UNCW will be cutting some sports programs starting next year, while adding one a brand new team. We have reaction from student athletes who will be directly impacted along with an explanation from UNCW A.D. Jimmy Bass.
Pender senior Brianna Pittman holds a state record in volleyball for blocks. Pittman will be taking her volleyball skills to Ohio in order to play for the Dayton Flyers. Pittman signed with Dayton on Thursday.
One area high school team won a state title on Saturday. Several other high school squads had their state title dreams crushed. Congratulations to the Wilmington Christian Acadeny volleyball squad for back to back state titles in volleyball. The Landfall Tradition is over. Wake Forest won with a record setting performance. UNCW won their home regular season finale on Saturday in men's soccer. The Seahawks are back in first place in the CAA. Plus more!
Only two weeks remain in the 2014 high school football regular season. On Friday's 5th Quarter we showcased several games from around the region. This included the showdown between undefeated Wallace-Rose Hill vs. East Bladen, undefeated Hoggard vs. Laney, New Hanover vs. West Brunswick, Whiteville vs. Fairmont and more. Check it out!
Hoggard, Pender, South Columbus and Wilmington Christian all won state playoff volleyball games on Thursday night. Odds are we'll have at least one state champion from the area this year. On Thursday New Hanover won the boys soccer crown for the Mideastern Conference. We were there for that too. Plus, the Landfall Tradition tees off on Friday. Prior to the event we caught up with UNCW Seahawk golfer Kayla Thompson. The UNCW freshman is a graduate of West Bladen High.
On Wednesday New Hanover shutout Hoggard in boys soccer. We were there to see some of the action. The Wildcats will earn a league title if they can win on Thursday against Ashley. Four area volleyball teams will continue their state playoff journey on Thursday. In fact the Wilmington Christian squad has a shot at securing a state volleyball title this weekend in Greensboro.
Pender High senior Briana Pittman moved into 6th place nationally for career blocks in high school volleyball. Pittman now has 622 career blocks. We were in Burgaw on Tuesday when Pender's state playoff game was halted in order to recognize Pittman's achievement. We also had sports coverage from New Hanover, Hoggard and Laney on Tuesday.
A report on academic misconduct in regard to athletics at the University of North Carolina will be released on Wednesday. Freddie Jackson stole the show at UNCW's Midnite Madness. We showed his creative slam dunk on our sports on Monday night. Plus we showcased NCHSAA Hall of Fame Day from Chapel Hill where the late Joe Miller and Jack Holley were honored.
Former South Columbus Stallion football standout Ethan Farmer says the UNC Tar Heel defense is getting better. Farmer and the Tar Heels host Georgia Tech on Saturday. On Tuesday on WWAY we featured the latest AP high school football poll, volleyball from Cape Fear Community College along with Coastal Christian's soccer win over Cape Fear Academy. Plus we provided a basketball preview of the upcoming Big Shots basketball showcase at Laney High.
Laney played a man up against Hoggard on Tuesday for the majority of the Mideastern Conference soccer game. The Bucs eventually found the back of the net midway through the second half to beat Hoggard 1-0. Hoggard was able to beat Laney in volleyball though. We were in Buctown for both events.