WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – Dec. 12
WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Wednesday night high school basketball action below.
TRASK GIRLS 40 – JONES 39
JONES BOYS 65 – TRASK 62
LAKEWOOD GIRLS 55 – WHITEVILLE 34
WHITEVILLE BOYS 68 – LAKEWOOD 35
ROBERT SMITH LED THE WOLFPACK WITH 18 POINTS
NORTH BRUNSWICK GIRLS 34 – EAST COLUMBUS 33
NORTH BRUNSWICK BOYS 76 – EAST COLUMBUS 54
NIK SLOAN LED NORTH BRUNSWICK WITH 21 POINTS
JAEDEN PHIILLIPS ADDED 18 FOR THE SCORPIONS
WEST BLADEN GIRLS 48 – PURNELL SWETT 37
COURTNEY THOMPSON LED THE WEST BLADEN GIRLS WITH 20 POINTS AND 12 REBOUNDS
WEST BLADEN BOYS 57 – PURNELL SWETT 56
DEVONTA SMITH HIT A THREE POINTER AT THE BUZZER TO WIN THE GAME FOR THE KNIGHTS
NATE PRYOR LED WEST BLADEN WITH 20 POINTS
HOGGARD GIRLS 56 – PAMLICO 26
HOGGARD BOYS 63 – PAMLICO 46
TREVOR SINGLETON LED HOGGARD WITH 19
JOE O’DONNELL ADDED 18 FOR THE VIKINGS
BALTIMORE,MD (CAA) — The Colonial Athletic Association and the city of Baltimore have reached a three-year agreement to conduct the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at 1st Mariner Arena beginning in 2014.
“We are excited to bring the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship and March Madness to Baltimore,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “Baltimore’s renowned attractions will captivate our fans during tournament weekend and the electricity of championship college basketball will bring tremendous excitement to the area.”
Baltimore provides a central location for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Seven of the CAA’s 10 member schools are located within 250 miles of Baltimore and more than 370,000 alumni from CAA institutions reside within 100 miles of the city.
With its vibrant downtown waterfront community, Baltimore welcomes 22.3 million visitors annually. Baltimore is a walkable city that offers restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions and museums in close proximity of each other. There are more than 130 attractions to visit in Baltimore, including the National Aquarium which is located along the Inner Harbor.
The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has been held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. since 1990 and the arena will host the 2013 tournament on March 9-11. Total attendance at the championship has exceeded 42,000 for the past five years, including a tournament-record 47,833 fans in 2012. A recent study showed the CAA Tournament had a $5.8 million economic impact over four days.
“We appreciate the effort and resources committed by the city of Richmond, the business community and the staff at the Richmond Coliseum to promote our tournament,” Yeager said. “They have been a terrific partner for the past 23 years and together we created many magic moments for our student-athletes, alumni and basketball fans in the area. However, conference realignments have shifted our fan base and geography and the move to Baltimore repositions the conference to maximize those changes.”
1st Mariner Arena, which seats 11,800 for basketball, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1995. The venue was named the #1 arena in the United States by Billboard Magazine and Venues Today in 2009. It annually ranks among the top-five highest grossing arenas in the world for venues under 15,000 seats.
The first CAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Baltimore will be held March 7-10, 2014. Future tournament dates are March 6-9, 2015 and March 4-7, 2016. The semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship are televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network and all four quarterfinal contests are televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet and other CAA television partners.
CAA teams have combined to win 36 games in postseason play since 2006, including 13 victories in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. During that seven-year period, the CAA has had two teams reach the NCAA Final Four (George Mason – 2006, VCU – 2011), one reach the semifinals of the NIT and has had squads capture championships of the CBI and CIT. The CAA has had at least five teams reach postseason play for the past four years.
Members of the CAA for 2013-14 include the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), the University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), the University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Towson University (Towson, Md.) and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.).
GREENVILLE,NC (AP) — East Carolina will soon begin a search for a successor to athletic director Terry Holland.
The school said Wednesday that Holland plans to transition into an emeritus role once his replacement is hired. He would serve in that role reporting to chancellor Steve Ballard until his contract ends in December 2014.
The 70-year-old former Virginia men’s basketball coach has been the AD since 2004. He said he suggested the move to “ensure a smooth and flexible leadership transition.”
Under Holland, the Pirates won two Conference USA football championships while annually playing nonconference matchups with BCS opponents.
The school is also moving to the Big East for football, though it must find a home for its other sports programs.
The school says it will name its Olympic sports complex after Holland.
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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The United Soccer Leagues announced the ten individuals that will be inducted into the USL Hall of Fame on December 14, 2012 on behalf of their impeccable efforts and success over the years in North American soccer. Among the USL Hall of Fame inductees is Wilmington Hammerheads’ majority owner Bill Rudisill.
Having years of ownership with the club under his belt, Rudisill is entering the Hammerheads’ 2013 USL PRO regular season as owner for a combined 13 years. The club has achieved much success under the partnership of Rudisill and 15 years Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving, whom was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2011.
After the Hammerheads went on hiatus for the 2010 season due to prior ownership, Rudisill committed to bringing the club back to the Wilmington community and its loyal fans in 2011. The return of the Hammerheads not only conveyed excitement from fans, but also from long relationships and bonds built with others in USL PRO from years past.