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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Fred Lynch Invitational is just days away. Fred Lynch was the head basketball coach at Laney High School for 26 years compiling over 400 wins. Lynch no longer coaches, but he serves as the school’s athletic director. Nathan Faulk is now the Laney boys head basketball coach. In the summer of 2012 Faulk started the Fred Lynch Invitational to honor Lynch for all the service provided to Laney.

The 2nd Annual Fred Lynch Invitational will be held from June 17-19 at four different venues in New Hanover County: Laney High, Holley Shelter Middle, Trask Middle and Northside Baptist Church. The tournament featured 18 high school teams in 2012. 45 teams will be competing in 2013. We’ll be posting the game schedule online as soon as it’s released from Laney in the coming days. Click the video icon to see our extensive interview with Nathan Faulk.

Click here http://www.laneybasketball.net/ for more info. This includes the schedule of play for each day of the event.


RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) — NC State advanced to its first College World Series since 1968 by winning the longest super regional game in history, 5-4, in 17 innings over Rice on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (49-14) tied the school record for most wins in a season, but they had to do it with a riveting three-run ninth to force extra innings. Rice (44-20) took a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, and extended it to 2-0 with another in the sixth. A third solo home run made the score 3-1 through seven after the Pack’s first run of the game in the top half.

The Owls padded that lead to 4-1 in the eighth, before State rallied with three runs in the ninth to knot the score. Both teams stayed scoreless through the next seven innings before the Pack scored the winning run in the top of the 17th.

The game was the longest ever in the super regional round, a format that started in 1999, and the fourth-longest in NCAA postseason history.

NC State centerfielder Brett Williams finished 3-for-7 with a run-scoring double in the top of the final inning. Tarran Senay scored on that play due to a fielding error in right field, part of his 2-for-7 outing with an RBI and a double.

Trea Turner went 3-for-8 with a run. Jake Fincher improved to 61-for-63 on reaching base at least once in games this season. Jake Armstrong and Logan Ratledge each had two hits and a run scored. Bryan Adametz and Grant Clyde finished the game with one hit apiece.

Ethan Ogburn (5-3) captured the win on five shutout innings after a 77-minute rain delay. Reliever Chris Overman pitched 2 2/3 innings before the delay, and induced a line-drive double play from the first batter after the delay, before handing the ball to Ogburn. Ogburn proceeded to mow down the first nine batters he faced, in order, and finished by retiring 14 of 17 with six strikeouts.

Wolfpack starter Logan Jernigan worked the first five innings, holding the Owls to one earned run on two hits, retiring 12 of the 15 he faced after giving up a solo homer in the first. State utilized six more pitchers on the evening: D.J. Thomas, Andrew Woeck, Will Gilbert, Dillon Frye, Ryan Wilkins, and Grant Sasser, who combined to hold Rice to three earned runs while striking out four.

Rice starter Jordan Stephens took a no-decision on one earned run from eight hits over the first 6 1/3 innings. Zech Lemond returned to the mound after pitching Saturday and allowed three earned over three innings. Probable Monday starter John Simms (8-4) ended up with the loss after 7 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Trailing 4-1 entering the top of the ninth, NC State rallied for three runs to force extra innings. Armstrong led off the inning after being hit by the first pitch he saw. Ratledge beat out the relay on a double-play ball to leave one runner on with one away. Turner singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Fincher followed with a full-count double down the right field line to score Ratledge easily, and Turner on an error by the right fielder. Fincher took third on the fielding mishap.

A groundout to first left Fincher stranded 90 feet away with two down. Senay rose to the occasion by ripping an RBI double down the right field line to tie the score 3-3.

Neither team crossed home plate until the Wolfpack scored the winning run in the top of the 17th. Senay singled through the right side to lead off the inning. A popped-up bunt left him at first with one away. Williams sprayed a double to right center that the right fielder overran. The error allowed Senay to score on the play to grant the Pack a 5-4 advantage.

The bottom of the 17th had its own share of drama. Rice’s Michael Aquino, who homered earlier in the game, singled through the left side as the leadoff man. A called strike three and a groundout to short represented the first two outs, but advanced Aquino into scoring position. Ford Stainback singled on a 1-2 pitch with a chopper over the mound to put runners on the corners. NC State head coach Elliott Avent visited the mound, but elected to leave Ogburn in the game. Ogburn responded by getting the next batter to fly out to left, securing the win.

NC State travels to Omaha for the College World Series, beginning Saturday, June 15. Tickets for the College World Series will go on sale Monday morning at the NC State Ticket Office or by calling 919-865-1510. For travel packages visit www.WolfpackClubTravel.com


CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hit shutout Sunday, leading South Carolina past North Carolina 8-0 in the NCAA super regionals for the Tar Heels’ most lopsided loss this year.

Joey Pankake drove in two runs during a five-run second inning for the Gamecocks (43-19), who forced a decisive game Monday in the best-of-3 series with the winner going to the College World Series.

The Tar Heels (56-10) won Saturday’s opener 6-5 on an RBI single in the ninth, putting them within a win of returning to Omaha, Neb., for the sixth time in eight seasons.

But the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament got a short outing from a starting pitcher and fell behind early for the second straight day.

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his third victory of the season.

The Sprint Cup points leader, Johnson pulled away on both of the last two restarts over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2004.

Johnson also won the Daytona 500 and at Martinsville Speedway this season. He led 128 of 160 laps and was never seriously challenged a week after his run at a possible win at Dover International Speedway was taken away by a penalty off a restart.

Greg Biffle was second and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson’s teammate, was third. Dover winner Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by fellow Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman.

Johnson started first and won from the pole after rain washed out qualifying Friday.

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RICHMOND, VA (USL PRO) -– The Richmond Kickers kept their unbeaten streak alive, battling the Wilmington Hammerheads to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night on a pair of second-half goals in rapid fire succession. Scoreless through the first half, the Kickers broke the ice on a Philippe Davies strike in the 78th minute before conceding a Steven Perry goal thirty seconds later.

Photo courtesy Mike EdmondsIn a defensive battle riddled with set pieces, the Kickers nearly capitalized on a free kick in the 12th minute. Dangerously positioned near the top of the penalty area, midfielder Nate Robinson drilled a determined strike on target, forcing Hammerheads goalkeeper Troy Hernandez to leap to tip it over the bar.

The Hammerheads retaliated 10 minutes later when they stripped the ball deep on the right wing and played it back to midfielder Will Heaney who rifled a distance shot that was deflected just wide of the left post.

The Kickers created another opportunity in the 27th minute when midfielder Stanley Nyazamba carried the ball deep into Hammerheads territory before serving a cross into the box from the right edge. The ball deflected to Michael Seaton at the far post but his header skimmed just over the crossbar.

With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Kickers goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra distributed the ball to Seaton just outside his own penalty area, and the speedy young forward beat his defender to midfield and was off to the races on a breakaway. Hammerheads defenders caught up to Seaton at the top of the penalty area and under pressure, Seaton misfired a back-heel pass. Recovering the loose ball, he ended up sandwiched between defenders and was taken down inches from the edge of the penalty area. Nyazamba lined up the resulting free kick, but his low shot was stifled through traffic and smothered by Hernandez.

The stop-and-go-play continued in the second half as free kicks and corners consumed much of the early going. After Heaney put Dykstra’s acrobatics to the test with a low driven shot to the far post in the 53rd minute, Kickers midfielder Juan Arbelaez carried the ball down the right wing and fired a rising shot that soared just over the woodwork.

The Kickers skied another golden opportunity in the 70th minute when midfielder Joseph Ngwenya collected the ball at the right edge of the box and played a square pass to Joseph Haboush, but the rookie midfielder’s first-time volley glanced just over the crossbar.

Entering the match just four minutes earlier, Davies broke the deadlock in the 78th minute. Receiving the ball from Michael Callahan on the right wing, he unleashed a 25-yard drive to the top corner of the net to give the home side a short-lived lead.

The celebrations were fleeting as Wilmington immediately leveled the score on the restart when Daniel Roberts charged down the field and fed a through ball to Perry, who turned his mark and buried the equalizer from point blank range.

The match opened up with 10 minutes remaining as both teams searched for the game-winner. Weathering a flurry of activity, Dykstra made one last save in stoppage time when Perry broke through and collided with him, but the stalwart goalkeeper held his ground to preserve the draw.


MIAMI (AP) – For three quarters, LeBron James was statistically terrible. And then one sequence summed up why he’s simply the best player in the game.

A sensational block on a dunk try. An assist to set up a 3-pointer. A deflection, a runout and then a slam of his own, twisting on the rim and waving his arms for good measure as the Miami Heat celebrated.

It all came in a span of 38 seconds of the fourth quarter, and when it was over the San Antonio Spurs surrendered. Game 2 would soon belong to the Heat, and the NBA Finals are knotted at a game apiece.

This was the “off” night for James: 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. And the Heat won in a blowout nonetheless, 103-84.

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Big Texas beat the Wilmington Sea Dawgs 125-114 on Sunday in the season finale for the Dawgs.


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