WWAY’s Full Court Press – Feb. 28

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Round three is complete for the high school basketball state playoffs. On Friday’s Full Court Press we had extensive coverage from five different games involving teams from our region: New Hanover’s heartbreaking loss at the buzzer, West Brunswick’s nailbiting victory over Southern Durham, Trask’s come from behind win against Whiteville, East Bladen’s come from behind win against Southern Vance and a another nailbiter from East Columbus where the Gators won by one point. We also showcased college hoops between Cape Fear CC and Brunswick CC. Click the play video icon to see WWAY’s coverage.

Friday Night High School Scoreboard

Boys 1-A Basketball State Playoffs
Wallace-Rose Hill 70
Neuse Charter 53

Trask 65 ** Click icon to see video
Whiteville 56

Trask vs. Wallace-Rose Hill… Thursday, March 6th… in Fayetteville at 8:30 at Crown Arena

Boys 2-A Basketball State Playoffs
SW Onslow 86
Clinton 79

Kinston 59
Fairmont 46

Boys 3-A Basketball State Playoffs
West Brunswick 81 ** Click icon to see video
Southern Durham 79

West Brunswick vs. Orange… Wednesday, March 5th… in Fayetteville at 8:30 at Crown Coliseum

Boys 4-A Basketball State Playoffs
Panther Creek 52 ** Click icon to see video
New Hanover 50

Girls 1-A Basketball State Playoffs
East Columbus 67 ** Click icon to see video
Princeton 66

East Columbus vs. Rosewood… Friday, March 7th… in Fayetteville at 8:30 at Crown Arena

Girls 2-A Basketball State Playoffs
East Bladen 65 ** Click icon to see video
Southern Vance 53

East Bladen vs. Reidsville… Wednesday, March 5th… in Fayetteville at 7pm at Crown Arena

Girls 4-A Basketball State Playoffs
SE Raleigh 44
Laney 39

Millbrook 53
Ashley 48




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GREENSBORO, NC (NCSU) -– Sophomore Christian McCurdy took home the gold medal in the 400 IM on Friday, as the No. 18 NC State men’s swimming team claimed medals in each of the six events contested throughout the day at the 2014 ACC Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Overall, the Pack claimed seven medals throughout the evening and broke the school record in each of the six events throughout the day.

“The Wolfpack men keep swinging and we keep fighting to move up in the team race,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “I’m proud of those guys tonight. They came out tonight and really battled and executed their game plan well.”

With one day remaining in the 2014 ACC Championships, the Pack sits in second place overall with 807.5 points and is just eight points shy of first place Virginia Tech with 815.5 points. North Carolina (675) is in third overall, while Notre Dame (652) and Florida State (646.5) round out the top five.

The Wolfpack opened the evening by claiming the silver medal in the 400 medley relay, as Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Jonathan Boffa combined to swim the event in a program record mark of 3:04.80. The time in the event eclipsed the previous school record of 3:07.43 and meets the required time standard for an NCAA ‘A’ cut. Schiellerup’s lead-off split of 45.92 in the 100 back breaks the school record he set earlier this season of 46.61.

“The relay got off us off to a good start,” Holloway said. “You have to hand it to Florida State. We both swam really fast times and it was just a phenomenal relay that was college swimming at its best.”

McCurdy captured the gold medal in the 400 IM with the top mark in program history of 3:43.61, surpassing his previous top time of 3:47.78 set last season. The ACC title for McCurdy is the first for an NC State swimmer in the 400 IM since John Randall’s first place performance in 1984.

“Congratulations to Christian McCurdy,” Holloway said. “He is an unbelievable team player. He has an unbelievable work ethic and attitude. The team was ecstatic for him and his emotion was great. To see that as a staff, that’s why we do this for a living.”

Michael Camper also competed in the ‘A’ final of the 400 IM and placed eighth with a time of 3:52.43. In addition, Austin Snyder scored points for State in the ‘B’ final, as he finished 12th overall with a time of 3:50.55.

Five Wolfpackers competed in the evening session of the 200 freestyle, as David Williams claimed the silver medal and Simonas Bilis claimed the bronze. Williams was able to break Boffa’s school record established during the morning preliminaries of 1:34.23 with a finals time of 1:34.14. Bilis touched the wall in 1:34.19, while Boffa claimed fifth with a 1:34.90. In addition, Matt Thomas claimed 16th overall with a time of 1:37.54, while Scott Johnson placed 21st with a 1:39.04 clocking.

In his final ACC Championships, Miesfeld took home the silver medal in the 100 butterfly with program best mark of 45.79, eclipsing his previous mark of 46.14 set last season. Freshman Soren Dahl also competed in the ‘A’ final and touched in 46.93 to claim seventh place. John Newell competed in the ‘B’ final for the Pack and placed 14th in a time of 47.86, while Jason Deana also scored points for the Pack with a time of 47.74 to finish 18th overall.

A native of Austin, Texas, Bishop claimed the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke after tapping the wall in 53.01, after eclipsing his previous school record of 53.27 in the morning preliminaries with a time of 52.91. Derek Hren competed in the ‘C’ final and placed 18th overall with a time of 53.96.

“Congratulations to Barrett [Miesfeld] and Ian [Bishop] for lowering their school records in the 100 fly and the 100 breast,” Holloway said.

Schiellerup closed the evening with a silver medal in the 100 backstroke with a time of 46.15 to score 28 points. Stephen Coetzer, who captured bronze in the 200 IM on Thursday, also competed in the ‘A’ final and placed seventh with a time of 47.08. Meanwhile, Camper competed in the ‘B’ final for the Pack and touched the wall in 48.06.

“The emotion and energy on deck were great,” Holloway said. “They were just feeding off of each other. We have one more day to go, but I know they’re ready to do all it takes to help the team.”

The Wolfpack will close the 2014 ACC Championships on Saturday, as preliminaries are set to begin at 11 a.m., and finals will begin at 7 p.m., at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.


COLLEGE PARK, MD (UNCW) — UNCW senior Michael Baric and William & Mary’s Will Manion both touched the wall in a time of 48 seconds to tie for first place in the men’s 100 Backstroke on Friday at the Colonial Athletic Association swimming and diving championships at the Eppely Recreation Center.

The Seahawks enter the final day of the meet trailing front-runner William & Mary, who overcame a 31-point deficit entering the session, by 26 points. On the women’s side, UNCW sits in fourth, 12.5 points behind William & Mary.

“We knew going into the meet that it was going to be a real challenge,” said Head Coach Dave Allen. “William & Mary has a very solid, deep men’s team. My hope was to go into the last day and be in a position to win the meet. I really feel that 26 points is not a lot, but we have to come tomorrow and be ready. We’re still in the meet and have an opportunity to win.”

In the 100 Backstroke, Baric, who tied the school record held by junior Valtteri Halonen, was joined by Halonen (48.30) and Eric Conrad (48.47) in the top five with fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively. All three Seahawks posted NCAA B cut times in the event.

In the men’s 100 Butterfly, Halonen posted a NCAA B cut time of 48.04 to finish second while sophomore Zach Sowers (48.35) finished fourth and junior Ned Tyler (48.93) was seventh. Their times were fourth and sixth all-time on UNCW’s records list, respectively.

Junior Cat Gargula scored for the UNCW women with a fifth-place finish, clocking in at 54.67, good for second all-time on the women’s 100 Butterfly list.

Casie Boyle gave UNCW points in the women’s 400 IM with a sixth-place showing.

In the Men’s 200 Freestyle, senior Gabe Thran set a school record with a time of 1:37.48, but it was Alex Labonge who stole the show with a third-place finish with a time of 1:38.08, second all-time.

UNCW placed three in the top-eight of the 100 Breaststroke as Jenson Engen (1:01.62) was edged for second by .01 of a second. Freshman Kathryn Ostrum raced to a fifth-place finish with the third fastest time in UNCW history at 1:02.41. Christine Souther was seventh with a time of 1:02.86, fourth all-time.

Daniel Dozier earned the UNCW men points in the 100 Breaststroke with an eighth-place finish.

In the women’s 100 Backstroke, Hannah Stephenson, who set a meet record in the event earlier in the day, finished second with a NCAA B cut time of 54.29. Chelsea Tomko (55.87) finished seventh after a strong effort in the preliminaries advanced her to the finals.

In the Men’s 400 Medley Relay, the Tribe took first-place honors with a time of 3:14.12 to push its advantage going into the final day to 26 points.

UNCW’s 400 Medley Relay of Stephenson, Engen, Gargula and Rachel Sears finished fourth and set a program record with a time of 3:43.04.

“The guys have seven events tomorrow and the women have six. Our goal is to catch William & Mary’s men and win this thing. On the women’s side, we have our sights set on getting the 12 points we need and moving up to third. Both teams have a lot of work to do tomorrow.”

The meet concludes on Saturday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.

Team Scores
Women: Towson 583, James Madison 494, William & Mary 303, UNCW 290.5, Delaware 240, Northeastern 235.5, Col. of Charleston 186, Drexel 151

Men: William & Mary 499.5, UNCW 473.5, Towson 348.5, Delaware 288, Drexel 269, Col. of Charleston 229.5


WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC RELEASE) — The Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team finished off a sweep of Brunswick CC after the Cape Fear women picked up a decisive victory over the Dolphins the night prior as Anthony Vanhook hit for a game-high 28 points to lead the Sea Devils en route to 85-67 win at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington on Friday.

Three different players scored in double digits for Cape Fear, who picked up their second straight win and improved to 16-13 overall and 5-4 in Region X play. Osandai Vaughn added 14 for the Sea Devils and Bradley James chipped in with 10 points.

Cape Fear hits the road for their regular season finale on Sunday against Spartanburg Methodist.

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