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WWAY's Monday night sports - Oct. 29

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WILMINGTON, NC (Landfall news release) -- Country Club of Landfall’s Aces 18’s Junior Team Tennis team finished in the top three in the nation this past weekend competing in the United States Tennis Association’s National Junior Team Tennis Championships in Columbia, South Carolina. The ACES played teams from all over the country, which are divided into sections including Hawaii, Missouri Valley, New England and Puerto Rico.

In addition to finishing in the top three, Country Club of Landfall’s team was awarded the Spirit Award which is voted on by the National United States Tennis Association Staff. The award is given to the team that exhibits the best sportsmanship and team spirit.

The team is comprised of Alex Gianoplus, AJ Azis, Reid Gilbert, Patrick Ryder, Parker Anderson, Brooke Graham, Anna Hodges & Talat Goudarzi and coached by Country Club of Landfall Head Tennis Professional Jonathan Ingham and Assistant Tennis Professional Lauren Isenhour.

The team qualified for Nationals by winning the Junior Team Tennis North Carolina Championships and the Southern Championships earlier this summer. “I am extremely proud of our juniors and the way they represented their community and each other,” stated CCL Head Tennis Professional Jon Ingham, “They are such a close group of kids and for them to join together and finish 3rd in the whole country is a major accomplishment. As a coach it is definitely one of my proudest moments.”

USTA Junior Team Tennis was created to bring kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. There are over 90,000 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Teams in the country.

Order of matches
First Round defeated Hawaii 60-5
Second Round defeated Missouri Valley 54-41
Third Round defeated New England 51-35
Semi Finals – lost 48-45 to Eastern, eventual overall Champion
#3rd and 4th play off defeated Puerto Rico 50-40

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNC) -- Two North Carolina honorees lead a group of nine student-athletes recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. Running back/punt returner Giovani Bernard was honored as ACC Specialist of the Week, while guard Jonathan Cooper earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following the Tar Heels’ dramatic 43-35 ACC win over NC State on Saturday.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, Sr., OG, 6-3, 295, Wilmington, N.C.
Cooper played 85 snaps, posted 18 knockdown blocks and graded out at 90 percent as the Tar Heels recorded 570 yards of offense in a 43-35 victory over NC State. Carolina rushed for 212 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Cooper has not allowed a sack all season.

SPECIALIST – Giovani Bernard, So., North Carolina, 5-10, 205, Davie, Fla.
Bernard had 304 all-purpose yards to lead North Carolina to a 43-25 victory over rival NC State. Bernard scored on a 74-yard punt return with 13 seconds to play to give the Tar Heels the victory and snap the Wolfpack’s five-game winning streak in the series. The punt return was Carolina's first for a score against NC State since 1986. It was Bernard’s second punt return touchdown of the season, tying the school record. Bernard finished with a game-high 135 rushing yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He also had eight catches for a career-high 95 yards and led the Tar Heels in both rushing and receiving. He scored three touchdowns and has 15 for the season in seven games and has 29 touchdowns in 20 collegiate games. In the fourth quarter, Bernard had 89 yards rushing, a 19-yard reception and a 74-yard punt return for a total of 182 all-purpose yards in the final 15 minutes. Bernard has now rushed for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, an ACC-leading average of 132.9 per game.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - On an almost perfect Monday night for Alex Smith, the San Francisco 49ers flexed their NFC West dominance with a 24-3 flattening of the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss, as San Francisco (6-2) opened a two-game lead in the division and sent Arizona (4-4) to its fourth straight lost.

Smith's only incompletion was dropped by a wide-open receiver.

Smith was 14 of 15 and for 146 yards and two touchdowns, both to Crabtree, to help the 49ers build a 17-0 halftime lead.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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