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Wolfpack Senior Kicking Duo Named to Watch Lists for National Awards

Sade earns mention on Groza List, Baumann candidate for Ray Guy Award

NC State’s senior duo of kickers has been named to the preseason watch lists for national awards.  Niklas Sade has been named to the list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top placekicker for the past 22 years, while Baumann has been named to the list for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top collegiate punter.

Sade, who has started all 38 games of his career, holds the NC State record for extra points with 121 – the 16th-best mark in ACC history.  He ranks fourth in school history in career field goals made with 43 and in PAT percentage with a .975 mark.

The Wake Forest native was a semifinalist for the Groza Award last season after posting the second-highest field goal total in school history with 19.  He improved his field goal percentage from .565 (13-23) in 2012 to .826 (19-23) in 2013.  Sade was the recipient of the team’s Governor’s Award, which is given to the Most Valuable Player.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

Baumann, who has played in all 38 games of his career, and started 37 at punter (he was injured for one game and could not punt) ranks third in NC State history in career punts (206) and career punting yardage (8,144).

The Wilmington native posted the 10th-best punting average in school history last season with a 42.2 yards per punt mark.

The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN in Orlando, FL.

The Ray Guy Award was created in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners.


2 us opens in the books

The back-to-back US Opens at Pinehurst Resort were completely and totally a success. We saw back in April Alex Podlogar and his folks at the famed course make a huge impact on the entire Sandhills region and for that matter, the state of North Carolina. There were so many people involved and so many volunteers, it’s hard to imagine the amount of hours it took to get these events underway and completed. Hats off to all those who had a part. Congratulations to Martin Kaymer who just smoked everyone else and to Michelle Wie for capturing her first US Open Championship. Coming soon photo’s from the US Opens and to keep you satisfied, here is the link from Pinehurst Resort of the Top 10 (well 11) best Moments.

Catch the Sports Blast every Monday from 4-6 p.m. on AM1490 WAZZ Fayetteville !!!





acc has 42 players chosen in 2014 nfl draft


(to see list of players, scroll to bottom)

Greensboro, N.C—The  Atlantic Coast Conference had a total of 42 players  selected in the 2014 National Football League Draft , including 27 drafted on Saturday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 42 players were the second-highest in ACC history, bettered only by the total of 51 in 2006, when the Conference set a record for a 12-team league.

The 42 players were also the second-highest total of any conference in this year’s NFL Draft, bettered only by the SEC’s 48. The Pac 12 was third with 34 followed by the Big 10 (29) and the Big 12 (16) and Mountain West (16).

The ACC had more players chosen on Saturday afternoon than any other conference.

Florida State led all ACC schools with seven players chosen as each of the conference’s 14 teams had at least one player taken in this year’s draft. FSU has now had 18 players drafted in the National Football League over the past two years.

Clemson and North Carolina each had five players selected while Boston College had four. Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech all had three players chosen followed by Syracuse with two while Duke, NC state, Wake Forest and Maryland had one player chosen apiece.

Since the 2005 season the ACC has now had 353 players chosen in the NFL Draft, including 56 first-round picks.

All 31 ACC players drafted last year in the 2013 NFL Draft are still in the NFL, while 60 of the 62 players drafted in the past two seasons are still in the NFL (.967).  Of the 97 ACC players drafted in the past three NFL Drafts, 87, or 89.7 percent are still in the NFL, 78.3 percent are still with the teams that drafted them.

The ACC, which had five starting quarterbacks in the NFL last year and saw three others start games during the season, saw three more of its quarterbacks drafted including Virginia tech Logan Thomas (4th round, 120), Pitt’s Tom Savage (4th round, 135) and Clemson’s Tahj Boyd (7th round, 213).

The league had five first-round picks selected on Thursday; 10 players chosen on the second and third rounds on Friday and an impressive total of 27 players chosen today in rounds fourth through seven.

Miami, Florida State and Virginia all saw their consecutive draft strings contine.

Miami has had a player selected in every NFL Draft since 1974, or 41 consecutive years. Virginia and Florida State have each had a player chosen each year since 1983, or a total of 32 straight years.

The ACC began the draft in a strong fashion with four players selected among the first 14 players chosen.

Complete ACC NFL Selections


Rd           No.         Name, School                                                    Pos.                       Team

1              4              Sammy Watkins, Clemson                            WR                         Buffalo Bills

1              10           Eric Ebron, North Carolina                            TE                           Detroit Lions

1              13           Aaron Donald, Pitt                                           DT                          St. Louis Rams

1              14           Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech                               CB                           Chicago Bears

1              28           Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State                     WR                         Carolina Panthers

2             41          Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State                 CB                        St. Louis Rams

2             48          Timmy Jernigan, Florida State                  DT                        Baltimore Ravens

2             50          Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech            DE                        San Diego Chargers

3             66          Morgan Moses, Virginia                            T                           Washington Redskins

3             74          Jay Bromley, Syracuse                               DT                        N.Y. Giants

3             79          Terrence Brooks, Florida State                 S                           Baltimore Ravens

3             80          Dexter McDougle, Maryland                     CB                        N.Y. Jets

3             84          Kareem Martin, North Carolina                DE                        Arizona Cardinals

3             93          Brandon Linder, Miami                             G                          Jacksonville Jaguars

3             100        Brandon Thomas, Clemson                      T                           San Francisco 49ers

4             102        Bashaud Breeland, Clemson                     CB                        Washington Redskins

4             103        Devonta Freeman, Florida State               RB                        Atlanta Falcons

4             105        Bryan Stork, Florida State                         C                          N.E. Patriots

4             109        Ross Cockrell, Duke                                   CB                        Buffalo Bills

4             111        Russell Bodine, North Carolina                C                          Cincinnati Bengals

4             113        Andre Williams, Boston College               RB                        N.Y. Giants

4             118        Martavis Bryant, Clemson                        WR                       Pittsburgh Steelers

4             120        Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech                    QB                        Arizona Cardinals

4             128        Tre’ Boston, North Carolina                     S                           Carolina Panthers

4             129        Dontae Johnson, NC State                        CB                        San Francisco 49ers

4             132        Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College           LB                         Seattle Seahawks

4             134        Brent Urban, Virginia                                DT                        Baltimore Ravens

4             135        Tom Savage, Pitt                                        QB                        Houston Texans

5             144        Telvin Smith, Florida State                        OLB                      Jacksonville Jaguars

5             146        Devin Street, Pitt                                       WR                       Dallas Cowboys

5             168        Marquis Spruill, Syracuse                          LB                         Atlanta Falcons

6             182        Antone Exum, Virginia Tech                     CB                        Minnesota Vikings

6             191        Pat O’Donnell, Miami                                P                           Chicago Bears

6             205        Luke Bowanko, Virginia                             C                          Jacksonville Jaguars

6             206        Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech                   CB                        N.E. Patriots

6             213        Tahj Boyd, Clemson                                  QB                        N.Y. Jets

7             218        Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest           WR                       Baltimore Ravens

7             223        Brandon Watts, Georgia Tech                  OLB                      Minnesota Vikings

7             225        Jabari Price, North Carolina                      CB                        Minnesota Vikings

7             229        Nate Freese, Boston College                     PK                         Detroit Lions

7             237        Seantrell Henderson, Miami                     T                           Buffalo   Bills

7             243        Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College                 DT                        San Francisco 49ers


qualifying begins for us open at 111 sites across country



The 2014 US Open Championship officially begins tomorrow with 18 hole play at 111 courses across the country from May 2 to 19. Sectional Qualifying, conducted over 36 hole, will be held at two International Sites in England and Japan on May 26 and 10 US sites on Monday June 2. Here are the local NC sites:

Monday, May 5 – Greensboro, Greensboro C.C. (Farms Course)

Friday, May 9 – Wallace, River Landing (River Course)

Monday, May 12 – Pinehurst, Pinewild CC (Magnolia Course)

Thursday, May 15 – Chapel Hill, Governors Club


Listen to the Sports Blast, Mondays 4-6 p.m. AM1490 WAZZ Fayetteville, NC as we track local qualifiers and key players all the way to the US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS at PINEHURST !!

The Sports Blast, the Longest running sports talk show in the Cape Fear Region for the last 12 years (this month)


sports blast broadcast live from pinehurst 4/21/14 from 4-6 pm

PCC-MemberClubSPORTS BLAST: The Sports Blast radio show for Monday April 21 from 4-6 p.m. on AM1490 WAZZ Fayetteville will BROADCAST LIVE from the Pinehurst Members Club at Pinehurst Resort : Join Brett Friedlander Hal Nunn The News-Journal and folks from Beasley Broadcasting as they get you set for the men and women’s US Opens coming in June. LIVE REPORTS from the 18th Green and the newly renovated clubhouse !! The Sports Blast, the Cape Fear Regions longest running sports talk show for the last 12 years (in May). SPONSORS FOR THIS SHOW are being sought today and tomorrow. Contact BigHal Nunn to get on board. — with Brett Friedlander and 5 others.


lewallen wins old north state cpga senior open

(New London, NC) – PGA Life Member Rick Lewallen added another CPGA Senior Open victory to his belt Tuesday at the Old North State Club in New London, NC. Lewallen, out of Kannapolis, NC, carded a 3-under par 69 to win the rain-shortened 18-hole tournament.

Originally scheduled to be a 36-hole event, rain and thunderstorms caused Monday’s round to be canceled, leaving 18 holes to be contested on Tuesday. Lewallen won both the Professional Division and the Overall Championship with his 69. Close behind were PGA Professionals Larry George and Ed Sabo, each with a 2-under par 70.

In the amateur Champions Division, Bob Klug of Pinehurst, NC and Garland Yates of Asheboro, NC tied with even-par 72’s. Using a scorecard playoff, Bob Klug took home the Overall Champions Division trophy and winnings, along with the 62 & Up age group title, beating Yates by one stroke on the back nine. Marc Cox of Greensboro, NC won the 50-56 age group in the Champions Division with a 73, and Ed Donlin of Concord, NC won the 57-61 age group with a 73.

In the Super Seniors Division, Mo York of Mount Pleasant, SC took home the Overall Super Senior title and the 66-68 age group title with an even-par 72. Gene Grubb of Greensboro, NC and Greg Powell of Charlotte, NC tied in the 63-65 age group with a 75. There was a thee-way tie for the 69 & Up age group between Larry Boswell of Jamestown, NC, Gary Strickfaden of Southern Pines, NC, and Hal Dugenske of Whispering Pines, NC. All three players shot a 1-over par 73.

Amateur Brodie Baker of Advance, NC and Bill Beal of Matthews, NC tied for the Overall Legends Division, each shooting a 74. Again using a scorecard playoff to determine the champion, Brodie Baker took home the trophy and top prize winnings.

The Carolinas PGA Section would like to thank host Head Golf Professional Tom Ducey and the staff and members of the Old North State Club for hosting the event and all of their wonderful hospitality. Old North State Club is a McConnell Golf Property and a full service private country club located in the prestigious, gated community of Uwharrie Point on Badin Lake outside of Charlotee, NC. This breathtaking destination property is an ideal second club or second home, especially for families who can come enjoy the generous amenities and spend time amidst some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Carolinas.


nc state forward tj warren named ACC player of the year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – T.J. Warren, who submitted one of the greatest offensive seasons in ACC basketball history, has been voted ACC Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

“This is a tremendous honor for T.J.,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “The ACC is a great league with many great players. He faced every defense imaginable this year and was still productive almost every single night. This season he has put his name along some of the ACC’s all-time greats and he is certainly deserving. Our program is proud of his accomplishments.”

Warren garnered 48 of a possible 77 votes from the media. Duke’s Jabari Parker claimed 25 votes, UNC’s Marcus Paige earned two votes and two other players earned one vote each.

Warren, a 6-8 sophomore from Durham, N.C., averaged an ACC-best 24.8 points per game. He posted 26 outings with 20 or more points, nine with at least 30 and two games with more than 40 points. He led the league by scoring by a wide margin, leading Duke’s Parker by 5.6 points per game, the largest margin since J.J. Reddick led the ACC in scoring by 7.9 points in 2006.

Warren also led the ACC with a .532 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game) and in offensive rebounding with 3.1 per game. He is on pace to become the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and field goal percentage, joining Horace Grant and Tim Duncan as the only players on the list.

In addition to his offensive prowess, Warren has been among the ACC’s best in rebounding and steals. He ranks fourth in the conference in steals (1.8), eighth in rebounding (7.1) and eighth in minutes (34.9). His 1.9 steals per game in ACC games is the league’s best mark.

The sophomore forward showed tremendous commitment to improvement during the offseason. With the loss of four proven veterans from last year’s team, Warren lost 20 pounds knowing that he would have to carry a larger load this season. As a result, he increased his scoring average 12.7 points per game, from 12.1 last year to 24.8 this season.

Warren also led the ACC with a .622 field goal percentage last year as a freshman and was an all-freshmen team pick a year ago. His performance this season made him the sixth player in league history to lead the ACC in field goal percentage two years in a row.

The ACC’s leading scorer saved his best for the final weeks of the regular season. After scoring 36 during an epic overtime loss to North Carolina, Warren scored 41 points in a win at Pittsburgh on March 3. Six days later, he poured in a career-high 42 in a win over Boston College. It marked the first time since 1990 that a player from an ACC school scored 40 or more points in consecutive games. In all, Warren averaged 25.5 points per game in 17 ACC contests.

Warren becomes the sixth Wolfpack player to capture the ACC’s player of the year honor, joining Ronnie Shavlik, Lou Pucillo, David Thompson, Rodney Monroe and Julius Hodge.

Warren and the Wolfpack open conference tournament play Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. NC State will play the winner of Wednesday’s Miami-Virginia Tech game, which will be at 3:30 p.m.


ACC reaches agreement for charlotte to host football championship thru 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have reached an agreement which will keep the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte through the end of this decade, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Monday.

The agreement covers the next six championship games, beginning with this year’s 10th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, and concludes after the 2019 season. The announcement was made at an 11 a.m. press conference at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, the site of the last four ACC title games.

The additional six years provides that, at the conclusion of the current contract in 2019, the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will have been played in Charlotte for 10 consecutive years.

“We are pleased to announce that Charlotte will continue to be the home of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship through the 2019 season,” said Swofford. “The Charlotte Sports Foundation, Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers and entire City of Charlotte have been outstanding partners and continue to facilitate the growth and success of the game and our many ancillary events. This annual weekend is a true celebration of ACC Football.”

The four Dr Pepper ACC Championship Games which have been held in Charlotte have been extremely successful from a fan experience and attendance standpoint, as the games have averaged nearly 70,000 fans per contest (69,632). That includes sellout crowds in both 2010 and 2011 and an ACC Football Championship record crowd of 73,675 in 2011. Over the last four years, the ACC ranks second among all conferences in total attendance at its football championship games.

“The Charlotte Sports Foundation, on behalf of the city of Charlotte, is very proud to be able to announce a multi-year extension of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship in Charlotte,” said Johnny Harris, Chairman of the Charlotte Sports Foundation.

“Our Board is dedicated to the long-term health of this game in Charlotte, and it remains committed to working together to ensure Bank of America Stadium is its home for a very long time. This is a continuation of a great partnership between Charlotte and the Atlantic Coast Conference.”

“The Charlotte Sports Foundation is honored to partner with the ACC for a six-year extension of the contract for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship,” said Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “Our goal is to have the entire Charlotte region embrace this tremendous Championship Game.”


fireantz name olauson head coach

[Fayetteville, NC]- The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that they have named Emery Olauson as their new Head Coach. Sean Edwards will remain the FireAntz’ Assistant Coach. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Olauson, 32, hails from Canmore, Alberta, and takes the reins of a FireAntz club who sit at 14-18-3 and in contention for a playoff spot in the SPHL. He was, most recently, the Assistant Coach of the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in 2013-14.

Prior to this season, Olauson had a very successful nine-year Minor League Hockey career. He also played two seasons with the FireAntz from 2008-10. His most successful season came in 2011-12 with the Knoxville Ice Bears where he tallied 44 goals, 44 assists and 88 points in just 56 games played.

“We’re very happy to have Emery coming on board.” President/ General Manager Kevin MacNaught said, “I’ve known Emery for quite some time and feel he will make a tremendous Head Coach for our hockey club.”

Olauson will be arriving in Fayetteville on Thursday, February 6th, in time for the next FireAntz home game on Friday, February 7th.

The next FireAntz home games are Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th. Friday, the 7th is Wiener Dog Race Night, presented by Systel and FAPS. Saturday, February 8th is Folds of Honor- Military Appreciation Night AND Race Night. That game is brought to you by Bud Light, Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union, Highland OB/GYN, Century Link, Dex One, First Class Property Management, Raeford Parachute, Thee Car Lot, Lumberton Ford, Southern Carpet & Interiors, 4G Communications, Budget Rooter, USAA, Corvias Military Living and Cape Fear Orthopedic. Call the FireAntz office at (910) 321-0123 for more information or visit the FireAntz web site at


ncaa rpi rankings out for 2nd week january 2014

The RPI Rankings are out for January 10, 2014 and the two acc newcomers Syracuse and Pittsburgh are ranked highest. Here are the other ACC school and their ranking. The NCAA Link is below…

Syracuse 5

Pittsburgh 24

Florida State 27

Duke 28

Virginia 31

UNC 58

NC State 66

Wake Forest 69

Maryland 71

Notre Dame 79

Miami 86

Georgia Tech 126

Virginia Tech 138

Boston College 176


August 2020

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