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Hannah Stephenson and Jenson Engen opened 2014 with tremendous efforts as UNCW topped host North Florida 181-119 in swimming and diving action on Tuesday at the UNF Aquatic Center.

Hannah Stephenson and Jensen Engen combined for four individual events wins in UNCW's spring opener against North Florida.
Hannah Stephenson and Jensen Engen combined for four individual events wins in UNCW’s spring opener against North Florida.

Stephenson helped the Seahawks by taking the 100 and 200 backstroke events with times of 59.62 second and 2:10.10, respectively. She also swam on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Engen, meanwhile, also got out of the gates quickly in 2014 with wins in the 100 (1:04.73) and 200 (2:24.28) breaststroke events. Engen also swam the second leg of the 200 medley Relay.

Cat Gargula added a win in the 100 fly with a time of 59.66 and she too swam on the 200 medley relay that set the tone for the afternoon with a win.

Rounding out UNCW’s individual event winners were Rachel Sears (50 free) and Sara Smith (200 fly).

UNCW returns to action when it visits College of Charleston on Jan. 11.

CFCC Sea Devils get first win of the New Year 

After a three-week layoff due to the holidays, the Cape Fear Men’s basketball team started the New Year on the right track with a 103-79 win at home over S.C. Sports Academy. Anthony Vanhook had a game-high 31 points, 18 of which came in the first half to pace the Sea Devils.

Anthony Vanhook had a big game to lead CFCC on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy- Sea Devil athletics
Anthony Vanhook had a big game to lead CFCC on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy- Sea Devil athletics

“We needed to get this out of our system coming off Christmas break,” said CFCC Head Coach Ryan Mantlo. “We were sloppy early, but responded in the second half to pull away.”

Osandi Vaughn chipped in with 17 points for Cape Fear, who moved to 7-9 on the year.

“We must get better fast with this weekend’s big game approaching,” said Mantlo.

The Sea Devils return to the floor in a big Region X game as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader set for Saturday, Jan. 11, against the Dolphins of Brunswick County Community College. Tip-off for the women is set 4 p.m., followed by the men’s game.


High School basketball

South Brunswick 49  Topsail 38

Trask 91    East Bladen 58

Trask improved to 4-0 in conference and won their 13th straight game 91-58 on Tuesday.

Southwest Onslow 68    North Brunswick 58

Fayetteville Christian 57    Cape Fear Academy 51

Evan Head led all scorers with a game-high 26 points, which included five shots from three-point land, but Fayetteville Christian held off Cape Fear Academy 57-51 on Tuesday. Jay Batchler pulled down six boards for the Hurricanes (8-3), who return to action on Homecoming Night Friday against O’Neal School.

Girls basketball

North Brunswick 60   Southwest Onslow 31

The Lady Scorps picked up a 60-31 win on the road to open the newly aligned East Central Conference on Tuesday night. Nikayla Ramsey led North Brunswick with 22 points and six steals, while Jada Bellamy chipped in with 14 points.

North Brunswick (1-0, 9-3) returns to the floor Friday, Jan. 10, at home against Croatan.

East Bladen  57   Trask 22

Coastal Christian 51    Wilmington Christian 32

Lauren Duncan put in an all-around performance with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead Coastal Christian past Wilmington Christian 51-32 on Tuesday. Madison Huckabee added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Lillian Quinn and Sabrina Sims combined for 16 points.

Coastal Christian (7-7) gets back into action with two games on the road Friday and Saturday in the Triad.

Fayetteville Christian 52   Cape Fear Academy 28