Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

Youth football stars set for ‘bowl’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Durham youth football players Yasir Stroud (12) and Myles Harp (11) have been named Offense-Defense Sports Football All-Americans and invited to participate in the eighth annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities at the Citrus Bowl here Dec. 30-Jan. 5.

Stroud, a Shepard Middle School seventh grader, plays linebacker and offensive tackle. Harp, a sixth grader at The School for Creative Studies plays linebacker and fullback. Both players are members of Durham’s Oak Grove Pirates youth football team.

They were selected from among thousands of young players nationwide by  the Bowl Selection Committee for the All-Star game which involves players from age seven through 8th grade, broken into age groups.

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Duke signees Okafor, Jones on ESPN2

BRISTOL, Conn. — Duke basketball signees Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones will be the focus of a nationally televised (7 p.m., ESPN2) high school basketball game tonight.

The 6-11, 265-pound Okafor’s Chicago Whitney Young High will travel to meet point guard Tyus Jones’ Apple Valley, Minn., team. Okafor is the consensus No. 1 national recruit in the current senior class and Jones is ranked consistently as the nation’s top point guard prospect and a top 5 national prospect.

ECU QB wins C-USA top honor

IRVING, Texas — East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden has been named Conference USA¹s Most Valuable Player according to announcement by the league office Wednesday.

Carden is the second Pirate to take home MVP honors following Dwayne Harris’ selection in 2010.

Carden, who became the first ECU QB to earn First-Team All C-USA honors, has guided the Pirates to a 9-3 overall record and its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years. East Carolina will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on Ohio in the 2013 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl on December 23.

The Houston, Texas prep product has passed for a league-high 3,866 yards, completing a nation-best 71.0 percent of his passes (358-of-504) with 32 TDs  — finding an FBS-best 10 different receivers for at least one score. He has also added 10 ground scores to rank second on the team behind Vintavious Cooper’s 11.

WakeMed Soccer Park to host College Cup

NEW YORK — The NCAA announced Wednesday that WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary will host the 2014 men’s soccer College Cup and the 2015 women’s soccer College Cup.

The College Cup pits the NCAA’s four regional champions in a two-day tournament to determine a national title.

UNC soccer defenders are honored

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — North Carolina men’s soccer defenders Boyd Okwuonu and Jonathan Campbell have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region Team.

Okwuonu was selected to the first team, while Campbell was named to the third team.

The ACC Defender of the Year, Okwuonu started at center back in all 20 matches this season for the Tar Heels.

Campbell started 18 matches at center back and was an All-ACC second team selection this season.

Chapel Hill’s Fisher named all-American

CHAPEL HILL — Big Eight 3-A Conference boys’ soccer player of the year Ben Fisher of Chapel Hill High School has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-America team.

Fisher was one of only six juniors named to the 61-player squad and one of only two North Carolina players honored.

Duke field hockey coach wins top honor

DURHAM — Duke University head field hockey coach Pam Bustin was named the 2013 South Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Wednesday after guiding the Blue Devils to a 17-6 record and a losing appearance in the NCAA championship game.

Syracuse, UNC, Duke top ACC poll

GREENSBORO —  Atlantic Coast Conference newcomer Syracuse has been selected as the preseason favorite in the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll.

The Orange received 28 points in balloting among the ACC’s six head coaches. Reigning NCAA champion Duke and defending ACC champion North Carolina each received 27 points and tied for second. Virginia (16), Notre Dame (15) and Maryland (13) followed.

Duke all-American Brendan Fowler was selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team as the face-off specialist. Joining Fowler on the Preseason All-ACC Team are Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf, North Carolina junior midfielder Chad Tutton, Maryland senior defenseman Mike Ehrhardt and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato, Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams, Maryland junior defenseman Goran Murray, North Carolina junior attackman Joe Sankey, and Virginia senior attackman Mark Cockerton and senior midfielder Rob Emery.

Rounding out the Preseason All-ACC Team are Notre Dame senior midfielder Jim Marlatt, Duke senior long-stick midfielder Luke Deprey and North Carolina senior short-stick midfielder Ryan Creighton.

MLB to ban collisions at home plate

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Talk about change in baseball.

Seattle is spending, adding two-time All-Star Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to go along with Robinson Cano.

The New York Mets also are flashing big bucks, striking a deal with pitcher Bartolo Colon after signing Curtis Granderson.

And, in the biggest news at the winter meetings, Major League Baseball said it plans to ban home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.

“I just want to try to eliminate any injuries, severe injuries,” San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. “Whether it’s a concussion or broken ankle, whatever.”

Tide kicker gets boost from Bush 43

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama kicker Cade Foster received a supportive note from former President George W. Bush.

Foster missed two field goal attempts and had a third blocked in the Crimson Tide’s 34-28 loss to Auburn on Nov. 30.

He posted a photo of the letter on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Wednesday.

Bush wrote:

“Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best — Sincerely — another 43, George Bush.”

Bush was the 43rd president and Foster wears No. 43.