Saturday afternoon proved to be yet another enormous day for area student-athletes competing in college basketball and baseball. At one point between 3-4 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, the City of Wilmington was highlighted by a quartet of local players.
Steven Linkous (North Brunswick) continued to swing a hot bat early in the season for the UNCW ball club with a two-run triple to tie the game against Eastern Kentucky. The Seahawks would go on to win the contest, 10-7, scoring double digit run totals in all five games this season. Linkous tied a school record with four stolen bags against South Dakota State the day prior.
Meanwhile, the Shepard brothers from Ashley High School were on full display at Doak Field in Raleigh. Shane Shepard nailed a runner at the plate on a base hit to left field in the second inning, which was followed by a Chance Shepard solo home run in the bottom of the frame against Wright State to tie the contest one-all. It was Shepard’s second round-tripper in as many days and the senior also drove in the go-ahead run during his second at-bat with a two-out single up the middle to give N.C. State a 2-1 lead.
The Wolfpack extended its cushion later in the game and grabbed a 6-1 bounce back win after dropping Friday’s contest. Shane Shepard also went yard in the series opener.
Rounding out the power hour of Port City sports, junior guard Kadeem Allen (New Hanover/Laney) was competing for No. 9 Arizona on the hardwood in a PAC 12 matchup nationally televised on CBS. Allen finished with six points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action, but the Wildcats suffered a 70-64 setback to Utah in their final regular season road game.