turned at even-par 36 in the second round, then roared back into contention, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7 to move to 4-under par for the day and 7-under overall. From there, however, Ryan struggled, bogeying his final two holes en route to his 70.

A three-time winner on the eGolf Tour, Ryan nearly claimed win No. 4 at Callawassie, falling one-shot shy of winner J.T. Griffin after a bogey on the final hole left him at 7-under par for the week. The former Fresno State golfer has conditional status on the Web.com Tour this year, and has made three starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica – recording two top-20 finishes, including a playoff loss at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Vaita Guillaume of Tahiti is in solo-third place at 4-under 140 following rounds of 69-71.

Like Ryan, the former Campbell University golfer was one of the co-leaders after a 69 on Wednesday. Guillaume’s Thursday effort began in solid fashion with two birdies in his first four holes, but quickly went downhill after bogeys on Nos. 4, 5, 10 and 13 left him at 1-over par on the round.

Guillaume rallied thereafter, birdieing 14 and 18 to finish off a second-round 71 and a 4-under total at the event’s halfway point.

The 25-year-old earned his biggest professional win to date in January, capturing the Citrus Open title on eGolf Tour Florida.

The 36-hole cut fell at 3-over 147, with 36 players making it through to the final 36 holes. Third-round play at St. James will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday morning, with players competing in threesomes off of Nos. 1 and 10. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.

The Championship at St. James Plantation

The Reserve Club

Par 72; 7,212 yards

Second-Round Results

1. Seamus Power, Ireland, *71-64-135 -9

2. Matthew Ryan, Santa Clarita, CA, *69-70-139 -5

3. Vaita Guillaume, Papeete, Tahiti, *69-71-140 -4

4. Adam Stephenson, Greenville, NC, *73-69-142 -2

4. Steven Fox, Hendersonville, TN, *70-72-142 -2

4. Reed Darsie, Chapel Hill, NC, *73-69-142 -2

7. T.J. Howe, Osceola, PA, *70-73-143 -1

7. Brendan Gielow, Muskegon, MI, *70-73-143 -1

7. Michael Miller, Brewster, NY, *72-71-143 -1

10. David Watkins, Greenville, NC, *75-69-144 E

10. Luke Hopkins, Greenville, SC, *70-74-144 E

10. Travis Ross, Crookston, MN, *74-70-144 E

10. David Erdy, London, OH, *76-68-144 E

10. Bobby MacWhinnie, Charlotte, NC, *75-69-144 E

15. Drew Weaver, Sea Island, GA, *74-71-145 +1

15. Ryan Nelson, Charleston, SC, *71-74-145 +1

15. Jurrian Van der Vaart, Netherlands, *73-72-145 +1

15. Joshua Brock, Wilmington, NC, *72-73-145 +1

15. Ethan Tracy, Columbus, OH, *74-71-145 +1

15. Adam Hedges, Belmont, NC, *77-68-145 +1

15. Jack Fields, Southern Pines, NC, *76-69-145 +1

15. Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, NC, *70-75-145 +1

15. Wesley Bryan, Chapin, SC, *74-71-145 +1

15. Kevin Roy, Tampa, FL, *72-73-145 +1

15. Michael Davan, Hoopeston, IL, *73-72-145 +1

26. Christian Brand, Charleston, WV, *74-72-146 +2

26. Mark Kriston, Clemmons, NC, *75-71-146 +2

28. Jesse Hutchins, Kirkersville, OH, *73-74-147 +3

28. Ryan Zylstra, Glen Allen, VA, *69-78-147 +3

28. Zach Edmondson, Morrisville, NC, *74-73-147 +3

28. Joey McLister, Charlotte, NC, *73-74-147 +3

28. Noah Ratner, Asheville, NC, *74-73-147 +3

28. Bryce Ledford, Chattanooga, TN, *75-72-147 +3

28. Weston Eklund, Charlottesville, VA, *73-74-147 +3

28. Jacob Eggers, Boone, NC, *75-72-147 +3

28. Ted Brown, Richmond, VA, *76-71-147 +3


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) –– UNCW senior Payne McLeod posted a seventh-place finish at the Irish Creek Collegiate and was named Co-Golfer-of-the-Week by the Colonial Athletic Association.

McLeod was the top-finishing Seahawk following his three-round total of 72-70-70=212. It was his third top-10 finish of the season and the 16th of his career.

He shared the award with Drexel’s Chris Crawford, who won the Lafayette Intercollegiate, a two-round tournament.

The Seahawks and East Carolina will co-host the River Landing Intercollegiate this weekend. Play opens on Friday with 36 holes followed by 18 on Sunday. The tournament is being held at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C.


SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College guard Cam Jones was named third team NJCAA Division One All-American on Thursday. The BCC sophomore will be playing college basketball for Radford next season.


Note: Kadeem Allen, mentioned below, attended Laney High School, but he graduated from New Hanover High School. In fact Allen led the New Hanover Wildcats to the 4-A state basketball title in 2012. On our 11pm sports on Thursday night we’ll be showcasing Allen and Cam Jones.

HUTCHINSON, KS (HCC SPORTS INFO) — After a season where he became the first Blue Dragon ever to post a triple-double in a game, Hutchinson Community College sophomore Kadeem Allen had another first on Thursday by becoming the storied men’s basketball program’s first two-time first-team NJCAA All-American.

The NJCAA released its 2014 Men’s Basketball All-America teams on Thursday. Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205 sophomore guard from Wilmington, N.C., who signed early with the University of Arizona, led a group of three Jayhawk Conference players on this year’s list.

Allen is Hutchinson’s first two-time first-team All-American. He is the eighth Blue Dragon first-team All-American and 27th Hutchinson player named NJCAA All-American in team history. As a freshman, Allen was also named an NABC first-team junior college All-American.

Allen put together one of the best all-around seasons in the 81-year history of Blue Dragon basketball. He was a central figure for an injury-ravaged HCC men’s team that finished 26-8 and was Region VI runner-up this past season.

Allen was second in the NJCAA in scoring this season at 25.9 points per game, scoring 854 points in 33 games. Allen posted eight of his nine career double-doubles this past season. He set a team record with 13 of his 15 career 30-point games this season, including a game where he scored the fourth-most points ever by a Blue Dragon – 41 vs. Allen on Jan. 5.

On Nov. 15, Allen produced the first triple-double in Blue Dragon basketball history with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Cougars at the Sports Arena. Allen did it again, posting a triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a Region VI opening-round game vs. Allen on March 1.

Allen was an 11-time Jayhawk Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and a two-time NJCAA National Player of the Week.

Allen scored 854 points this past season, the third-most in HCC men’s basketball history. His 25.9 point scoring average was second only to the 42-year-old record of Richard Morsden’s 27.3 point average in 1972.

The sophomore guard set single-season record for free throws (276) and attempted free throws (371). Allen ranked fourth in single-season history with 194 points and was ninth in steals with 76.

Allen finished his career with 1,425 points, which ranks third in Blue Dragon career history behind Roy “Pooh” Hairston (1,687) and Tyrone Jones (1,461). He is the 13th member of the Blue Dragon 1,000-point club.

Allen owns two career and two single-season statistical records. He ranks in 21 career, single-season or freshman statistical lists, ranking in the top three in 11 career, single-season or freshman categories.

Allen will be in the running for 2014 NJCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year honors. That will be announced on Monday by the NJCAA.

Seward County’s Niem Stevenson was a third-team All-American and Independence’s Tarik Phillip was an honorable mention selection. – See more at: http://www.bluedragonsports.com/news/101446#sthash.BOEpgSPp.dpuf

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