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WWAY's Thursday night sports - August 1

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

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WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) -- The DC Dobermans hit 12 of their first 14 shots from the field to beat the NC Ball-Stars on Thursday night. WWAY Full Court Press co-host Brett Blizzard started for the NC Ball Ball-Stars. Blizzard hit a "4" pointer in the third quarter. A "4" in this game was four feet behind the three point line. Blizzard finished with 10 points. Former UNC Tar Heel standout Phil Ford served as the head coach for the Ball-Stars.Click the play video icon to see Blizzard in action.

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IRVINE, CA (WWAY) -- Wilmington's Cari Blalock finished in 4th place at the US Open Swimming Championships on Thursday in the 400 meter individual medley. The New Hanover High grad and current UNC Tar Heel swam a personal best 4:43.65 for a new UNC Tar Heel school record.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads are set to host the Charleston Battery on Friday, August 2, at Legion Stadium before traveling to take on the Dayton Dutch Lions on Sunday, August 4, for their last road match of the regular season.

The Hammerheads (6-11-4) recently experienced a point deduction in league rankings following the play of an “ineligible player” while they were in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, thus placing Wilmington deep in the standings and struggling to find their position in the playoffs.

The Hammerheads welcome the Battery to Legion on Friday for their annual ‘Pink Night’ game generated to create breast cancer awareness throughout the community in support of their game day non-profit, the Pink Ribbon Project. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project is a local organization that helps women in the Wilmington, NC area – without insurance or other financial resources - by funding mammography screenings, diagnostics, comfort items and supporting the Healing Arts Network at the Zimmer Cancer Center.

The pink Nike jerseys the Wilmington Hammerheads will be wearing during Friday’s match were auctioned off to the highest bidders over a two week online auction that closed on Wednesday. Other items autographed by the 2013 Wilmington Hammerheads, such as a pink Nike soccer ball and a replica of the pink jersey all the players will be wearing, are to be auctioned off during the match.

Suitably, the Battery hosted their ‘Kick for a Cure’ match when the Hammerheads traveled to Blackbaud Stadium back in May for their breast cancer organization of choice.

The Hammerheads’ final road match in Dayton will be streamed live via UNATION on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for fans to watch. The Wilmington Hammerheads organization will be hosting their final watch party of the season at Buffalo Wild Wings on Old Eastwood Road for Sunday’s match and will recognize the fans that have attended majority of the watch parties, along with other giveaways and raffles.

The Hammerheads are scheduled to play the Dutch Lions at Legion Stadium five days after returning from Dayton on Friday, August 9.

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RALEIGH, NC (ST. AUG) -- Softball sisters Jo’Landa and Daja White of Saint Augustine’s University are featured along with the men’s outdoor track & field team in the summer edition of NCAA Champion magazine, which was published July 2013. To read both articles, click HERE.

The White sisters are on page 30 in the Faces of the NCAA section in a full-page story titled “Sisters Carry On Mom’s Success”. The St. Aug men’s track & field team is on page 92 in the Championship Division II section.

The White sisters, from Leland, N.C. and North Brunswick High, led the CIAA in home runs and sparked the Lady Falcons to their first winning softball season in 10 years. The Falcons won their 11th men’s outdoor title and 33rd overall under iconic head track & field coach George Williams.

CIAA member Johnson C. Smith is also featured in the magazine. The women’s track team, which tied for second in the NCAA Outdoor Championships, is on page 91.

According to its website, Champion magazine illuminates its readers about the most important issues facing intercollegiate athletics while also promoting the thousands of quality people who support college sports each day. Champion publishes four times annually: January, April, July and October.

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- West Bladen director of athletics Kim Cain has been named as an assistant football coach at next year's East-West high school football all-star game in Greensboro.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks (16-8, 30-21) shutout the Petersburg Generals (5-20, 9-40) at home 5-0 on Thursday night to clinch a spot into the 2013 Petitt Cup Playoffs.

Both teams were struggling to find offense through the first five innings as both teams were doing a great job on the hill and defensively to keep it dead locked at 0-0 after five.

The Sharks broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning as Austin Below led off with a single then reached second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Andrew Amaro. Alex Freedman picked up a one out single to put runners on the corners with one out. Cody Dolan was hit a by a pitch to lead up the bases for Zach Stepehens who continued his hot hitting on the night as he hit a triple off the center field to clear the bases and give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.

In the same inning for the Sharks Mike Dunster drove a ball into the left center field gap with two outs to score two more runs for Sharks and give them a 5-0 lead, which was plenty of run support for the Sharks pitching staff.

The Generals could not pick up a hit in the final four innings as Stu Jones was the winning pitcher for the Sharks and he improved his record to 4-1 on the year. Stephens went 3-4 at the plate with two doubles a triple and three RBIs for the Sharks.

With the victory the Sharks have now made it to the Petitt Cup Playoffs for the third year in a row and look to catch the Fayetteville SwampDogs in third place in the East Division overall standings as they go on the road Friday night to take on the Florence RedWolves with a 7:30 p.m. first pitch.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) — August 1 is the first official date for North Carolina High School Athletic Association fall sports teams, including football.

Football programs across the state will begin official practice with the first five days required to be used for physical conditioning.

On the first two days of football practice, headgear, shorts and football shoes constitute acceptable dress. On days three, four and five, shoulder pads may be added but absolutely no body to body contact is permitted. Practice time during the first five-day period shall be limited to three hours, including stretching and breaks.

On day six, full uniforms may be worn and body-to-body contact is allowed. All football players, with the exception of soccer players who play only as kickers, must follow the conditioning requirements. Any student who is late coming out for a football team must still undergo five days of conditioning as outlined before engaging in body-to-body contact.

The first official for scrimmages between schools in football is August 10 and the first official playing date for the 2013 season is August 23.

Schools are also reminded of the hot weather management and prevention guidelines and recommendations and the importance of hydration for student-athletes.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY's 5th Quarter will make its season debut on August 16th with John Rendleman and Trot Nixon. Thursday marked the first official day of high school football practice. We stopped by Topsail High on Thurday to check in with Topsail's new coach, Wayne Inman.

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