Winthrop hoops DVD on sale tonight

Winthrop Athletics and Happy Trailers HD Productions has announced that the documentary DVD "Winthrop Rising -- A Basketball Story" will go on sale tonight prior to the Eagles' home basketball game against Akron.

The 45-minute documentary, which was directed and produced by Lance Miccio, an award-winning filmmaker from California, covers Winthrop's journey to the 2007 NCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash. as the Eagles made school and Big South Conference history by advancing to the second round after defeating Notre Dame.

Miccio gives fans a look at the behind the scenes preparation by former head coach Gregg Marshall and the Winthrop coaching staff. Through the camera lens, Miccio shows the practice sessions, video sessions, the team meetings and best of all the locker room scene and Marshall's fiery pre-game pep talk that led to the Eagles' 74-64 upset victory over the Fighting Irish.

According to Jack Frost, Winthrop's assistant athletic director for media relations, this documentary is a must-have item for Eagle fans.

"This DVD will make a great Christmas gift for any basketball fan and especially for those who have rooted for Eagles," he said.

The cost of the DVD is $29.95 plus an additional $5 for shipping and handling.

John Layton, an associate with Happy Trailers HD, will be on upper concourse of the Winthrop Coliseum tonight between the hours of 6 and 7 p.m., and again during halftime to take orders.

Payment can be made by check, cash, PayPal or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express). The DVD will be shipped from California in time for Christmas.

The DVD can also be ordered by printing an order form that can be found on the Winthrop athletics Web site at and mailing the form along with payment of $34.95 per DVD to:

Happy Trailers HD; Attn: Winthrop Rising DVD; 202 Main Street, Suite 15; Venice, CA 90291.

• LOCAL FOOTBALL -- The Rock Hill All-Star football team is traveling to Charleston on Friday and any fans interested in going can ride a chartered bus. Call (803) 493-5006 for more information.

• LOCAL BASKETBALL -- Locally Sponsored Showmars of Rock Hill won four straight playoff games to win the Still Got Game League Championship in Huntersville, N.C.

Showmars defeated The Hotboys 80-75, OSB 91-52, One Love Development 81-78 in overtime, and then defeated Q-Bell Allstars 74-38 in the tournament finals.

The championship team consisted of Bobby Isom, Eric Mann, Andy Anderson, Chad Kirk, Will Massey, James "Skibo" Brewer, Earlex Green, Shaun Kirkland, and Letrasky Pressley.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- Nick Fuller, a former South Carolina pitcher, pleaded guilty to six charges involving three campus burglaries, then answered what many fans have wondered since the rising star was arrested in the spring.

The 19-year-old from Marietta, Ga., also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay $870 in court costs and restitution.

Fuller, a third-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft last spring, was accused of stealing $3,100 from an assistant coach's locker and taking three laptop computers from an academic center, according to university police reports.

The baseball funds were "meal money" the coaches were to hand out to players remaining on campus during spring break, South Carolina coach Ray Tanner has said.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was fired, a day after the Bruins accepted a bowl bid and two days after a loss to cross-town rival Southern California.

Dorrell was let go despite leading the Bruins to a postseason game in each of his five seasons at UCLA, which had an outside chance to reach the Rose Bowl before its loss to USC.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Clemson's K.C. Rivers and North Carolina's Wayne Ellington are co-players of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Duke's Kyle Singler is the rookie of the week, the league announced.

Rivers averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Tigers posted a pair of non-conference home victories last week. He had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 61-58 win over Purdue Tuesday and a season-high 24 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's 85-74 victory over South Carolina.

• PRO HOCKEY -- Matt Cullen had two assists in his return to Madison Square Garden, Cam Ward earned his second shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-0.

Cullen, traded back to the Hurricanes this summer after one season with the Rangers, had the primary assist on Scott Walker's goal and then helped set up the first of Cory Stillman's two to give Carolina a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Ward made that stand up, stopping 28 shots for his fourth NHL shutout. It was quite a turnaround for the Hurricanes, who played their fourth game in six days and bounced back from an 8-1 drubbing in Buffalo on Saturday that kicked off a five-game road trip.

Carolina had lost four of six.