Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Saturday's sports action in brief

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

NCCU slips to 4th, J.T. Thomas to 6th

SAVANNAH, Ga. — N.C. Central’s Glendon Mabe shot a 1-over-par 73 during Saturday’s second round of the MEAC Golf Championship, but the Eagles fell two positions in the team standings to fourth place headed into today’s final round at Crosswinds Golf Club.

First-round co-leader J.T. Thomas followed his opening round 3-under 69 with a 77 and dropped to sixth place.

Mabe carded two birdies, three bogies and 13 pars to shave seven strokes off his opening round score. His two-day total of 9-over 153 places him 18th on the individual leaderboard.

NCCU’s Michael Wilson tallied his second straight round of 4-over 76 and is tied for 16th.

NCCU, which was in second place overall at 299 on Friday, shot 308 on Saturday to slip 19 strokes behind third-place Florida A&M.

Sunday’s final round of the MEAC Golf Championship begins at 8 a.m.

NCCU splits twinbill with Florida A&M

DURHAM —  In the final home MEAC series of the year, historic Durham Athletic Park saw N.C. Central used a five-run bottom of the eighth to cap a thrilling comeback to take game one 8-5, while Florida A&M quieted the Eagles in the nightcap 7-3.

With A&M up 5-3 in the opener after a three-run top of the eighth, FAMU hit Jared Kehagias and Eric Kimber doubled him home. FAMU hit Zack Lee and Carlos Ortiz, who’d homered earlier, drove in Kimber to tie it at 5 and Tyson Simpson followed with a three-run homer to right to win it.

 The nightcap saw FAMU jump to a 5-0 lead and never look back.

Jackets overtake FSU; Duke, UNC slide

NEW LONDON, N.C. — The Georgia Tech (566) men’s golf team grabbed a two-stroke lead over first-round leader Florida State (568) at the 2014 ACC Men’s Golf Championship at Old North State Club Saturday.  

All five Yellow Jackets shot even-par or better on the day, led by overall leader Ollie Schniederjans.

 Florida State also had a strong performance on day two, with all five golfers carding 72 or better.  

With Georgia Tech (566) in the lead, Friday’s leader  Florida State (568), sits in second place. UNC (586) slipped from fifth to a tie for seventh and Duke (594) slid from a tie for seventh to 12th and last heading into today’s final round.

Northern Hall of Fame banquet on tap

DURHAM — The Northern High School Hall of Fame will induct its sixth class on Saturday, May 3, at Croasdaile Country Club.

The celebration of Northern High athletes and coaches — Susan Clements, Ryan Falcon, Alston Glenn, Arthur Glenn and Marvin Jones — offers Northern alumni an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and classmates.

The event will feature a cocktail hour, a silent auction and a 7 p.m. dinner followed by the induction of the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame members.

Tickets are available at the Northern High School front office, or by contacting Alan Rigsbee at or 919-210-1828, Jeff Hill at or 919-962-4569, or Chris Garrison at or 919-451-1733.

Proceeds benefit Northern athletics.

Durham Amateur set at Hillandale May 24-25

DURHAM — The 41st annual Durham Amateur Golf Championship will take place May 24-25  at Hillandale Golf Course, which is now operating the event.  

Proceeds will benefit the H.E.A.R.T.S Club, a 501(c)(3) foundation that supports the Duke Hospital 5200 unit.

Entry fee is $125 and entry is open to the first 90 players with an established handicap of 10 or less. The fee includes a practice round Monday through Friday the two weeks prior to the tournament’s start. Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. May 16. With a maximum field, the top third will be playing for approximately $3,500 in prizes. Register online at

Also, the 68th Herald-Sun Golf Classic will be played At Hillandale June 16-22. Registration is expected to begin May 10 and this year’s event will include a Seniors flight.

Question? Call Joe May at 919-286-4211, or contact Joe Beavers at or 919-210-5889.

Tar Heel softball splits ACC pair with Pack

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina split a doubleheader with NC State on Saturday, dropping game one 7-5 before claiming a win in the second game, 11-7..

The Tar Heels moved to 23-24 (14-10 ACC) for the year as they celebrated Senior Day in front of a packed crowd of 1,287 fans, the second-largest attendance at Anderson Stadium.

The Tar Heels held a 4-0 lead and Lori Spingola had a no-hitter through five innings in the opener, but the Wolfpack scored five in the sixth to win it.

In game two, Carolina led 8-2 before another five-run inning closed the gap to 8-7, but Amber Parrish’s second homer of the day, a three-run blast, nailed down the win.