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COOPERSTOWN, NY (WWAY) -- The Rock Solid baseball team from Wilmington made it all the way to the championship game of the Dreams Park 12 year old baseball championship game on Thursday night. Unfortunately the Wilmington squad ran into the Texas Vipers. Texas defeated Wilmington 19-7.

Wilmington Rock Solid Players:
Bradley Adams
Cade Anderson
Caleb Demers
Trent Eason
Austin Hawke
Tommy Hawke
Tay Horton
RJ Hunt
Grayson Irwin
Garrett Murray
Chase Nixon
Luke Nixon
Shane Nolan
Carson Todd

Peter Gilardo - Coach
Ben Longton - Coach
Trot Nixon - Coach

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW men's head basketball coach Kevin Keatts threw out the first pitch at Buck Hardee Field on Thursday night. Click the play video icon in order to see it !!

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) --- The Wilmington Sharks (23-29) would mash eleven hits as they picked up their third consecutive victory after defeating the Florence RedWolves (35-17) on Thursday night as they try to push their way into the Coastal Plain League's Petit Cup Playoffs. This week, the Sharks have defeated the Peninsula Pilots, the number one seed from the CPL East, as well as topping the number one seed from the CPL West Thursday.

Sam Foy led the offensive onslaught going 3-4 with a double and an RBI, scoring a run of his own. Also in the game, Michael Montville knocked his sixth round-tripper of the year and has homered in back-to-back games for the first time all summer. Foy and Montville weren't the only active bats Thursday night.

Wilmington's offense hit the ground running in the first when designated hitter Kevin Husum knocked a double to right field, scoring Steven Linkous from first for the game's first run. Things would progress quietly until the top of the fourth inning, where emotions would run high.

RedWolves left fielder Joseph Bialkowski smoked a ball to Shawn Sanders at second, who dove to his right and threw out Bialkowski from the seat of his pants on a close play at first. Florence head coach Blake Maxwell stormed across the diamond to give umpire John Durante a piece of his mind. Maxwell was livid, towering over Durante, and was tossed from the game without much hesitation. He would retreat to the dugout, continuing to argue his case non-verbally by throwing bats, balls, and helmets onto the playing field. The game would pause briefly until the equipment was removed from the side of the diamond.

The Sharks would ride this momentum into the home half of the inning as Jacob Milliman issued a free pass to Nate Moorhouse, bringing up Wilmington slugger Michael Montville. With a 2-1 count, Montville sat on a fastball and unleashed a behemoth over the fence in right center field to put the Sharks up 3-0.

The offense was far from finished, as the Sharks picked up two more runs on RBI singles from Sam Foy and Shawn Sanders in the sixth off Florence reliever Frenando Pinillios.

Jon Olczak produced a gem of a game on the hill Thursday night. The righty would go eight complete innings, allowing just a single run on five Florence hits, striking out six batters in the process. Trusty Sharks closer Kyler Stout continued to be a force to be reckoned with in the ninth inning, striking out the side. Stout now has 44 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of work, and an ERA of 0.38

Wilmington hits the road for a contest with the Wilson Tobs Friday before returning home Saturday for the last meeting between the two teams for the final home game of the regular season.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- Wilmington Hammerheads FC is scheduled to take on the Richmond Kickers for their final match of a three-game series this season on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Legion Stadium.

The Hammerheads and Kickers concluded their first meeting in June at City Stadium with a 2-2 draw after a pair of Hammerheads goals were collected late in the second half to equalize with a pair of goals from Richmond's Matthew Delic√Ęte scored in the first half. Two weeks later, the Kickers traveled to Wilmington for their second matchup ending in 1-1 tie after Tom Parratt leveled the score in the 60th minute.

The Hammerheads enter Friday's match following a 2-0 loss at Queens Sports Complex versus the Charlotte Eagles last weekend. The defeat was the third loss for the Hammerheads this season as they continue to trail all teams in the league with the least amount of matches played to date.

As the race for a playoff berth continues, the Hammerheads have a tight schedule ahead of them entering into late August with a cross-country road trip and the make-up match versus Orlando City.

Wilmington is scheduled to host the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday, August 9 for their annual 'Pink Out' match at Legion Stadium in support of the local organization, The Pink Ribbon Project. Fans can bid on the pink jerseys worn by the Hammerheads players during Saturday's match online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com from Monday, August 3 until Friday, August 15. Terms and conditions of the auction will be defined online.

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ROSEMONT, IL (AP) - Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 14 rebounds, reserve guard Allie Quigley also scored 16 points, and the Chicago Sky beat the New York Liberty 87-74 in Elena Delle Donne' return on Thursday night.

Jameirra Faulkner had 14 points, Tamera Young added 12 and Epiphanny Prince 11 to help the Sky (11-16) snap a two-game skid and move a half-game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Delle Donne, playing for the first time since June 25 while dealing with Lyme disease, scored 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting in about 10 1/2 minutes.

Tina Charles scored 15 points and Cappie Pondexter had 14 for the Liberty (11-15), who have lost two of three.

Leading 65-61 entering the fourth quarter, Chicago scored seven consecutive points to take a double-digit lead with 7:41 left.

New York got no closer than nine again.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- We have bonus video on tonight's sports from the WWAY Surprise Squad segment that aired in Thursday's newscast. The bonus footage with John Rendleman from the Food Lion in Hampstead has a bit of a dance theme. Check out the video by clicking the icon at the top of the page.

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