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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Feb. 21

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Thursday marked the fourth night of conference tournament play in high school basketball. We had action from the Mideastern Conference and the Waccamaw Conference. We've posted scores and notes below:

TRI COUNTY CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
UNION 53 - JAMES KENAN 40
UNION WILL HOST WALLACE-ROSE HILL ON FRIDAY FOR THE TRI COUNTY TITLE GAME

MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
NEW HANOVER 61 - ASHLEY 50
HOGGARD BOYS 55 - ROSE 46
HOGGARD WILL FACE NHHS FOR THE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW IN TOURNAMENT FINAL
MIDEASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS GAME WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY AT 7:30 AT LANEY
GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME STARTS AT 6PM WITH ASHLEY VS. LANEY

THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
EAST COLUMBUS 57 - ST. PAULS 39
EAST COLUMBUS WILL FACE FAIRMONT ON FRIDAY AT FAIRMONT IN THE TITLE GAME

INDEPENDENT BOYS STATE PLAYOFFS: VANDALIA BOYS BEAT WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 61-49

WACCAMAW CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
WEST BRUNSWICK 30 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 28

WACCAMAW CONFERENCE GIRLS TOURNAMENT
EAST BLADEN 46 - WEST BLADEN 40

WHITEVILLE WILL FACE EAST BLADEN IN THE WACCAMAW GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT 6PM ON FRIDAY AT BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WHITEVILLE WILL FACE WEST BRUNSWICK IN THE WACCAMAW BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT 7:30 ON FRIDAY AT BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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note: Cari Blalock is a junior from Wilmington (graduate of New Hanover)

GREENSBORO, NC (UNC) -- The University of North Carolina women's swimming and diving team moved up three spots in the team standings Thursday at the 2013 ACC Championships being held at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

"Tonight we started to turn the corner, but we have a long way to go to meet our own expectations," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "Tomorrow's sessions are critical for us as we have some great entries and opportunities to help our cause. We are in an unusual spot and will need some incredible teamwork and personal resolve to reach our goals."

With one-third of the meet finished (7 of 21 events), Carolina is in sixth place with 113 points, six points ahead of seventh place Duke. Defending conference champion Virginia leads the field with 309 points followed in second place by Florida State with 177. NC State and Virginia Tech are tied for third with 166 points and Miami is fifth with 159. North Carolina (113), Duke (107), Georgia Tech (79), Boston College (62) and Clemson (8) round out the team standings.

The Tar Heels began the night with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. A relay that consisted of three freshmen and a senior touched in 1:31.25. Hannah Lincoln led off the relay in 23.17, followed by senior co-captain Katie Nolan in 22.54, Ally Hardesty in 23.04 and Lauren Earp in 22.50. " We had some nice splits on the 200 free relay," DeSelm said, "especially Katie Nolan's and Lauren Earp's 22.5's."

The best event of the night for Carolina was the 500-yard freestyle as six Tar Heel swimmers finished among the Top 17 in the event. Sophomore Danielle Siverling and senior Jackie Rudolph were Carolina's top finishers in sixth and seventh place with times of 4:46.21 and 4:46.88, respectively. In the consolation final, freshman Annie Harrison placed 12th in a season best 4:50.05, freshman Emma Nunn was 15th in 4:52.10 and sophomore Kelsey Cummings was 16th in 4:56.60. Junior Meredith Hoover won the "C" final for the Tar Heels and placed 17th overall with a time of 4:52.07, just off her career best time of 4:51.76.

"We were led by Danielle Siverling and Jackie Rudolph in the 500 freestyle. Danielle made an early commitment and was in position to race with the top group," commented DeSelm. "Although she faded, her early speed bodes well for her shorter races Friday and Saturday. Jackie had a career best in the prelims and, while a bit slower in the finals, finished with her second best 500 tonight. In the consolation final, Annie Harrison led our efforts with a great commitment from start to finish."

Junior Cari Blalock had Carolina's best individual finish of the night, taking fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.49, just .62 of a second off her career best. "Junior Cari Blalock fought hard against a great field," DeSelm added. Freshman Rachel Canty won the bonus consolation heat and placed 17th overall in a career best time of 2:02.06 (previous best was 2:02.32) while Danielle Jansen was 19th in a season best 2:03.25 and Rebecca Brooks was 20th in 2:03.27.

Carolina's top finisher in the 50-yard freestyle was freshman Hannah Lincoln, who won the consolation heat and placed ninth overall, taking almost a half second off her previous career best time. Lincoln clocked a 22.68 to erase her previous personal best of 23.08 set in the preliminaries. Freshman Lauren Earp was 15th in 23.25 and freshman Ally Hardesty was 16th in 23.47 as all three swimmers who scored in the event for Carolina were first-year swimmers.

Lincoln's time vaulted her into fifth place on Carolina's all-time Top 10 list in the event behind only Rebecca Kane, Richelle Fox, Christy Watkins and Kelsey Morrissy. "Hannah Lincoln highlighted the 50 free for us with an outstanding effort," said DeSelm. "She is awesome underwater and is refining her race. She crushed her lifetime best time with her 22.68 time."
Action will continue on Friday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center with the preliminary session at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.

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BLACKSBURG, VA (AP) - Seth Curry scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive loss, 88-56 on Thursday night.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) as they moved coach Mike Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the career list for victories at one school with 877.

He was tied with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and is now two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim leads with 910 victories.

Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer with a 25.3 average coming in, led the Hokies (11-15, 2-11) with 22 points.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Students at New Horizons Elementary School in Wilmington have been raising money all month for American Heart Association. Thursday was "Jump For The Heart Day" at New Horizons. Click the video icon in order to see the students jumping with joy.

Note: The jumping part is about 5-6 minutes into this segment.

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