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Vince Nairn


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Vince:

New coach Mark Briggs finding right advice to lead Wilmington Hammerheads

Mark Briggs plans to look for advice in a familiar place heading into his first season as a professional soccer coach. → Read More

Bigger league, bigger goals for Hammerheads

The Wilmington Hammerheads' on-field stumbles haven't broken Jason Arnold's confidence.The team's three wins this summer were a franchise worst, and the Hammers will play the 2016 season with their third coach in as many seasons, a rate more common in high school football than professional soccer. → Read More

Race day always provides lessons for B2B organizers

(Editor's note: PPD Beach2Battleship is in its eighth year of existence and has more than 2,000 participants each October. In order to learn the process of producing an event of that stature, StarNews reporter Vince Nairn attended the race's monthly planning meetings. A two-day look at the event started in Thursday's StarNews and finishes here.) → Read More

Wildcats hit all cylinders vs. Bucs

New Hanover’s final drive of the first half Monday against Laney positioned the Wildcats to succeed the rest of the evening. → Read More

Laney High School grad Tamera Young ends up-and-down year with WNBA's Chicago Sky

A premature exit from the postseason capped an up-and-down year for Wilmington native and Chicago Sky forward Tamera Young. → Read More

Former Hammerhead players return to Wilmington in regular season finale

Quillan Roberts was the last Toronto FC II player to leave the Legion Stadium field Saturday, taking extra time to chat with some Wilmington Hammerheads fans in the crowd. → Read More

Around USL: Sept. 14

With the final week that awaits the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, making the United Soccer League playoffs would be a well-earned feat. After Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Wilmington, the Riverhounds are in seventh place, one spot and one point out of a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. With a game in hand on sixth place Richmond, Pittsburgh controls its own destiny, but the upcoming opponents make… → Read More

Wildcats can't overcome mistakes

With an already slim margin of error for New Hanover football team going up against Havelock, which has been to the Class 3A state title game four years in a row, the Wildcats’ start to the game didn’t help their cause. → Read More

Man honors soldiers with swim around Wrightsville Beach

Henry Singletary has no ties to the military but was taken aback in March when a helicopter crash killed seven Marines and four Louisiana National Guardsmen off the coast of Florida. → Read More

West Brunswick wins ugly, but they're 2-0

SHALLOTTE -- It had been 18 years since the last time West Brunswick opened a high school football season with back-to-back wins. → Read More

Around USL: Aug. 17

Jacob VanCompernolle didn’t enter his rookie season with Oklahoma City Energy FC expecting playing time. The former UNCW defender was more focused on adjusting to life in the United Soccer League. “Not many professional clubs will take a young guy and throw him out there in the team early on,” VanCompernolle said last week. “It’s been one of those things where you adapt really quickly, and it’s… → Read More

Around USL: Aug. 10

John Wolyniec called New York Red Bulls II’s 4-2 loss to Wilmington on Saturday a “hiccup” in an otherwise strong stretch of play. Entering Saturday, Red Bulls II was 6-2-2 in its previous 10 games, moving from the bottom of the United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference to firmly in the postseason chase. Even after the loss, New York remains fifth. “It’s just a commitment to what we’re doing,”… → Read More

Hammerheads goalie Rawls grows into game

Andre Rawls attended orientation at the University of Colorado, was about to pick his classes and prepared to leave soccer behind him. → Read More

Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame inductees share deep local roots

The 2015 Greater Wilmington Sports Hall Of Fame induction class matters because each member has made Wilmington home. → Read More

Jim Hebbe, Hoggard High School's first basketball coach, joining local sports hall of fame

When Hoggard High School opened in 1967, Jim Hebbe was tabbed to be the first basketball coach. → Read More

UNCW's first Division I basketball coach guided program

Mel Gibson always saw UNC-Wilmington as his dream job. → Read More

Longtime Wilmington softball icon Phil Rose passes away

Phil Rose founded the Wilmington Senior Softball Association two decades ago because he loved the game and wanted to keep playing it. → Read More

Gold medalist shares volleyball knowledge with area youth

Madie Schider's entire body shook as she stood on one of the volleyball courts at Capt'n Bill's Backyard Grill. → Read More

Struggling offense is Wilmington Hammerheads' biggest concern for 2015

Carson Porter had seven regular-season matches and a playoff loss in 2014 to see what players would fit his system as the new coach for Wilmington Hammerheads FC. The roster for his first full season with the team will be a mix of new and old. → Read More

Wrightsville Beach Marathon picks up speed as Boston qualifier

Kelli Kerkhoff ran last year's Boston Marathon. A sub-par performance left her with a desire to run it again. → Read More