A venue change appears to be a good thing for amateur boxers at the Azalea Festival this weekend. The Schwartz Center right in the heart of downtown Wilmington will be the new location for the two day event.
Boxing has been part of the Azalea Festival for 35 years. Williston Middle School in Wilmington has served as the location for the Azalea Festival boxing tournament for most of those years, but that will not be the case this April when the Azalea Festival rolls around again. The new venue will be in the heart of downtown Wilmington.
The North Brunswick Scorpions made it all the way to the 2-A state finals last year in baseball. Most of last year's players are back for North Brunswick. We made a stop in Leland on Thursday night to check out North's home game against arch-rival West Brunswick. Flight 22 held a fundraiser on Thursday for the upcoming Big Shots season. Plus more!
On Monday Duplin County native Bonecrusher Smith told WWAY he's returning to the ring for a celebrity boxing event. Smith is a former WBA heavyweight champion. UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has been diagnosed with leukemia. UNC Wilmington beat the Czech Republic in baseball on Monday. Plus more.
On Wednesday we checked in with NC State football coach Dave Doeren. NC State will host Clemson on Thursday. The Wolfpack will try to beat a top ten team at home for the third straight season. The New Hanover High football team is gearing up for powerhouse Scotland County. Our team of the week is Whiteville. Plus more!
The schedule is set. Defending champion Wilmington Post 10 enters the North Carolina American Legion state tournament as the favorite this weekend in Wilson. Check out our feature on Post 10. It's now official, Chris Haney is the new head football coach at East Columbus High School. Plus more!
Port City Boxing boasts some excellent fighters, but you may not expect some of its top contenders to be women. These girls with gloves bring fierce determination to the ring.
At one time, Antoinette Smith thought she would become a cheerleader. That is until she discovered boxing. By 11 years old, she was training to get in the ring.