Fanfare-Colleges: Highlights of Thursday's area sports news
Baseball stars Rodon, Turner, Moran on all-America squad
DURHAM — N.C. State’s Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner and North Carolina’s Colin Moran have made the Baseball America Preseason All-America first team, chosen by Major League Baseball scouting directors and released Thursday by the publication.
Rodon and Turner are the youngest players on the first team. N.C. State is one of three teams (along with Stanford and Arkansas) with multiple first teamers.
Rodon enters his sophomore season with an undefeated 9-0 record and a 1.57 career ERA. The left-hander won the ACC’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year awards in 2012, and became the first Division I freshman ever to make the finals of the Golden Spikes Award.
Turner, a shortstop, led the nation with 57 stolen bases in 2012 and batted .336.
Moran, a junior third baseman, hit .365 a year ago.
Ex-Army Ranger hurt, will miss Duke lacrosse season
DURHAM — Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski announced Thursday that redshirt senior Casey Carroll will miss the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The procedure was performed Monday by Claude T. Moorman III, M.D., Duke’s director of sports medicine.
Carroll, a defenseman, returned to the Blue Devils for a fifth year of eligibility after serving five years as an Army Ranger. He previously played for Duke from 2004-07, earning first team All-America honors his senior season.
Duke’s Plumlee lone ACC pick on watch list
DURHAM — Mason Plumlee was one of 12 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy National Player of the Year Midseason Watch List announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Thursday.
Plumlee is averaging 18.1 points and an ACC-high 11.1 rebounds per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the floor.
The complete list includes: Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Trey Burke (Michigan), Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), Mason Plumlee (Duke), Russ Smith (Louisville), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), Jeff Withey (Kansas), Cody Zeller (Indiana).
‘83 Cardiac Pack titlists subject of ESPN film
NEW YORK — ESPN Films will feature the 1983 N.C. State national championship basketball team in “Survive and Advance,” part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 film series. It will debut on March 17.
The film will look at the late Coach Jim Valvano and the 1982-83 N.C. State season and tragedies that have since befallen it through the eyes of backcourt star Dereck Whittenburg.
Duke seniors open tournament play today
DURHAM — Duke senior golfers Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri will compete at the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga., today through Sunday.
A field comprised of the best amateur golfers in the world representing 10 countries will be competing.
Paolini and Suri each player finished in the top 20 of all four of Duke’s fall events and in the top 10 in three of those tournaments. Suri leads the Blue Devils with a 71.5 stroke average with Paolini just behind at 71.6.
Kim DeCesare to return for final Duke season
DURHAM — Duke women’s soccer coach Robbie Church announced Thursday that redshirt junior Kim DeCesare will return to Duke for her senior season this fall.
DeCesare had 16 goals and six assists last season, including four game winners, and served as a tri-captain for the Blue Devils. She helped lead the Blue Devils to a 15-6-2 overall record and 5-3-2 mark in the ACC, while also making a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, where Duke fell to top-seeded Penn State, 1-0.
Canes lose Zach Boychuk to Penguins on waivers
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed Carolina Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk on waivers.
Boychuk, 23, appeared in Carolina’s season opener against the Florida Panthers and was a healthy scratch for four games. He had 32 points in 37 games for the AHL Charlotte Checkers this season and was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round (14th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Duke football sets spring practice, game dates
DURHAM — The Duke football team announced Thursday it will open spring practice March 4 and conclude the spring season with an April 13 intrasquad spring game open to the public.
Practice sessions are closed to the public, with the exception of the spring game.
In addition to the annual spring game, Duke will practice March 4, 6, 8, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27 and 29 and April 1, 3, 8, 10 and 12.