ITALY (WWAY) — Brett Blizzard and Craig Callahan are synonymous with UNCW basketball. Ironically, this week they’re having to face each other as opponents in the playoffs in Italy. They were Seahawk teammates for four seasons during the golden years at Trask Coliseum, but this week they’re friendly competitors.
Callahan’s team (Tezennis Verona) finished the Italian Gold Basketball League as the 3rd place team. Blizzard’s team (Prima Veroli) finished in 6th place. Sunday marked the start of the playoffs in Italy. Blizzard’s team won game one of a best of five series 77-72. Blizzard and Callahan both scored 14 points.
RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) -– The NC State swimming & diving team announced its captains for the 2014-15 season at the squad’s annual end of season team banquet this past weekend. Lauren Poli and Nicole Haynes were selected to lead the women’s squad, while Michael Camper, John Newell and David Williams will serve as captains of the men’s team. “We’re pleased to announce our captains for the 2014-2015 season and entrust their leadership for our program for now and into the future,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “These individuals will help lead us through the next challenges and each embodies the core principles of Wolfpack Nation: Confidence, Passion, Spirit, Courage, Pride and Strength.”
In addition to naming the team captains, the squad also passed out its annual awards at the banquet. The 2013-14 season saw the men’s and women’s squad finish in the top-20 at the 2014 NCAA Championships, as it marked the first season in the program’s history that each squad posted a top-20 finish in the same season.
Brickyard Most Improved Award (Awarded to the person who has shown most improvement)
WOMEN: Ashlyn Koletic
MEN: Stephen Coetzer (graduate of Laney High)
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Sophomore outfielder Joe Bertone and senior pitcher Mat Batts were named Colonial Athletic Association Player and Pitcher-of-the-Week, respectively, after UNCW won two-of-three from the College of Charleston last weekend.
Bertone ignited the UNCW lineup during the pitching dominated series, hitting .750 (6-for-8) with two doubles and a pair of home runs. In the series opener, a 5-0 win, he homered twice for the first time in his career with a two-run shot in the first and later added solo homer. Bertone reached base safely in eight of his 10 plate appearances (.800 OBA) and slugged an astounding 1.750 for the series. He added a pair of doubles in Sunday’s loss to the Cougars.
For Batts, this is the fourth time he’s been named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week. The senior lefthander earned his fifth consecutive win last Friday in a 5-0 win over then conference-leading College of Charleston. Batts scattered six hits and a pair of walks over seven shutout innings. The conference leader in strikeouts added to his total with nine strikeouts on the evening. Batts leads the circuit with 92 strikeouts and is second on the NCAA active career leader list with 323 and has recorded eight games of eight or more strikeouts this season.
The series win kept the Seahawks in a tie with Delaware for third in the CAA standings, though the Blue Hens hold the tie-breaker between the two.
The Seahawks return to action later this week with a three-game, non-conference series against The Citadel. The series opens on May 8 at 7 p.m. in Charleston and the two will then play at 5 p.m. on Friday, also in Charleston. The series concludes on May 11 with a 2 p.m. start at Brooks Field.
HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW…click icon to see video) -– UNCW won eight events, including both relays, as the Seahawks claimed their 11th Colonial Athletic Association men’s track & field championship on Saturday at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Seahawks ran away with the men’s title with 265 points while Northeastern finished second with 221. Defending champion William & Mary took third.
On the women’s side, Delaware claimed its first women’s title while Northeastern and William & Mary tied for second. UNCW took fourth with 127 points.
“This was a tremendous weekend for both of our programs, we had incredible performances on Saturday,” said UNCW Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “It’s great to get back to the top after several near-misses over the past years. All our athletes came together today and turned in winning performances.”
Leading the way for the Seahawks on the final day was junior Cam Walton, who earned his second and third gold medals of the championships. Walton won the Triple Jump with a mark of 49-9.25 feet and also ran a leg of the winning 4×100 relay (41.91 seconds). For his efforts, Walton was named Field MVP of the meet.
UNCW’s biggest winner on the day was senior Meena Reid who earned four golds, winning the 100 and 200 meters and running legs of the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Reid posted times of 11.68 in the 100 and later clocked in at 24.33 in the 200.
“Meena shined today with two individual wins and then ran on the winning relays. Those 40 points were valuable to us.”
Freshman Brandon McLean gave UNCW a sweep of the 100 meters when he claimed top honors with a time of 10.61. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4×100.
In the hurdles, Matthew Foster (14.38) won the 110 and Cody Love (53.52) won the 400 for the Seahawks. Love also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400.
Dylan Skinner added two golds on the day by winning the 800 meters (1:50.46) and running on the 4×400 relay.
In the field events, freshman Margaret Edwards won the High Jump with a mark of 5-7 and fellow newcomer Caleb Mathis captured the Decathlon with 5,605 points.
Junior Hailey Blackburn ran on both winning relays for the Seahawk women.
UNCW became the third school to win all four relays, joining George Mason in 1995 and 2003. The women’s 4×400 set a school record with a time of 3:45.97.
Women – Team Rankings – 21 Events Scored
1) Delaware 158 2) Northeastern 138
2) William and Mary 138 4) UNC-Wilmington 127
5) James Madison 119 6) Towson 87
7) Col. of Charleston 50
Men – Team Rankings – 21 Events Scored
1) UNC-Wilmington 265 2) Northeastern 221
3) William and Mary 151