NC State makes it two wins on the road in a row, beating Wake Forest 90-84!

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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 22:38
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    From what I have seen of this season, Kevin Keatts has proven himself (along with his staff) of teaching players to become better, making game-by-game adjustments, and making in-game adjustments. This team has gotten tons better over the course of the season, and Iím even seeing indications of improvement by Abu. Rejoice in victory! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 21:01
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    I believe it is a matter of Keatts picking his poison based on the size and athleticism of our players and allowing more 2 pt buckets to stop teams from going off on us from behind the arc which we have done a very good job on the past few games. Usually one player having a good offensive game in the paint is not going to kill you (with the exception of what Maye did to us) if you limit the other 4 and defend the 3 point line well. I have no problem with our effort on defense. We are just not there yet and don't have the length and athleticism to be the type of defensive team that a Virginia is.
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 18:18
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    My only motivations are a desire for competitive defensive effort, and the team seems to allow someone to go off on them every game. Good is okay - better is better !
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  • Stephen Sparks's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 14:33
    Stephen Sparks replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Hey we won. In the immortal words of the late Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along." :p. Seriously though, State has 4 road wins this year and we've got all winnable games of the 4 that remain. There's @ Ga. Tech, BC, FSU and Louisville. Finish string and we'll be 12-6 and might squeak our way in to a top 4 ACC finish. Every win just builds our seeding in the dance and one more will equal the win totals in the ACC for the last two years. Lots and lots to play for so let's do or best to stay positive. I like what I see that KK is trying to build here and I believe State will be where it was back in the 80's with Jimmy V.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 12:39
    LSmith replied to a thread Boston College in Men's Basketball
    Actually BC got their 1rst ACC road win last week at Pitt and yes they are a very capable team. Robinson from Raleigh is the real deal 2nd behind only Bagley in scoring and shoots a blistering 46 plus % from behind the arc. They also beat then #1 ranked Duke back in December in their barn.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 11:08
    For NC State, it's another opportunity to further solidify their NCAA resume. For Boston College, it's an opportunity to earn their first ACC road win, and play their way out of the dreaded bottom four. No ACC team is a cupcake, none can be chalked up as an automatic win. All conference teams have talent, and can beat you if you don't bring your best effort. Proof is that BC upset then #25 Miami in Chestnut Hill. NC State needs to once again take care of business. Game is this Tuesday, 20 Feb @ 19:00 eastern, broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 10:59
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    I think you need to check the scoreboard. We won the game and you act like we lost it! Frankly trying to figure out your motivations here. Ken
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    18th February 2018, 09:16
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Obviously not - he had a career high in points yesterday... So did Crawford. 😕
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 23:21
    LSmith replied to a thread Pitt in Men's Basketball
    This Game. This game played on the road January 24th is the reason we are where we are now. We are now 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the ACC and certainly an "above the bubble" team at this point in the season. It seems looking back with a few exceptions most years since the 1980s when we have made the dance we had to play our way in via the ACC tournament. We are in a position with 4 ACC games left and 3 at home to solidify the dance prior to the tournament and most likely will see a day one bye and in the the hunt for a top four two day bye in the ACC Tournament. We were in prime position to lose "this game" back on January 24th". We were down by double digits for a large percentage of the game. Pitt could have got their only ACC win this game and if they did I feel would have sent our season in a downward spiral. Instead we found a way to win shooting horribly and playing horribly and wnet into the Dean Dome the very next game and upset the holes. I feel any previous Pack team, even the best NCAA tournament teams under HWSNBM and Gott would have lost this game. This team turned this season around that night. I questioned in this game thread why this team cannot just hit freakin shots. Since this game we have shot over 40% from behind the arc in 4 of the 6 games we have played since Pitt. We are finding our rhythm offensively and continuing to hustle out wins. Under Coach Keatts while I still feel there is a lot to work on we can count on hard nose all out effort even in losses and I only can pin point about 2 WTF losses: UNCG (although a very good team 2nd in their conference) and the at Notre Dame loss. I will take only 2 WTFs in a season. Usually there are a lot more and we are left asking WTF at the end of the season like last season where we see Dennis Smith Jr going off in the NBA and this weekend in the slam dunk contest and we ask WTF????? We had a losing season with this guy. Not his fault but damn!!!
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  • Stephen Sparks's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 18:18
    Stephen Sparks replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Big road win in W-S today. Loved the way we played except for the freethrows at the end of the game. I'll take it none the less. Just a couple more wins and that's a 20 win season with more to play for before its end.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 17:59
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    I agree, goal one is the NCAA, and this is goal two, and one that I think we should focus on. I don't think it's beyond the realm of possibility that we can win all four of our remaining games, which are: Boston College Florida State @ Georgia Tech Louisville I like that three of our last four are at home. But, FSU and Louisville are strong teams. And truth remains that if you don't bring your game against any ACC opponent, you're likely to get sent home spanked! Our last remaining ACC road game is against Georgia Tech, who's reeling now from losing their best player for the season due to a fractured arm. We just need to march into their barn with a determination to add to their misery!
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 17:45
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Keatts 4-1 against in state ACC rivals. I will take that any day. I think we will take care of business and get into the dance. I am looking now at the bigger picture which is we are not out of the running to finish top 4 in the ACC and get a double buy in the ACC tourney which would pretty much guarantee a lofty seed in the dance. Win out and the holes fall at Duke and we r tied with them for 4th. Also Clemson has had some injuries and could drop a couple of games these next 2 weeks.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 17:14
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    It was, I think, not a must win game, but it was a very valuable road win indeed! The Pack gets the job done once again, defeating Wake 90-84, to sweep the Deacs for the regular season, earn their 18th win, and establish the Pack on a solid foundation to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, plus remain in the upper half of the ACC standings. Ken
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 17:13
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Too freaking close, but a road win is a road win !
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 13:43
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    It's not a must win, not by any objective measure! We stand at 17 wins with five games left. Twenty guarantee us an NCAA berth even before the ACC tournament starts. It is certainly a game I expect we will be competitive in and perhaps steal another ACC road win. That's certainly the objective. Ken
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 11:49
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    This is a MUST win. Just the type of game a Gottfried-coached team would blow. Canít afford to lose to this Wake team, no matter where itís played. Win this one, and State has 18 wins, closing out the regular season with three out of four at home, needing only one win to finish at .500 in conference, and two wins to be above .500 with 20 wins. I would think that would guarantee an NCAA berth. Final four games : vs BC, vs FSU, at GT, vs Louisville... You can DO this, Pack !!!
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  • Stephen Sparks's Avatar
    17th February 2018, 11:18
    Stephen Sparks replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    This another chance for State to build their resume for the Dance. Letís go to W-S to kick some Bad Baptist A$$!!!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 22:01
    The Wolfpack diamonds shown brightly Friday! Baseball swept Seton Hall to open up their regular season, and the Wolfpack ladies got softball off to an equally good start by defeating #22 Ohio State to open their season the right way! The tight 5-4 affair was highlighted by a grand slam by Timberlyn Shurbutt in the sixth, which flipped the game to the Pack's advantage 4-2. The Buckeyes answered with two in the top of the seventh to tie the game. NC State secured the win in walkoff fashion, after the umpire ruled the Pack's runner at third base was obstructed from scoring on a fielder's choice to second base. http://gopack.com/news/2018/2/16/pack-softball-takes-down-22-ohio-state-in-home-opener.aspx Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 21:55
    Ken Stallings started a thread Seton Hall in Baseball
    The Pack swept the opening doubleheader of the three game series at home versus Seton Hall. http://gopack.com/news/2018/2/16/baseball-no-13-pack9-sweeps-opening-day-doubleheader-against-seton-hall.aspx Game one was an 8-4 offensive slugfest, as the Pack vaulted to an 8-1 advantage before Seton Hall managed to score three in the top of the eighth. Brock Deatherage brought the heavy lumber, going 3-4 with a solo homer in the bottom of the second to opening the scoring. Brian Brown earned the win with six complete, surrendering just one run. Game two was more of a pitcher's duel, ending 3-1 for the Pack. The Hall opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the first. NC State quickly answered with two in the third, and added an insurance tally an inning later. Johnny Piedmonte earned the victory, pitching seven complete of two-hit ball, surrendering the only Seton Hall run. The series is scheduled to conclude at 13:00 Sunday.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 21:43
    The #6 Wolfpack got revenge for last season as this year they returned the favor on #8 Virginia Tech and won their season and championship clinching match! http://gopack.com/news/2018/2/16/wrestling-takedown-in-ot-in-final-bout-leads-6-packwrestle-to-19-15-win-over-8-virginia-tech.aspx In a match where the victor would be crowned ACC champion, it came down to the last weight class bout of the night and even that went into overtime, before NC State's Michael Boyton scored the upset victory by scoring a take down on Andrew Dunn. Like for most of the match, it was nationally ranked opponents versus each other. With that result, NC State earned an undefeated dual match conference season and therefore the ACC Dual Championships. The Pack concludes the regular season Sunday as they host #3 Ohio State.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 19:33
    Man! It's baseball season! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 17:44
    LSmith replied to a thread Break out the baseballs! in Baseball
    Got the season started with a 3-1 win. Piedmonte gets the win.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 11:25
    Seems like this stuff is happening all over the place now -- officials putting themselves front and center at college sporting events, turning themselves into the star of the show! Pac-12 official Randy McCall first issued a warning to an unnamed Arizona State cheerleader, and then after it happened again, tossed the cheerleader from the game! The offense was that the cheerleader used his megaphone to address an individual player from the opposition! Shit! By that zany standard, the officials could have closed Reynolds back in the day when we designated a single player to cheer like hell whenever he touched the ball, and then stop cheering soon as he unloaded it. The effect was amazing, and many times it unraveled an opposition player, who had no idea what was happening! McCall's statement after the game read: "He was yelling, using the megaphone to call out people by name, which is not acceptable. He was asked to please stop, and he chose not to."
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 10:38
    Without a doubt, 100% objectionable and unacceptable conduct by the officials who worked that game. The official who made the technical calls (assuming the same person) should be immediately fired and have it made clear he will never officiate another sporting event again. And I agree with your other idea. The officials seem aloof from immediate and public responsibility for their actions. Forcing the game officials to face the media would allow their actions to be publicly scrutinized. It would help moderate away the arrogance that sometimes fuels bad officials. Ken
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  • Steve M's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 08:06
    Steve M replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    I watched / rewatched foul calls too. Refs blew a few. If Johnson had not bumped and got pushed twice they may have called 2 Ts on Cuse. IMO the lopsided number called against State was due to: 1. Syracuse played zone the entire game. 2. Keats drilled in practice to be more aggressive in the paint. Do you think Keats had to bring in a tutor to teach the team to play zone to prepare for the game?
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 07:52
    https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina-state/Bolt/WATCH-Louisiana-Tech-player-gets-technical-for-huge-dunk-115031069 La Tech player gets ejected after receiving his second tech for simply dunking the ball and looking at another player. I have seen way, way worse than this and nothing called. And I thought that the tech against Johnson against Cuse was bad. The officials are totally getting out of hand. Good on the commentator calling them out... IMO, coaches and players have to face the media after a game and answer questions, so should the officials. At least the head of the crew needs to be in front of the camera justifying the horrible calls.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th February 2018, 06:18
    Derreck replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    IMO, what won this game was Keatts adjustment putting Johnson in the middle of the zone to bust it up. That opened up our entire offense at that point.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 23:48
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Three point shooting is how we won this game. That's about the only way we could have, and it helped that Syracuse shot poorly from the charity stripe that the officials bestowed upon the Orange as a site of ownership! The Cuse shot 70.4% from the free throw line (19-27). The Pack shot 76.9% from the free throw line (10-13)! To counter this imbalance, we hit 10 three point shots and Syracuse hit just five! Ergo! A difference in made three's of 15 to counter an imbalance of 9 extra free throws -- a six point margin in our favor. We lost the other two points due to the Cuse having two extra points in the paint. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 19:05
    LSmith replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Yes, Sam Hunt came up big! Keatts made the commit that this was the biggest "team" win of the season and that all 9 players that played had a positive effect on the outcome of the game. I heard an interview a couple of months ago with Hunts coach at A&T who gave high praises on Hunt's character. This was a game that everyone contributed and none bigger than Hunts huge baskets at critical points. Very happy for him. And yes. The Pack victory over the #13th rank Paul Pasqualoni coached Syracuse team counts!. Barnette's connection to Tory Holt for the 2 point conversion that game was probably their biggest of the many thousands of yards those two connected on. Too bad we did not have a defense at the time to compliment Barnette and Holt.
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 10:53
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    Hey Bigs - Remember Doral Moore ? He ate your lunch in Raleigh.... Time for some PAYBACK !!!
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  • Prowling Woofie's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 10:30
    Prowling Woofie replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Scrappy effort, despite the lopsided officiating. Bigs were useless tonight. Abu had two points and one rebound, Yurt looked scared silly. Lennard at least showed some toughness on defense, and got a couple of crucial buckets. Hunt was the hero tonight, after scoring zip against Carolina on Saturday. He came up HUGE. Hard to believe after the first 7 minutes of the second half, that only Markell fouled out... I thought weíd be lucky to finish the game with five eligible players ! This might not be a great Syracuse team, but this was a GREAT road victory by the Pack. Only their second win ever in the Carrier Dome (third if you count the Mike OíCain win over McNabb 😋).
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 08:04
    LSmith replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    I will say this is the first Pack team I have seen in years that did not let the awful officiating in a game like this get in their heads and remained resilient enough to pull out the game. That requires a different level of toughness and we showed it last night.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 07:58
    LSmith replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    "These three idiots need to get some suspension for their efforts tonight!" I agree but the problem with that is the rest of the ACC officials will rally around the 3 suspended and write their initials on their shoes to show support and make us look like the a-holes (Karl Hess all over again). Lets face it. ACC officials are above reproach when it comes to NC State. Now had that been Joel Berry instead of Markell Johnson? You bet at least one official would be reprimanded if not suspended.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 00:38
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    That was the moment I posted about just above -- the double technical that was offsetting! I have never seen a player get a free shove after being called for the first one! And then one can add the fifth foul on Johnson where he simply jumped up to try to catch a 50-50 ball, and the Syracuse player jumped over the back of Johnson. I've seen that ruled a no call 90% of the time, and the other 10% the foul is on the player who comes over the back of the guy who caught the ball! I don't know what the heck these officials were doing tonight. It's a miracle that we won this game having seen the f-show these three put on view tonight! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    15th February 2018, 00:36
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    I have the watch the game now on replay to see the details. Someone please tell me how Frank Howard can twice shove Markell Johnson, the first time after the play is over and hard enough to push Johnson into the crowd under the baseline, and then he shoves him away a second time when Johnson gets up and gets in his grill about it, and get whistled for just ONE technical foul! Also, it was called offsetting technicals as Johnson was called for one because he didn't like being shoved into the crowd! Of all the bullshit officiating in this game -- and by my watch it was filled with it -- this was the worst! These three idiots need to get some suspension for their efforts tonight!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 23:06
    Ken Stallings started a thread @ Wake in Men's Basketball
    The Pack doesn't get much time to savor their road win against Syracuse! They travel again to Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon (17 Feb). The Deacs have also won their previous game, at home versus Georgia Tech, 79-62. And frankly throw out the records! Wake and State always play tough games against each other! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 23:03
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    As follow up, the Cuse had already beaten these opponents in their barn: Maryland UConn Virginia Tech Wake Forest They also had a similar overall record to the Pack's. I also thought the first foul call on Yert was a total joke! He simply battled for a rebound off the free throw shot, and the official who made the call was behind the action.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 22:13
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    This win was HUGE!!! Average teams donít waltz into the Carrier Dome and steal wins, especially ACC conference wins. We were still in Joe Lunardiís bracket prior to this game, and Iím sure he didnít have us as the favorite to win it. This team has guts ó big time guts! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 22:09
    LSmith replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Big Big road win!!!!! 74-70 Pack!!!
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 21:42
    LSmith replied to a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Make that 22-11 foul lead down 54-51 with 9 left. Pack has 5 players now with 3 fouls and 1 with 4. Be lucky to finish this one with 5 eligible players.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 21:38
    LSmith started a thread Cuse in Men's Basketball
    Cuse up 49-48 with 11 minutes to go. We have out fouled them 20-11. Markell with 4 already and Yert, Dorn, Berverly, and Abu all have 3. Cuse has 1 player Howard with 3 fouls. SMH.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 17:38
    Still nothing. How big is the attachment? Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 12:44
    HMMM, says it went through on my end. ken@kenstallings.com? I would have come from dedwards@vthackney.com. Might check your junk.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 10:48
    Just checked my email. Did not see anything in there from you. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    14th February 2018, 07:53
    Email sent
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th February 2018, 22:55
    It's amazing how quickly baseball season comes upon us. My favorite sports related words remain: "Pitchers and catchers report!" Yes, I love baseball! For the Wolfpack Nine, it's a season with lots of familiar names now plying their trade in various levels of minor league baseball circuits. Nevertheless, they are ranked #25 in some pre-season polling. They may also have one of the best relief pitchers in the ACC and the nation in Joe O'Donnell. O'Donnell has been named to the pre-season Stopper of Year watch list. http://gopack.com/news/2018/2/13/baseball-2018-pack9-season-preview.aspx And to prove how fast it all begins, the regular season starts with a three-game series versus Seton Hall at Doak Field this Friday, 16 Feb!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th February 2018, 22:02
    Two options come to my mind. First option is to upload the video to You Tube, which I think just requires you to sign up for an account with them. Then, once uploaded, you can post the video here. The second option is to send the video to me as an attachment, either by email or PM. I can then upload the video to my own personal server, which hosts this website as well as my personal web blog. Once that is done, I could then post a link here. Cheers,
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    13th February 2018, 11:31
    So we are getting close to softball season, which the first practice is Feb 19th. The great news is with the # of girls signed up, the school will actually have a middle school team this year. So unlike volleyball, the 6/7/8th graders will be able to play a middle schools instead of having to play as the JV. 9-12th will make up the varsity. There will also be a select number of games where the 8/9/10th graders will play some JV games. So what does this mean for Mckenzie? Well, she will pitch primarily for the Middle school team. Coach said he would also like to bring her up on the JV team as a backup pitcher if needed. I have a decent video of Mckenzie hitting, but I have no idea how to upload now that photobucket is a paid site.
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    12th February 2018, 16:31
    Other than the ACC Tournament, we won't be playing in March, unless the defense improves.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th February 2018, 12:45
    I also think with this win, that is 4 of 5 against UNC and it also locked up a first round bye in the ACCT.
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