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April 23, 2015 is a day that will stick out in Zach Parks’ mind for some time. But he’s hoping there’s another date in the near future that will be of even more significance.That late April day signifies the third time in his life Parks was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, at the ripe age of 21 years old. The UNCW sophomore has already gone through two treatments of the cancer, once at seven years old, and once when he was 12.This most recent case being his third, Parks is positive he’ll be able to overcome the sickness just like the previous two times. And he hopes to prove something else along the way.
The Ultimate Frisbee team at UNCW is headed to regionals. The team is currently the defending regional champions and enters this year’s tournament as the No. 1 seed.
The Seahawks have two conference series left in the year before the CAA tournament is set to kick off on May 6th. Whether they’re able to perform up to par at the tourney is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, optimism is present throughout the team and beyond for future seasons.
If there’s one thing that I want to leave behind as I move on from The Seahawk, it’s to implore everyone involved with UNCW to cheer for the school’s sports teams.
When UNCW’s track & field teams were offered a chance to keep their programs running on Feb. 26, emotions and optimism ran high for members of those teams that felt they were unfairly on the athletic department’s cutting board.
Nearly two months after that lifeline was made available, and the belief that the teams will be around for the foreseeable future remains a distinct possibility.
The whirlwind of an offseason left the team’s current roster and staff unaware of what the season would bring. Now, nearly six months into the spring season, the team finds itself entering this weekend’s CAA conference tournament as the No. 4 seed, with a first-round matchup with No. 5 seeded James Madison slated for Friday at 9 a.m.
With March Madness wrapped up and most of our brackets turned to shreds, it’s time to welcome fresh starts and new hopes in the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
The UNC Wilmington baseball team came into the 2015 season with high expectations due of an experienced group of players who could looked to build off its success from last season.
The Seahawks (15-6, 3-0) are now 21 games into the season, and the optimism still remains.
What campus lacked to offer before this year began was a club focusing on the business side of sports, and an avenue for students interested in this other side of athletics a chance to get their names out to future employers.
That has all changed with UNCW’s newest club on campus, the Sports Business Organization.
Before the season started, fans of the UNC Wilmington baseball team knew younger players would have to step up on a team featuring only three seniors. Now those newer players are starting to make an impact.
The UNCW baseball team returned to Brooks Field on Tuesday looking to regain some momentum after Florida State swept the Seahawks over the weekend.
The Seahawks have gained momentum at the end of their much-improved regular season, winning three straight conference games, two of them in overtime.
The UNCW club hockey team has enjoyed their most successful season to date during the school year. And it’s not over yet.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was published before reports of the team's resurgence began surfacing.
The whirlwind of events surrounding the UNCW track & field and cross country teams over the past two-plus months has been well documented.
But that doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier for those involved with the programs being cut.
Through six games the Seahawks (6-0) are undefeated and showing they can beat teams in a variety of ways.
UNCW played another game down to the wire, but found themselves on the winning end of this one, toppling Northeastern 66-61. The victory marked UNCW's second over the preseason CAA favorite and 10th win in their last 13 games.
After a successful freshman and sophomore season, senior pitcher Jordan Ramsey struggled as the games wore on in 2014. Ramsey won’t have to worry about conserving his energy for the later innings coming out of the bullpen this year.
The CAA baseball coaches picked UNCW to finish second behind defending champion College of Charleston. The 2015 Seahawks are a young squad with only three seniors returning from last year’s team.
The UNCW men’s basketball team’s team headed into halftime on Wednesday night trailing the College of Charleston by six points and thoroughly disappointed in its performance.
While UNC Wilmington’s baseball team failed to live up to their expectations last year amid a year where they failed to secure their third straight NCAA Regional bid, there were notable bright spots throughout the season that has kept that same high-end mindset present.
Two of those bright spots came in the form of freshmen Casey Golden and Robbie Thorburn.
With first place in the CAA on the line, and before a near-capacity crowd of 5,088 fans in Trask Coliseum (only 112 away from the team’s first sellout since February 2008), UNCW was unable to pull out another close win, falling to the Tribe 56-53.
Donning their brand new “sun yellow” jerseys as they celebrated the revealing of the school’s new logo, it was hard to miss UNC Wilmington’s men’s basketball team on Wednesday night.
Their play on the court emphasized that statement in more ways than one.
Defensive stops at the end of regulation are becoming a common theme for the UNC Wilmington men’s basketball team.
Fifteen games into the season, the Seahawks have an overall record of 8-7, already just one win shy of last season’s total, and a conference record of 3-1, equaling last season’s number of conference wins.
The Seamen have made a name for themselves, not just on a regional scale, but nationally in recent seasons, advancing all the way to the USA Ultimate National Semifinals last season which were broadcasted on ESPN3 and ESPNU.
The UNC Wilmington women’s basketball team continued its ‘breakthrough’ season Wednesday, defeating Campbell University, 89-80, at Trask Coliseum and improving to 2-0 on the young season.
After going 43-77 in her first four seasons, Bambenek’s team turned a corner in 2013 en route to a 20-13 record and a CAA Tournament berth for the first time in 13 years.
If you’ve seen any of the Harry Potter films, you may already know the basics of the sport. There’s a ball, there’s a goal, there’s a “golden snitch,” and there are also flying brooms. Now, if any of those aforementioned facets strike your fancy, you can delve into the sport of Quidditch a little deeper with the club sport’s growing popularity at UNC Wilmington.
In the debut of new head coach Kevin Keatts on the sideline, UNC Wilmington’s men’s basketball team made sure their coach started out his Seahawks career on a positive note, as they defeated Catawba College 97-68 in exhibition play on Saturday night.
If UNC Wilmington’s women’s basketball team plays the rest of their schedule the same way they did on Saturday, the 2014 season has a chance to be vastly different than last year’s campaign.
Campus celebrity Parker G (the “G” being short for his last name, Grissom) is on his way to the finish line as a Seahawk. May 2015 will mark the end of his time at UNCW, but he plans on staying involved with the university.
Hailing from the Potomac School in McLean, Va., the duo’s tennis career have come full circle as Zach winds his collegiate career down while Josh only begins his.
The cycling club was second in Division II in the spring of 2013 and finished ranked sixth overall. Division II is the placement of a team based on the size of a campus, with Division I for smaller campuses.
Entering the CAA Tournament, UNCW has a record of 12-3-2 overall (5-2-1 in the CAA) and finished tied for first with Delaware and Hofstra. Based on a head-to-head tiebreaker, Delaware will host the semifinals and finals as the top-seeded team, but the Seahawks will receive a first-round bye as the second-seeded team.
UNC Wilmington women’s basketball coach Adell Harris has a vision for her program, and this year her mission is simple: to breakthrough.
Entering her senior year and third season at UNCW, Kelva Atkins has built a decorated résumé, becoming one of the best players in the program’s history.
In an effort to raise awareness and interest in the sport of wakeboarding, Red Bull hosted their inaugural “Wake Up” event at Hexagon Wake Park in Benson, NC on Sept. 27.
While first-year head coach Kevin Keatts may have stolen the headlines during the offseason for UNC Wilmington’s men’s basketball team, there are plenty of new faces on the court to take notice of, as well.
In the past six years, the Seahawks have claimed four Colonial Athletic Association championships, and have made appearances in the NCAA regionals in five out of the past six seasons.
With his hiring on March 27, UNCW fans, players, and Keatts himself alike, are hopeful the 10th head coach in the Seahawks’ program history is the one to lead the team back to relevance, not only in the CAA, but nationally as well.
The men's basketball team enters this season with a renewed optimism following the hiring of head coach Kevin Keatts.
Midfielders and forwards in soccer are often divided into two groups: goal scorers and facilitators. It can be hard to find a player who excels in both areas.
Last spring, UNC Wilmington water clubs welcomed a new member in the form of spear fishing. Entering their first full year as an organization, officers and members of the club alike are optimistic about the club’s ability to catch interest around campus.
For the first 36 seasons in program history, the UNC Wilmington swimming & diving team only had one man to answer to, former coach Dave Allen.
The UNC Wilmington men’s soccer team is looking to build off the success and struggles they faced last season.
While many students are set free to enjoy a carefree summer break in early May, the same cannot be said for student-athletes.
The sports world at UNCW does not have a summer break. With that, here are some highlights from the Seahawks’ summer that you may have missed.
Despite the ups and downs the UNC Wilmington women’s soccer team faced during their 2013 season, the team remained steadfast, knowing that they possessed a certain valuable asset: youth.
In high school, we see many two or three sport athletes, but in college, it’s a bit more rare. Brittany Gamby, known by her teammates simply as “Gamby”, began playing basketball at UNC Wilmington in 2009 under Coach Hancock. Then in 2012 Coach Adell Harris was put in charge of the women’s basketball team and Brittany Gamby’s spot on the team came into question.
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Senior Lori Beth Adams currently ranks among the nation’s top 65 golfers. In 2013, she was the CAA Women’s Golfer-of-the-Year and First-Team All-CAA selection, recording five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 12 events played.