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WWAY's Monday night sports - April 29; Nixon to get star on Wilmington Walk of Fame

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Walk of Fame is not just for athletes. It's for anyone from the Port City whose been able to attain national fame in their field. The list of celebrities with stars on the Wilmington Walk of Fame is impressive: journalist David Brinkley, quarterback Roman Gabriel, film producer Frank Capra Jr and singer Charlie Daniels just to name a few. In one more month it will include WWAY 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon.

The Trot Nixon Wilmington Walk of Fame ceremony at the Cotton Exchange will be held on Friday, May 31 at 3 p.m.

(Courtesy CelebrateWilmington.com)-- Celebrate Wilmington! adopted the Walk of Fame as its project in 1997 to recognize Wilmingtonians who have attained national and international fame in their field. These fields include the arts, business, education, literature, broadcasting, journalism, sports, science, medicine, religion, politics/government and the military. The Walk is located in the Walk of Fame Plaza, Water Street entrance of the Cotton Exchange, downtown Wilmington. Celebrate Wilmington is governed by a volunteer board and is cosponsored by the community, the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– UNCW junior Lori Beth Adams was awarded an individual entry into the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Central Regional in Norman,Okla., the NCAA Women’s Golf Selection Committee announced on Monday.
The 2013 NCAA Central Regional will take place May 9-11 at the Jimmy Austin Golf Club and is one of three 54-hole tournaments that will feature 24 teams and six individual entries. The top eight teams and two individuals not part of an advancing team from each of the three regional sites will qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, scheduled to be played May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
“I am really excited for Lori Beth as she is ranked 74th in the country and has played very consistently throughout the year,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “It's a great achievement to qualify for an NCAA Championship. Obviously, our goal is to qualify as a team, but our program has always had outstanding golfers and with our strength of schedule, it provides the opportunity for a player to have a great year and be rewarded for their performance.”
A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams fashioned a team-low 74.32 stroke average in 11 events played during the 2012-13 season. She posted five top-five finishes and eight top-10 results on her way to earning CAA Player-of-the-Week accolades on six occasions. Currently ranked 74th in the Golfstat Cup rankings, Adams was named to the All-Tournament Team at the CAA Women’s Golf Championships earlier in the month after posting a second-place finish at the event.
“I am honored to represent both UNCW and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Central Regional,” said Adams. “As a team, we have played against some of the best competition in women's collegiate golf and those experiences have prepared me for what I will face next week. I would happily exchange it for a team invitation, but I am really excited to get an individual invitation. I am ready to play and see what happens.”
Adams is the fourth player in program history to be rewarded with an individual entry to an NCAA Regional as Sofia Hagsund (2010), Michelle Jarman (2006) and Nicole Flood (1990) were also selected during their respective careers.
“Lori Beth is one of the best Division I golfers in the country and has improved tremendously over the last two years,” said Ho. “She has put herself in contention to win a number of times this season and I know she has the ability to have a strong regional performance to earn a berth into The NCAA Championships. We have only had one player (Paula Brzostowski - 1990) make it that far but have been one stroke away two other times (Carmen Perez-Narbon – 2008; Laverry Kumar - 2011).

2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Central Regional
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)

1. Fanny Cnops, UNCG

2. Oklahoma

2. Lori Beth Adams, UNCW

3. Florida

3. Emma Henrikson, SDSU

4. Washington

4. Julia Roth, Central Arkansas

5. Arizona State

5. Paige Spiranic, SDSU

6. UC Davis (Big West Conference)

6. Christine Wong, SDSU

7. Texas Tech

8. North Carolina State

9. Michigan State

10. Iowa State

11. Southern Methodist

12. Campbell

13. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)

14. Wake Forest

15. TCU

16. Gonzaga

17. Indiana

18. UTSA

19. Mississippi State

20. Wisconsin

21. Lamar (Southland Conference)

22. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)

23. Detroit (Horizon League)

24. Butler (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– Junior outfielder Luke Dunlap has been named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player-of-the-Week after helping UNCW top top-ranked UNC Chapel Hill and hitting a torrid .536 (9-for-16) with two home runs and 11 runs batted in last week.
Dunlap, who is in his first full season in the lineup, fashioned a 1.063 slugging percentage and extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games. He also moved into a tie for the club lead with 35 runs batted in and tied for second with a .385 batting average.
Against North Carolina, Dunlap helped the Seahawks erase an early 6-0 deficit with a game-tying, bases-loaded double. In the opener at Towson, he collected four hits and knocked in four more runs and he remained torrid in the second game with three more hits, including two homers, and driving in three runs.
Dunlap is hitting .491 (26-for-53) during his 15-game hitting streak with five doubles and four home runs. Plate discipline has shown during his streak as he’s drawn 16 walks and struck out just four times. In fact, after walking just seven times and striking out 17 times in his first 21 games, Dunlap has reversed that course with 20 base on balls and going down on strikes just nine times in his next 41 games.
In the month of April, Dunlap raised his average 48 points by hitting .475 (28-for-59) and driving in 23 runs. His on base average for the month was .582 and he slugged .763 as the Seahawks went 12-5.
The Seahawks return to action when they open a three-game series against CAA rival Northeastern on May 3 at Brooks Field. First-pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

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High School Girls Soccer Scoreboard Monday Night:

Laney 0
New Bern 4

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Former New Hanover Wildcat sprinter Jermaine Jones won the 100 and the 200 for St.Augustine's at the CIAA track meet earlier this month. Over the weekend Jones and the Falcons sprinted to new heights at one of the nation's top track meets. More info here from St. Aug.

http://www.saintaugfalcons.com/news/2013/4/27/MOTF_0427133006.aspx

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