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A class act and a very good friend said his good-byes on Friday afternoon. Tom Wright, the athletic director at Watauga High, has announced his retirement.

Seven-Run 7th Inning Lifts 'Dads to 8-3 Win....Lakewood, NJ - The Hickory Crawdads took out its frustrations on Lakewood Friday night. The 'Dads, who were mired in an offensive slump, broke through with a seven-run seventh inning in an 8-3 win at FirstEnergy Park.

Duke Falls to UNCW in NCAA Opener....COLUMBIA, S.C. – UNCW jumped out to a commanding early lead, defeating Duke 11-1 in the first game of the NCAA Columbia Regional Friday afternoon at Founders Park.

Earlier in the day on Friday, it was reported Muhammad Ali had been placed on life support. A few hours later, the boxing great passed away at age 74.

With the 2016 season in the books, Carolina baseball players will spread throughout the United States to play in some of the nation's top summer leagues. J.B. Bukauskas, who has accepted an invitation to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, leads a deep list of Tar Heels who will sharpen their skills against other top NCAA talent.