WWAY’s Thursday night sports – Feb. 27






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Friday, Feb. 28

6:00 Ashley at Millbrook girls
6:00 Southern Vance at East Bladen girls
6:30 Princeton at East Columbus girls
7:00 Laney at SE Raleigh girls
7:00 Southern Durham at West Brunswick boys
7:00 Panther Creek at New Hanover boys
7:00 Clinton at SW Onslow boys
7:00 Whiteville at Trask boys


Note: Stephen Coetzer is a graduate of Laney High

GREENSBORO, NC (NCSU) -– The No. 18 NC State men’s swimming team captured its third relay title of the 2014 ACC Championships, as the squad won the gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay on Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Throughout the evening, the Pack claimed four medals and broke two school records.

“Overall, I thought we had a pretty good evening,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “It was a little bit of an up-and-down night for us, but we put ourselves in position in the morning to score points.”

After sweeping the relay events to open the championships on Wednesday, the Pack opened the evening by capturing the gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Andreas Schiellerup and David Williams combined to break the conference and school records in the event with a time of 1:16.16, eclipsing the top mark in program history of 1:17.50 and the all-time ACC record of 1:16.76. The time also meets the NCAA ‘A’ qualifying standard. The ACC title for State is its first in the event since 1993 and the third in program history.

“Congratulations to the 200 free relay in setting the conference record and the second fastest time in the country in the event,” Holloway said. “We’re proud of the relay and they represented our program at the highest level.”

Sophomore Christian McCurdy touched the wall in 4:21.82 in the 500 freestyle to finish seventh overall, while Austin Snyder finished 16th overall with a time of 4:26.24. Adam Linker also scored points for the Wolfpack, as the freshman finished third in the ‘C’ final with a time of 4:25.98.

Junior Stephen Coetzer claimed the bronze medal in the 200 individual medley with a program-best mark of 1:44.26. Coetzer eclipsed the previous all-time mark of 1:47.06 that was set during the 2009 campaign during the morning preliminaries with a mark of 1:44.92, before breaking the record again in the evening session. Ian Bishop also scored points for the Wolfpack, as he finished 15th overall with a clocking of 1:47.09.

“Congrats to Stephen Coetzer for getting the bronze medal and breaking the school record,” Holloway said. “He had a great race at night. He made an adjustment from the morning and it worked out for him.”

Four Wolfpackers competed in the ‘A’ final of the 50 freestyle, as Williams claimed the silver in a time of 19.11 and Bilis captured the bronze with a 19.19 clocking. A native of Verona, Italy, Boffa finished fourth with a time of 19.35, while Schiellerup touched the wall in fifth at 19.56.

In addition, Matt Thomas scored 17 points with a second place finish in the ‘B’ final in 19.82, while Scott Johnson competed in the same heat and finished in a time of 20.27 to claim 16th overall. Soren Dahl (20.13) and Jason Deana (20.44) each represented the Pack in the ‘C’ final.

“We scored a total of 139 points in the 50 free, which is outstanding,” Holloway said. “To score that many points in one event is how we’ve put ourselves in position to keep working at it. Obviously, we have two more days of competition, but hopefully we can build off the momentum the 50 freestylers left us with and see what happens.”

After the second day of competition, State continues to lead the ACC Championships with 415 points. The Pack is followed in the team standings by Virginia Tech (411), Virginia (338), North Carolina (337.5) and Notre Dame (325).

The Wolfpack will return to competition on Friday for day three of the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m., and the finals session slated to start at 7 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA (UNCW) -– Drexel shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the second half to expand a six-point halftime lead and defeat UNCW, 56-45, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Thursday at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The Dragons improved to 13-14 overall and 7-7 in CAA play as they halted a three-game losing skid. The Seahawks, meanwhile, moved to 4-25 and 3-12 with the setback.

Senior Tory Thierolf poured in a game-high 16 points for Drexel, who was 12-of-22 from the field in the second half after shooting just 9-of-28 from the floor in the first half. Theirolf was the only Dragons player in double figures as freshman Sarah Curran scored eight points and freshman Alexis Smith chipped in seven. Senior Fiona Flanagan grabbed a game-best nine rebounds to help the Dragons to a 36-26 advantage on the glass.

Junior Kelva Atkins scored 11 points to lead a UNCW attack that shot just 33.3 percent from the floor for the contest. Freshman D’Asia Cain added nine points and fellow newcomer Brie Mobley chipped in eight.

UP NEXT: UNCW closes out the regular season March 5 with a 7 p.m. contest at College of Charleston. Drexel is back in action March 2 with a 2 p.m. matinee at Hofstra.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Drexel held a 22-20 lead late in the first half when a layup by Curran at the 1:02 mark of the opening frame sparked an 8-1 spurt that lasted just under three minutes and gave the Dragons a 30-21 advantage.
A three-pointer by freshman Johanna McMillan and a layup by Atkins ended the spurt and brought the Seahawks within four, 30-26, only to see the Dragons score 21 of the next 31 points to take their largest lead of the contest, 51-36, with 4:47 on the clock.
The Seahawks responded to the Drexel run, scoring six of the next eight points to pull within 11, 53-42, with 2:39 remaining. UNCW would get no closer, as the two teams traded baskets over the remainder of the contest to determine the 56-45 final score.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: Drexel enjoyed a 32-16 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 22-10 margin in the second half … Drexel finished with 17 assists on 21 baskets made … UNCW recorded 11 steals on 15 Drexel turnovers, compared to just six Dragons steals on 14 Seahawks miscues … Both teams shot better than 65 percent at the free-throw line as UNCW as 15-of-22 (.682) from the line while Drexel was 12-of-16 (.750) at the charity stripe … Both teams made just two three-point field goals in the contest as UNCW was 2-of-8 (.250) from beyond the arc while Drexel was 2-of-16 (.125) from long range … Both teams finished with one blocked shot in the contest … The two teams combined for 39 bench points, with Drexel holding a 24-15 advantage in that category.

SERIES NOTES: Thursday’s contest served as the 22nd meeting between the two programs … Drexel has won each of the last five meetings between the two programs to build a 14-8 lead in the all-time series … UNCW moved to 2-8 in 10 contests versus the Dragons at the DAC.

· UNCW used just its second different starting lineup of the season as Johanna McMillan and D’Asia Cain both made their first career starts.

· UNCW was held below 50 points for the 10th time this season and the fifth time in the last eight games.

· The Seahawks recorded double-digit steals for the eighth time this season as they recorded 11 thefts in the contest.

· UNCW shot below 35 percent from the field for the 14th time this season and the fourth time in the past five contests.


SAN DIEGO (UNCW) – Corey Dick collected two hits, scored a run and knocked one in for UNCW, but the Seahawks weren’t able to solve San Diego starter PJ Conlon as the Toreros picked up a 5-2 win on Thursday at Fowler Field.

USD improved to 7-1 with its sixth straight victory while UNCW dropped to 4-5 with its second consecutive road loss.

Conlon (2-0) picked up the win, tossing six innings of six-hit, one-run baseball. He walked one and struck out two while inducing 10 ground ball outs. Max MacNabb earned the save, his first of the season, striking out the only batter he faced.

Dick was one of three Seahawks with two hits on the afternoon, joining Casey Golden and Ryan LaGrange. Mat Batts (0-2) took his second loss in three starts this season, but pitched into the seventh for the first time. He allowed 11 hits, four runs and fanned four.

How it happened: USD plated two in the third and two more in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead off Batts. Bailey played the first run with a ground ball to third and Jenner came in from third on a bunt single by Kyle Holder. In the fourth, Connor Joe and Josh Goosen-Brown each had RBI single to extend the lead.

Inside the box score: The difference in the game came down to USD collecting four hits in RBI opportunities while UNCW was 2-for-8 … Three of USD’s five runs scored with two-out, just one for UNCW … USD went 7-for-13 with two outs … Neither pitching staff allowed an extra base hit, there were 25 singles in the game.

Notes: UNCW dropped to 0-2 all-time against USD … The game was moved to Thursday because of expected rains in the San Diego area this weekend … Mat Batts raised his season strikeout total to 22 while allowing just one walk this season … Dick extended his hitting streak to five games.

Up next: The Seahawks are unsure of their schedule this weekend due to the rain, but look to take the field on Saturday against Cal with first-pitch to be announced.


WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC RELEASE) — The Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team used two decisive runs in the first half to jump out to an 18-point lead at the break and never looked back in an 86-63 win over rival Brunswick Community College on Thursday night.

On a night when players and coaches wore the traditional pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, freshman Kristin Rumplasch recorded a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Eboni Gilliam scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half as eight different Sea Devils found the scoring column. “We have so many weapons we can go to and that showed tonight,” said CFCC second-year coach Lori Drake. “Kristina was able to get going early and they tried defended her better in the second half and we talked about that right after halftime and Eboni was able to refocus and find some rhythm. “We’ve been practicing hard every day and it’s showing right now. I’m pleased with our defensive effort, we’re taking care of the transition game and as a coach, I feel like we’re peaking are the right time. We’re working hard and I tell the kids to just stay after it.”

Both teams traded baskets to open the game until a block, steal and assist by Rumplasch led to easy fast break points for former New Hanover High School standout Shanta Williams. A defensive rebound on the next possession for the Sea Devils sparked an 18-3 run for Cape Fear as Rumplasch complimented her play in the post with a step-back three-ball from the wing to make it 19-5 and Victoria Florence came off the bench to knock down a trifecta with 11:15 to go in the half.

Brunswick Community College responded with a quick 11-0 spurt to get back in the contest and used a steal and easy lay-in by Tyesha McLean to make it a five-point game when Florence answered with her second three-ball to seize the momentum. “We just had to get refocused,” said Drake. “It’s about dialing in at this point in the season and keeping everyone together. This game is about runs and Brunswick came back at us and we refocused a bit with the timeout and were able to make another nice little push before halftime.”
Following a Dolphins turnover after the trey by Florence, the Sea Devils used a 7-0 swing and three consecutive shots from behind the arc-two by Williams and one by Alex Washington-as Cape Fear extended their cushion to 47-29 at the break.

The Sea Devils have now won five straight games and earned a split with Brunswick Community College after dropping a 79-74 contest right after the holiday break. “The biggest difference between that first game against Brunswick and tonight was that we are all on the same page,” said Drake. “I’m real pleased with the way we’re working and I thought we played a little sluggish right after the holidays, but that’s in the past and we are now turning our focus to Patrick Henry this weekend.”

Cape Fear moved to 17-7 overall and evened their Region X mark to 7-7 as the Sea Devils play in their regular-season finale at home on Saturday against Patrick Henry CC. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Former Ashley baseball standout Chance Shepard hit his first collegiate home run earlier this week. Click the play video icon to see it.


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