UNCW awards banquet; Diamond Hawks at top-ranked Tar Heels Tuesday

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Rendleman, Tanner take honors at annual awards banquet

UNCW basketball standout Keith Rendleman and versatile swimmer Carly Tanner received the Thomas V. Moseley Awards as UNCW’s top student-athletes for 2012-13 during Monday’s annual athletic awards banquet at the Burney Center.

In other major awards, Kim Currie (women’s soccer) and Kosta Blank (men’s tennis) collected the Chancellor’s Cup Awards for Athletic and Academic Excellence. Marlee Cadwell (women’s track and field) received the Soaring Seahawk Award, John Allen was presented the William J. Brooks Distinguished Service Award, and the women’s soccer team earned the Team Leadership Award.

Carly Tanner and Keith Rendleman finished up two historic careers at UNCW this year. Courtesy- Joe Browning

A senior forward out of Iron Station, Rendleman turned in one of the best senior seasons in the history of the men’s basketball program. He led the Seahawks in nearly every offensive category, becoming the first player ever to average a double-double in consecutive seasons with 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13.

Rendleman racked up an NCAA-leading 20 double-doubles and became the all-time leading rebounder for the Seahawks after breaking the longtime mark held by all-time great Brian Rowsom. He finished his UNCW career fourth in scoring with 1,516 points and first in rebounding with 1,055 boards.

Tanner also made history this year by becoming just the second women’s swimming student-athlete to compete in the NCAA Championships. The versatile swimmer from Manassas, Va., won CAA titles in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and was named co-swimmer of the meet at the CAA Championships.

Tanner owns nine school records and is the highest-ranked swimmer in the history of the program, climbing to 21st nationally in the 100 breaststroke.

Diamond Hawks face top-ranked Tar Heels

After returning to the national ranking last week for the first time since 2009, UNCW jumped to No. 21 in PerfectGame.org’s top-25 and No. 23 in Baseball America’s poll. The Seahawks are also ranked at No. 30 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and have received votes in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.

UNCW opened an eight-game road stretch last week with a 4-0 win over East Carolina and three-game weekend sweep at George Mason. The Seahawks continue the road trip on Tuesday, April 23, when they visit top-ranked North Carolina, who owns a 39-2 record and shutout UNCW earlier this season 10-0 at Brooks Field.

Following Tuesday’s ballgame, Scalf’s club will wrap up its road swing with a three-game series at Towson, beginning Friday, April 26.

UNCW softball continues homestand

The UNCW softball team continues a 10-game homestand with a pair of midweek doubleheaders after opening the stretch with three-game CAA series against visiting Towson.

The Tigers took all three games of the series, falling 9-3 and 12-7 during Saturday’s doubleheader before suffering an 8-4 setback in the series finale. The Seahawks close out the non-conference portion of its 2013 schedule with doubleheaders against Campbell and North Carolina Central.

The Seahawks and Camels will square off on Tuesday in a 5 p.m. start, while UNCW will entertain the Eagles Thursday, April 25, in a 4 p.m. start.