make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Jonathan Cooper and Casey Barth to the NFL? WWAY's goes to Chapel Hill for "Pro Day"

READ MORE:
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - We've posted scores and notes from Tuesday's high school sports.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN BEAT BETHEL 8-1
WHITEVILLE BEAT COASTAL CHRISTIAN 8-1

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
HOGGARD DEFEATED OSBOURN 15-2

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS
WHITEVILLE EDGED WEST COLUMBUS 5-3

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ASHLEY SPRING BREAK TOURNAMENT
FOREST PARK BEAT ASHLEY 13-3
NORTHWOOD DEFEATED PINECREST 7-1
NEW HANOVER BEAT TOPSAIL 6-5
LANEY BEAT HOGGARD 4-1

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
WEST BLADEN BEAT NORTH BRUNSWICK 14-6
SCORPION HEAD COACH RANDY FENNELL DID NOT COACH IN TUESDAY'S LOSS
FENNELL HAD TO SERVE A SUSPENSION DUE TO AN INCIDENT LAST WEEK
THE SCORPIONS ONLY PLAYED TWO VARSITY PLAYERS IN THE LOSS
WHITEVILLE DEFEATED EAST BLADEN 6-2
BRONSON BEST PICKED UP THE WIN ON THE MOUND FOR 10-0 WHITEVILLE
BETHEL BEAT WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 10-4
WEST BRUNSWICK DEFEATED SOUTH COLUMBUS 9-4

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
WEST BLADEN BEAT NORTH BRUNSWICK 3-1
COURTNEY THOMPSON HAD ALL 3 RBI'S FOR THE KNIGHTS
WEST BRUNSWICK DEFEATED SOUTH COLUMBUS 6-2
WHITEVILLE DEFEATED EAST BLADEN 5-1

------------------

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) -- Click the video icon to see WWAY's story that features Casey Barth and Jonathan Cooper at UNC's Pro Day.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNC) -- More than 40 NFL personnel – including scouts, position coaches, head coaches and general managers – attended Carolina's annual Pro Timing Day Tuesday. They were on hand to put the Tar Heels' pro prospects through a series of tests, jumps and workouts.

Among those working out was offensive guard Jonathan Cooper who is projected to be a first round pick. Cooper, a native of Wilmington, N.C., has spent the last few months working out in Arizona. Cooper was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was a consensus first-team All-America in 2012.

"It was a good day," said Cooper. "It was different than the combine because of the personal attention here, and I enjoyed the experience. I really enjoyed being back in Chapel Hill and being around my old teammates."

Cooper was joined by 14 other Tar Heels who finished their careers last year, including PK Casey Barth, TB Giovani Bernard, OG Travis Bond, WR Jheranie Boyd, B Dion Guy, WR Erik Highsmith, DB Pete Mangum, FB Kenny Owens, FB Devon Ramsay, LB Kevin Reddick, DB Gene Robinson, DS Parker Thomas, OT Brennan Williams and DT Sylvester Williams. Three former Tar Heels - FB Curtis Byrd, WR Brooks Foster and LB Quan Sturdivant - also participated in the pro day.

Bernard, Bond, Cooper, Reddick, Brennan Williams and Sylvester Williams also attended the NFL combine in February.

Boyd, a native of Gastonia, N.C., had an outstanding workout, running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and registering a 41 1/2 inch veritcal and an 11-foot broad jump. On his vertical jump, he touched the highest measure mark available on the device, and many observers thought the actual jump was higher than 41 1/2.

Another of the most observed prospects was Bernard, who declared for the NFL draft after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

"It's good to be back and representing North Carolina," he said. "I don't really worry about where I'm projected. I just want to be selected as high as possible and go play football."

Scouts from 30 of the 32 teams were in Chapel Hill, and included head coaches Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati) and Gus Bradley (Jacksonville). General managers from Detroit, Jacksonville and the New York Jets were in attendance.

---------------

NEWARK, DE (AP)-- Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina 78-69 on Tuesday night to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face either Dayton or Kentucky.

Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware's compact arena. Most of the fans wore royal blue, yellow, or a combination of both. Most of them were standing during the final 5 minutes of the game, when it became apparent the Blue Hens and Delle Donne would be playing at least once more this season.

After the final buzzer, Delaware players gathered at midcourt and waved to their fans in appreciation as most in the crowd chanted, "Let's Go Hens!"

Delle Donne missed 18 of 28 field goal tries, but the 6-foot-5 senior went 11 for 13 at the line and now has 3,006 points during a sensational career in her home state.

Trumae Lucas scored 20 for the Blue Hens and Danielle Parker contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Waltiea Rolle scored 23 points for the Tar Heels, but the 6-6 senior was in foul trouble for much of the second half and finally picked up her fifth with 4:08 left.

North Carolina point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who scored a career-high 30 points against Albany in the tournament opener, played the final 11:55 with four fouls and finished with four points on 1-for-13 shooting.

The Tar Heels were called for 24 fouls compared to 13 for the Blue Hens.

Delaware trailed 48-39 when Rolle picked up her third foul with 16:39 remaining. The Tar Heels slowed down their offense to kill time while their center was on the bench, and she returned 2 minutes later but was whistled for her fourth foul with 12:47 left.

To make matters worse, Ruffin-Pratt got her fourth foul less than a minute later.

With its two leading scorers on the bench, North Carolina came apart. Delle Donne made a basket, Parker scored on a drive and Lucas sank two straight layups to put the Blue Hens up 52-51, their first lead since 30-29.

Xylina McDaniel then scored on a drive for the Tar Heels, their first basket in nearly six minutes, but Delle Donne reached the 3,000 mark with a follow of her own miss to put Delaware back in front.

It was 63-60 when Rolle fouled out, and Lucas subsequently made two foul shots for a 65-60 advantage.

Rolle had 15 points and six blocked shots in the first half to offset a 19-point effort by Delle Donne and help the Tar Heels take a 43-35 lead at the break. Although Ruffin-Pratt missed all four of her field goal tries before halftime, she contributed nine assists.

Delaware led 9-8 before Rolle scored nine points in a 15-6 spurt that provided North Carolina with an eight-point cushion.

It was 29-21 before Delle Donne made two free throws and a 3-pointer in a 9-0 run that gave Delaware the lead. Seconds later, Megan Buckland drilled four straight high-arching 3-pointers to put the Tar Heels in front 43-32.

That tempered the crowd's enthusiasm, but Delle Donne provided hope by hitting a long 3 at the buzzer.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.