Kickers defeat Hammerheads 3-1
 
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Due to expected rain the Wilmington Tigers will not be hosting the Palmetto Hurricanes on Saturday at Legion Stadium. The game has been rescheduled. It'll be played in Wilmington on Saturday, September 27th instead. The Tigers under head coach Jay Ross currently sport a 1-2 record in regular season play.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Richmond Kickers claimed a 3-1 victory over Wilmington Hammerheads FC at Legion Stadium on Friday night in the final match of their three-game regular season series.

Richmond's Matthew Delic√Ęte scored the first goal of the match off a low ball tipped by Wilmington goalkeeper Quillan Roberts in the 19th minute, adding to his league-leading status in goals with 14 overall during the regular season. Hammerheads midfielder Steven Miller looked to equalize with an attempted header shortly after, but lacked the power to find the back of the net and was rolled back out by Richmond goalkeeper Ryan Taylor.

The Hammerheads took several shots from outside the penalty area, one of which midfielder Paul Nicholson hit wide of the left post after receiving the ball on a near breakaway from Cody Arnoux that ended in a collision with Richmond's Luke Vercollone. Arnoux returned moments later with a shot deflected by Taylor before Richmond's Shay Spitz increased the Hammerheads' deficit to two in stoppage time off a free kick.

Kickers midfielder Samuel Asante scored his first goal of the season in the 60th minute off a Spitz assist. Minutes later, Hammerheads midfielder Drew Ruggles also scored his first goal of the season and his first for the Hammerheads in the 66th minute with a ball to the top corner of the net beyond Taylor's reach.

Friday night's victory moves the Kickers one point below league-leader Orlando City in the league standings as they aim to reclaim the title as regular season champions.

The Hammerheads will host their next match on Saturday, August 9 against the Dayton Dutch Lions for their annual 'Pink Out' match at Legion Stadium. The players will don pink jerseys during the game in support of breast cancer awareness that will be auctioned off for charity. Bidding will take place online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com from Monday, August 4 until Friday, August 15. Proceeds benefit the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation's Pink Ribbon Project - helping local women without insurance or other financial resources - by providing mammography screenings, diagnostics, comfort items and spiritual support.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Former UNCW standout golfers Stefan Brewer and Payne McLeod have been named All-America Scholars by Cleveland Golf/Srixon while the team earned All-Academic honors from Farmers Insurance.

Both golfers finished their seasons with stroke average below 76 and compiled cumulative grade point averages above 3.2. "Stefan and Payne were both strong golfers and students during their careers at UNCW," said Head Coach Matt Clark. "Our program wants to be a well-rounded program with academics and athletics. I'm proud of my team for this accomplishment." McLeod, who earned All-CAA honors for the fourth straight season, led the Seahawks with a 73.3 stroke average his senior season and finished second all-time in the program's history with a 73 stroke average. As a senior he posted five top-10 finishes, including four in the top-five. McLeod posted a 3.41 GPA and majored in finance.
Brewer, who finished with a 75.1 stroke average, was a second-team All-CAA honoree following his fifth-place finish at the CAA Championship. Brewer was also a finance major and finished with a 3.34 GPA.

The Seahawks earned All-Academic honors as a team, combing for a 3.21 GPA. Junior Jens Geweke posted a team-high 3.862 GPA.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW Head Coach Kristy Norton has added veteran softball coaches Kama Tucker and Scot Schlein to her staff for the 2014-15 season.

Norton heads into her third season with the Seahawks in 2014-15 with a renovated facility and more help in the dugout. Tucker and Schlein have been involved with softball on the club, high school and collegiate levels for several years.

"Approaching the season with two new faces is exciting," said Norton. "It changes our dynamic so much. Our players will get plenty of quality attention to detail and, hopefully, this will allow for a better playing experience."

A native of Tustin, Calif., Tucker brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to the coast, including nine seasons as a head coach. She has headed up the program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., the last three seasons.

Norton said: "We're fortunate that Kama has decided to take a leap of faith and join our program. She has incredible passion for the game and will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff."

A 1998 graduate of Barton College in Wilson, N.C, Tucker started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Tustin High School before accepting an assistant coaching position at Peace College in Raleigh.

Following two seasons at Peace, Tucker made her head coaching debut at Greensboro College and coached the Pride to a 144-94-4 record over five seasons. Greensboro achieved a top-25 ranking on the NCAA Division III level with a 32-10 record in 2008.

Tucker then worked two seasons with Norton as assistant coaches at Colonial Athletic Association member James Madison from 2009-11. She working primarily with the pitching staff for the Dukes, but was also involved with other phases of the JMU program.

Over the last two seasons, Tucker has revamped the NCAA Division I Presbyterian program into a winner. The Blue Hose have registered wins over Wisconsin, Georgetown and Coastal Carolina, featuring 25 newly recruited players since Tucker's arrival. She coached five All-Conference players during her time in Clinton and picked up her 200th career coaching victory last season.

Tucker was an outstanding player at Barton during her collegiate days, earning All-Conference, All-Tournament Team MVP honors as a pitcher and infielder for the Bulldogs.

Schlein, meanwhile, comes to Wilmington after working the last three years as an assistant coach at Jacksonville. He worked with the Dolphin hitters specifically and also taught infield defensive skills, catching basics and prepared scouting reports on opposing pitchers.

"Scott is a true tactician of the game," said Norton. "He brings an incredible amount of knowledge about hitting and defense and I am really excited about having him aboard."

During Schlein's time in North Florida, the Dolphins ranked third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in hitting with a .286 batting average, second in home runs with 48 round trippers and second in hits with 403 safeties.

Schlein, who has worked at several camps/clinics throughout Florida, will be involved in developing all areas of the program at UNCW.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native is a graduate of Florida State and served as Assistant Athletic Director at Tallahassee Community College before embarking on his coaching career.

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UNCW Head Coach Kristy Norton has added veteran softball coaches Kama Tucker and Scot Schlein to her staff for the 2014-15 season.

Norton heads into her third season with the Seahawks in 2014-15 with a renovated facility and more help in the dugout. Tucker and Schlein have been involved with softball on the club, high school and collegiate levels for several years.

"Approaching the season with two new faces is exciting," said Norton. "It changes our dynamic so much. Our players will get plenty of quality attention to detail and, hopefully, this will allow for a better playing experience."

A native of Tustin, Calif., Tucker brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to the coast, including nine seasons as a head coach. She has headed up the program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., the last three seasons.

Norton said: "We're fortunate that Kama has decided to take a leap of faith and join our program. She has incredible passion for the game and will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff."

A 1998 graduate of Barton College in Wilson, N.C, Tucker started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Tustin High School before accepting an assistant coaching position at Peace College in Raleigh.

Following two seasons at Peace, Tucker made her head coaching debut at Greensboro College and coached the Pride to a 144-94-4 record over five seasons. Greensboro achieved a top-25 ranking on the NCAA Division III level with a 32-10 record in 2008.

Tucker then worked two seasons with Norton as assistant coaches at Colonial Athletic Association member James Madison from 2009-11. She working primarily with the pitching staff for the Dukes, but was also involved with other phases of the JMU program.

Over the last two seasons, Tucker has revamped the NCAA Division I Presbyterian program into a winner. The Blue Hose have registered wins over Wisconsin, Georgetown and Coastal Carolina, featuring 25 newly recruited players since Tucker's arrival. She coached five All-Conference players during her time in Clinton and picked up her 200th career coaching victory last season.

Tucker was an outstanding player at Barton during her collegiate days, earning All-Conference, All-Tournament Team MVP honors as a pitcher and infielder for the Bulldogs.

Schlein, meanwhile, comes to Wilmington after working the last three years as an assistant coach at Jacksonville. He worked with the Dolphin hitters specifically and also taught infield defensive skills, catching basics and prepared scouting reports on opposing pitchers.

"Scott is a true tactician of the game," said Norton. "He brings an incredible amount of knowledge about hitting and defense and I am really excited about having him aboard."

During Schlein's time in North Florida, the Dolphins ranked third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in hitting with a .286 batting average, second in home runs with 48 round trippers and second in hits with 403 safeties.

Schlein, who has worked at several camps/clinics throughout Florida, will be involved in developing all areas of the program at UNCW.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native is a graduate of Florida State and served as Assistant Athletic Director at Tallahassee Community College before embarking on his coaching career.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Sharks will hold their final home game of the season on Saturday, August 2nd at Buck Hardee Field, weather pending, at 7pm against the Wilson Tobs.

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