WWAY’s Thursday night sports – Nov. 15

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hoggard and Ashley both held national letter of intent ceremonies on Thursday. Click play video to see our coverage from both schools.

Matt Davis, Ashley baseball, Charlotte

Breanna Edwards, Ashley girls basketball, Mount Olive

T.J. Williams, Ashley boys basketball, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Justine Bledsoe, Hoggard girls swimming, WV Wesleyan

Joe O’Donnell, Hoggard baseball, NC State

McKayla Zupan, Hoggard girls tennis, Appalachian State

Bryan Sammons, Hoggard Baseball, Western Carolina

Montgomery Register, Hoggard volleyball, Mount Olive


High School Football: New Hanover at New Bern, East Columbus at Albemarle & South Columbus at East Bladen. Click play video to see our third round state playoff football preview story.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (AP) – Bryn Renner threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after a goal-line stand preserved North Carolina’s lead and the Tar Heels ended Virginia’s postseason hopes with a 37-13 victory Thursday night.

The Tar Heels (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) were hanging onto a 20-13 lead when they stopped Kevin Parks for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1. They then drove 97 yards in 12 plays, Renner capping the march with a 23-yard pass to a wide open Giovani Bernard over the middle for the TD.

A 5-yard completion to Erik Highsmith on fourth-and-2 came on the play just before the touchdown pass, and after Virginia (4-7, 2-5) was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Renner’s 20-yard TD pass to Highsmith finished it.

The Cavaliers had won two in a row and were hoping to win two more to qualify for a bowl game. They shut down Bernard, the ACC’s runaway rushing leader, but were picked apart by Renner’s precise passing.

He finished 29 for 36 for 315 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target on the night was freshman Quinshad Davis, who caught 15 passes, one shy of the school record, for 174 yards.

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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) – T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a 72-55 win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (1-1) with 23 points. D.J. Newbill had 13 points and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points for Penn State, which shot 3 for 19 on 3-pointers.

Leading 37-30 early in the second half, N.C. State went on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Leslie had five points in the run and also assisted on Richard Howell’s 3-point play.

Warren had five points in the Wolfpack’s 10-2 run early in the first half.

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ATHENS, OH -– It doesn’t get any easier for the 1-1 UNCW men’s basketball team.

Three days after being routed by a hot-shooting Richmond team, the Seahawks travel to Athens Friday night to take on Sweet Sixteen participant and NBA hopeful D.J. Cooper in the second game of the Nations of Coaches Classic at the OU Convocation Center.

“Ohio has a very good basketball team and one of the best point guards in the country in D.J. Cooper,” said third-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “They have their whole team back from last year’s successful run, so it will be a very big challenge for us.”

The Seahawks opened the season with a 67-59 decision over state rival UNC Asheville before running into a tornado Tuesday night in Richmond. The Spiders shot a blistering 58.2 percent and built a 20-point halftime lead en route to handing UNCW its third worst defeat ever.

Still, Peterson believes his developing club can learn from the 43-point loss and bounce back in the 7 p.m. tip-off at the 13,080-seat arena.

“We’ve looked at the film and will learn from it,” he said Thursday. “It’s always tough when you lose by that many points, but we’ve got to put that behind us and look ahead. I think we’ll rebound on Friday.”

Two bright spots in Tuesday’s stinging loss – the continued strong play of senior forward Keith Rendleman and exemplary free throw shooting – are encouraging, Peterson said. The Seahawks set a school record with a perfect 19-of-19 performance at the charity stripe against the Spiders.

“Keith was predicted to be one of the premier players in the CAA and he’s off to a great start. But he’s going to be double teamed a lot this year and we’ve got to get other people involved offensively.

“I’ve been very pleased with our approach at the free throw line. It’s something we’ve worked hard on and it will pay off down the line.”

UNCW and OU have only met on the hardwood four times. The Bobcats won the first three matchups, including two in Athens, but the Seahawks took the last meeting early in the 1988-89 season at Trask Coliseum.

Friday’s game will be a homecoming for Associate Head Coach Jamie Kachmarik (Rossford) and players Nate Anderson (Ashville) and C.J. Gettys (Findlay). The Seahawks are 7-20 all-time against teams from the Buckeye State.

Following Friday’s clash with the Bobcats, UNCW returns home briefly before wrapping up its challenging early season three-game road journey on Thanksgiving Eve at Purdue.

The Richmond, Ohio, Wofford and Hampton games are part of the Nations of Coaches Classic, an exempt round-robin tournament organized by basketball promoter Chris Spencer. UNCW entertains the Terriers and Pirates next weekend for the Wilmington Division championship of the unique event.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW junior right side hitter Christi Laite was recognized as a Second-Team All-CAA performer on Thursday as the Colonial Athletic Association announced its annual awards on the eve of the 2012 CAA Volleyball Championship.

Laite earns All-CAA accolades for the second consecutive season as she becomes just the fifth player in program history to earn All-Conference recognition on multiple occasions during their UNCW career.
“This is a great achievement for Christi to be recognized for the second year in a row,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “She has developed into a tremendous leader on the court, and is also a stellar student in the classroom. She is someone that works hard to improve her game, and helps push our team on a daily basis to reach a higher level of play.”
Laite started all 28 matches for the Seahawks in 2012 and led the team in both total kills (287) and kills per set (2.81). The Severna Park, Md., product also tallied 18 service aces, one solo block and 64 block assists to rank 10th in the CAA in points per set (3.31). Defensively, Laite averaged 1.33 digs per set as she finished the season with two double-doubles.
In other awards handed out Thursday, Northeastern junior Kelly Bacon was named CAA Player-of-the-Year while Towson’s Aubrey Kirven (setter), Delaware’s Ariel Shonk (defensive specialist) and William and Mary’s Dessi Koleva (rookie) took home the league’s other major player awards. Towson’s Bruce Atkinson was recognized as the league’s Coach-of-the-Year.


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