Fanfare: A look at college and other sports news in brief
Tré King invited to Orlando, Fla., event
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tight end Leon “Tré” King, 12, of Durham has been named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the eighth annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities in conjunction with the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
King, who plays for the Durham Firebirds youth football team, was selected from among thousands of players across the country.
The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a weeklong series of events including the televised, Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the nation’s top high school seniors.
King joins fellow Durham players Yasir Stroud (12) and Myles Harp (11) of Durham’s Oak Grove Pirates youth football program who are taking part in the Orlando events.
NCCU baseball to play 24 games at DAP
DURHAM — The N.C. Central baseball program will host 26 games at historic Durham Athletic Park during the 2014 season, third year head coach Jim Koerner announced on Thursday.
The Eagles are coming off a modern school win record of 27 set in the spring.
NCCU will battle six in-state opponents (Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, High Point, NC A&T, and St. Augustine’s) along with three first-ever matchups (Alabama State, Niagara, Lafayette College), beginning with 1 p.m. home games against the N.J. Institute of Technology Feb. 15 and 16.
Semin activated after missing 12 games
RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes activated star forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve Thursday in time to play in Thursday night’s game at Calgary.
Semin, 29, had missed Carolina’s previous 12 games after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 16 at St. Louis. The Russian skater was tied for first among Hurricanes skaters in assists (6), tied for second in points (9) and tied for third in goals (3) prior to his injury.
ACC dominates Hermann Trophy finalists
GREENSBORO — North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn, Virginia’s Morgan Brian, Maryland’s Patrick Mullins, and Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy.
Along with Dunn and Miller, UCLA’s Abby Dahlkemper rounds out the three women’s finalists. On the men’s side, UCLA’s Leo Stoltz joins Mullins and Shipp as finalists.
Both Dunn and Mullins won the award last year. On the men’s side, ACC student-athletes have been awarded the trophy five times since 2002, while the women have been honored three times in that span.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate soccer award and is presented annually during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis set for Jan. 10.
NCCU’s Adrian Wilkins named all-America
DURHAM — N.C. Central sophomore Adrian Wilkins has been named to the Beyond Sports Network FCS All-America Team, earning first-team recognition as a return specialist.
Wilkins is the only player in the NCAA Division I FCS with five special teams return touchdowns with scores on three kickoff returns (100, 96, 91 yards) and two punt returns (89, 73 yards).
He topped the MEAC in punt returns (13.4 yards per return) and ranked second in kickoff returns (30.3 yards per return). As a receiver, Wilkins led the Eagles with 37 catches for 427 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilkins was chosen as the MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week four times this year.
Elon names Ball State coordinator Skrosky
ELON — Elon athletic director Dave Blank on Thursday introduced Ball State offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky as the new Phoenix head football coach.
Skrosky becomes the 21st head football coach in school history and will guide Elon as it moves to the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2014 season.
Skrosky, who has 26 years of collegiate coaching experience, will be making a return to Elon where he served as the team’s offensive line coach (2006-08) as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2009-10).
At Ball State since the 2011 season, Skrosky’s offense churned out the third-best single-season rushing performance in school history as Jahwan Edwards ran for 1,410 yards in 2012. The 2012 team went 9-4, including a 34-27 win against 25th-ranked Toledo, and appeared in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.
This season, the Cardinals’ offense has averaged 486.3 yards per game as the program has posted a 10-2 overall record that includes a victory over Virginia and will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Duke libero McCurdy named Academic A-A
DURHAM — Duke volleyball senior libero Ali McCurdy has earned third team Capital One Academic All-America honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.
McCurdy, a sociology major, is the fifth volleyball player in school history to earn Academic All-America accolades and the first since Rachel Moss in 2009. The ACC’s all-time digs leader, McCurdy holds a 3.43 GPA heading into her final semester at Duke.
UNC 5, Duke 18 in women’s soccer polls
DURHAM — The final NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll was released this week with UNC ranked No. 5 and Duke No. 18.
North Carolina, the 2012 national champion which lost in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals this season, was ranked No. 5 in the final poll.
Duke also was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
In the final poll, the ACC featured eight ranked teams. The top 25 in order included No. 1 UCLA, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Michigan, Santa Clara, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida in the top 10. Portland, West Virginia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Marquette, Texas Tech, Duke, Boston College, Georgetown, Wake Forest, UCF, BYU, Denver and Illinois were ranked 11th through 25th.
Duke men’s golf signs three recruits
DURHAM — Duke men’s golf coach Jamie Green on Thursday announced Duke’s 2014 recruiting class featuring Jacob Shuman of Needham, Mass. , Ben Silverman of Toledo, Ohio and Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind. The three-man class has combined to earn all-state accolades six times, three state individual championships and seven conference titles.
Shuman is four-time team MVP at Needham High School and won two state individual championships. He is ranked 94th in the 2014 recruiting class by Golfweek.
Silverman is a three-time All-Ohio selection who claimed four Toledo Area Athletic Conference championships and was first-team all-state as a senior.
Wood is a three-time all-Indiana selection who won the 2013 IHSAA state championship. He is ranked sixth in the 2014 recruiting class by Golfweek.