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TAMPA, FL (WWAY) — Thanks to our friends at WFTS-TV in Tampa we’re able to showcase Wilmington resident Connor Barth on our Wednesday sports. The former Hoggard kicker is having his best season yet in the NFL. Click play video in order to check out our feature on the oldest Barth brother. Connor’s younger brother is a senior at UNC. Casey Barth actually broke Connor’s career field goal record at North Carolina earlier this year.

TAMPA, FL (AP) – Connor Barth is proving his worth to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The fifth-year kicker arguably has been the team’s most dependable performer during a 1-3 start, converting all nine of his field goal attempts to extend the longest current streak in the NFL to a franchise-record 25 straight dating to October of last season.

Barth is also 7 for 7 on extra points through four games, keeping him perfect in 102 career tries – consistency that shows why the Bucs used their franchise tag to avoid losing the 26-year-old to free agency last winter, then subsequently rewarded him with a four-year, $13.2 million contract.

Barth will try to extend his streak against Kansas City Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts the Chiefs.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


High School Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Whiteville 1
North Brunswick 1 (two overtime periods)

West Brunswick 9, West Bladen 0

West Bladen 0 0 — 0
West Brunswick 5 4 — 9
Goals: West Bladen – None. West Brunswick – Cody Postich 4, Rodrigo Cardenas 2, Luis Espinosa, Jonathan Newhouse, Tristan Murphy.
Assists: West Bladen – None. West Brunswick – Luis Espinosa, Cody Postich.
Saves: West Bladen – Lucas McNeill 11, Anthony Sebastian 1. West Brunswick – Connor Johnston 0, Trey Tatum 1.
Records: West Bladen 3-9 overall, 0-7 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; West Brunswick 7-1 overall, 9-8 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College beat Louisburg 4-3 on Wednesday in women’s college soccer. CFCC trailed by two goals for a come from behind victory with four second half goals. CFCC improves to 12-0-1 overall and 9-0-0 in region X play.


GREENVILLE, SC (WWAY) — Here’s a list of the high school football players from our region that were selected to play in the annual NC-SC Shrine Bowl Game:

In summary there aren’t any. Typically our region produces a few players each year. Maybe next season! We’ve posted rosters below.

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) – Rosters for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, played between North Carolina and South Carolina at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg on Dec. 15:


Kalif Phillips, rb, A.L. Brown; Keeon Johnson, wr, A.L. Brown; R.J. Prince, ol, Albemarle; Demetrius Oliver, wr, Ashbrook; B.J. Beecher, qb, Concord; Dane Rogers Jr., dl, Crest; Quinton Patterson, lb, Crest; Sean Wiggins, lb, David W. Butler; Cole Blankenship, ol, Davie County; Garry Lewis, rb, Douglas Byrd Senior.

Chris Blair, db, East Forsyth; Aaron Clay, wr-rb, Eastern Alamance; Tim Thorb, hb-te, Garner Magnet; Patrick Roane, ol, Gray’s Creek; A.J. Coplon, db, Havelock; Pharoh Cooper, wr, Havelock; Daryl Wilson, wr, Hendersonville; Khris Francis, rb, Hillside; Korrin Wiggins, db, Hillside; Lewis Neal, de, Hunt.

Jack Tocho, db, Independence; Brian Walker, db, Mallard Creek; Christian Matau, ol, New Bern; T.J. Logan, rb, Northern Guilford; Dequavis Mann, db, Northern Nash; Matt Wogan, k, Porter Ridge; Devante Covington, dl, Richmond Senior; Tyrone Crowder, ol, Richmond Senior; Nazair Jones, de, Roanoke Rapids; Malik Diggs, db, Scotland.

Artimes Robinson, lb, Scotland; Eric McCauley, ol, Shelby; Lachasten Smith, lb, South Iredell; Jordan Starnes, lb, South Stanly; Greg Gilmore, dl, South View; Tristan Mumford, lb, Statesville; Carlis Parker, qb, Statesville; Jeff Deleon, ol, T.C. Roberson; Noah Suber, qb, T.C. Roberson; Tyquan Lewis, lb, Tarboro.

Ryan Gould, ol, West Forsyth; Blake Dueitt, dl, William A. Hough; Kirk Donaldson, te, Zebulon Vance; Larenz Bryant, lb, Zebulon Vance.

Coaches – Head coach, Nelson Smith, Garner; Assistant coaches – Mike Byus, East Lincoln; Dave Grant, Walter M. Williams; Doug Illing, Davie County; B.J. Laughter, Hendersoville; Adrian Snow, West Forsythe; Russell Stone, Douglas Byrd;



Jahnari Devoe, db, Allendale-Fairfax; Romelo Doctor, rb, Ashley Ridge; Keinan Lewis, rb, Belton-Honea Path; Corey Dogan, db, Blue Ridge; Harold Atkinson, rb, Carolina Forest; Mykal Moody, ath, Conway; Malcolm Green, wr, Conway; Keiton Burgess, ol, Crestwood; Joseph Park, ol, Dillon; Bryce King, ol, Dillon.

Brandon Pinckney, db, Dorman; Jaylen Miller, dl, Gaffney; Gerald Turner, de, Goose Creek; Tramel Terry, wr, Goose Creek; Davon Durant, lb, Greenwood; Michael Julian, qb, Hilton Head; Darius Wright, de, Irmo; Ben Hinson, k, Irmo; Akia Booker, wr, Byrnes; Isaiah Pinson, ol, Byrnes.

Devaris Brunson, lb, Lake City; Malcolm Means, ath, Lewisville; Jonathan Boring, ol, Lexington; Chocolate Wilson, db, Myrtle Beach; Trahjare Reeder, ol, Newberry; Eric Gallman, dl, Newberry; Rontavious McClure, wr, Northwestern; Jadar Johnson, db, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Michael Hill, db, Pendleton; Curtis Bey, dl, Ridge View.

Justin Day, ol, South Aiken; Fabian Jefferson, te, South Florence; Alex Sims, ol, South Pointe; Aaron Cook, lb, Strom Thurmond; Darius Hammond, rb, Strom Thurmond; Byron Johnson, lb, Swansea; Ben Boulware, lb, T.L. Hanna; Austin McKinney, db, Timberland; Brian Moore, dl, Timberland; Keiston Smith, qb, Union County.

Alex Brown, te, White Knoll; D.J. Jones, dl, Wren; Lee Wright, lb, York; Michael Williams, wr, Lake Marion.

Coaches – Head coach, Ray Stackley, Stratford; Assistant coaches – Kirk Burnett, Airport; Wade Cooper, Blue Ridge; Don Frost, Christ Church; Bill Harvey, Newberry; Tony Smith, Stratford; Mike Wells, Buford.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Nick Njuki’s blast from 24 yards out sailed into the upper left corner with 2:06 remaining in the second overtime to lift James Madison to a 2-1 win over host UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action on Wednesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Dukes raised their record to 5-5-2 overall and remained towards the top of the CAA standings with a 3-1-1 mark. UNCW, meanwhile, saw its record dip to 5-7-1 and 2-3-0.

On the winning goal, Njuki picked up a loose ball that was miss-cleared by the Seahawk defense. He took a touch to his left and fired off a shot that tucked itself just under the crossbar.

JMU got on the board first in the 35th minute on Eric Schmidt’s first goal of the season. Markus Bjorkheim forced a turnover and broke towards the end line. He sent a cross to the right side where Schmidt headed his shot inside the near post.

Jamie Dell notched his team-leading fourth goal of the season to draw the Seahawks even with 57 seconds remaining in the first half. Dell broke down the right flank and cut back twice on JMU defenders before firing a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out.

Both teams had opportunities towards the end of regulation and the first overtime. UNCW’s Thomas Driver found himself unmarked six yards out and fired a shot in the 88th minute, but his shot was blocked on the goal line by Dale Robins-Bailey to keep the score tied.

The Seahawks again nearly ended the contest two minutes into the second overtime, but freshman Nathaniel Goodwin’s volley from close range sailed over the cross bar.

JMU keeper Kyle Morton faced 20 shots and made nine saves. Seahawk goalkeeper Brad Newman finished with three saves, including a stop in the 78th minute on a header by Josh Grant.

The Seahawks continue their homestand on Saturday when they host nationally-ranked Old Dominion at 7 p.m.



Athletics 4, Tigers 3 – Series tied 2-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Seth Smith hit a game-tying two-run double off Detroit closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and Coco Crisp capped Oakland’s most dramatic comeback yet with an RBI single as the Athletics staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the AL division series Wednesday.

The A’s rode 14 walkoff wins in the regular season to an improbable AL West title. Those paled in comparison to No. 15, which set up a win-or-go-home Game 5 against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Josh Reddick started the rally with a single just under the glove of diving second baseman Omar Infante. Josh Donaldson followed with a double off the wall in left-center and both runners scored on Smith’s double. Two outs later, Crisp lined a single to right and Smith scored easily when Avisail Garcia couldn’t handle the ball.

Yankees 3, Orioles 2, 12 innings – Yankees lead series 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) – Raul Ibanez homered as a pinch hitter for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were tied 2-all going to the 11th Wednesday night in Game 3 of their AL division series.

With the best-of-five series tied at 1, Baltimore and reliever Jim Johnson were two outs from taking control. But with Rodriguez 1 for 12 with no RBIs and seven strikeouts, Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent up Ibanez, who lined a 94 mph pitch into the right-field seats.

It was the first time Rodriguez had ever been pinch-hit for in a postseason game, according to STATS LLC.

Orioles rookie Miguel Gonzalez had allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado, the bottom two hitters in Baltimore’s batting order, hit solo home runs off Hiroki Kuroda.

Coming in, the Orioles were 76-0 this year when leading after seven innings. They had also won 16 extra-inning games.

Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees on Thursday night in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore.


Cardinals 8, Nationals 0 – Cardinals lead series 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chris Carpenter was every bit the postseason ace he’s been in the past for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.

All in all, quite a damper on the day for a Nationals Park-record 45,017 red-wearing, towel-twirling fans witnessing the first major league postseason game in the nation’s capital in 79 years.

Three relievers finished the shutout for the Cardinals, who can end the best-of-five series in Thursday’s Game 4 at Washington.

Kyle Lohse will start for St. Louis. Ross Detwiler pitches for Washington, which is sticking to its long-stated plan of keeping Stephen Strasburg on the sideline the rest of the way.

Giants 8, Reds 3 – Series tied 2-2

CINCINNATI (AP) – Facing elimination again, the San Francisco Giants came out swinging. Got a saving relief appearance from Tim Lincecum, too.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all.

Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner relegated to the bullpen, also delivered. He entered in the fourth with the Giants ahead 3-2, struck out six while giving up just one run in 4 1-3 innings, and allowed his team to pull away.

The Giants can complete an unprecedented comeback on Thursday. No team has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three on the road, according to STATS LLC.

Matt Cain, who lost the series opener and has yet to beat the Reds in three tries this season, will start Game 5 against Mat Latos (LAY’-tohs).

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