Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other sports news in brief
NCCU great Wilkerson named
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that former N.C. Central lineman Doug Wilkerson is among 25 finalists on the ballot for induction as part of its fifth annual enshrinement ceremony on March 1.
An 11-member selection committee comprised of journalists, historians and football executives will decide by Oct. 23 the seven members (six players and one coach/contributor) to be inducted as the Class of 2014.
Wilkerson, NCCU’s highest overall NFL draft pick, was selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.
After \his rookie season in Houston, Wilkerson was traded to the San Diego Chargers, where he started on the offensive line in 195 games in 14 seasons. Wilkerson appeared in Pro Bowls from 1981-83. He was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 2000.
At NCCU (1965, 1967-69), Wilkerson was a three-time all-conference honoree and won first-team all-America.
No. 1 Tar Heels upset by Tribe
CHAPEL HILL — The No. 1-ranked North Carolina men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to William & Mary Tuesday night from Fetzer Field.
William & Mary (4-2-1) scored at the 72:48 mark on a goal from Jackson Eskay that stood up as the game winner for the Tribe, who has now defeated two teams ranked No. 1 in the country this season.
Creighton fell from the top spot in the national polls two weeks ago after a double-overtime loss in Norfolk, Va.
The goal came with the Heels only having 10 men on the field. Defender Boyd Okwuonu went to the bench for a cut on his lip, and as he was standing at the table to re-enter at the next stoppage of play, Eskay scored for the Tribe.
Duke men top Wright State
DURHAM — A pair of corner kicks late in the second half proved to be all the Duke men’s soccer team needed as the Blue Devils rallied to earn a 2-1 non-conference win over Wright State Tuesday at Koskinen Stadium. Duke scored in the 69th and 80th minutes to secure the comeback win.
Freshman Brody Huitema and senior Sebastien Ibeagha had the goals for Duke (4-2-2), heading in a pair of corner kick services from rookie Seo-In Kim and Sean Davis, respectively.
Unicorn track earns top GPA
CHAPEL HILL—The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics has won the N.C. High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team Award for boys’ track for the spring semester of 2013.
The Unicorns were the only area team to finish with the highest aggregate grade-point average in its sport, compiling a team grade-point average of 3.45.
Some 350 teams in all spring sports across the state earned scholar-athlete team awards by compiling an aggregate GPA for the spring of at least 3.1.
U.S. field hockey undefeated
MENDOZA, Argentina — Former Duke standout Stefanie Fee and the U.S. women’s national field hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Pan American Cup Tuesday after finishing pool play with an undefeated mark.
Team USA topped Uruguay 6-1 to wrap up Pool B play at 3-0. The smeifinals are set for Thursday and the finals and consolation finals for Saturday. The Cup winner receives an automatic bid to the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.
Bottorff wins top ACC honor
GREENSBORO — Duke graduate student Juliet Bottorff was named ACC women’s cross country Performer of the Week Tuesday, after a standout performance at the Adidas XC Challenge on Friday in Cary.
She was earlier named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week.
At the WakeMed Soccer Park Campus event Friday, Bottorff recorded a course record 16:28.9, finishing 27 seconds ahead of 2013 Outdoor 10,000 meter All-American Joanna Thompson and 46 seconds ahead of third-place finisher and Duke teammate freshman Wesley Frazier.
ECU suspends starting nose tackle
GREENVILLE — East Carolina has suspended starting nose tackle Terry Williams indefinitely for a violation of team policy.
Coach Ruffin McNeill said Tuesday in a statement that Williams “did not adhere to the conduct standards we have in place” but he didn’t say exactly why the junior was suspended.
The two-year starter has nine tackles and a half-sack in the first three games for the Pirates (2-1), who travel to North Carolina on Saturday. Junior Chrishon Rose is expected to start against the Tar Heels in Williams’ absence.
Longtime coach Paul Dietzel dies
NEW ORLEANS — Paul Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship and later coached at Army and South Carolina, died early Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 89.
Funeral services are scheduled Friday in Baton Rouge, La.
Dietzel coached LSU from 1955 until 1961, leaving for Army and South Carolina. He returned to LSU as athletics director from 1978 until 1982.
Broadcaster’s son indicted in killing
WOBURN, Mass. — The son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster and longtime major league infielder Jerry Remy has been indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend.
Jared Remy has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of Jennifer Martel.
Remy is accused of repeatedly stabbing Martel at a Waltham apartment complex on Aug. 15 and slashing at neighbors who tried to help her. He was arrested at the scene, covered in Martel’s blood.
After his son’s arrest, Jerry Remy announced he wouldn’t return to the broadcast booth this season and said he was “full of grief” for Martel’s family.