NC A&T, Saint Mary's Grab Wins In NCAA's First Four

North Carolina A&T and Saint Mary's are advancing after the first night of the NCAA Tournament. The 16th-seeded Aggies of North Carolina A&T picked up a 73-72 win over Liberty to move on to the next round. It was the first win in ten tournament appearances for the Aggies. Their reward is a date with the top-overall seed Louisville in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday. Liberty was just the second team in history to make the Big Dance with 20 losses. The 11th-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels took out Middle Tennessee, 67-54, to continue their run. It's the Gaels' first win in the tournament since making a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010. Saint Mary's will play sixth-seeded Memphis from Auburn Hills, Michigan on Thursday.

The First Four continues on Wednesday night with two more games. Sixteen seeds clash at 6:40 p.m. Eastern as Northeastern Conference champion LIU-Brooklyn takes on Colonial Athletic Association champ James Madison. The winner moves on to play number-one seeded Indiana. In the nightcap, 13th-seeds Boise State and La Salle clash for the right to advance. The winner will meet fourth-seeded Kansas State in the next round.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Taylor Covington with the New Haven Track and Field Team. Taylor earned All-State honors medaling in four events at the state track meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. She ran anchor on the 4X800 relay team that finished in sixth place.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Cardinals are off today before the Dodgers come to town for the start of a three-game series tomorrow night. John Lackey will start the opener for St. Louis. He's 2-and-3 with a 3.18 ERA. Los Angeles sends Mike Bolsinger to the mound. He's 3-and-0 with a 0.71 ERA.