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Peters & May Join Forces With Gratton Brothers As P1 Superstock USA Team

Peters & May Join Forces With Gratton Brothers As P1 Superstock USA Team

Greenville, NC: Feb 22, 2012 –Peters & May Racing has added twin brothers Blake and Brock Gratton as their P1 SuperStock USA team for the 2012 season.   The Gratton brothers are 30 years old and reside in Sarasota, FL where they own Xplode Marketing, a successful internet marketing and web design company.   The Gratton’s are an incredibly close-knit family and offshore powerboat racing runs through the Gratton veins. Blake and Brock are the sons of legendary offshore powerboat racer, Joey Gratton, who tragically passed away in a boat accident during a race at the 31st World Championship Powerboat Races in Key West, FL. Joey Gratton raced for over 15 years in many different classes and won over seven […]

CofC Senior Student-Athlete Feature: Antwaine Wiggins

CofC Senior Student-Athlete Feature: Antwaine Wiggins

BY CAROLINE KENNY CofC Athletics Communications Student Assistant The College of Charleston men’s basketball team will honor its lone senior, forward Antwaine Wiggins, as he plays in his final regular-season home game tonight versus Georgia Southern at 8 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. Basketball has always been a huge part of Wiggins’ life. His cousin, Mitchell Wiggins, played college basketball at Florida State and then professionally in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets. He grew up a fan of the Duke Basketball program and emulated the game of J.J. Redick. With regard to the NBA, his favorite player was Tracy McGrady.   “I’ve played basketball ever since I was young,” Wiggins said. “My dad (Charles Wiggins) […]

Hammerheads Sign Taylor and Chirisian from Combines

Hammerheads Sign Taylor and Chirisian from Combines

Wilmington, North Carolina – The Hammerheads have been scouring the country in search of new talent and have found two more players as they move closer to securing their 2012 roster. The Hammerheads are pleased to announce the signings of midfielders Bryce Taylor and Hagop Chirishian, pending USSF approval. Bryce Taylor comes to the Wilmington Hammerheads having played previously for the Mississippi Brilla, a PDL team based in Jackson, Mississippi. Taylor will make his first USL PRO debut with the Hammerheads in 2012. Taylor impressed Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving during the 2012 USL PRO Showcase in Bradenton, FL back in late January. The combine provides an opportunity for some of the best players from US collegiate soccer and the […]

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Track and Field Primed For 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships

Track and Field Primed For 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Feb. 23, 2012 – After four solid showings at various meets this winter, the East Carolina track and field program heads to Alabama for the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Championships. The event is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Birmingham CrossPlex with UAB serving as the host institution. Complete Meet Schedule | Live Results The Pirates enter the meet leading the league in nine events, including both the 4×400 and distance medley relays on the women’s side. Four athletes also look to defend their titles from a year ago in Tynita Butts (high jump), Aiesha Goggins (400-meter dash), Austin Lewis (60-meter dash) and Dennis Aliotta (shot put). Goggins’ time of 54.15 currently represents the all-time meet record. The league […]

Southern Living names Vollis Simpson a Hero of the New South

Southern Living names Vollis Simpson a Hero of the New South

New York, N.Y. (February 16, 2012)  – North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama is the recipient of Southern Living’s Heroes of the New South Award and will be featured in the March issue of the magazine. Simpson, 93, whose soaring sculptures have become iconic examples of vernacular art around the world, won in the “Arts Culture” category, which honors the creators and curators of the South’s imaginative spirit. Vollis was nominated by the N.C. Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, last fall after receiving the North Carolina Award for Fine Arts for his ingenuity and awe-inspiring creativity. Simpson is one of the state’s best known and most respected artists, recognized for colorful, wind-powered kinetic “whirligigs.” […]

ECU Wins Fourth-Straight Game, 10-4

ECU Wins Fourth-Straight Game, 10-4

NORFOLK, Va. Feb. 22, 2012 – In a back-and-forth game that was tied at four in the fifth inning, No. 20 East Carolina (4-0) scored six runs over the final four frames to pull away from Old Dominion (2-2) Wednesday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Box Score: Box Score l Post-Game Blog With the game knotted at four, John Wooten put the Pirates ahead for good when he belted his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, giving ECU a 6-4 advantage. Chase McDonald, who was plunked by Erick Baker, scored ahead of Wooten. Junior Andy Smithmyer (1-0) picked up his first win of the season allowing one run on four hits in three […]

Flags Over Hatteras 2012

Flags Over Hatteras 2012

HATTERAS, N.C. – Registration is now open for the “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil War conference April 26-29 featuring nationally-known authors and historians, the dedication of a Civil War trails marker, living history programs, special museum exhibits and other activities in commemoration of the historic naval battles at Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark in August 1861. Advance registration is required for this sesquicentennial event (http://flagsoverhatteras.com), which is limited to 175 attendees. The $175 registration fee covers all conference programs including three dinners with special speakers including keynote addresses by Dr. James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Dr. Craig Symonds. Most conference activities are at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras. Other locations include the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras […]

Camels Run Past Lady Pirates, 5-2

Camels Run Past Lady Pirates, 5-2

BUIES CREEK, N.C. Feb. 22, 2012 – Campbell used four singles wins, three in straight-set fashion, and a doubles sweep to post a 5-2 non-conference women’s tennis victory over East Carolina Wednesday afternoon at the Nisbet Tennis Center. The Camels, who have won four of their last five matches, improved to 5-2 on the year while the Lady Pirates fell to 3-7. Campbell opened the action by taking all three doubles battles to capture the opening point. Tamara Stanic and Katya Yegoreychenko began pairs play with an 8-3 win over Natalie Collins and Dana Gray at the No. 2 position before Karolina Chernaya and Borislava Nikolova dismissed Danielle Terpko and Yilian Zhang 8-4 at No. 1. In the No. 3 […]

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East Carolina Falls to Memphis, 70-47

East Carolina Falls to Memphis, 70-47

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Feb. 22, 2012 – Will Barton scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Joe Jackson added 13 points and seven assists as Memphis pulled away in the second half to defeat East Carolina 70-47 on Wednesday night. The Tigers (20-8, 10-3 Conference USA) outscored East Carolina 33-15 after halftime, building their lead to as many as 25 points. The 15 second-half points were a season low in a half for the Pirates (12-14, 3-10), who lost their fourth straight. Antonio Barton added 11 points for Memphis, hitting 3 of his 4 shots from the field. Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 20 points, 17 of them in the first half. Shamarr Bowden finished with 13 points. […]

East Carolina Hosts UCF For Second Meeting This Season

East Carolina Hosts UCF For Second Meeting This Season

GREENVILLE, NC – The Knights own a +5.1 rebounding edge on opponents this year and out-rebounded ECU 53-43 in the first meeting. THE SERIES: UCF East Carolina and UCF meet for the 14th time in a series that began in 2006 – the Knights’ first year in Conference USA. ECU owns a 9-4 lead overall. ON THEIR WAY TO SEE THE PIRATES PLAY The crowd of 3,258 that witnessed the win over Marshall represents the fifth-largest in program history. A throng of 4,500 people, the most to ever watch a women’s basketball game at East Carolina showed up on a snowy evening in 1981 as ECU fell to nationally-ranked USC. FILLING THE HOOP Since the start of the 2006-07 season, […]