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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



acc, notre dame announces future football dates

ACC Release – Greensboro, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame Friday announced the annual football game schedule in which the Irish will face an ACC opponent beginning with the 2014 season through the 2016 season. The games are part of an agreement between the Conference and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.

Due to previous schedule commitments, in the first year of the schedule, Notre Dame will face four ACC teams.  But the Irish will then play six games against Conference foes in 2015 and thereafter, beginning in 2016, play five ACC teams each year.

In 2014, Notre Dame will face Syracuse, in a game hosted by the Orange at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 27), then will host North Carolina (Oct. 11) and Louisville (Nov. 22) and will also travel to face Florida State in Tallahassee (Oct. 18).

In 2015, Notre Dame will host Georgia Tech (Sept. 19) and Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and play Boston College (Nov. 21) as part of the Shamrock Series in Fenway Park in Boston. The Irish will then will play at Virginia (Sept. 12), Clemson (Oct. 3) and Pitt (Nov. 7).

In 2016, Notre Dame will host Duke (Sept. 24), Miami (Oct. 29), and Virginia Tech (Nov. 19) and will go to MetLife Stadium to play Syracuse (Oct. 1) and will then travel to NC State (Oct. 8).

Beginning with the 2016 season, Notre Dame will alternate between playing three home and two away games one year with two home and three away games the next (2017).


The Schedule

Year     Date                     Team                                   Site

2014..   Sept. 27                at Syracuse                        MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.

Oct. 11                 North Carolina                 Notre Dame, Ind.

Oct. 18                 at Florida State                 Tallahassee, Fla.

Nov. 22                Louisville                            Notre Dame, Ind.


2015..   Sept. 12                at Virginia                           Charlottesville, Va.

Sept. 19                Georgia Tech                     Notre Dame, Ind.

Oct.  3                   at Clemson                         Clemson, S.C.

Nov. 7                   at Pitt                                   Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nov. 14                Wake Forest                      Notre Dame, Ind.

Nov. 21                Boston College                 Fenway Park, Boston, Mass


2016..   Sept. 24                Duke                                     Notre Dame, Ind.

Oct. 1                    at Syracuse                        MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.

Oct. 8                    at NC State                          Raleigh, N.C.

Oct. 29                 Miami                                   Notre Dame, Ind.

Nov. 19                Virginia Tech                    Notre Dame, Ind.

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