Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other news in brief
Central’s Calvin wins high jump
GREENSBORO — N.C. Central senior Willie Calvin won his second career MEAC title in the men’s high jump during the opening day of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships here Thursday.
On day one of the three-day competition, Calvin, the 2012 MEAC indoor high jump champion, won with a jump of 6 feet, 11 inches.
NCCU senior sprinter Ashley McCoy advanced to the 200-meter dash finals, after running a preliminary time of 23.78 seconds. McCoy’s time put her at third overall heading into the 200m final on Saturday.
The hurdling trio of Regina Summerville (1:02.11), Delesha Conquest (1:02.51), and Sararesa Hudson (1:03.08) advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 400m hurdles.
The NCCU men are third overall with 11 points after three events.
Rutherford: Canes will spend
RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday he wants to add one or two veteran defensemen this offseason after the Canes missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and sixth time in seven seasons.
Rutherford saod one reason for the struggles was the domino effect that followed injuries to goalie Cam Ward and defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Justin Faulk. He said other defensemen had trouble filling those roles.
He added that the Hurricanes will spend closer to the salary cap because realignment will place them in a division with several big-spending teams including Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.
4 Blue Devils honored for grades
DURHAM — The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has named Duke football players Lee Butler, Conor Irwin, Brian Moore and Sean Renfree to its 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
The society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or better throughout their college careers.
Cunha tops ACC tennis peers
GREENSBORO — Duke’s Henrique Cunha, Michael Redlicki and Fred Saba Jr. and UNC’s Esben Hess-Olesen have been named to the 2013 All-ACC Men’s Tennis Team.
The tribute was the fourth straight for Cunha, who was also named conference player of the year.
The other local players were named to the team for the first time.
Duke golfer Paolini honored
DURHAM — Duke’s Brinson Paolini has won the 2013 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, as announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Paolini is the first Blue Devil to receive the award. The other finalists were Evan Beck (Wake Forest), Pedro Figueiredo (UCLA), Charlie Hughes (Washington) and Andrew Yun (Stanford).
The award is given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence on the golf course and in the classroom.
UNC recruit Logan tops in state
CHAPEL HILL — Hailey Cook of Hendersonville High School and T.J. Logan of Northern Guilford High have been named female and male winners of the 2013 Athlete of the Year awards by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
Logan has starred in football, basketball and track and rushed for 3,146 yards as a running back in the fall. He has signed to play for North Carolina this fall.
Cook, a Western Carolina track signee, starred in volleyball and indoor and outdoor track.
NCAA tennis picks 3 Devils
DURHAM — Junior Hanna Mar and sophomore Ester Goldfeld have both been selected to play singles at the NCAA Women’s Individual Tennis Championship May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
The Duke doubles team of senior Mary Clayton and Goldfeld were also selected for the NCAA playoffs.
Golden Spikes watch is set
DURHAM — Lefthanded starting pitchers Kent Emanuel of UNC and Carlos Rodon of N.C. State are joined on the 60-player midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list by infielders Colin Moran of UNC and Trea Turner of State.
Rodon and Turner are sophomores, Emanuel and Moran are juniors.
The Golden Spikes Award is announced on July 19 and goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country. It is awarded by Durham-based USA Baseball.
Ex-Heel Coples moves to OLB
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets are moving Quinton Coples to outside linebacker after he had a solid rookie season at defensive end. The team’s first-round draft pick last year out of North Carolina confirmed the position switch Thursday.
Coples led New York with 5 1/2 sacks while playing defensive end and defensive tackle as a rookie.
Thai teen leads LPGA event
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.
The 17-year-old Jutanugarn was 8 under through 16 holes, but pulled her drive and had a double bogey on the par-3 17th before rebounding with her ninth birdie of the day on the par-4 finishing hole.