Four local teams advance in volleyball state playoffs; New Hanover wins league soccer title

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    Thursday High School Scoreboard

    VOLLEYBALL STATE PLAYOFFS
    HOGGARD 3 – APEX 2 **Click icon to see video
    25-21, 18-25, 26-24, 20-25 and 15-13

    SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 – SOUTH LENOIR O
    25-19, 26-24 and 25-22



    PENDER 3 – LOUISBURG 1
    25-21, 25-27, 25-15 and 25-17

    WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 3 – HILLTOP 0
    25-11, 25-9 and 25-14
    Ellie Kolh 11 kills, Kassi Herchenhahn 5 kills, Sydney Blackburn 10 kills, Shae Upton 26 assists. WCA play Wilson Christian Academy on Friday

    BOYS SOCCER
    LANEY 4 – TOPSAIL 1
    MICHAEL JAMES HAD 2 GOALS FOR THE BUCCANEERS
    DAVID DAILEY & WESLEY ALSO SCORED

    WHITEVILLE 3 – WEST BLADEN 1

    NEW HANOVER 2 – ASHLEY 0 **Click icon to see video
    WILDCATS WIN MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE SOCCER CROWN

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    WIMINGTON, NC (CFCC WOMEN’S SOCCER RELEASE) — Cape Fear cruised to an empathic 12-0 win over Wake Tech on Thursday as the Sea Devils set their sights on the Region X tournament with one game to play in the regular season. Dakota Honeycutt recorded the hat trick and picked up an assist, while Nikki Tiller tallied twice along with Armani Boswell, who scored two goals in the result. “We’ve set goals all season and have expectations heading into the conference tournament,” said CFCC Coach Melissa Anderson. “We were able to execute on all level s today.”

    The Sea Devils moved to 8-2-1 in conference and 11-3-1 overall heading into their regular season finale at home against USC-Lancaster on Sunday, Oct. 26.

    **Note: UNCW will tee off on Friday on hole #1 between 9:15 and 9:51. UNCW will be paired with Alabama and Ohio State.

    **Note: Click the icon above to see our preview of the Landfall Tradition. We’ll introduce you to UNCW Seahawk Kayla Thompson, a West Bladen grad.

    WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — The Landfall Tradition tees off Friday and, as usual, many of the nation’s top women’s collegiate teams are ready to compete for the coveted title at the Country Club of Landfall’s challenging Pete Dye Course.

    Overall, 10 teams ranked in the top-25 are scheduled to participate in the three-day, 54-hole event, including No. 2 South Carolina and No. 4 Duke, the 2014 NCAA champion.

    The tournament has become a staple in the Wilmington community and runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26. It marks the 13th year the annual event has showcased the nation’s top young talent.

    “I’m very excited about this year’s event and the quality of the teams we have competing,” said Cindy Ho, UNCW’s longtime coach. “When you have the defending national champion (Duke) in your tournament, it’s going to create a lot of buzz and bring a lot of attention and excitement to the event.

    “The Landfall Tradition committee has worked all year planning, finding sponsors and fine tuning all the details to make it very special for the players and coaches.

    “I’m looking forward to having my team play against the best in the country. It’s a great opportunity for our program each year to help us keep getting better and see how we measure up in a strong field.”

    Eighteen teams and nine individuals will compete on the par-72, 6,159-yard Pete Dye layout that borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. The teams hail from 12 states and seven NCAA Division I conferences.

    In addition to host UNCW, South Carolina and Duke, the field features Alabama, Arizona, UCF, Florida, Michigan State, N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest.

    Ten of Golfstat’s top-25 teams are entered: South Carolina (2), Duke (4), Arizona (10), Wake Forest (12), Tennessee (13), N.C. State (16), Oklahoma State (17), Virginia (20), UCF (21), Ohio State (23).

    “The Dye Course is in pristine condition, with the greens getting quicker every day,” said Ho. “The Tradition is recognized as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the membership and the community who come out to volunteer and watch some of the best players in the world compete for three days.”

    Duke’s tandem of Leona Maguire (No. 6) and Celine Boutier (No. 7) are the highest ranked players in the field. They will be joined by South Carolina’s Justine Dreher (No. 9) and Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims (No. 10).

    Alabama returns to defend its title after sweeping to an eight-shot victory one year ago with a 285-290-292=867 total. The Crimson Tide won the crown for the first time over second-place Duke. Fourteen of last year’s competitors are back for a shot at the crown.

    Individually, Alabama junior Emma Talley should also be in the mix for medalist honors. Talley finished third in the event last year with a 1-over-par for Mic Potter’s winning team.

    During its historic run, more than 1,200 golfers from 62 schools and 31 states have competed in the Tradition. This year’s field includes golfers from 26 different countries.

    The tournament has also been very competitive. Six different champions have been crowned over the last six years (Wake Forest in 2008, Duke in 2009, UCLA in 2010, Purdue in 2011, Oklahoma State in 2012, and Alabama in 2013).

    Purdue and Wake Forest are trying to become the first teams to win the event three times. Devon Brouse’s Boilermakers captured the crown in 2005 and 2011, while Dianne Dailey’s Demon Deacons went back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

    The week’s schedule begins Thursday, Oct. 23, with the popular College/Am Tournament that raises funds for the UNCW men’s and women’s golf programs. It has raised more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception.

    Admission is free to the event and more than 300 volunteers will be on hand to assist fans during the tournament.

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