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Wesleyan concludes campaign
ROCKY MOUNT -- The undefeated Duhawks of Loras College advanced to Sunday’s sectional championship of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament by downing North Carolina Wesleyan at Scalf Field by a 2-1 score.

Loras (22-0-1) converted an early penalty kick and later got a much-needed insurance goal to effectively end the best season in Battling Bishops’ history. Wesleyan, ranked 2nd nationally for much of the season, finishes 2007 with an 18-2-0 mark.

A crucial hand-ball in the box less than three minutes into the game set up the Loras PK.

Miguel Bonilla converted the shot to give the Duhawks a 1-0 lead that they would take into the break. Loras upped its lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute with an unassisted goal by Matt Lamale.

Wesleyan got on the board in the 58th minute when Marco Kirsch netted an Alimamy Kargbo assist from the left side. Kirsch finished the season with the third most points in NCWC season history with 44, while his 14 assists placed him second among season leaders.

The Bishops pushed for the equalizer late and created several scoring chances, but Duhawk keeper Matt DuBois made save after save to seal the victory. He finished with an impressive 11 stops on the day as the Bishops out-shot Loras 25-6 in the match.

NCWC WOMEN’S HOOPS: The North Carolina Wesleyan women’s basketball team opened up its 2007-08 schedule over the weekend at the Stevens Institute of Technology Tip-Off Tournament in New Jersey.

The Bishops dropped two games, falling by a 57-37 score on Saturday afternoon to host Stevens before dropping a close 67-58 contest to New Jersey City in Sunday’s consolation game. Freshman Desiree’ Driver averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game in the tournament, connecting on 9-of-9 attempts from the floor against NJCU.

On Friday, Stevens forged a 33-21 lead at the break and overcame a poor shooting performance in the second half to secure the win. To the Ducks’ advantage, the Bishops shot just 25 percent from the floor in the game.

Driver, Essence Chambers, and Courtney Brown each had six points for Wesleyan. Freshman Gretchen Tobias pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

On Saturday, the Bishops managed a 26-21 halftime lead as their defense held the Knights to just 20 percent shooting from the floor. The final period, however, saw NJCU out-score the Bishops 46-32 en route to the 9-point come-from-behind victory.

Driver again led NCWC with a game-high 18 points, while senior Cheyenne Hall tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards. Hall also recorded four assists, two blocks, and two steals in a solid all-around effort.

LC SOFTBALL: The Louisburg College fast-pitch softball program will host a hitting and pitching clinic Dec. 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

There will be an emphasis on pitching, hitting, bunting, baserunning and defensive fundamentals.

LC head coach Donn Gines and his players will provide instruction.

Cost is $30 per camper for pre-registration and $35 the day of the camp. Participants must bring bat, helmet, fielding glove and rubber cleats.

The camp is open to youngsters ages 7-14.

For more information, call Coach Gines at 497-3301.

LC BASEBALL CAMP: The Louisburg College baseball program will conduct a pitcher/catcher clinic Dec. 2 from noon-5 p.m. at Frazier Field on the LC campus.

Ages 7-18 are welcome to take part in the clinic, which costs $60 per participant. Cost includes a T-shirt and insurance.

Instruction will include video analysis, fundamental drills and mental aspects of the game. Players should bring glove, gym shorts, cleats and tennis shoes and catcher’s equipment (for catchers only).

LC head coach Tommy Atkinson, his staff and players will oversee the camp.

For more information, call Coach Atkinson at 497-3328.

SKATE WITH THE CANES: The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that tickets for the annual “Skate with the Canes” event have gone on sale for season ticket holders.

Three hundred of the 600 available tickets will be sold through this exclusive pre-sale available to season ticket holders, who can purchase a maximum of eight tickets. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Tickets for “Skate with the Canes” are $60 each and will be available at the Time Warner Cable Box Office, all TicketMaster locations or by calling 919-834-4000. Each attendee, regardless of age, will need a ticket for the event. All proceeds from the Jan. 13 event will benefit the Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

During “Skate with the Canes,” fans and players will rotate through three areas -- an autograph session, a locker room tour/photograph session and a skating session -- in small groups of 200.

Each group of fans will be able to interact with every group of Hurricanes’ players and coaches in one of the three areas at the RBC Center.

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