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NC nabs victories over SC

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The 20th annual Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games, sponsored by the North Carolina Coaches Association and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, were played March 18 in Myrtle Beach.

North Carolina swept the two games with only weak resistance.

Mikayla Boykin (Clinton HS) who is headed to Duke was the women's MVP on a team which had six double-figure scorers.

Coaches Sherry Norris (Chapel Hill HS) and Debbie Jones (Page HS) saw their team jump out quickly to a lead that reached over twenty points at the half and stretched to the final score of 95-67.

North Carolina men's coaches Scott McInnes (Millbrook) and Aubrey Hollifield (Shelby) saw their boys run out early and lead by 20 or more three times; but South Carolina cut the lead to seven or less each time until the final score of 134-115 was reached.

VCU recruit Lavar Batts Jr. (Robinson HS) was one of seven double-digit scorers and brought down the house with a thunderous fast-break dunk to squelch the last South Carolina comeback and was named MVP.

North Carolina shot 52% from the field and set three Classic records: most points scored with 134 (breaking the South Carolina 2006 record of 121), most points by two teams of 249 (the old record was 219 in 2006), and most points given up by a losing team (old record of 100 in 2005).

Patrick Dorsey (Millbrook High School) set a Classic record with 5 made three pointers. The North Carolina women lead the series 12-8 and the men 13-7.

SN BASEBALL: Southern Nash High School's baseball team is now 7-2 overall after rolling to a 10-3 decision last Friday night against homestanding Farmville Central in Pitt County.

Dawson Sikes worked four innings on the hill to pick up the victory. Sikes allowed one earned run and three hits while striking out three.

Sikes also blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of action.

Leading hitters for the Firebirds were as follows:

• Trevor Mills -- 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI
• Dawson Sikes -- 2-for-4 with a two-run homer
• Jason Montague -- 2-for-4 with one double
• Alex Marlowe -- 1-for-4 with one triple
• Hunter Perry -- 1-for-4 with one double and one RBI
• A.J. Jones -- 1-for-3

MUDCATS: The Carolina Mudcats, the new Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and member of the historic Carolina League, have announcee that individual game tickets for the 2017 season are now available for purchase at the Five County Stadium Box Office in Zebulon.

Fans looking to purchase tickets for the new season should either call a front office representative at (919) 269-CATS (2287), visit carolinamudcats.com/tickets or purchase in-person at the Five County Stadium Box Office.

Full season, half season and mini plan ticket packages as well as group ticket options are also still currently available by calling (919) 269-CATS (2287) and by visiting Five County Stadium.

NC STATE: After NC State earned wins on Friday and Saturday to clinch the series, the Miami Hurricanes held off the Wolfpack 7-5 Sunday afternoon in college baseball action at Doak Field at Dail Park to avoid the sweep.

The Wolfpack moves to 12-9 overall and 3-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, while the Hurricanes improve to 9-11 on the year and 3-3 in league action.

Miami starter Michael Mediavilla picked up the win (2-3) and Dalton Feeney took the loss (2-1) for NC State, while Frankie Bartow collected his fifth save.

NC State struck first in the contest to grab a 2-0 lead after Joe Dunand hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. Evan Mendoza singled prior to Dunand clubbing his team-leading sixth home run in the first inning.

Miami answered with four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-2 lead. The Hurricanes received RBI singles from Brandon Gali, Joe Gomez and James Davison in the frame.

In the third inning, the Canes tacked on three runs thanks to a couple miscues by the NC State defense to extend the lead to 7-2.

DURHAM BULLS: The Durham Bulls will take on the Duke Blue Devils in the first-ever exhibition game between the two teams on April 4 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The 6:05 p.m. contest, presented by Groupon, will be the first chance to catch the 2017 Bulls roster before they open their season on the road against Gwinnett on April 6.

The nine-inning game will pit the DBAP's two residents against each other in a preseason tune-up for the Bulls, and a midseason exhibition game for the Blue Devils. Each team will use wood bats in the contest.

All tickets for the contest are priced at $10 plus tax, and can be purchased at the Frontier Communications Ticket Office or by calling 919.956.BULL.

CANES: The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team's 2017-18 Season Ticket Member pricing and benefits.

New for Season Ticket Members in 2017-18 will be an every-game 15 percent discount at PNC Arena concession stands (excludes alcohol per North Carolina regulations).

For more information, visit http://www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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