Solid pitching, early runs guide Topsail baseball back to 3A state championship

The Topsail baseball team celebrates its 3A East Regional Title. Photos by Joe Catenacci

 About 12 hours after suffering a one-run setback to send the 3A East Regional series into a decisive game three, the Topsail baseball team continued an unthinkable playoff run with a 2-1 victory over Corinth Holders in Hampstead early Saturday afternoon. The win clinches the program’s second state championship appearance in three years. “This is […]


3A East Regional: Topsail baseball drops game two at Corinth Holders

Payton Phelps. Photos by Joe Catenacci

The 2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 3A East Regional has come down to a winner-take-all matchup after the No. 19 Corinth Holders upended No. 17 Topsail 2-1 in Wendell on Friday night to even the best-of-three series at one game apiece. “We knew after the game the other night they were going […]


Diamond Hawks advance to CAA Championship game with win over Charleston

UNCW looks to clinch its second straight CAA Title on Saturday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics.

UNCW pitchers combined to limit Charleston to one run on two hits and Steven Linkous collected four hits of his own as the Seahawks advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game with a 6-1 win over College of Charleston on Friday. UNCW advances to the title for the second straight season and upped its […]


State playoffs: Pirates, Vikings run through east regional comes up short

Hayley Grizzle. Photos by Joe Catenacci

After falling one series short of advancing to the program’s first-ever state title appearance last year, the Topsail softball team dedicated their offseason workouts and the spring of 2016 to getting back to the 3A East Regional. The Pirates dominated league play this season and quickly moved their way through the playoffs, advancing to the […]


Diamond Hawks win in 10th inning; into winner’s bracket

The Diamond Hawks celebrate their extra inning victory over James Madison University. (Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics)

Zack Canada’s two-out infield single scored Gavin Stupienski with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as UNCW clipped James Madison, 5-4, to advance to Friday’s winner’s bracket game. The top-seeded Seahawks improved to 38-15 with the win while the fourth-seeded Dukes dropped to 24-30. It was UNCW’s second straight extra-inning win […]


Cape Fear Academy hires new head boys’ basketball coach

Tony Martin has been named the new head basketball coach at CFA. Photo courtesy- Cape Fear Academy.

Cape Fear Academy has announced that Tony Martin will be its new head basketball coach moving into the 2016-17 season. Martin takes over for Loren Baysden, who stepped down earlier this year after 10 years as head of the boys’ program. Martin has built a nationally recognized basketball program at The John Carroll School in […]


CAA Baseball Championship: Diamond Hawks a solid top seed

Nick Feight. Photos courtesy- UNCW Athletics

The field is set for the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Baseball Championship, which will be held May 25-28 at The Ballpark at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. After finishing the regular season with a 16-6 mark atop the CAA and 37-15 record overall, UNCW earned a first-round bye as top seed at […]


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