College Baseball Report: UNC-Wilmington sets home run record, locals play at Fenway Park


WILMINGTON – The UNC-Wilmington baseball team tied a school record with seven home runs in a single game during Sunday’s series finale over Hofstra. After hitting four round trippers in a row thanks to big swings from Riley Zayicek, Ryan Jeffers, Mason Berne and Robbie Thorburn, preseason All-Americans Nick Feight and Brian Mims went back-to-back later […]

College report: Local standouts hitting stride on baseball diamond

Collin Thacker. Photo courtesy- Gardner Webb Athletics

With just a few weeks to go in the regular season for Division I college baseball teams across the country, local standouts remain consistent and among the nation’s best. Listed at No. 6 in this week’s Top 25 poll, according to, N.C. State took two of three from Duke over the weekend to remain […]

College report: Local ballplayers continue to represent this spring

Steven Linkous. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

College baseball players from the area continue to represent Southeastern North Carolina in a big way this spring. Below are updated stats and highlights from the last two weeks as Collin Thacker (New Hanover) is among the nation’s leaders in doubles while playing for Gardner Webb. Mason Berne (Topsail) launched his 19th round tripper of […]

College report: Locals have big weekends in baseball

Sam Foy tags the runner out at second. Photo courtesy- Tim Cowie (Davidson Photos).

Collin Thacker’s RBI double in the 11th inning delivered Gardner-Webb its second straight walk-off win in a 9-8 thriller over Iona on Sunday afternoon. The New Hanover High School alum doubled twice in the ball game and went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored. Thacker is hitting .536 […]

Local novelist Wiley Cash named UNC-Asheville writer-in-residence

Best-selling novelist Wiley Cash will head back to UNC-Asheville next year, this time as an instructor. Photo by Tiffany Davis, courtesy Wiley Cash.

A best-selling local author is returning to his alma mater. Wiley Cash has been selected as UNC-Asheville’s 2016-17 writer in residence. This time around on campus, Cash will be at the head of the class, teaching and mentoring students. Cash called the opportunity and honor, noting his admiration of the university’s English department faculty. “Since […]