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THURSDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

Boys Basketball

Cape Fear Academy 53
Parrot Academy 36

Hurricanes improve to 3-0

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The second round of the high school football playoffs will kick off on Friday. Click the play video icon to see our preview of Friday's playoff action.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Former NC State basketball standout David Thompson slid into the Port City on Thursday. Click the play video icon to see our interview with Thompson.

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Note: Click the play video icon to see our game highlights that WBKO provided for us.

BOWLING GREEN, KY (UNCW) -– Junior forward George Fant scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in a six-minute stretch late in the game to power Western Kentucky past UNCW, 73-58, Thursday night in an opening-game matchup of the exempt Roundball Classic at historic E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers of the Sun Belt Conference won their second in a row and improved to 2-1 with the win in the first meeting between the two teams. The Seahawks had a three-game winning streak halted and stand 3-3 on the young season.

Fant, a 6-6, 245-pound pile of muscle, had just two points on one field goal attempt in the opening 20 minutes, but came alive after the break to send the Hilltoppers past the Seahawks. Fant wound up connecting on 5-of-7 shots and added 6-of-10 at the charity stripe to go along with eight rebounds for his complete stat line.

Junior guard T.J. Price added 14 points and senior shooter Caden Dickerson finished with 12 for WKU, which shot 43.1 percent on the night.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams paced the Seahawks in scoring for the fourth time in six outings with 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Junior guard Addison Spruill was the only other Seahawk in double figures with 11 points.

“Western Kentucky came out with a lot of energy and their big guy had a good night,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “We came out flat and it looked like we were tired. We didn’t get the ball inside enough and missed too many easy layups.

“Defense got us back into the game, but we missed some layups and you’ve got to have those. We have to play again in less than 48 hours, so we’ve got to watch some game tape and get ready to go.”

WKU carved out a 32-24 lead at halftime and pushed the margin to 13 points with just over nine minutes remaining before UNCW rallied to throw a scare into the red towel-waving Hilltopper faithful.

Back-to-back buckets by Freddie Jackson sliced the deficit to 42-35 with 12:29 left to play, setting the stage for Fant’s heroics. WKU’s go-to guy answered Jackson with a basket inside to start a string of 12 consecutive points and he capped the spurt with a dunk at 5:30 to give the Hilltoppers a 54-44 advantage.

UNCW rallied again, however, scoring on a pair of free throws by Williams and a bank shot by Spruill, to get within 54-48 at 4:48.

But Dickerson sank a pair of key three-pointers on consecutive trips down the court to extend the lead back to 60-48 and the Hilltoppers went 10-of-12 at the charity stripe the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Williams got the Seahawks on the board just 40 seconds into the contest for their only lead of the game, but the Seahawks plummeted into a cold spell that lasted the first 12 minutes of the game. UNCW missed 14 of its first 18 field goal attempts and the chilly start dug a hole early for Peterson’s club.

After a driving bank shot by Spruill closed the deficit to 7-6 with 15:31 left, the Hilltoppers used a 14-2 spurt to take control. A jumper in front of the Seahawk bench by Dickerson gave WKU a 21-8 cushion with just under eight minutes left in the first period.

Redshirt sophomore Luke Hager’s triple from the left corner capped an 11-5 spurt for the Seahawks to chop the margin to 26-19 with 3:24 left in the half. But WKU responded with another 6-0 mini-run to get the lead back to 32-19 before Williams had a dunk and Tanner Milson sank a trifecta to make the score 32-24 at intermission.

GAME NOTES: It was UNCW’s first appearance at 60-year-old E.A. Diddle Arena…The Seahawks played their fifth road game in six outings…Peterson used the same starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game…UNCW had 13 turnovers to eight for WKU…The Seahawks went 3-of-15 (.200) behind the arc and 9-of-16 (.563) at the free throw line…All five UNCW starters had at least five rebounds…WKU’s largest lead of the game of 16 points came with 56 seconds left…The Seahawks were outrebounded, 39-37…Williams had three of UNCW’s eight blocks on the night.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) -— The full Board of Directors of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association heard an appeal from South Columbus High School via conference telephone call on Thursday afternoon.

After lengthy deliberation, the Board voted to uphold the previous decision. The student-athlete in question will serve a suspension for an ejection in Friday night’s playoff game between Southern Vance and Eastern Randolph, and the result of last Friday’s South Columbus-Southern Vance game will stand.

The appeal involved a matter involving a student-athlete who participated for Southern Vance in last Friday’s playoff game between the two schools.

The NCHSAA was made aware of the situation on Saturday, Nov. 16, after the Southern Vance-South Columbus playoff game, which was won by Southern Vance. The question about the student-athlete’s eligibility for that game revolved around whether or not the player had been ejected or disqualified from a contest on November 8.

The Executive Committee of the NCHSAA board had heard an appeal Wednesday evening via conference call from South Columbus and, after meeting for more than two hours and 15 minutes, had voted to uphold the previous decision by the NCHSAA. South Columbus appealed that decision by the Executive Committee to the full Board.

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FAIRFAX, VA (UNCW) -– UNCW’s men’s 400 Medley relay of Valtteri Halonen, Michael Baric, Zach Sowers and Gabe Thran finished first and set a Patriot Invitational meet record to highlight the Seahawks results on Thursday at the McKay Natatorium.

The Seahawks are in second on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s. Host George Mason leads the Seahawk men by 9.5 points and also leads the women’s meet.

The 400 Medley Relay topped the field with a time of 3:21.78, besting the relay’s previous best time of 3:23.30, which ranked 39th nationally entering the meet.

The Seahawk men also opened the meet with a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay as Halonen, Alex LaBonge, Ned Tyler and Thran combined for a time of 1:22.90.

Halonen and Baric also posted impressive results in individual events with Halonen winning the 50 Free (20.80) and Baric taking fourth in the 200 IM (1:53.75). Thran added a second-place finish in the 50 Free with a time of 20.84.

On the women’s side, Rachel Sears clocked in with a time of 23.66 to finish second in the 50 Free.
The 400 Medley Relay of Hannah Stephenson, Jenson Engen, Cat Gargula and Sears posted a third-place time of 3:50.19.

Allen Crosby placed fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 260.60 points.

The meet continues on Friday with the preliminaries set for 10 a.m.

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WILMINGTON, NC (TENNIS RELEASE) -- The Bryan Brothers, current Olympic Gold medalists and 2013 Winners of 3 out of 4 Grand Slam Tennis Events, will come to Trask Coliseum on Sunday, November 24th to headline a world-class tennis event to raise funds for One Love Tennis NC, The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, and the UNCW Seahawks Club.

BRYAN BROTHERS:
The twins, Bob and Mike Bryan (35) are the longest ranking doubles team players in the history of tennis with an ATP #1 ranking record of nine times, all-time doubles team record holders with 93 Men’s Doubles Titles, 15 Grand Slam titles, multiple Olympic medals including the Gold in 2012, and several Davis Cups to place them as the only team in the Open Era to hold all four major and Olympic Gold at the same time. They are also the only doubles team in history to have won every major title, all four Grand Slams, Olympic Gold, all 9 Masters series titles, the Year-End Championships and the Davis Cup during their careers.

“We are looking forward to coming to Wilmington. We love working with Lenny and especially supporting programs like his One Love Tennis,” states Bob Bryan, the left-handed tennis twin. “We’ve seen the difference these programs make in young lives and communities all over the country.”

“It’s really great that the organizations benefiting from this event are totally in line with our Bryan Brothers Foundation mission to promote the ideals of sports and emphasize the values of hard work and dedication,” says Mike Bryan, the right-handed tennis twin. “We’re ready for some of that historic southern hospitality and promise Wilmington an exciting and memorable day of tennis!”

Also playing in the exhibition against the Bryan Brothers are world ranked Rajeev Ram and Jarmere Jenkins. (See website www.bryanbors-onelove.org for bios)

THE BRYAN BROTHER YOUTH CLINIC:
Fifty of the One Love kids will also be given the opportunity to participate in the Bryan Brothers Youth Tennis Clinic free of charge. The 2 hour Clinic, which will be held from 9:30am to 12pm the morning of the event at the UNCW tennis courts, will be led by the Bryan Brothers and their Dad. It also is available to local tennis players (ages 7-18) interested in learning from these Champions for a charge of $65. Spaces are still available….register on-line at www.bryanbros-onelove.org. Participants will receive an “I Was Taught Tennis by the Bryan Brothers” T-shirt.

All fundraising profits from the Tennis Extravaganza will be shared among 3 Wilmington-based sports nonprofits: The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame (GWSHOF), the UNCW Seahawk Club and One Love Tennis NC.

“Hosting the Bryan Brothers in Wilmington promises to be a world-class, family oriented occasion for Southeastern North Carolina,” states Jon Rosborough, President of The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. “There will be something for everyone in our community and we’re very happy to be involved.”

Rob Aycock, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Executive Director of the Seahawk club is excited to host the event at Trask. “We are excited to partner with One Love Tennis NC to bring the Bryan Brothers to Wilmington.”

The twins’ affable dad, Wayne Bryan, who coached and mentored the brothers in their youth, will emcee the day. He continues to occasionally travel with the brothers while they are on tour and is a crowd-pleasing emcee at their charitable events.

ONE LOVE TENNIS:
This event is organized by One Love Tennis NC and produced by Simpson and Associates Sports Management. One Love’s mission of providing a year round program for underserved youth by giving tennis instruction and academic support in an environment that builds self-esteem, character and life skills, regardless of socio-economic background, color or creed was founded earlier this year. It serves the Greater Wilmington community by promoting tennis as an alternative to negative recreation while creating an atmosphere that values respect, honesty, sportsmanship, discipline, education and success.

“If you haven’t heard of One Love yet, you will. We’ve made over 5000 youth contacts since April in our summer and after school programs,” states Lenny Simpson founder of One Love Tennis NC.

For this event, One Love Tennis, with support of local businesswoman Wilma Daniels will sponsor up to 500 at-risk youth from Wilmington to come to this event free of charge.

For more information about the Youth Clinic, the event, the schedule and tickets, please go to www.bryanbros-onelove.org.

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CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -– Led by First-Team All-CAA selection senior Christi Laite, a total of four UNCW volleyball players were recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Thursday during the league’s championship banquet.

Sophomore Meredith Peacock and freshman Nicole Lott joined Laite on the all-conference teams as both players were both recognized at Second-Team All-CAA selections while Lott was also named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Junior Morgan Kline rounded the team’s award recipients as she was recognized on the CAA All-Academic squad.

A native of Severna Park, Md., Laite became the first Seahawk player to be named First-Team All-CAA since Amy Chilausky earned the honor during the 1993 season. She also became just the second player in school history to earn all-conference recognition three times during her career, joining Yvonne Helton (1987-89) in that exclusive category.

Laite paced the Seahawks attack during her senior season, averaging 3.24 kills per set while posting a .272 hitting percentage to rank among the top six players in the league in both categories. Laite also played a key role in the team’s defensive efforts, finishing the regular season third on the team with 87 total blocks to give her a 3.31 points per set average that ranked sixth among all players in the league.

Peacock earned Second-Team All-CAA accolades for a breakout sophomore season that saw her lead the CAA and rank among the top 10 players in the nation in blocks per set (1.49) to highlight a Seahawks’ blocking effort that has also ranked among the nation’s elite for most of the season. The Charlotte, N.C., product has also contributed on the offensive end; completing the regular season with 162 kills (1.72 kills per set) on the strength of a .252 hitting percentage that was good for ninth in the league in that category.

Lott, meanwhile, turned in one of the best freshman performances in school history as she is the first Seahawk newcomer to earn both All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie accolades in her first season with the program. A native of West Chester, Pa., Lott was a force on both sides of the ball, averaging 2.22 kills and 2.03 digs per set to rank third and fourth, respectively, on the team in those categories. Lott also played a key role in the team’s serving success, tallying 26 service aces to sit third in the CAA in that category and put the Seahawks among the 50 teams in the nation in service aces per set (1.47).

Kline was selected to the All-Academic Team following a junior season that saw her rank second on the team in kills per set (2.63) and third in digs per frame (2.81). A member of the University Honors Program, Kline is a Biology major with a 3.688 cumulative GPA. She has been named to the Dean’s List on three occasions (Fall 2011, Spring 2012 & Spring 2013).

No. 3 seed UNCW will open the 2013 CAA Volleyball Championship Friday with first-round match against No. 6 seed William & Mary at 7 p.m.

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