WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – April 17

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Wednesday’s high school action below.






Spring signings that were released to WWAY.

Trey Eller – Wingate – Football (Walk-on)
Evan Pritt – NC State – Football (Walk-on)
Brandi Thomas – Lenoir-Rhyne – Volleyball

Cape Fear Academy
Pat Regan – St. Mary’s College in MD (Men’s Lacrosse)
Taylor James – Meredith College (Women’s Lacrosse)
AJ Aziz – Boston College -Tennis (Walk-on)
Olivia Tucker – Howard – Women’s Lacrosse (Walk-on)
Ben Tillier – VMI – Men’s Lacrosse (Walk-on)

East Bladen
Latyson Robinson – SC State – Football

Amanda Gregory – High Point – Track

Jillian Born – Lenoir Rhyne – Volleyball
Marcel Burns – Chowan – Football
Christian Cavaness – UNC Chapel Hill – Swimming
Erin Exline – Southern Wesleyan – Soccer
Travis Johns – Stanford – Swimming
Kendrick Johnson – Methodist – Football
Ryan Kawczynski – Queens – Soccer
Noah Little – St. Andrews – Baseball
Pete Wildeboer – Methodist – Baseball

Carlie Smith – Francis Marion – Volleyball


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Hammerheads held a meet and greet on Wednesday just two days before the 2013 season opener. Click the video icon to see our report.


CONWAY, SC (UNCW) -– Coastal Carolina plated the winning run in the seventh inning of both contests to post a doubleheader sweep of UNCW, 4-3 and 6-5, in collegiate softball action Wednesday at the Carolina Forest High School Softball Field.
The Chanticleers improved to 28-18 overall with the sweep while the Seahawks moved to 13-27 on the season. UNCW returns to action Saturday as it opens a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against Towson with a Noon doubleheader at Boseman Field. The contest will serve as the program’s Molly Maid Pink Game to Strike Out Cancer as the team’s will wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Game one saw UNCW take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a triple by junior KC Shue and add two more runs in the second on a run-scoring double from freshman Jordin Phillips and a CCU error to build an early 3-0 cushion.
The Chants would counter the Seahawks outburst with three runs in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a UNCW error to plate the first run of the frame before using a double by freshman Megan Noad and a single by freshman Bri Chiusano to tie the game at 3-all.
The game would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh, when sophomore Kiana Quolas sent a 0-1 offering over the centerfield fence to give CCU a 4-3 victory.
Quolas was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead a Chants attack that recorded five hits in the opener. The Oxnard, Calif., native allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings in the circle to pick up the win.
Junior Morgan McCann and sophomore Krsiten Jernigan tallied two hits apiece to guide a UNCW lineup that finished with seven base hits in game one. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-12 on the season. Schmidt surrendered three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings of work.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second of game two, UNCW would load the bases to open the frame before plating three runs on RBI singles from junior Kimmie Stewart, freshman CJ Moose and McCann to build a 3-1 advantage.
The two teams traded runs in the third as Moose expanded the Seahawks cushion to 4-1 in the top half of the frame on a single to left field, only to see CCU counter with a single from senior Cacia Pierre in the bottom of the frame to cut the Seahawks advantage to 4-2.
Stewart gave UNCW their second three-run cushion of the contest in the fifth with a single down the left field line that scored Shue to make it a 5-2 contest.
The Chants answered Stewart’s RBI single with a solo home run from Quolas in the fifth and a solo shot from Noad in the sixth to make it a 5-4 contest.
In the bottom of the seventh, CCU put together a pair of walks and an infield single with one out to load the bases for sophomore Kory Hayden, who hit a single to left field to tie the game at 5-all. Pierre would plate the winning run one batter later, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Chuisano for the decisive tally.
Chuisano and Quolas tallied two hits and scored two runs apiece to highlight the Chants lineup in game two. Quolas picked up her second victory of the day in the nightcap to improve her record to 17-9 on the season. Pitching 3.2 innings in relief, Quolas gave up just one unearned run on one hit and two walks.
Moose and Stewart finished with two hits and two RBI each to pace the UNCW attack in the nightcap while McCann was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Freshman Kayla Pine took the loss for the Seahawks in the circle to move to 1-6 on the campaign. Pine allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 6.2 innings in the circle. She struck out five.


GREENSBORO, NC (ACC) – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today a list of 41 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. Five student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes – three from each league institution – who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, five student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Two football players – North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper and NC State’s Michael Glennon – along with Duke basketball player Ryan Kelly, Virginia swimmer Lauren Perdue, and Wake Forest golfer Evan Beck will be recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performances.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners. The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.

Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.

The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is given in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC’s first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.

The 41 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 17, 2013, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons.

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