WWAY’s Tuesday night sports – June 25


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PHOENIX (AP) – New Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has hired four assistants, two of them his former teammates.

Jerry Sichting, Mike Longabardi, Kenny Gattison and Mark West were officially named to the staff on Tuesday.

Sichting has 24 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and executive. He was an assistant with the Washington Wizards last season.

Longabardi was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics the past six seasons.

Gattison, drafted by the Suns in the third round in 1986, played nine seasons in the NBA and has been an assistant coach for 10 years, most recently with Atlanta in 2012.

West, a teammate of Hornacek and Gattison in Phoenix, has been with the Suns for 20 years, eight as a player and 12 in the front office.

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Note: Kenny Gattison is a native of Wilmington. He’s a graduate of New Hanover High. Gattison was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in May.


NEW YORK (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference is staking a claim to New York City by adding the Pinstripe Bowl to its postseason lineup.

The conference and the Yankee Stadium bowl game have agreed to a six-year deal that starts in 2014. Commissioner John Swofford was in the Bronx on Tuesday for a news conference with Yankees officials.

Swofford says it’s a partnership that “makes sense in every way.”

The ACC is expanding north, adding Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame this season. The Fighting Irish will remain a football independent, but will play five games per season against ACC teams. Louisville will join in 2014.

Swofford says New York is now “a very, very important part of our footprint.”

The Pinstripe Bowl announced a deal with the Big Ten earlier this month.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks (12-10) came up just short on Tuesday night in another close game with the Morehead City Marlins (11-13) as they lost 2-1.

Kurt Lipscomb was the winning pitcher for the Marlins as he made his first start a good one as he threw six innings gave up one run on two hits and struck out four. Travis Connolly had another strong outing for the Sharks as he gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of work and with the loss now moves to 2-2 on the year.

The Sharks got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning on a two out RBI single off the bat of Alex Freedman to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Chase McDonald tied up the game for the Marlins in the top of the fifth inning as he hit a two out RBI double off the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1. The Marlins then took the lead for good in the top of the six inning as Hayden Jones and Dalton Britt picked up back to back hits for Morehead City and the next batter Cole Billingsley singled on a blooper down the left field line to score Jones to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead and hang on for the win.

Alex Perez went 2-4 with a single and double for the Sharks to give him six hits on the year. Hayden Jones went 3-3 with a run scored for the Marlins on Monday night.

The Wilmington Sharks play a doubleheader at home on Wednesday night as they welcome the Edenton Steamers to Buck Hardee field for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch. Wilmington will host Team USA on Thursday.


WILMINGTON, NC (YMCA) -— The Wilmington Family YMCA and Simpson and Associates (Lenny Simpson Tennis) will host a press event to announce the launching of the first ever tennis program by the Wilmington YMCA. These Clinics will begin in July at the City of Wilmington’s new Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park and will be led by recently returned Wilmington native and legendary tennis professional Lendward “Lenny” Simpson.

WHAT: A press event announcing and giving details of this new Tennis Program and partnership. There will be an informal press conference against a backdrop of young YMCA members, ages 4 and up, on the courts of the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex in a tennis clinic. There will be an opportunity for Q and A and the key players will be available for one on one interviews as well. A full press release will be distributed no later than the day before the press conference.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30pm

WHERE: At the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park

WHO: Mayor Bill Saffo Dick Jones,
Mark Sinclair, Sports Director at the YMCA
Lenny Simpson, Lenny Simpson Tennis, and
George Rountree, former co-chair of the Althea Gibson Foundation
Senior staff from the Wilmington Family YMCA and Other members of the City and County Government are expected to attend.

WHY: The Wilmington Community YMCA is an important part of our community with over 7000 members. This Tennis program will bring income to the City of Wilmington by putting players on the courts at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex. Tennis professional Lenny Simpson is historically and inexorably tied to Althea Gibson’s tennis legacy here in Wilmington.

For more information about the YMCA or Lenny Simpson Tennis, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org/‎ and www.lennysimpsontennis.com


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Forward Jordan Henry from Iona has transferred to UNCW to play women’s basketball, second-year Head Coach Adell Harris announced Tuesday.

Henry, a versatile 6-3 performer, joins the Seahawks after playing her freshman season for the Gaels of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Per NCAA transfer rules, she will sit out the 2013-14 season and resume her career in 2014-15 with three years of eligibility remaining.

“Jordan is a talented shooter with great range,” said Harris. “Her versatility and size will help us on both ends of the floor. More importantly, Jordan is a great fit for our locker room. She has outstanding character and believes in my vision for UNCW women’s basketball.”

A native of Waxhaw, N.C., Henry played in 16 games in 2012-13 while battling injuries and helped the Gaels post a 20-13 record and advance to the WNIT, where they fell to Colonial Athletic Association champion Drexel in the opening round. Henry averaged 4.2 minutes per game and finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Henry enjoyed a stellar prep career at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, finishing her career as the all-time leader in points (1,021), rebounds (957) and blocked shots (280). She averaged a double-double with 13.9 points and 15.3 rebounds per game during her senior season en route to earning Player-of-the-Year accolades from both the Union County Weekly and UnionCountyHoops.com.

A three-time All-Southern Carolina Conference selection for Coach Dwight Miller, Henry led the state in blocks, ranked fourth in rebounds and stood 34th in steals in her final season with the Mavericks. In addition, she averaged a double-double during her junior campaign with 13.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest.


OMAHA, NE (AP) – Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball, 8-0 Tuesday night.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament. Vander Tuig (14-4) struck out six and walked one. David Berg pitched the ninth.

Filia produced runs with a sacrifice fly, squeeze bunt and two base hits as the Bruins scored their most runs in 18 games.

Bulldogs starter Luis Pollorena (6-4) lasted one inning.

UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.

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