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WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) — To understand the historical significance of Sunday night’s win, one must look beyond the simple record of the Wilmington Sharks (7-3, 23-14) after their seemingly pedestrian 5-2 decision over the Morehead City Marlins (3-10, 13-27).

The win marked the fifth in a row for Wilmington, the club’s longest streak of victory since an eight game stretch in 2005. It was also the sixth straight home win, matching the longest streak at Buck Hardee Field since records became available in 2001. The only other time the Sharks won six straight at home in a single year was the final six games of the 2007 season.

Following Saturday night’s unexpected show of power, the Sharks again clubbed five extra base hits en route to their win. One of those was a three-run home run off the bat of Grayson Atwood that hit the scoreboard in left field in the fifth inning. That was the frame in which most of the damage was done, as Zach Stephens had already doubled then scored on a wild pitch before the home run.

Stephens also doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a two-bagger by Alex Freedman. Atwood was also responsible for the other double, though he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a triple in the third.

Each of the two runs scored by the Marlins were by runners who reached on walks issued by Sharks starter Blaze Tart. One was in the fourth and the other in the fifth, the only frames in which the visitors truly showed an offensive threat.

Tart finished his seventh start of the summer with a no-decision, lasting four innings plus two batters in the fifth. One of the runners inherited by Stephen Vaughan would score and be charged to Tart, who also allowed two hits and five total walks with five strikeouts. Vaughan was credited with the win, while Brockett picked up the save.


SOUTHPORT,NC (WWAY) — 2012 North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys & Dixie Boys State Tournament results. On Sunday Columbus County defeated Boger City 18-8 in the 13 year old bracket. Columbus County is one of two undefeated teams remaining in this bracket. Brunswick County is the other. Brunswick did not play on Sunday. In the 14 year old bracket Brunswick County defeated Columbus County 3-1 on Sunday. Brunswick County and Hope Mills are the only two teams without a loss in the 14 year old bracket. Click play video to see some of the action from Sunday.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Olympic basketball team is tired of questions about its size.

Instead of being called too small, the Americans would prefer to be known as versatile, quick, athletic, or something else that recognizes their strengths and not their, uh, shortcomings.

Tyson Chandler is the only natural center on the US roster. That could be a problem against a team such as Brazil, their opponent in an exhibition game Monday. The Brazilians have NBA size along their front line with Nene of the Washington Wizards, Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao and San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter.

But the Americans believe they will overcome that with a versatile roster of players big enough to guard taller opponents and too quick to be defended by them.

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