Next Level: Wanko Shines for ECU Tennis Team
Freshman Neena Wanko (Union Pines) picked up the only win for the East Carolina women’s tennis team on Saturday in a 6-1 loss at College of Charleston.
The two-time state finalist and 2009 NCHSAA 3A singles champion while at Union Pines is 11-3 in singles after winning her fifth match in a row for the 12-4 Pirates. She and partner Manon Bissat are 10-4 in doubles.
Bryant University tennis player Dana Parziale (Pinecrest) was recently named the Northeast Conference Men’s Rookie Tennis Player of the Month. The freshman earned weekly rookie honors twice during the fall season. He currently carries a singles record of 7-3, including a 3-0 mark on a recent trip to Puerto Rico, for the 9-6 Bulldogs.
Covenant College sharpshooter Margaret Cross (O’Neal) has been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Mid-East All-Region second team.
The junior guard averaged 11.4 points per game this season. Her 42.8 percent average on shots from behind the arc was the 10th best in the nation. She scored 14 points, including four threes, in the Lady Scots’ tournament semi-final loss to King College.
“I am so proud of how Mo has led us both on and off the floor,” Scots’ coach Cory Mullins said in a press release. “Mo is the right fit for this all-region team, both from a competitive perspective and for her heart for the Lord. Mo has attracted a lot of attention from other teams because she is such a great shooter. She has persevered through this season’s challenges and is very deserving of this award.”
UNC sophomore golfer Michael McGowan (O’Neal) shot rounds of 70-74-72-216 to finish in a tie for 13th place at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. last weekend. The Tar Heels came in seventh in the event won by Auburn in a playoff with Florida.
Also on the links, Charleston Southern sophomore Amanda D’Ostroph (Union Pines) posted a final round 69 to vault 30 places to 36th at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate played in Augusta, Ga. 10 days ago. Her three-day total was 82-78-69-229 in the tournament won by Purdue.
East Carolina’s Seth Maness (Pinecrest) pitched the first 10 innings in Friday night’s 3-2 win over Rutgers in 11. The senior right-hander allowed one earned run, six hits and struck out seven while not walking a batter.
Maness is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA. He has struck out 36 batters and walked only four in 36.1 innings this season. The Pirates (16-4) take a five-game winning streak into a three-game Conference USA series at home against Memphis beginning on Friday. They lead the nation with a team ERA of 1.67.
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