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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - The 2nd Annual SE Elite 24 Classic is over. The high school basketball all-star classic showcased some of the best high school basketball seniors in eastern North Carolina. It also featured two future UNCW Seahawks: Chuck Ogbodo & Tyler Ptacek. Click the video icon to see meet Chuck and Tyler.

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) - The Big Shots Myrtle Beach Tournament concluded on Sunday with the Wilmington based Blizzard Athletics Under 15 Team claiming the Silver Championship with a 61-38 victory over Wilmington based Flight 22.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware's gruesome leg injury to beat Duke 85-63 on Sunday and earn a second straight trip to the Final Four.

It will be some time before the Cardinals can celebrate this victory, however. Ware, who's played a key role in Louisville's 14-game winning streak, was hospitalized after appearing to snap his lower right leg with 6:33 left in the first half.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - School officials say that Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been taken to a local hospital after sustaining a broken lower right leg during the first half of Sunday's Midwest Regional final against Duke.

The injury occurred with 6:33 left in the first half as Duke's Tyler Thornton made a 3-pointer. Ware tried to contest the shot and his leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle.

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said hospital officials told the school that Ware was "resting comfortably" and that the pain is "under control."

Klein also said that a team of doctors is being assembled to treat Ware but was uncertain whether that meant Ware would undergo surgery in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NORFOLK, VA (UNCW) -- Christian MacDonald allowed one run over 7.1 innings and Corey
Dick added four hits, including a home run, as UNCW finished off a Colonial Athletic
Association sweep of Old Dominion with an 8-1 win on Sunday at the Metheny Baseball
Complex.

The Seahawks improved to 7-1 in the league and 20-8 overall. ODU, meanwhile, dropped
to 13-13 and 4-8.

MacDonald (3-0) surrendered a run in the first, but settled down to toss shutout
baseball until he departed in the eighth. He allowed five hits and walked three
while recording 14 outs on 13 ground balls.

Dick, who finished 4-for-5, knocked in three runs and connected on his fourth homer
of the season in the eighth inning. Luis Renvill added two hits for UNCW.
Andy Roberts (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs, three earned,
over six innings of work. Jordan Negrini finished with two hits to lead ODU.

Next up: The Seahawks host College of Charleston on Apr. 2 in a 6 p.m. start. UNCW
then hosts top-ranked North Carolina on Apr. 3, also at 6 p.m.

How it happened: UNCW opened a 6-0 lead after four innings. In the fourth, Terence
Connelly doubled in a run, Renvill singled in a run and Hunter Ridge capped the
scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Inside the numbers: UNCW finished with nine hits in 18 at bats with runners on base
. MacDonald limited ODU to one hit with runners on base . Of MacDonald's five hits
allowed, three went for doubles . MacDonald also pitched into the eighth inning for
the third time this season . UNCW allowed just one leadoff hitter to reach base.

Notes: Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 24 games before leaving the game
in the bottom of the fourth with an ankle injury . His on base streak is at 30 . The
Seahawks allowed just four runs in the series, one being earned ... UNCW ran its
all-time record against ODU to 64-56 . UNCW is now 4-3 on the road . Dick pushed his
hitting streak to seven games . UNCW is third in the CAA with a 3.54 ERA.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-- The UCF women's tennis team won the doubles point and
added four singles victories to trim UNCW, 5-2, in the opening match of a
three-match home stand for the Seahawks Easter Sunday.

The Seahawks had their four-match winning streak snapped and now stand 10-6 on the
season. The Knights raised their record to 12-5 in only the third all-time meeting
between the two clubs.

UCF's No. 1 doubles team of Genevieve Lorbergs and Josephine Haraldson defeated Olga
Blank and Christine Kharkevich, 8-5, in the first match off the court in doubles.
After UNCW's No. 3 tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales evened the doubles
score, UCF's No. 2 team of Courtney Griffith and Caroline Eberhart secured the point
with a narrow 9-7 verdict over Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie.

The Knights won the top three singles matches and added a win at No. 6 singles for
the non-conference verdict.
Lorbergs increased the score to 2-0 after racing past Sekely, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1
singles before Cameron cut the gap to 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Eberhart
at No. 4 singles. Cameron hiked her singles record to 13-3 with the straight-set
win.

Ritchie squared the match at 2-all by outlasting Griffith, 7-6 (4), 6-1, at No. 5
singles before Haraldson downed Blank, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 3 singles and Jenna Doerfler
outlasted Christina Riley, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Sofia Baptista's
6-2, 3-6, 6-1 triumph over Kharkevich at No. 6 singles closed out the match.

The Seahawks are back at the UNCW courts on Saturday, April 6, when N.C. Central
visits for a 1 p.m. match.

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FAIRFAX, VA (UNCW) -- A single by junior Tiffany Webb in the bottom of the ninth broke
a 5-all tie and lifted George Mason to a 6-5 victory over UNCW in the finale of a
three-game Colonial Athletic Association softball series Sunday at the George Mason
Softball Complex.

The Patriots improved to 9-22 overall and 2-4 in league play as they claimed the
series following a split of Saturday's series-opening doubleheader. The Seahawks
moved to 11-18 and 1-4 with the extra-innings setback.

Webb was 2-for-5 with one RBI while sophomore Angela Morain went 1-for-3 with three
RBI to pace the Patriots lineup. Sophomore Casey Herring picked up the victory for
Mason to move to 2-5 on the season. Herring pitched 2.1 innings in relief of starter
sophomore Anna Blessing and issued just one walk.

Junior KC Shue was 3-for-4 with four RBI and sophomore Casey Rowland went 2-for-4
with a run batted in for UNCW. Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks in the circle
to even her season mark at 7-7. In six innings in relief of sophomore starter Jordyn
Schmidt, Rowland allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. She struck out three.
Trailing 5-1 after a five-run inning by Patriots in the bottom of the third, UNCW
rallied to force extra innings, plating two runs in the fifth on a RBI single by
Shue before using run-scoring singles from Shue and Rowland in the top of the
seventh to knot the score at 5-all.

The teams would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth, when back-to-back errors
put runners on the corners for Webb, who would single up the middle to bring home
freshman Lindsay O'Conner for the decisive run.

UNCW returns to action Wednesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at state rival East
Carolina.

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BROWNS SUMMIT, NC (UNCW) -- Junior Lori Beth Adams posted a two-over-par 74 in
the final round to earn a share of seventh place as the Bryan National Collegiate
came to a close Sunday on the Champions Course of the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment
Center.

Adams, a native of Burlington, N.C., earned her sixth top 10 finish of the season as
she finished part of a six-way tie for seventh with a three-round total of
four-over-par 219 (74-71-74).

Sophomore Mattie Tobey paced the Seahawks on Sunday with a one-over-par 73 to earn a
share of 50th place with a tournament scorecard of 76-79-73=228. Sophomore Mallory
Warrick (79-80-79=238/79th), junior Megan Burnham (85-80-81=246/86th) and senior
Danielle Lamy (82-84-88=254/88th) completed UNCW's entry.

Georgia's Emilie Burger fired a three-under-par 69 on Sunday to claim a one-stroke
victory with a five-under-par tournament scorecard of 72-70-69=211. Virginia's
Brittany Altomare took second with a 70-70-72=212 finish while South Carolina's
Sarah Schmelzel took third with a 71-73-71=215 result.

The Seahawks posted a team total of 307 on Sunday to claim 16th place with a
three-day total of 311-310-307=928, one shot off the pace of 15th place UNC
Greensboro (316-306-305=927).

No. 15 Virginia completed its wire-to-wire victory, carding a seven-over-par 295 on
Sunday to post a four-shot victory with a tournament scorecard of 281-293-295=869.
No. 8 Arkansas claimed second with a 54-hole result of 294-289-290=873 while Wake
Forest took third with a 54-hole total of 297-299-289=885.

UNCW completes its spring schedule April 6-7 when it hosts the UNCW Seahawk Classic
at the River Landing Golf Course in Wallace.

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FAIRFAX, VA (UNCW) -- A single by junior Tiffany Webb in the bottom of the ninth broke
a 5-all tie and lifted George Mason to a 6-5 victory over UNCW in the finale of a
three-game Colonial Athletic Association softball series Sunday at the George Mason
Softball Complex.

The Patriots improved to 9-22 overall and 2-4 in league play as they claimed the
series following a split of Saturday's series-opening doubleheader. The Seahawks
moved to 11-18 and 1-4 with the extra-innings setback.

Webb was 2-for-5 with one RBI while sophomore Angela Morain went 1-for-3 with three
RBI to pace the Patriots lineup. Sophomore Casey Herring picked up the victory for
Mason to move to 2-5 on the season. Herring pitched 2.1 innings in relief of starter
sophomore Anna Blessing and issued just one walk.

Junior KC Shue was 3-for-4 with four RBI and sophomore Casey Rowland went 2-for-4
with a run batted in for UNCW. Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks in the circle
to even her season mark at 7-7. In six innings in relief of sophomore starter Jordyn
Schmidt, Rowland allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. She struck out three.
Trailing 5-1 after a five-run inning by Patriots in the bottom of the third, UNCW
rallied to force extra innings, plating two runs in the fifth on a RBI single by
Shue before using run-scoring singles from Shue and Rowland in the top of the
seventh to knot the score at 5-all.

The teams would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth, when back-to-back errors
put runners on the corners for Webb, who would single up the middle to bring home
freshman Lindsay O'Conner for the decisive run.

UNCW returns to action Wednesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at state rival East
Carolina.

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ORLANDO, FL (UNCW) -– Mait DuBois’ 100th victory as UNCW’s men’s tennis coach was a memorable one Saturday as the No. 63-ranked Seahawks won five three-set matches in singles to blank host UCF, 7-0, in a non-conference clash at the UCF Tennis Complex.

The Seahawks won their fifth straight match to raise their record to 13-4 on the season and completed a sweep of two matches in the Sunshine State against USF and UCF. The Knights now stand 10-8, including 1-1 lifetime against the Seahawks.

“We’ve been able to get through a tough part of our schedule over the last two weeks and feel pretty good,” said DuBois. “Winning five matches in three sets today should give us a lot of confidence heading into the homestretch of the regular season.”

Playing in ideal conditions Saturday, the Seahawks took all three matches in doubles for the early point. The No. 3 team of Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly was first off the court following an 8-3 decision over UCF’s Mario Samson and Francesc Aulina. The top team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider then nailed down the point with an 8-4 victory over Amar Hromic and Jorge Blasco.

UNCW then swept all six singles – five in dramatic fashion – to post its 11th shutout of the season and deliver DuBois his 100th win. The six-year coach now stands 100-35 at UNCW and 120-59 in his collegiate career.

Sophomore Sam Williams, the lone Seahawk to win in straight sets, set the tone in singles, breezing past Hromic, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 3 slot to increase the score to 2-0. Sophomore Zach Hublitz, playing No. 6, then downed UCF’s Francesc Aulina, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to raise the total to 3-0.

Senior Kosta Blank clinched the match for the second straight day when the Winnipeg, Canada, netter outlasted Juan Bolona, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, at No. 5 singles. No. 36 Rafael Aita (No. 1), Cooprider (No. 2) and Pereira (No. 4) added three-set wins in their respective matches to complete the shutout.

The Seahawks play two of their final three matches of the regular season at home, beginning with a 2 p.m. test against CAA rival Old Dominion on Friday (April 5) at the UNCW courts.

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