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Wilmington NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Wilmington, North Carolina including the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, the Azalea Festival and other events along the Cape Fear River.

Matt Vogel and Wilmington Sharks Blow Wilson Tobs Away 8-1

Matt Vogel and Wilmington Sharks Blow Wilson Tobs Away 8-1

WILMINGTON, NC – On the same day Sharknado 2: The Second One was set to be unleashed upon movie theatres around the country, the Wilmington Sharks created a tornado of their own at Buck Hardee field on Wednesday night, as they sent the Tobs seeking shelter early and often. The first inning was essentially a microcosm of the game as a whole. Matt Vogel struck out three Tobs in the top of the first, and Steven Linkous and Nate Moorhouse each drew walks to kickstart the Sharks offense in the bottom of the first inning. A double steal from the two most dangerous running threats in the Coastal Plain League put two runners in scoring position. Jake Kusz knocked one […]

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission To Meet Aug. 8 in Shallotte-Calabash, North Carolina

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission To Meet Aug. 8 in Shallotte-Calabash, North Carolina

Brunswick County, N.C., Communities Will Be Focus of Business Meeting JOHNS ISLAND, SC July 30, 2014 – The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its third quarterly business meeting on Friday, August 8, in North Carolina. The public is invited to attend at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 8950 Ocean Highway West, Calabash, North Carolina, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The business meeting will focus on the communities within Brunswick County. Local communities are encouraged to participate in discussion groups to help commissioners learn about their history and the significance of the Gullah Geechee culture in the region. Commission members will be available to answer questions on partnership applications, potential projects and programs as well as […]

Carson Porter Appointed Wilmington Hammerheads Technical Director

Carson Porter Appointed Wilmington Hammerheads Technical Director

WILMINGTON, NC July 30, 2014 – The Wilmington Hammerheads and the Capelli Sports Group are pleased to announce appointment of Carson Porter to the position of Technical Director of the Wilmington Hammerheads/Capelli Sports.  Carson joins the Hammerheads after spending the past 3 years as a Technical Advisor and National Staff Coach for the United States Soccer Federation.  In his role at U.S. Soccer he helped scout, manage and oversee the United States Development Academy, a league run by U.S. Soccer that aims to provide a platform for the top youth players in the U.S. to compete. Carson also served as an assistant coach for the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Youth National Teams, and most recently has spent the last year […]

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“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

“Pirates, Redcoats, Ghosts and More” by John Hirchak

CHARLESTON, SC July 29, 2014 – Situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington is awash in unusual tales and legends. A prevalent pirate hideaway, the area harbored the infamous Blackbeard and the cunning Calico Jack Rackham. Since its initial settlement, the region has witnessed an abundance of fantastical lore, including passionately fought duels, explosive train wrecks, Revolutionary and Civil War heroes and some legends that are said to take the form of apparitions. At the local Cape Fear Wine & Beer pub, the ghost of a fallen redcoat can’t seem to get enough of a frothy porter brewed from yeast salvaged from an early nineteenth-century shipwreck. Wonder at these and other fascinating and strange tales as local […]

Wilmington Sharks Stumble at the Swamp, Lose 10-7

Wilmington Sharks Stumble at the Swamp, Lose 10-7

FAYETTEVILLE, NC July 29, 2014 – The Wilmington Sharks will end the regular season without a win in Fayetteville after falling to the SwampDogs Monday night by a score of 10-7, despite knocking 12 hits. The Wilmington loss was the sixth loss in six tries at the Swamp, and an untimely sixth consecutive, as the Sharks need a late push in order to qualify for the Petit Cup Playoffs in August. The offense for the Sharks picked up in the top of the first inning with singles from Nate Moorhouse and Steven Linkous. Moorhouse would score on an errant throw by the SwampDogs catcher prompted by the double steal. Sharks starter Beau Dees was dealing early in the contest. Dees […]

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

WILMINGTON, NC July 28, 2014 – Jason Memont, who swam collegiately at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and enjoyed successful coaching stints at William & Mary and South Carolina, has been named UNCW’s head swimming and diving coach. Memont, 36, has spent the last seven years with the Gamecocks, assisting Coach McGee Moody with all phases of the successful SEC program in Columbia. He takes over for veteran coach Dave Allen, who retired recently following a 37-year career that produced 16 Colonial Athletic Association championships, including three on the women’s side and an impressive string of 13 consecutive men’s titles spanning back to 2002. “I’d like to thank Jimmy Bass and the UNCW athletic department for this opportunity,” said […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Bussing across the U.S.A.
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A Pirate’s Exile: Bussing across the U.S.A.

San Diego, CA, July 27th, 2014-Crossing the country on a bus is something everyone should try to do more often. It’s a reasonably affordable way to actually see things. I rode the Greyhound from Wilmington, NC to Los Angeles, CA with a slight layover for Bonnaroo and a little Salem, VA vacation. You read about the festival previously and leaving the farm in Coffee County and the campsite was a pretty bittersweet moment for me. It was so much fun, you just wanted to go back and start over. Unfortunately, if you stick around after the music stops, it’s time to clean. I briefly considered trying to hitch a ride to LA or Denver from the festival but jumped into […]

Fins Get Swamped 9-0

Fins Get Swamped 9-0

WILMINGTON, NC July 26, 2014 – The Fayetteville SwampDogs blanked the Sharks Saturday night at the Shark Tank for their fifth consecutive loss. Wilmington was held scoreless for just the third time all season – the last time being a month ago to the date against the Wilson Tobs. Fayetteville’s offense struck early in often Saturday night, picking up their first run in the top of the first inning following two errors by the Sharks defense. Three more SwampDogs runs would cross in the visiting half of the second inning, by way of three Fayetteville hits. On the evening, Haswell would strike out three batters, allowing four runs on three hits. Joe O’Donnell was brought out in relief of Haswell […]

Final results from the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at the CC of Landfall in Wilmington, NC

Final results from the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at the CC of Landfall in Wilmington, NC

WEST END, NC July 25, 2014 – Final results from the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at the CC of Landfall in Wilmington, NC  on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Gross scores are listed. Tournament format is 18 holes of four-ball stroke play, both gross and net.  90 percent of a player’s course handicap is used to determine net scores. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by the tournament date, is a member of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association, and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club. The field is divided into divisions based on age and total team course handicap: Tournament […]

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Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Arizona United SC Equalize

Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Arizona United SC Equalize

Teams continue unbeaten streaks leading into Saturday contests WILMINGTON, NC July 26, 2014 – Both Wilmington Hammerheads FC and Arizona United SC extended their unbeaten streaks with a 0-0 draw at Legion Stadium on Friday night. The Hammerheads were quick on the pitch early in the game and looking to dominate beginning with a header on goal from defender Ashani Fairclough. Forward Sammy Ochoa soon followed with a swift volley but was denied entrance on goal by Arizona goalkeeper Evan Newton on a diving save. Arizona forward Long Tan took a 55-yard breakaway in the second half forcing Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts to drop into a one-on-one contest and emit a tremendous deflection that prevented Arizona from taking the lead. […]

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