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CAA Men’s Golf Championships at St. James

The UNCW men’s golf team looks to clinch its third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship this weekend as the Seahawks open play Friday in Southport.

Payne McLeod and the UNCW men’s golf team is looking for their third straight CAA Tournament Championship this weekend in Southport.

The Seahawks captured the 2012 championship and extended their win streak to two tournaments last year in Delaware, as the Blue Hens’ Greg Mathias captured medalist honors.

The tournament field includes UNCW, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, Towson and William & Mary.

Tee times at the Reserve Club on St. James Plantation are set for a 9 a.m. start on Friday and Saturday, with the final round expected to get underway at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free to the public. Spectators should remain on cart paths or in the rough approximately 15 yards from the players. There may be no communication between players and spectators that could be deemed advice of any nature for the duration of the 18 holes. All institutional personnel, with the exception of the designated coach, are considered spectators.


CAA names Cooprider as Tournament MVP

Senior Chris Cooprider of UNCW has been named the Most Outstanding Performer at the recent Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Championships in a vote by the league’s coaches.


Senior Chris Cooprider is only the third player in the history of the CAA to win Tournament MVP twice.

Cooprider, from Denver, Col., won both of his singles and doubles matches as the Seahawks raced to their third CAA title in five years with a pair of convincing 4-0 victories over Drexel and William & Mary.

It marks the second time Cooprider has earned the award and the third MOP honor for a UNCW netter. Cooprider also picked up the honor in 2011 following in the footsteps of Ilia Ziamtsou in 2009.

Cooprider and the Seahawks nailed down their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance with last week’s CAA crown and will learn their postseason destination during the NCAA selection show on Tuesday, April 30.


UNCW women’s basketball inks three players

UNCW Head Women’s Basketball Coach Adell Harris announced the signing of Brie Mobley (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), Amber Reeves (Gwinnett, Ga./North Cobb) and Naqaiyyah Teague (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X. Shabazz) to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period on Thursday.

Mobley was named 2012-13 Polk County Player of the Year in Florida. She averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game during senior season. Reeves finished her career as North Cobb’s all-time leading scorer with 1,402 career points. She was also named to All-State Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Teague held lead her team to a state title in her senior year in New Jersey. She made Third-Team All-State and was a Second-Team All-County selection by The Star-Ledger.


Diamond Hawks close out eight-game road trip

The Seahawks close out their eight-game road stretch with a three-game series at Towson, beginning on Friday, April 26, with a 3 p.m. start. Coach Scalf’s ballclub has had the campus buzzing this week after a big win in Chapel Hill Tuesday over the top-ranked UNC Tar Heels. The UNCW baseball team is 5-0 on the road trip, winners in 10 of their last 11 and sit atop the Colonial Athletic Association.


UNCW softball home this weekend against Drexel

The UNCW softball team opens a three-game series at home against Drexel on Saturday. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for noon Saturday, with a noon start set for the series finale on Sunday as well.