Dan Spears, StarNewsOnline

Dan Spears


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Dan:

South Brunswick baseball had 5-run lead in NCHSAA championship Game 3. Then an injury changed everything

Starting pitcher Banks Hartman's injury was costly on the mound and at the plate and South Brunswick baseball finished as NCHSAA 3A state runners-up → Read More

Is pro soccer coming back to Wilmington? Here's what we know right now

USL League One put out a press release saying a group wants to have a team in Wilmington, North Carolina, by 2024. But details are few. → Read More

State track title, school record, last teams standing up for Athlete of the Week vote

Track stars and the final baseball and soccer teams from Southeastern NC made the cut for our final StarNewsVarsity vote of the school year → Read More

Playoff heroics, conference title-winning heroes, track star up for Athlete of the Week

Vote through Wednesday for your winner among Laney track & field, Topsail lacrosse, Topsail softball and South Brunswick baseball → Read More

Playoff schedules and scores for Wilmington-area spring high school sports

Click here throughout the month of May as Wilmington's best high school teams aim for NCHSAA and NCISAA state title in 2022 → Read More

Career-high Ks? Clutch moments in big games? Who will you pick for Athlete of the Week?

2 standout pitchers and the cog behind a flurry of soccer goals made the cut for Week 7 of the spring sports season → Read More

Four school records? 14 assists? Who's your pick for StarNewsVarsity Athlete of the Week?

Some record-breaking performances and steady excellence are on the ballot for Athlete of the Week this week → Read More

ON UNCW: Seahawks' present — and future — make CBI a memorable close to season

All-CAA guard Jaylen Sims is doing his thing, but underclassmen like Shykeim Phillips and Jamarii Thomas also show what UNCW will have next fall → Read More

State-best track time? Tennis domination? Take your vote for Athlete of the Week.

Track, baseball, softball and tennis athletes are up for the top honor from Week 3 of the spring high school sports season. → Read More

UNCW basketball ahead of the CAA Tournament: All-league picks, Elon matchup

Jaylen Sims is the latest Seahawk to be first-team All-CAA, while coach Takayo Siddle, players Mike Okauru and Shykeim Phillips also honored → Read More

Conference tournament stars, wrestling champs lead Athlete of the Week nominees

Titles by Laney wrestling, Hoggard girls basketball and New Hanover boys basketball led to the selection of this week's best → Read More

State champ, undefeated wrestler, top runner, hoops standout: Who is athlete of the week?

The 4A state sprint swimming champ and one of the leaders of the area's best wrestling team lead a deep field for weekly honors → Read More

State wrestling champs, regional swim winners up for Athlete of the Week

Two state champion wrestlers and region champion swimmers make up the field for this week's win. → Read More

Vote for the StarNews Athlete of the Week from Jan. 24-30

Two swimmers and two basketball players were nominated for their strong weeks as the first month of 2022 comes to a close. → Read More

NCHSAA State Football Playoffs: Round 3 Final Scores

See who won from around North Carolina as we get down to the final eight teams in each classification → Read More

Benny Moss still embraces Wilmington, even after being fired by UNCW basketball

The Seahawks' head coach was fired in season 4 in 2010, but still has plenty of friends in Wilmington -- and is ready to be a head coach again → Read More

NCHSAA State Football Playoffs: Round 2 Final Scores

Scores from all 64 games in the second round of the North Carolina high school football playoffs → Read More

NCHSAA State Football Playoffs: Round 2 Final Scores

Scores from all 64 games in the second round of the North Carolina high school football playoffs → Read More

Live scores and updates from Week 1 of high school football playoffs around Wilmington

Conference champions Hoggard and Pender are favored at home, but who else from Southeastern NC will survive Round 1? → Read More

Live scores and updates for Week 11 of Wilmington-area high school football

The Hoggard vs New Hanover rivalry game highlights the final week of the regular season, with plenty of NCHSAA playoff possibilities on the line. → Read More