Top 10 sports stories of 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The passing of a legend, draft picks, saving sports programs from funding cuts, championships and more.

There were some big stories that took place in the sports world this year; here is a look back at the top ten.

10. The Wilmington Hammerheads and Sharks will go under new ownership in their 2014 seasons. Both were sold to businessmen from New York.

9. UNCW men's tennis, swimming, and golf teams all won CAA titles.

8. The North Brunswick baseball team's run to a state championship series. The Scorpions came into the playoffs just two games above .500 and caught fire in the post season. They would fall though in the championship series.

7. The Wilmington Post 10 American Legion baseball team proved that they were one of the best teams in the country. They would win the state and region titles before advancing to the World Series.

6.The UNCW baseball team would make the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The Seahawks earned an at-large bid and won one game in the Virginia Regional.

5. After an All-American career at UNC-Chapel Hill, Jonathan Cooper makes it big. The former Hoggard standout was selected with the 7th overall pick the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

4. Just months after being drafted Jonathan Cooper breaks his leg in a preseason game and misses the entire regular NFL season. The month prior, former Hoggard Viking, Connor Barth suffered a torn Achilles tendon ending his 2013 NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

3. James Kenan ran over all of the competition in their 1-AA football state championship title run. For the Tigers it's the programs first title since 2007 and their third overall.

2. In May, Jack Holley died at the age of 74. Holley's 412 wins are the most all-time in North Carolina high school history. His teams played in 14 state championship games.

1. Also in May, UNCW Chancellor, Gary Miller announced that no sports teams would be cut at the university. This came after the athletic review committee recommended cutting five sports.

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