Fanfare: Prep golfers Griffin, Barringer, Spicer advance in juniors

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 10:27 PM

Ben Griffin, McKenzie Barringer advance in Cary

CARY — Two-time and defending state high school golf champion Ben Griffin and Voyager Academy freshman star McKenzie Barringer both advanced Wednesday to the round of 16 in the Carolinas Golf Association’s 46th annual N.C. Junior Boys Championship at the par-72 Highlands course at Prestonwood Country Club here.

Griffin, a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School who has committed to play collegiately at UNC Chapel Hill, defeated Ben Schlottman of Advance 4 and 2 in Wednesday’s second of two rounds and Barringer defeated Jordan Clontz of Nebo in his second round match 4 and 3.

Clontz had eliminated No. 2 seed Dong-Jun Kim of Waxhaw in the opening round.

In Wednesday’s opening 64-player round of match play, Griffin defeated A.T. Cashwell of Concord 4 and 3, Barringer defeated Kyle Fuller of Huntersville in 20 holes and Gary Powell of Charlotte eliminated Carrboro High School’s Kaleb Lester 2 and 1.

Griffin will meet Broughton High rival Will Minton at 8:28 a.m. today and Barringer will take on Jacob Kennedy of Mount Ulla at 8:49 a.m.

Jessica Spicer pulls golf upset in Fuquay

FUQUAY-VARINA — Rising homeschooled high school sophomore Jessica Spicer of Bahama upset No. 4 seed Alexis Kershaw of Winston-Salem 4 and 2 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the  17th annual North Carolina Junior Girls Championship at Bentwinds Country Club here.

Defending champion Isabella Rusher of Salisbury was the top upset victim of the day, defeated in 19 holes by Meghan Symonds of Cary.

Spicer will face Emilia Migliaccio of Cary in today’s quarterfinals at 8:08 a.m.

Spicer, the No. 20 seed, beat No. 13 Anna McDonald of Hickory in her first-round match 2&1 Wednesday morning.

Jessica’s identical twin, No. 23 seed Sarah Spicer, was eliminated 2 and 1 in the opening round by No. 10 Allyson Markiewicz of Charlotte.

Duke names ex-Olympic fencer to coaching staff

DURHAM — Former Olympic fencer Jacek Huchwadja has joined the Duke fencing staff as an assistant coach, Duke coach Alex Beguinet said Wednesday.

Huchwadja, a member of the German National Team who fenced in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, comes to Duke after a seven-year stint as the saber coach at Oregon Fencing Alliance in Portland. At Oregon Fencing Alliance, Huchwadja mentored a number of the nation’s top fencers, including former Blue Devil and three-time NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward.

7 Blue Devils in U-21 soccer competition

DURHAM —  Seven members of the Duke field hockey team take part today through Tuesday at the USA Field Hockey Under-21 Women’s National Championship, held at the Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

The event will feature some of the top players in the nation vying for the national title and a spot on the U.S. U-21 national team that will compete at the Junior World Cup July 27-Aug. 4 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Duke head coach Pam Bustin will overseeing the U-21 South squad which includes rising senior Paula Heimbach and rising sophomore Hannah Barreca. Rising junior Abby Beltrani and rising sophomore Amanda Kim will represent the Blue Devils on the West team, while classmate Aileen Johnson is slated to compete on the North squad and redshirt sophomore Lauren Blazing and incoming freshman Heather Morris on the Metro team.

Pat Beach leads Duke contingent in Des Moines

DURHAM — Three current members and two alumni of the Duke track and field team are compete at the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.  

Redshirt juniors Curtis Beach and Juliet Bottorff will compete in the men’s long jump and women’s 10,000 meters, respectively, while freshman Megan Clark will compete in the junior division of the women’s pole vault.  The trio will be joined by recent graduate Cydney Ross in the women’s 800 and 2007 graduate Shannon Rowbury in the women’s 1,500.  

Blue Devils advance in Britain's Amateur Championship

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Duke sophomore Mads Soegaard and 2013 Duke grad Tim Gornik collected match-play victories Wednesday to move on to the round of 32 at the 118th Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports here.

Soegaard recorded a hard-fought 19-hole victory over Nathan Kimsey, the highest ranked English player in the field. Gornik posted the most lopsided win of the second round with a commanding 5 and 4 victory over Robbie Van West.