Signing day at Coastal Christian; Sharks now 0-3
 
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Coastal Christian High School held a signing ceremony on Thursday for four student athletes. Click the icon to see our report on the four Centurions listed below:

Cabot Arne- Southern Virginia University (men's soccer)
Connor Belk- Cape Fear Community College (men's soccer)
Nick Chase- Hampden-Sydney College (men's basketball)
Dylan Smith- Columbia International University (men's basketball)

Click the icon to see our report from signing day at Coastal Christian.

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Click the icon to see our game highlights from Thursday's game between Wilmington & Peninsula.

WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- The clouds dried up just in time so that the Sharks could play ball at Buck Hardee Field, their second home game in as many days. The bus from Hampton, VA carrying the Peninsula Pilots rolled in to a Buck Hardee Field covered by gray clouds, which loomed for a majority of the warm-ups. The tarp was rolled back 20 minutes before first pitch at 7:05pm.

The gloomy weather was matched by slow offenses by both the Pilots and the Sharks. The Sharks were able to place but three batters on base, all walked by Josh Outman of the Pilots. Peninsula's Andres Melo got things rolling in the top of the 6th inning, legging out a triple on a ball hit into the right field corner. He was driven home by a baseknock from the bat of Garrett Brooks, giving Peninsula a 1-0 advantage. The lead didn't last for long, however, when Wilmington responded in the bottom of the 7th inning, when catcher Cam McRae crossed the plate on Tyler Caroll's RBI single, the first and only hit of the game for the Sharks.

Will Gilbert had a solid outing on the bump for the Sharks. Gilbert struck out 7 Peninsula batters in 6 innings of work, and threw first pitch strike to 15 batters. Gilbert's pitch count was quickly escalating and was replaced in the 7th inning, which seemed to be favorable for the Pilots. They were able to hang 4 runs on Wilmington in the top of the 7th inning, 2 of which came on a homerun by the third baseman CJ Roth.

The Sharks will play Friday at Edenton before coming back home Saturday evening to entertain the Morehead City Marlins.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL (UNCW) -- UNCW senior Dylan Skinner advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Thursday when he finished fourth overall in the 800 meters with a school record time of 1:48.27 at Hodges Stadium.

Skinner, who is making his NCAA regional debut, finished third in the fastest heat of the event. Five of eight runners in the heat also qualified for the next round on Friday. The next quarterfinal round race will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday. “Running in the last heat was great for Dylan,” said UNCW Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “It’s the last heat of the race and you know what you have to run to advance to the next round. He was strong throughout the race and in the last 200 meters, he looked like he was shot out of a cannon, passing people left and right. What a great job by Dylan.”

Skinner smashed his own record of 1:49.71, set earlier this season at the Charlotte Invitational. “I didn’t know when I finished if I had the school record, but I knew I ran fast,” said Skinner. “I was dead last after the 400 and 600 meter marks, but I had told myself prior to the race that I was going to give everything I had and in the final 200 meters I kicked myself into a high gear and started passing people.”
“I’m going to get something to eat, start my recovery session and prepare for tomorrow’s race,” said Skinner following his warm down period following the race.

In the men’s 400 Hurdles, junior Cody Love finished fifth in his heat with a time of 52.99 seconds, which placed him 40th overall in the event.

Junior Cam Walton will compete in the Triple Jump for the Seahawks on Friday. It will be his second appearance in the NCAA East Preliminary Round, but his first in the Triple Jump.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– The ultra-successful UNCW men’s tennis program shows no sign of slowing down after earning a No. 23 ranking by recruiting analyst TennisRecruiting.net early this week.

The Seahawks, who have won four Colonial Athletic Association championships and advanced to the NCAA Regionals five of the last six years, secured their highest ranking from the website since becoming the league’s preeminent program.

“I feel very good about the talent and character we have in our incoming recruiting class,” said Head Coach Mait DuBois, the 2014 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. “It’s a strong testament to how good this class can be that it was selected in the top-25 nationally. It’s the highest our recruiting classes have been ranked and I think it represents another step forward for our program. They are all quality players and will demonstrate the kind of character we look for in representing the university.”

The recruiting class for the Seahawks was ranked ahead of perennial top-25 teams Tulsa and Texas. The list included, in order, Stanford, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Duke, Miami, Fla., Washington, California, TCU, Dartmouth, Florida, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Illinois, Virginia, BYU, Florida State, Northwestern, UNCW, Tulsa and Texas.

DuBois recently added three players during the spring signing period to go along with four standouts that inked during the fall:

Javier Restrepo
The Ogburn School
Miami, Fla.

Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Ranked as high as No. 53 nationally this year and as high as No. 10 Nationally in junior career…Ranked as high as No. 233 in ITF Junior World Rankings…Won five rounds last summer at Clay Court Super Nationals, beating two top-20 players…Has played extensively internationally in almost all of the premier junior tournaments in the world.

Coach DuBois On Restrepo: “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Javier and his family during the recruiting process. A number of coaches have been very complimentary about his character and playing ability. Javier connected right away with UNCW and what we’re trying to build here. We were impressed with the depth of his international experience and how committed to his tennis he has been. He has set very high goals for himself and we look forward to helping him reach those goals.”

Restrepo On Selecting UNCW: "UNCW is the right place for me to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. The team has great potential and we have a chance to win the NCAA Championship. I don't see a ceiling to what we can accomplish there. The sky’s the limit for us.”

Andres Torres
Cibercolegio UCN High School
Armenia, Colombia

Achieved ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 233…Highest ITF-ranked player from his home country of Colombia…Qualified for Junior U.S. Open in Fall of 2013.

Coach DuBois On Torres: “Andres brings a wealth of international experience with him. He has made a real surge in the last year with wins over some of the top juniors in the world. Some players level off as they enter college, but I’m very excited to see that Andres continues to get better.”

Torres On Selecting UNCW: "I chose UNCW because of the quality of the school and its location. I also decided to be part of the tennis team because it’s one of the top-50 programs in the nation. With Coach DuBois as my coach, I can help the team to achieve its goals as well as mine. Go Seahawks!"

Spencer Arias
Florida Virtual High School
Sarasota, Florida

Son of former top-10 ATP professional Jimmy Arias…Ranked as high as No. 150 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net before switching over to ITF Futures events…Advanced twice in ITF Futures events.

Coach DuBois On Arias: “Spencer had a real passion for UNCW even before the recruiting process began and knew how special it is. He has not followed the traditional tract of a junior player as he started playing Futures events at a very young age. Growing up with a father who has been top-10 in the world professionally is not your traditional junior player. Spencer has been exposed to some of the world’s best players and brings a very rare perspective to our team. He has an excellent understanding of the game and a very high tennis IQ. I’m looking forward to having Spencer join us and seeing how good he can be.”

Arias On Selecting UNCW: “I chose UNCW because it was the only university that offered a great film school as well as a top Division I tennis program. After meeting the team and seeing how dedicated the players and coaches are, there was no doubt in my mind that UNCW is the perfect place for me. I’m very grateful for the incredible opportunity to learn from some great teachers, coaches and players and hopefully gain the experience I want in tennis and in filmmaking.”

2014-15 UNCW Men’s Tennis Recruit Capsules

Spencer Arias, Florida Virtual High School, Sarasota, Florida
Son of former top-10 ATP professional Jimmy Arias…Ranked as high as No. 150 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net before switching over to ITF Futures events…Advanced twice in ITF Futures events.

Taylor Cramer, National High School, Texarkana, Texas
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Ranked as high as No. 82 nationally this year and No. 52 nationally during junior career…Top-5 in singles in every age group for Southern Section…Captured National Open Doubles title and reached three other National Open Finals…Six-time state singles champion…Received Sportsmanship Award for Southern Junior Davis Cup team.

Josh Du Toit, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, N.C.
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Currently ranked No. 3 in North Carolina and has been ranked as high as No. 55 nationally during junior career…Selected 2013 USTA North Carolina Player of the Year…Winner of nine North Carolina Junior titles (most all-time), including singles and doubles titles in 2013.

Josh Hublitz. The Potomac School, Vienna, Va.
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Has been ranked as high as No. 134 nationally this year and No. 88 during junior career…Selected to All-American Team at High School Nationals in Newport Beach, Calif…Selected by Mid-Atlantic Section to represent group at Boys 18’s National Team Championships last summer…Brother of current team member Zach Hublitz.

Gianlucca Massa, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Fla.
Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net and ranked as high as No. 49 nationally this year and as high as No. 23 nationally in junior career. ..Won three rounds at Clay Court Super-nationals last summer…Has made Round of 16 in three separate ITF international events.

Javier Restrepo, The Ogburn School, Miami, Fla.
Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Ranked as high as No. 53 nationally this year and as high as No. 10 Nationally in junior career…Ranked as high as No. 233 in ITF Junior World Rankings…Won five rounds last summer at Clay Court Super Nationals, beating two top-20 players…Has played extensively internationally in almost all of the premier junior tournaments in the world.

Andres Torres, Cibercolegio UCN High School, Armenia, Colombia
Achieved ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 233…Highest ITF-ranked player from his home country of Colombia…Qualified for Junior U.S. Open in Fall of 2013

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