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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We invite you to follow WWAY Sports on Twitter @WWAYSports.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- F.L. "Tanky" Meier, Jr. died Monday, May 27. His funeral service will be held at the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception and then burial at Oakdale Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street in Wilmington from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

Coaching tennis was not a job for Tanky Meier. He started a long and illustrious ride with the New Hanover High boys tennis team in 1950. Meier was a volunteer tennis coach from 1950 to 2011. The 90 year old died on Monday after a short illness. On our sports on Tuesday night we paid tribute to the first New Hanover grad to have a sports facility named after him.

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FLORENCE SC –- The Wilmington Sharks opened up the 2013 season with a 4-0 victory on the road against the Florence RedWolves.

Travis Connolly had not pitched in a few months as he battled through some injuries in the spring, but in the season opener it did not faze him as he threw a complete game shutout striking out seven and only surrendering three hits.

“I had the fastball and changeup working all night and was able to locate my pitches well,” said Connolly. He talked about working through injuries in the off season, pushing himself and making himself a better player.
Connolly didn’t need a lot of help, but the bats came alive in the later innings for the Sharks. Cody Dolan helped get the Sharks going in the sixth.

The RedWolves starting pitcher Alex Satterfield was throwing very well until Dolan laced a double down the right field line to score Andrew Amaro and give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. In the same inning Alex Freedman singled for the Sharks to give them a two lead.

That was plenty for Connolly as the Sharks also picked up two more runs off of the bats of Dolan and Freedman. Dolan finished 2-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Freedman went 3-4 with two RBIs for the Sharks. Amaro was the other Shark to pick up two hits in the ball game. “Connolly threw great on the hill, as we did not want to overthrow him,” said McCleaney. “He showed great command and was locating pitches and the bats also came around later in the game.” Alex Satterfield was the losing pitcher in the game as he went 5.2 innings striking out two and threw very well before giving up the first run of the game.

The Sharks will be at home Wednesday evening for their home opener as they will take on the Fayetteville Sawmpdogs with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. at the Shark Tank.

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ZEBULON, NC (NCHSAA) - Game times have been set for this weekend's 2-A state championship baseball series.

NORTH BRUNSWICK (18-11) vs. MONROE PIEDMONT (28-3)
CLASS 2-A: FIVE COUNTY STADIUM, ZEBULON
Game 1: Friday, May 31, 5 pm
Game 2: Saturday, June 1, 11 am
Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 1, 5 pm

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW athletic department and the Seahawk Club have announced a ticket procedure that will facilitate ticket distribution for the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship. The UNCW Athletic Ticket Office will have a limited number of tickets per NCAA guidelines. All-Session books will be the only available tickets for sale. For individual game tickets, this must be done through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office beginning on Friday, May 31 at 9am.

Priority for tickets will go in this order:

1. Player family and team tickets

2. Seahawk Club donors and Seahawk Club member season ticket holders (in priority order) (to become a member of the Seahawk Club click here.)

3. Non-donor season ticket holders

TICKET INFORMATION: All-session Reserved ticket books are available for $60 and the seats will be located in Right Field. All-session General Admission ticket books are available for $45 for the regional. General admission tickets are valid for the grass hillside along the left-field line and for standing room only. These tickets can be purchased through the UNCW Athletic Ticket Office starting 12pm Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 30 at 12pm. Ticket can be purchased by phone (910-962-3233), in person, or online though WWW.UNCWSPORTS.COM.

If available, single-session tickets for the regional will go on sale to the public on Friday (May 31) from 9am to 12pm by phone and online through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. If available, single-session tickets will be $12 for Reserved and $8 for General Admission. You can contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821 or by logging on to VirginiaSports.com.

GATE OPENING TIMES: Gates will open 2 hours prior to the first session on each game day. The ballpark will be cleared of fans following the conclusion of the first session, with fans being readmitted with tickets for the second session of the day as soon as possible.

GAME DAY PARKING: Cash parking will be available in the University Hall parking lots and John Paul Jones Arena lots (except Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 for John Paul Jones Arena). A fee of $5 per day per vehicle will be assessed in designated lots for all days of the tournament. Free parking is available at the Emmet/Ivy Garage (located at 123 Emmet Street), and is a 7-10 minute walk from Davenport Field.

For any questions, please do hesitate to contact Haig Lea in the UNCW Athletic Ticket Office at (910) 962-3233 or by email at leah@uncw.edu.

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