Monday's area sports roundup
UNC women claim tennis title
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — No. 1 North Carolina clinched its second outright ACC regular-season title in four years Monday with a 4-0 victory over Boston College at the Flynn Athletic Complex.
The match, which had been scheduled for Friday but was postponed after the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt, was the final action before the ACC Championship begins Thursday in Cary.
Whitney Kay, Lauren McHale and Zoe De Bruycker won singles matches for the Tar Heels, who will face the winner of N.C. State and Boston College in Friday’s ACC quarterfinals.
The win gives the senior class of De Bruycker, McHale and Gina Suarez-Malaguti a four-year ACC regular season record of 40-4 and a third league title, joining the regular-season crown in 2010 and the tournament championship in 2011.
Panther, Red Wolves team up against cancer
HILLSBOROUGH — Cedar Ridge will visit rival Orange for Cancer Awareness games in both baseball and softball on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Players from each team will wear pink, and most of the baseball players plan to participate in a “Basebald” head shaving after the game to bring attention to childhood cancer.
The fundraising goal is $9,000, and fans wishing to participate are asked to visit www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=22698.
Renfree honored by National Football Foundation
RALEIGH — Former Duke football standout Sean Renfree was named the recipient of the University Scholar Athlete award by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., on Monday night at the Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina annual awards dinner held at N.C. State.
In 2012, Renfree led the Blue Devils to the program’s first bowl appearance since 1994 and finished the year having completed 297-of-441 (.673) passes for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The two-year Duke captain also received recognition for his off-field accomplishments this past season by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of both the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award and the Pop Warner National College Football Award. In addition, he was named to the AFCA’s Good Works Team and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
McCoy, Goforth take top NCCU honors
DURHAM — N.C. Central senior sprinter Ashley McCoy and senior running back/return specialist Arthur Goforth were announced as the LeRoy T. Walker female and male student-athletes of the year on Monday night during The Eddies awards program at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
McCoy, a native of Wilmington, has won five individual sprint events this year, including the first four events during the outdoor season. Her season’s fastest 200-meter dash time of 23.58 seconds ranks 41st among NCAA Division I sprinters.
Goforth, from Columbia, S.C., ranked second in MEAC and 23rd in the Football Championship Subdivision with 134.9 all-purpose yards per game in 2012, scored three touchdowns on special teams returns and averaged an NCCU single-season record 35.8 yards per punt return, including school-record 92-yard punt return. He was the team leader in both rushing (575 yards, 3 TDs) and receiving (35 catches, 258 yards).
Duke women to play in Paradise Jam
DURHAM — The Duke women’s basketball team will head to St. Thomas for the 2013 Paradise Jam, which will be played at the University of the Virgin Islands from Nov. 28-30.
The Blue Devils will be part of the Island Division and will face Xavier (Nov. 28, 1:15 p.m.), Central Michigan (Nov. 29, 1:15 p.m.) and Kansas (Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m.).
Duke has played in the Paradise Jam in 2002 and 2007, collecting a 5-1 overall record.
Riverside Boosters host tournament
DURHAM — The Riverside High School Athletic Booster Club will hold its golf tournament fundraiser at Hillandale Golf Course on May 4.
The captains choice (superball) tournament will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and the entry fee is $75 per golfer or $300 for team of four and includes lunch.
There will be prizes for the top three scores, along with longest drive and closest to the pin.
For more information and to register, go to www.riversideboosters.org or call Jeff Anderson at 919-368-8576.
UCF wins NCAA appeal of bowl ban
ORLANDO, Fla. — The NCAA has granted Central Florida’s appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football.
The decision was announced Monday, which will make it bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season.
In a release the NCAA wrote that its Committee on Infractions “determined the football postseason ban is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion.”