Firebirds flying high

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

The undefeated Durham Firebirds are headed to Davenport, Fla., this weekend to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union national football championships.

The Firebirds, ages 14 and under, play tackle football.

This season, the Firebirds have beaten teams in cities including Charlotte, Fayetteville, Salisbury and Greensboro.

The Firebirds are coached by Mike Mitchell, Kelvin Hawkins, David Vines and Tie Taylor.

Lady Eagles add to nest

DURHAM — N.C. Central coach Vanessa Taylor received commitments from three young ladies who signed national letters of intent during the early signing period.

Imani Atkinson (Greensboro Day School), Maya Jackson (West Florence High School, South Carolina) and Kierona Morton (Passaic County Technical Institute, New Jersey) will be freshmen for the Lady Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

Atkinson, a 5-10 guard, averaged 10 points, six rebounds and six steals per game as a high school junior.

Jackson, a 6-2 power forward, is in her second season at West Florence, where she averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a season ago.

Morton, a 6-1 post player, averaged 12.6 points and 10 rebounds last season.

NCCU (3-2) already has more wins than it managed in last season’s 2-28 run, and its 89-58 victory over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 25 was the team’s largest margin of victory since beating Virginia State 75-41 during the first round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament  in Charlotte on Feb. 27, 2007.

The Lady Eagles will be in Spartanburg, S.C., to play Wofford on Saturday at 5 p.m.


NCCU Eagles soaring

DURHAM — N.C. Central (5-1) is the No. 24 men’s mid-major basketball team in the nation, according to the Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

The top 5 in the poll are Wichita State, Gonzaga, Belmont, Indiana State and Harvard, respectively.

The Eagles go on the road to play Old Dominion on Dec. 3 (7 p.m.,