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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sunday's basketball game was historic for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs. The Dawgs played their home games at the Schwartz Center for the last seven years, but Sunday marked the official switch to the new home of the Dawgs, Blizzard Athletics. In the home opener the Dawgs played most of the game against Fayetteville from behind. The Dawgs pulled within three points late in the game, but the Fayetteville Crossover knocked off Wilmington 119-110. Jemel Carpenter and Zach Herrmann both scored 27 points for Wilmington.

The next home game for Wilmington will be against Queen City on April 20 at 7pm.

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HUTCHINSON, KS (NJCAA) -- Former New Hanover basketball standout Kadeem Allen recently completed his freshman season at Hutchinson Junior College. Over the weekend Allen was named first team All-American by the NJCAA. Quinton Morrow of Brunswick CC and Faronte Drakeford of Cape Fear CC were also honored, but they did not make the first team list. Check out the link below for more details.

http://njcaa.org/sports_awards.cfm?category=Award%20Winners&sid=4&divid=...

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior Christian MacDonald pitched into the eighth
inning for the fourth time this season and didn't allow a run as UNCW finished off a
series win over Davidson with a 4-1 win on Sunday at Brooks Field.

UNCW improved to 23-10 with the non-conference victory while the Wildcats dropped to
9-21. The Seahawks now own a record of 19-6 at Brooks Field this season.
MacDonald (4-0) stayed undefeated on the season after allowing just four base
runners on a pair of walks and two hits over seven and 1/3 innings. At one point he
retired 13 straight hitters before a leadoff single in the seventh. He struck out
four.

Terence Connelly and Ryan LaGrange had two hits apiece for the Seahawks, who scored
all four runs in the third inning, all after there were two out.
DC starter Michael Goldberg (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs,
but just one earned, in two and 2/3 innings.
Davidson broke up UNCW's shutout bid with on pinch hitter Ben Arkin's RBI single in
the ninth.

Up next: The Seahawks visit Elon as they close out the home-and-home series with the
Phoenix on April 10.

How it happened: UNCW scored all four runs in the third inning. Connelly opened the
frame with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Molinaro
was walked with two out and Luke Dunlap singled through the rightside for the first
run. Corey Dick's ground ball one batter later was misplayed for the second run.
LaGrange and Matt Keeler followed with RBI singles to cap the inning's scoring.
Inside the numbers: Davidson was 1-for-10 with runners on base . Right-handed
batters were just 1-for-18 against MacDonald . Davidson had just one base runner
advance around to third in the first eight innings . UNCW allowed just five runs on
the weekend, it was the third weekend series it allowed five or fewer runs.

Notes: The Seahawks donned navy and orange jerseys that were auctioned off during
the game with the proceeds going to the Miracle League of Wilmington . MacDonald
lowered his ERA to 2.91 with his 7.1 innings of shutout baseball . It was the third
time this season he's gone 7.1 innings . LaGrange had his 10 multiple-hit game of
the season and it was the fifth for Connelly . Dillon Bass hit .333 (5-for-15) and
committed just one error in 30 total chances in the field in place of Michael Bass
(ankle) for the week . UNCW fielded .984 for the week with three errors.

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WALLACE, NC (UNCW) -– Old Dominion combined for a team total 301 on Sunday to rally from a three-stroke deficit and capture the 2013 UNCW Seahawk Classic at the River Landing Golf Course.

Tied for second after 36 holes, the Lady Monarchs captured their second tournament title of the season as they finished the 54-hole event with a 311-305-301=917 scorecard, two strokes ahead of second-place Georgia State (304-314-301=919). UNCG (312-304-305=921) claimed third while second-round leader and host UNCW (305-308-309=922) took fourth.

Fanny Cnops of UNCG posted an even-par 72 on Sunday to claim individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 74-72-72=218. Old Dominion’s Elizabeth Haycock carded the low round of the tournament with a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to move into second (77-73-70=220) while UNCW junior Lori Beth Adams posted her fourth top-five finish of the season as she took third with a 73-74-75=222 total.

Sophomore Mallory Warrick turned in the first top-10 performance of her career, claiming a share of ninth place with a 76-76-75=227 finish. Fellow sophomore Mattie Tobey (75-80-76=231) finished four strokes back of Warrick in a tie for 18th while junior Megan Burnham (81-78-83=242/T-48th) and junior Jeanne Metivier (85-91-92=268/69th) completed UNCW’s entry. Seniors Danielle Lamy (86-81-80=247/T-54th) and Brittany Gamby (92-91-84=267/68th) competed as individual entries.

UNCW returns to action April 19-21 when it looks to defend its title at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championships. The 54-hole tournament will be held on the Reserve Course of the St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C.

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– The 57th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team remained perfect at home and won the doubles point for the 16th time this season with a 5-2 verdict over visiting Georgia State on Sunday at the UNCW courts.

The Seahawks raised their record to 14-4 this spring with their sixth straight win. The Panthers stand 11-10 in Coach Joerg Barthel’s first season in Atlanta.

“We’ve had some very memorable matches with Georgia State through the years and we have a lot of respect for them,” said sixth-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We knew doubles was going to be important because their top doubles team had not lost a match all year. We played well in all three doubles positions, and our seniors – Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank – came up with a big win at No. 1.”

Cooprider and Blank, UNCW’s lone seniors who are ranked 18th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, turned back No. 38 Lucas Santa Ana and Victor Valente, 8-4, to give the Seahawks an early lead for the key doubles point. Santa Ana and Valente had not lost in 12 matches this spring.

After GSU won the No. 3 doubles matchup, UNCW’s No. 2 tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 42nd, trimmed Thomas Cook and Paul Schuette, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point.

UNCW then claimed four of the six singles matches to move to 11-0 in Wilmington this spring. The Seahawks have reeled off 20 consecutive home wins since a 4-3 loss to No. 48 South Carolina on Feb. 18, 2012.

Sophomore Kaue Pereira was the first off the court in singles when he defeated GSU’s Sofiane Chevallier, 6-1, 7-5, at the No. 5 slot, giving the Seahawks a 2-0 advantage. But Valente, ranked 107th, upset Aita at the top of the lineup, 6-4, 6-3, to narrow the deficit to 2-1.

Cooprider then raced past Cook, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles to push the score to 3-1 and sophomore Zach Hublitz knocked off Schuette, 6-2, 7-6 (3), in straight sets at No. 6 to clinch the match.

“Kaue really came out quickly and played very well,” said DuBois. “All of the other matches were tight and that 2-0 lead gave us a lot of confidence. Chris and Zach were very impressive and their intensity was very contagious. It was good to get a win over a quality team.”

The Panthers nailed down their second point when Santa Ana outlasted Blank, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (2), at No. 4, before Williams rallied from behind for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, decision against Schulze at No. 3 to complete the scoring.

DuBois said, “Sam was impressive after dropping a tough first set. He came up with a game plan that was much more effective and dropped just three games after that first set.”

The Seahawks have just two matches remaining in the regular season and entertain Old Dominion on Thursday in the home finale at 2 p.m.

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KANNAPOLIS, NC (UNCW) -- Payne McLeod posted his fourth top-10 finish of the
year, finishing in a tie for fourth to lead UNCW, which tied for fifth, at the Irish
Creek Collegiate on Sunday at the Club at Irish Creek.
North Carolina, which led wire-to-wire, finished off its tournament win by two
strokes over a hard-charging NC State squad.
Kennesaw State's Jimmy Beck claimed medalist honors by a stroke over Charlotte's
Franco Castro, who carded a tournament low 65 in the third round.
Thomas Bass joined McLeod in the top-20 with a 17th-place finish.
The Seahawks opened the final round tied for third, but fashioned a 298 in the final
round to fall back to fifth and a tie with Davidson.
UNCW now readies for the Colonial Athletic Association championships on Apr. 26-28.
The two-time defending champions will compete for the league's title at St. James
Plantation in Southport, N.C.

UNCW Results: T4. PayneMcLeod 71-69-72=212; T17. Thomas Bass 70-70-76=216; T41.
Stefan Brewer 73-73-77=223; T56. Josh Woodfox 75-78-72=225; 80. Dylan Harris
81-71-80=232

Final Team Standings: 1. North Carolina (282-285-292=859); 2. NC State
(292-280-289=861); T3. Kennesaw State (288-290-288=866); T3. Charlotte
(294-291-281=866); T5. Davidson (289-282-298=869); T5. UNCW (289-283-297=869); 7.
Kansas (297-287-288=872); 8. Mercer (291-298-288=877); T9. VCU (296-292-291=879);
T9. Richmond (302-292-285=879); T9. Akron (291-290-298=879); 12. Marshall
(294-289-299=882); 13. Louisville (292-300-292=884); 14. East Carolina
(292-299-295=895); 15. Notre Dame (297-299-299=895); 16. Appalachian State
(303-300-293=986); 17. Xavier (305-307-297=909)

Final Individual Standings: 1. Jimmy Beck (KSU) 67-70-68=205; 2. Franco Castro
(CHAR) 72-69-65=206; 3. Michael McGowan (UNC) 69-69-73=211; T4. Richard Fountain
(DAV) 70-66-76=212; T4. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 71-69-72=212; T4. Daniel Walker (UR)
76-66-70=212; T4. Andy Sajevic (UNC) 70-71-70=213; T4. Albin Choi (NCSU)
68-71-73=212; 10. Five tied at 214

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford allowed one run on two hits in a complete-game effort to lead James Madison to a 6-1 victory over UNCW in a Colonial Athletic Association softball contest Sunday at Boseman Field.

The Dukes improved to 27-9 overall and remained undefeated in league play as they moved to 9-0 versus conference competition with the three-game sweep. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 12-22 and 1-7. UNCW returns to action April 13th as they open a three-game CAA series at Georgia State with a Noon doubleheader.

Ford improved to 14-2 on the season as she turned in her 11th complete game performance of the season and second of the series. She struck out nine and walked two.

Ford was also 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI as she hit her 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Seniors Jasmine Butler and Haley Johnson and sophomore Sarah Mooney all tallied two hits apiece to power a Dukes lineup that finished with nine base hits in the contest.

Freshmen Erin Brown and CJ Moose were both 1-for-3 with a double for UNCW. Brown recorded the team’s lone RBI in the contest with her two-base knock in the fourth.

Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-9 on the season. Schmidt pitched six innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out four.

JMU opened the scoring in the top of the third as a double steal brought home junior Anna Klumpp for the first run of the frame before a single by Butler and a groundout by Mooney would give the Dukes a 3-0 advantage.

UNCW would counter with a run in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double by Brown to left-center that plated junior Morgan McCann, who reached base earlier in the inning by drawing a walk, and made it a 3-1 contest. The Seahawks had a chance to do further damage in the frame as the double put both Brown and senior Lauryn Buckworth into scoring position, but Ford was able to get junior Kimmie Strewart to groundout to end the threat.

Ford helped her own cause in the sixth with a two-run home run to center field that brought home Mooney, who reached base one batter earlier with a single to left field, and expanded the Dukes cushion to 5-1.

James Madison closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh as freshman Erica Field doubled to left field to make it a 6-1 contest.

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SOUTHPORT, NC (AJGA) -— Elliott Grayson of Shelby, N.C., carded a 2-over-par 74 in the final round to earn medalist honors at the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation. In the Girls Division, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand finished atop the Girls Division leaderboard by two strokes.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at St. James Plantation — The Founders Club. The event featured 63 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states, Canada and Thailand. The Boys Division played the course at 6,502 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,658 yards.

The Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation was one of 12 events held as part of the IMG Academy Preseason Series. The IMG Academy Preseason Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to an AJGA Open event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

Despite making the turn at even-par 36, Grayson was still seven strokes back of first-round leader Alex Smalley of Wake Forest, N.C. As the duo played the back nine, Grayson gained momentum at No. 15, where he sunk a 25-foot putt for birdie, closing the gap to two strokes.

“Coming off No. 15 I was pretty pumped up, I thought it was the hardest hole of the weekend,” said Grayson, who was competing in his first AJGA event of the season.

When Grayson and Smalley approached the 18th tee, Grayson was still one stroke back. Grayson's tee shot found the fairway as Smalley's caught the fairway bunker. Grayson next pulled out his pitching wedge from 127 yards and stuffed his approach to 10 feet.

“I knew if I could get it in the fairway and on the green I would have a chance at birdie or at least make par,” Grayson said. “I was nervous but I had to make the birdie putt.”

Grayson watched his putt slowly fall into the cup and followed with a fist pump as he earned medalist honors by one stroke.

Smalley finished with a 6-over-par 150 tournament total to take the solo second. Drew Lagan of Roanoke, Va., finished three strokes back to take third place at 152. Tying for fourth place at 155 was Garret Buckley of Novi, Mich., Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., Campbell Fisher of Suwanee, Ga., and Alex Merriman of Orlando, Fla. Rounding out the top 10 was Harrison Rhoades of Raleigh, N.C., Nick Kroustalis of Clemmons, N.C., and Jacob Kennedy of Mt. Ulla, N.C.

In the Girls Division, Siriko carried her first-round lead into the front nine, where she recorded a 3-over-par 39. She never relinquished her lead on the back nine even as Lisa Unterganschnigg of Bradenton, Fla., caught up with a birdie on No. 10.

“Today I was thinking just find your target and hit it,” said Siriko, who hit 14 fairways on the day.

Siriko had a one-stroke lead heading to the 18th hole, where she safely made par to finish with a two-stroke lead over Unterganschnigg.

“I was just thinking that it was the last hole, like it's a one-hole tournament,” Siriko said. “This is my second AJGA event so it means a lot to me to build confidence and continue my path to college golf.”

Unterganschnigg recorded a final-round 79 en route to a 157 tournament total to take second. Southport-native, Ashley Sloup, finished in third at 15-over-par 159.

Boys Division - The Founders Club

Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C. (2014) 75-74--149 +5
Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C. (2015) 68-82--150 +6
Drew Lagan, Roanoke, Va. (2014) 77-75--152 +8
Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, N.C. (2015) 80-75--155 +11
Alex Merriman, Orlando, Fla. (2014) 80-75--155 +11
Campbell Fisher, Suwanee, Ga. (2015) 77-78--155 +11
Garret Buckley, Novi, Mich. (2014) 76-79--155 +11
Jacob Kennedy, Mt. Ulla, N.C. (2014) 84-73--157 +13
Nick Kroustalis, Clemmons, N.C. (2014) 79-78--157 +13
Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C. (2015) 79-78--157 +13

Girls Division - The Founders Club

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand (2014) 76-79--155 +11
Lisa Unterganschnigg, Bradenton, Fla. (2014) 78-79--157 +13
Ashley Sloup, Southport, N.C. (2014) 81-78--159 +15
Camilla Vik, Greenwich, Conn. (2013) 82-78--160 +16
Qingyi Symba Xu, Bradenton, Fla. (2017) 85-77--162 +18
Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Pottstown, Pa. (2014) 83-84--167 +23
Meghan Symonds, Cary, N.C. (2015) 89-81--170 +26
Sophia Morrill, Hanover, Mass. (2015) 85-86--171 +27
Katie Turk, Blacksburg, Va. (2015) 87-84--171 +27
Phyllis Tang, Bluffton, S.C. (2014) 88-84--172 +28
Isabella Rusher, Salisbury, N.C. (2015) 89-83--172 +28
Katie Bishop, Cleveland, Tenn. (2014) 86-86--172 +28

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

It was his eighth career victory on the shortest track the series races.

Only Richard Petty with 15, and Darrell Waltrip with 11 have won more.

The five-time champion picked the inside line for the restart with Clint Bowyer on the outside, teammate Jeff Gordon behind him and Kyle Busch to his outside, and Johnson got a clean break into Turn 1.

Bowyer was second and Busch, who tried to use the outside line, instead got hung up on the outside as Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, who restarted fifth, went underneath to take fourth.

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

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