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Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill wins TAC tennis title
BURLINGTON — The Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill downed No. 1 seed Caldwell Academy 5-3 Saturday in the finals of the Triad Athletic Conference women’s tennis tournament at Alamance Country Club here.
The Lions trailed 2-1 after the doubles portion of the rain-interrupted four-hour final, but stormed back with singles wins at No. 2 by Anna Hofmann, No. 4 by Cammie Behnke and No. 5 Katie Biggs to take a 4-3 lead just as the rains came down.
When play resumed, No. 1 Lina Habib scored a 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory over Laine Parker of Caldwell Academy for the clinching point.
TAC Tournament Final
Trinity/Durham 5, Caldwell 3
SINGLES — No. 1 Lina Habib (TSDCH) d. Laine Parker 4-6, 6-4 (10-8); No. 2 Anna Hofmann (TSDCH) d. Carly Skaggs 4-6, 6-4 (10-4); No. 3 Angela Tawfik (TSDCH) vs. Greyson Smith (CA) match suspended at 4-6, 5-3 when winning point scored in overall match; No. 4 Cammie Behnke (TSDCH) d. Brooke LaMachio 6-1, 6-4; No. 5 Katie Biggs (TSDCH) d. Alaina Wilson 5-7, 6-2 (10-4); No. 6 Jessie Kroenke (CA) d. Ellie Feaver 6-1, 6-4.
DOUBLES — No. 1 Laine Parker/Carly Skaggs (CA) d. Lina Habib/Ellie Feaver 8-4; No. 2 Greyson Smith/Brooke LaMachio (CA) d. Angela Tawfik/Cammie Behnke 8-5; No. 3 Anna Hofmann/Victoria James (TD) d. Alaina Wilson/Jessie Kroenke 9-7.
Records — Trinity/Durham 13-3, 11-3 TAC.
Northern’s Crutchfield commits to UNC women’s soccer
DURHAM — Northern High School soccer star Nicole Crutchfield, a junior who also stars on the Knights’ girls’ basketball team, has accepted a scholarship offer from the powerful North Carolina women’s soccer program and will join the school in the fall of 2015.
Verbal commitments are not binding on players until they sign a national letters of intent during their senior year.
Ex-Devil Lindy Duncan moves on in Q-School
VENICE, Fla. — After carding three rounds of even or under par over the last four days, Duke alumna Lindy Duncan advanced to December’s finals of LPGA Qualifying School as she finished tied ninth at stage two of qualifying played at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
Duncan, who is a 2013 Duke graduate from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., posted rounds of 73, 72, 68 and 71 for a total of 284, which was four-under-par. Taking home the individual crown was Amy Anderson with a 16-under-par ledger of 272. The top 80 finishers and ties advanced to the final qualifying stage Dec. 4-8 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tar Heels take down Deacons in field hockey
WINSTON-SALEM — The second-ranked North Carolina field hockey team scored all of its goals in the first half en route to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Wake Forest Saturday at Kentner Stadium here.
Four of the game’s six goals were scored in the first 5:42 of play — three by UNC and one by Wake.
UNC improved to 10-2 overall and 2-2 in ACC play with the win, while the host Demon Deacons fell to 8-5 overall and 0-4 in ACC play.
Duke women take lead in UNC women’s golf
CHAPEL HILL — For the second time this season, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team holds the team lead heading into the final round of a tournament. The Blue Devils lead the Tar Heel Invitational by 12 strokes with 18 holes remaining at North Carolina’s 6,285-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course.
Duke carded a season-best six-under-par, 282, on Saturday and is now at eight-under-par, 568, through 36 holes.
Alabama shot a team-low, 281, on day two to move into second place (580), while Oklahoma (582), Vanderbilt (584), Clemson (584), Mississippi (585), Florida (586), Arkansas (587), Wake Forest (589) and North Carolina (589) rounded out the top 10.
Northwestern leads field at Duke golf tournament
DURHAM — Northwestern fired a 13-under-par 563 36-hole total after the first two rounds of the Rod Myers Invitational men’s golf tournament Saturday at the Duke University Golf Course.
The field completes the 54-hole event today.
In second place, North Carolina and Baylor tied at 1-under 575. Liberty was fourth at even par 576 and East Carolina and host Duke tied for fifth at 2-over 578. Charlotte is seventh at 3-over and Ohio State eighth at 4-over.
UNC volleyball rebounds after taking year’s 1st loss
CHAPEL HILL — Led by Jovana Bjelica’s 16 kills and two blocks, the No. 10 Tar Heels swept Wake Forest Saturday 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 to improve to 15-1 overall and 5-1 in ACC play.
Lauren Adkins added another 12 kills and a block, and Paige Neuenfeldt and Hayley McCorkle combined for 15 kills and six blocks as Carolina rebounded from its first loss of the season, 3-0 to Duke, on Friday.
Duke’s Hammond, Levine advance at Wake tennis
WINSTON-SALEM — Cale Hammond and Josh Levine advanced to championship matches in their respective singles draws Saturday on the second day of the Wake Forest Fall Invitational at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
Hammond turned in a 7-5, 6-1 win over Stetson’s Chait Kapukiran in the semifinals of the B2 singles bracket, moving his fall ledger to 6-3. Hammond will face UNC Wilmington’s Santtu Leskinnen in today’s title match.
Levine beat Martin Kobza of S.C. State 6-3, 6-2 to improve to 8-1, and will meet Wake’s Max Kan for the title today.
Tar Heel men’s soccer drops Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.— Two first-half goals sent No. 6 North Carolina to a 2-1 victory at Boston College Saturday at Newton Campus Field.
The match was back-and-forth right from the first whistle. Both teams traded two shots in the opening couple minutes. The only difference was the second opportunity from Carolina resulted in the first goal of the match by Tyler Engel.
North Carolina (4-2-5, 1-1-5 ACC) midfielder Alex Olofson found Engel near the top of the box and he struck for his team-leading fourth goal of the season from 15 yards at the 11:23 mark.
After a foul by the Eagles, senior Josh Rice struck for his second goal of the year at the 24:08 mark for a 2-0 Carolina advantage. A free kick setup a tap in by Rice as Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler and Raby George earned assists on the goal.
Bobcats lose new center Jefferson for preseason
MILWAUKEE — So much for using the preseason to get Al Jefferson established as the Charlotte Bobcats’ center.
Jefferson sprained his right ankle against the Miami Heat on Friday night and is now hoping to return in time for the Bobcats’ regular-season opener.
“I’m going to do my best to be back for opening night,” Jefferson said before the Bobcats played the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. “I’m going to take it one day at a time and go through the process. I’ve sprained my ankle so many times, I just know how it goes.”
The Bobcats’ key offseason acquisition was injured contesting Chris Bosh’s shot in the third quarter of Charlotte’s 86-75 loss to the Heat at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
USA soccer revamps roster for the short term
CHICAGO — Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were dropped from the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.
The U.S. clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica 2-0 Friday night to ensure first place in North and Central America and the Caribbean for the third straight cycle.
The Americans announced the roster moves Saturday, saying Donovan was bothered by the ankle he sprained while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Jones by the knee injury that has cost him playing time with Schalke.