Area soccer teams chase titles
Five of the six area boys’ soccer teams that are still alive in the state playoffs have confirmed that they will play third-round games on Wednesday.
The one exception is No. 7 Carrboro (15-5-2) traveling to No. 2 Washington (18-1-2) for a 6 p.m. match today.
Wednesday’s games — the Sweet 16 of the state playoffs — include 4-A No. 5 seed Jordan (16-3-2) visiting No. 4 Wilmington New Hanover (20-2-2) at 6 p.m.
In the 3-A playoffs, No. 1 seed Chapel Hill (23-1-1) hosts No. 8 Boiling Spring Lakes South Brunswick (7-10-3) at 6 p.m.
In the 2-A ranks, No. 5 N.C. School of Science and Mathematics (16-3-2) travels to No. 4 Beulaville East Duplin (18-3-1) for a 6 p.m. match
In the 1-A playoffs, fifth-seeded Woods Charter (16-3) goes to No. 1 Granville Central (18-3-1) for a 7 p.m. contest.
Duke’s Parker one to watch
DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is on the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Preseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday.
Parker has averaged 14.5 points in two exhibition games. His numbers will mean more starting Friday when Duke officially launches its season by hosting Davidson (7 p.m., ESPNU).
Other freshmen on the watch list include Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young; Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis; Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Florida’s Kasey Hill.
The late Wayman Tisdale played at Oklahoma before his career in the NBA. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died in 2009.
NCCU men among MEAC best
DURHAM — N.C. Central is predicted to finish third among the 13 teams that play basketball in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
“The preseason projections are just that — projections,” NCCU coach LeVelle Moton said. “Games and championships are won on the court, and we will prepare with that in mind; so as great as it may be that we were chosen third, we take it as it is, a prediction.”
NCCU guard Jeremy Ingram is on the preseason All-MEAC first team, and his point guard, Emanuel Chapman, is on the third team.
Norfolk State, the defending regular season MEAC champion, has been picked to finish first, and Morgan State is slated to come in second in the league.
Here is the MEAC’s predicted order of finish for the No. 4 to No. 13 spots, respectively: Hampton, N.C. A&T, Savannah State, Delaware State, Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Florida A&M, S.C. State, Howard and Maryland Eastern Shore.
A&T won last year’s MEAC Tournament, which came with a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
NCCU last season was 22-9, going 15-1 in the MEAC for a second-place finish in the league.
The Eagles’ first official tip this season is on the road against Cincinnati on Friday ( 8 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com)
Little regard for Lady Eagles
NORFOLK, Va. — Expectations coming out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for N.C. Central’s women’s basketball team are extremely low.
The Lady Eagles have been picked to finish dead last, and none of NCCU’s players made any preseason all-conference teams.
NCCU hosts Livingstone in an exhibition game tonight ( 6 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Foster’s nose for ball rewarded
NORFOLK, Va. — N.C. Central senior linebacker Tazmon Foster is the defensive player of the week in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after rounding up a career-best 18 tackles during a loss to No. 13 Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. Twelve of those tackles were solo shots, two of them for losses, including a sack. Foster also forced a fumble at the 1-yard line to prevent a touchdown.
Foster, from Henderson, both leads the MEAC and ranks second nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision with 110 tackles — that’s 12.2 stops per game.
NCCU’s Thomas Dixon also caught the MEAC’s eye. The league noted him among the weekend’s top performers for his touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return.
Duke hot at net
DURHAM — Duke’s volleyball team has climbed three spots to No. 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.
The Blue Devils are on a six-match winning streak.
Duke lacrosse coach featured
DURHAM — Duke men’s lacrosse coach John Danowski will be the guest speaker at the Durham Sports Club’s noon luncheon at Croasdaile Country Club on Wednesday.
Danowski is 111-29 in seven seasons at Duke. During that time, the Blue Devils won six ACC regular season titles, captured four ACC Tournament titles and brought home national titles in 2010 and 2013.