WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – May 22


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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted game times and dates for North Brunswick baseball and Trask softball. Stay with WWAY for updates through the weekend.

Thursday May 23
South Creek at Trask 7pm softball state playoffs

Friday May 24
Trask at South Creek 6 pm softball state playoffs
North Brunswick at Northwood 7pm baseball state playoffs

Saturday May 25
South Creek at Trask 2pm softball state playoffs ( if needed )
Northwood at North Brunswick 7pm baseball state playoffs

Monday May 27
North Brunswick at Northwood 6pm baseball state playoffs ( if needed )


ELON, NC (ELON) — Elon University will hold a news conference at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 23, to make an important announcement about the future of Elon Phoenix Athletics. The news conference will be held in the Walker Room on the second floor of Alumni Field House, which is located at the north end of Rhodes Stadium on the Elon University campus. Watch the news conference live by using the link above or clicking here.

Note: We expect Elon to announce their intent to join the CAA.


MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat – his ninth postseason triple-double, and barely anyone noticed. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat.

Paul George made three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the overtime, which he forced with a miracle 3-pointer, to give the Pacers the lead. But James just drove down the left side of the lane, scored with ease and the Heat escaped.

Game 2 is Friday night in Miami.

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HARRISONBURG, VA. (CAA) – Inclement weather has caused a change in the schedule for the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship.

Game 2 of the championship between third-seeded Delaware and #6 James Madison will resume at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The Dukes are leading 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning. The loser of that game will return at 11 a.m. to face #5 Northeastern in an elimination contest.

At 2:30 p.m., top-seeded UNCW meets #4 Towson in the winners’ bracket. Second-seeded William & Mary faces the winner of the Delaware/James Madison contest at 6 p.m.

Game 6 of the championship, which features the winner of Game 3 and the lowest-seeded loser of Games 4 and 5, is tentatively set for 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

In the only completed game on Wednesday Towson beat Northeastern 9-8.


Urbana, IL (UNCW) -– Rafael Aita’s outstanding junior season at UNCW drew to a close late Wednesday when the Peruvian netter fell, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, to Dennis Novikov of top-ranked UCLA in the singles portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.

Aita, ranked 54th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, became the first Seahawk player to earn an invitation to the NCAA’s national singles draw and acquitted himself well at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the University of Illinois

The Lima, Peru, native and Novikov were deadlocked at 6-all in the first set when the match was moved indoors due to inclement weather in the area. Novikov then fought off three set points to claim the tie-breaker, 11-9, before breaking early in the second set and advancing to the Round of 32.

“It was a very tough loss for Rafael,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s sixth-year head coach. “He showed that he can play with top-10 players. This experience will help him a lot in the long run.”

Novikov bounced back following a difficult day on Tuesday. The Bruins were upset, 4-3, by Virginia in the NCAA team championship match and the UCLA netter dropped a 7-6 (3), 6-3 decision to U.Va.’s Jarmere Jenkins in that match.

Aita, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year, finished the spring with a 16-6 singles record.

UNCW’s No. 1 doubles team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider will play its opening-round match on Thursday after 1:30 p.m. The 30th-ranked tandem has fashioned a 13-5 record and battles No. 5 Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland of Georgia. Hernus and Pieters stand 15-9 in dual matches at No. 1 for the Bulldogs this spring.

Live stats and video streaming will be available on the University of Illinois athletics website at http://www.fightingillini.com/ncaatennis2013/.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bill Rinehart helped organize Wednesday’s “Call to Action” on the UNCW campus. Rinehart is passionate about keeping current sports teams on campus intact. “We love Wilmington. We love the community and the athletic department and we love the alumni and this is what this is all about,” Rinehart said. “This is a galvanizing movement to stand strong, stay together in unity and fight for what’s right and fight for the future of UNCW.”

Five sports at UNCW are on the chopping block. This includes men’s and women’s swimming. Cyrus Hashemi is a freshman swimmer at UNCW. “As a swimmer on the swim team we’ve all tried to sit around to think about it, but we’re not in control at all. All we can do is try to be positive to try and show Chancellor Miller why we should keep the swim team,” said Hashemi. Dave Allen is the head coach at UNCW for swimming. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep swimming afloat on campus. “I’ve always maintained all my life that when a problem arises you need try to come up with a solution to that problem,” Allen said. “You don’t drop a problem in someone’s lap and just walk away and leave it for them to solve. I think there are solutions, but I’m asking for a dialogue so we can sit down and have that conversation and I think there are some solutions without cutting sports.”

Dave Allen should know. He started the UNCW swimming and diving program 36 years ago but this not just a swimming issue. It’s indoor track, men’s cross country and softball too. UNCW softball shortstop Camry Wagner can’t believe what’s transpired over the last week. Wagner told us “Every day we go out and wear UNCW across our chests. We have faith in UNCW and all we’re asking is to have a little faith in us. I have 100 percent faith in him that he’ll make the right decision.”


Note: The mission of Save Seahawk Swimming & Diving is to prevent the elimination of the Swimming and Diving teams at UNCW by bringing together our students, alumni, faculty and members of the community to create a strong issue advocacy campaign. We seek to convince the chancellor and athletic board to accept a viable and intelligent alternative to eliminating the programs that embody the values of UNCW through hard work, integrity, service, and commitment to education. For more information go to http://saveuncwswimmingdiving.org/