West Columbus basketball coach Michael Powell reassigned; Chris Haney leaves East Columbus

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Submitted: Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:44am
Updated: Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:26pm

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CERRO GORDO, NC (WWAY) — Michael Powell is the dean of high school basketball coaches in our region. He’s been the head boys basketball coach for 27 years at West Columbus High School. Powell has also been an assistant principal at West Columbus the last three years.

The Columbus County School Board at their last meeting reassigned Powell to be the assistant principal at arch-rival East Columbus High School. This means there’s an opening at West Columbus High for a boys basketball coach. The job has yet to be filled. We understand there’s a decent chance Michael Powell will decide to retire and not go to East Columbus. We reached out to the veteran coach, but he hasn’t returned our call yet.


LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Chris Haney has resigned as the head football coach at East Columbus High School after one season. Under Haney the Gators won five games in 2013, that includes a state playoff victory in the first round against North Edgecombe. Prior to coaching at East Columbus Haney was an assistant coach at Ashley High School and New Hanover High School. As it turns out, Haney has decided to go back to Ashley High. He’ll be the Screaming Eagles offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Propst who recently took over the Ashley football program.

UPDATE: The Columbus County School Board has approved Rocky Lewis to replace Haney at East Columbus. Rocky Lewis is the son of Clinton head football coach Bob Lewis.


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Game 4 of the American Legion baseball playoff series between Wilmington Post 10 and Whiteville Post 137 is a washout. Whiteville will now host Wilmington in game 4 of the best of 5 series on Wednesday at Legion Stadium in Whiteville. Wilmington leads the series 2 games to 1.

UPDATE: Wednesday’s game is ppd. Game 4 now scheduled for Thursday in Whiteville.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday’s baseball game at Buck Hardee Field turned out to a postponement due to rain. The Wilmington Sharks will make up the game on Thursday as part of a doubleheader against Morehead City. First pitch will be 6pm at the Shark Tank.


MOREHEAD CITY, NC (COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME RELEASE) — Austin Bossart may not have been able to win the Home Run Derby for the West on Sunday, but he did have the last laugh on Monday as his two-run home run in the seventh inning off Wilmington pitcher John Olczak gave the CPL West a 7-5 lead-the score by which they would eventually win.

Rouric Bridgewater doubled to lead off that top half of the seventh inning, which brought up Bossart for his first at bat of the game. The catcher from the Asheboro Copperheads took Olcazk deep to left center with a towering drive that cleared the scoreboard at Big Rock Stadium.

“I was just going up hacking really, just having fun out here at the All-Star Game,” Bossart said. “I just got ahead in the count he threw a fastball there for me. Maybe the home run derby did something for me.”

Bossart’s homer was one of three hit in the game. The RedWolves’ Jordan Gore gave the West a lead in the second when he left the yard with a three-run shot, and Jeremy Wolf of the Petersburg Generals went deep in the second inning for the East with a solo homer.

Kyle Nowlin had a double, a run and a stolen base for the West, and Bridgewater also doubled, scored a run and drove in another. Anthony Marks added two hits in as many trips to the plate and stole a base.

Craig Pearcy, the right-hander representing the Gastonia Grizzlies, earned the win in the game despite allowing two runs in his inning of work. RedWolves’ pitcher Jacob Milliman earned the save after tossing two scoreless innings in relief, working around a one-out base runner in the ninth with the help of a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Matt Smith and Ryan Griffith had consecutive 1-2-3 innings for the West in the third and fourth.

In the East, Norm Donkin singled, stole home and walked in two plate appearances and Steven Linkous was 1-for-3 with a run and a couple of stolen bases.

Christian Slazinik from the Wilson Tobs worked two innings in the game and faced the minimum, and Josh Roeder came in for the ninth and worked a three-up, three-down inning with three strikeouts.

Right-hander Cal Quantrill faced three batters in his inning of work, striking out two of them. Quantrill, the starter in the game for the East, was one of three players to represent the host Marlins in the All-Star game. The others were Johnny Caputo and Kyle Carroll, who went 1-for-2 and 0-or-2, respectively.
Monday’s game marks the first time the West has won an All-Star Game in the CPL, as the only other times the two divisions were called the East and West were back in 1999 (when the East won 6-3), and last year when the league returned the East-West format to see the Eastern All-Stars win 3-2.

The game was played in two-hours and 58 minutes in front 2,358 fans in Morehead City.

“They the atmosphere was electric and you can’t ask much more out of the Morehead City fans,” Caputo said.

“It’s awesome whenever you get a lot of fans,” Bossart said. “The CPL fans are great, and it is great to play in front of them. I just had a really good time.”

“It was a great All-Star Game and we had a great crowd tonight,” said Marlins’ owner Buddy Bengel. “I hope the league was as pleased as we were with everything, and I hope we lived up to their expectations. We are excited that we got to put on a show here in Morehead City and we hope all the fans, players and coaches enjoyed their time here.”


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Following its most successful season ever, the UNCW women’s tennis team has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an ITA All-Academic Team, with seven players designated as ITA Scholar Athletes.

Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Player-of-the-Year Angie Sekely (Mississauga, Ontario) heads up the group of Seahawks honored. Olga Blank (Winnipeg, Canada), Kelly Cameron (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), Hollie Champion (Charlotte, N.C.), Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh, N.C.), Alyssa Ritchie (Franklin, Ohio) and Alix Theodossiou (Asheville, N.C.) round out the award winners.

The team owns an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.648.

“It’s always very nice to see our team recognized for their academic achievements and hard work in the classroom,” said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark, 2014 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. “The combination of their high level of success in the classroom and on the tennis court is truly special. I appreciate all of their hard work and I’m extremely proud of this group.”

UNCW was one of seven CAA teams recognized by the ITA, along with Charleston, Delaware, Elon, Hofstra, James Madison and William & Mary. Eleven state institutions made the list and 142 NCAA Division I teams were singled out overall.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men’s and women’s varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence on the court and in the classroom.


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2015 years 8 months ago

Ashley will be a lot better this year with the coaches and players they have accumulated this season. But they need more weightroom time. Over the past several years their football team looks like soccer team or maybe lacrosse players. They need some real lifting sessions, I know them and Laney have been easy to push around and neither school really throws up heavy weight. They into crossfit stuff it looks like.
Either way they got the players and coaches in place at Ashley now. Laney in trouble though. Everybody jumping ship there.