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Top 10 local sports stories from 2012

The last day on the calendar gives us a chance to reflect on the days that have passed, put them in perspective, and some order.

That's what we've done with our local sports scene.


#10 - Victory from Defeat

Down three to Topsail, East Duplin has a chance to tie it with seven seconds remaining.

The Pirates come up with a huge block and think they've won it, East Duplin's Montrell Stallings scooped up the still-live ball and sprinted to the end zone in A critical miscommunication.

East Duplin won it 26-21.


#9 - Post 10 Perseveres

Wilmington Post 10 put together a magical Legion Baseball season, coming within one win of a spot in the National World Series.

After winning the State Title the team advance to the Southeast Regional where it came up short.

Post 10 finished the season with a 36-9 overall record.


#8 - Legends say Goodbye

We saw three legendary coaches leave the sidelines in 2012.

Lenon Fisher stepped away from the East Bladen football team after 32 years as the head coach.

Fred Lynch turned over the keys of the Laney basketball team which he coached for 27 years.  The court inside of Michael Jordan Gymnasium is now named in his and Rubie Sutton's honor.

New Hanover's Al Pastore left the game of soccer after 32 years of coaching at high school, club, collegiate and professional levels.


#7 - White Place, Right Time

Stilman White has his own little place in North Carolina basketball history.

Because of injuries, White was thrust into the spotlight taking over as the starting point guard in the NCAA Tournament helping the Heels to an overtime win against Ohio and an Elite 8 loss to Kansas.

White didn't turn the ball over in either game.


#6 - Two 'Fer

Both the UNCW men's and women's golf teams won the CAA Championship this past season earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

For both the wins meant back-to-back titles and coach of the year honors for both Matt Clark and Cindy Ho.


#5 - Pack Is Back

Whiteville claimed the Class 2A baseball championship, the title was the first for the program in 21 years and capped a 26-5 season that saw the team allow just five runs in the postseason.

Brett Harwood's team finished league play with a 10-2 record to claim their second-straight Waccamaw title.


#4 - Heads Up High

After slipping into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Hammerheads then picked up an opening round win at Richmond before knocking off the top seed Orlando in Florida.

Their bid for a second National Championship came up short at the number two seed Charleston who earned a 1-0 win in the title game.


#3 - Diamond Nine

The Seahawks ran through the regular season, equaling a conference record with 24 league wins to steamroll into the tournament where they bent but never broke.

Needing just one win on the final day of the Championship, the one seed lost the opening game to Delaware, then erased a 6-run deficit to win the Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


#2 - State Champs

The New Hanover basketball team sunk its claws into everybody this past season and is our number two story of 2012.

The Wildcats finished with a program record 30 wins to just one loss, won nine of their 10 conference games by double figures and then leveled the competition in the Class 4 A tournament winning those games by an average of 19 points then taking the title by 12 over West Charlotte...

The title was the 14th in New Hanover history.


#1 - Seahawks Grounded

The top story of the season was UNCW's post season ban after low Academic Progress Rate scores.

The program found out its fate in late June, but to his credit senior Keith Rendleman opted to stay to finish out his career in the teal.

While they'll be spectators this season, UNCW has restored its eligibility for next year.

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