Fred Lynch Invitational tips off on Monday; three day event honors former Laney hoops coach

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Submitted: Sat, 06/21/2014 - 3:31am
Updated: Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:18am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ashley High will introduce their new head basketball coach to the local media on Monday. We understand New Hanover jv boys basketball coach Webster Guthrie will be named the head coach of the Screaming Eagles. Guthrie has been the jv coach at New Hanover the last two seasons. David Rutledge was fired several weeks ago at Ashley. The New Hanover County School Board is expected to finalize David Rutledge’s appeal on July 1st.


WILMINGTON, NC (LANEYBASKETBALL.NET) — The Fred Lynch Invitational tips off on Monday at six different locations in New Hanover County. 50 high school basketball teams will be competing in the three day event. Click the play video icon in order to see our interview with tournament director Nathan Faulk.

Dates: June 23-25

Locations: Laney High School (Michael Jordan Gymnasium) Trask Middle School, Holly Shelter Middle School, Northside Baptist facility , Scotts Hill Baptist and Wrightsboro Baptist

Game Times:

Set Up: Pool play games for two days with single game elimination tournament on third day. There will be 3 tournament champions in 3 divisions Gold, Silver, & Bronze.

Ages 18 or Older – 3-Day Pass: $15 or $6 per Day
Ages 10 – 17 – 3-Day Pass: $10 or $5 per Day
Under 10: FREE

What are they saying: “The Fred Lynch Invitational is an opportunity for teams to play against great competition that they do not see during the season. With money being as tight as it is now, this event fits right in to any team’s budget. Economical motel rooms are available that make it possible for teams to spend three days together and build on team bonding that is so important during the season. Any team looking for an event that will help them get better and not break the bank, the Fred Lynch Invitational is the place to go. Coach Faulk does a great job in running this jamboree in a professional manner and he will do all that he can to make your stay in Wilmington as prosperous as it can be.” – Tim Pope (head coach Union High School boys basketball)

Who is Fred Lynch: Fred Lynch was head boys basketball coach at Laney High School for 26 years compiling over 400 wins and making Laney Basketball a respected and widely known program across the state and country. He currently serves as the school’s athletic director. While as head coach he directed the Bucs to the North Carolina State Sectionals in 1985, 1987, and 1999. The Bucs were North Carolina State Runners Up in 1999.

Under Fred Lynch, the Bucs won the Conference in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1998, and 2000. In 2010, Laney won the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament.He has served as the North Carolina East/West All Star Coach and North/South All Star Coach during his decorative career. He served as Coach Faulk’s mentor in his early years when Faulk worked as his assistant.

In 2012, the court at Laney High School was named in his and Ruby Sutton’s honor. Ruby Sutton served at Laney as a long time Physical Education instructor.

In the summer of 2012, Faulk began the Fred Lynch Invitational in honor of Coach Lynch and all his service he provided to the Laney Basketball program over his career. The FLI is now an annual event taking place the last week of June every summer.

Click the play video icon in order to see WWAY’s interview with tournament director Nathan Faulk.


NORFOLK, VA (SHARKS RELEASE) — Tension was in the air early in the evening in Hampton, but even more so after both the Sharks and Pilots benches cleared in the fifth inning. Joe DeVito fouled off the debut pitch of his at-bat, barely missing the plate. Peninsula catcher Brandon Stephens picked it up, applied a hard tag to DeVito, who voiced his displeasure.

The jawing escalated to pushing and shoving, which would bring the players and coaches to the dirt circle at home plate in War Memorial Stadium, but the tussle was broken apart in joint effort from the coaching staffs and the umpiring crew.
Earlier, Sharks starter Tyler Haswell and Pilots lefty Ryan Lenaburg posted a three up – three down frames in the first. Haswell walked a batter in the second for the first baserunner of the game, who was driven home by Brandon Stephens. This run would be the first of four runs in the second from the Pilots.

The Sharks would pick up a run in the third following a Hunter Smith double, a Nathan Becker single, and an RBI groundout for Joe DeVito. Wilmington was trailing 5-1 entering the sixth, where the Sharks make a case for a comeback. Alex Raburn swung at the first pitch in the sixth, resulting in a single. Mike Montville belted a triple deep to straightaway center, scoring Raburn. Montville’s RBI triple was one of six triples in the game – the other five belonging to Peninsula.
Peninsula’s fourteen runs on the night came in bunches. Haswell’s four runs in the second were followed by two in the third. His relief, Ryan Manore, surrendered three runs in the seventh. Bryce Conley would pitch in the eighth, getting just one out and allowing five runs on five walks and two hits. Justin Bellinger would finish the inning.
All in all, a very frustrating night of baseball for the Wilmington Sharks.

Wilmington will spend the night in the Chesapeake Bay before traveling to Petersburg Saturday to face the Generals. The game in Petersburg will be the thirteenth in thirteen days.


PINEHURST, NC (AP) — Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson each shot 68 and are the only players still under par going into the weekend at the U.S. Women’s Open.

For all the interest in the men and women playing Pinehurst No. 2 in consecutive weeks, this major is starting to look more like the first one on the LPGA Tour. Thompson soundly beat Wie in the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

For now, Wie has the upper hand. She made only one bogey and finished with two birdies to get to 4-under 136. That gave her a three-shot lead over Thompson, who used her strength to get out of the sandy areas and had three straight birdies late in her round.

But there’s still a long way to go. Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, had a 73 and was among those at even par.

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Note: Sixth grader Lucy Li fired a 78 on Friday. With back to back 78’s Li missed the cut. Click the play video icon in order to see an interview with Lucy Li after Friday’s round at Pinehurst #2.


(AP) — Tiger Woods says he is rusty but ready to return to competition.

Woods announced Friday on his Facebook page that he will play next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National. This is the first year for a new title sponsor at the PGA Tour event that donates the charity money to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he played with pain in his lower back and closed with a 78 to tie for 25th. He had back surgery on March 31, causing him to miss the Masters for the first time. He also missed the U.S. Open.

He says he is just starting to hit full shots and wants to play his way into competitive shape.

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ROSEMONT, IL (AP) – Karima Christmas scored 14 points to lead a balanced Indiana offense as the Fever beat the Chicago Sky 83-75 on Friday night.

Natasha Howard, Erlana Larkins and Shavonte Zellous added 13 points each for the Fever (6-5). Marissa Coleman scored 12 points.

Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and Jessica Breland scored 16 for the Sky (6-6), who have lost five of six.

Both teams were without star players. Sky leading scorer Elena Delle Donne missed her fourth straight game due to a Lyme disease flare up. Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles (hip) and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings (back) have yet to play this season.

Zellous made a driving layup with 29 seconds left to push Indiana’s lead to 79-73. Prince responded with a jumper for Chicago to make it a four-point game 6 seconds later.

However, the Fever made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal it.

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