UNC’s Bodine turning pro

Dec. 30, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

North Carolina junior offensive lineman Russell Bodine is entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

“I have been thinking about this for several weeks, weighing all my options and discussing it with my parents and the coaching staff.  I feel it is the right time to move forward,” Bodine said.

Bodine, from Scottsville, Va., was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection.  A two-year starter primarily at center, Bodine also saw action at left guard this season.

UNC coach Larry Fedora blessed Bodine’s decision and said the young man has a bright future.  

Bodine is the second UNC junior to declare for the NFL Draft. Tight end Eric Ebron, who this season set an ACC record for receiving yards at his position, announced last month that he would turn pro.

The Tar Heels offensive line also will lose all-ACC senior left tackle James Hurst, but the other three starters are expected to return.

Kerr nets award for soccer impact

DURHAM —Duke men’s soccer coach John Kerr has received the Disney Soccer Showcase Lifetime Achievement Award, putting him in league with the Mia Hamms and Tony Diciccos and Jerry Yeagleys.

The award recognized Kerr’s service to the game of soccer both as a player and a coach at Duke, as well as his role as an ambassador of the game.

Kerr captained the Duke soccer team that won the 1986 NCAA championship. After earning the Hermann Awared as the nation’s top collegiate player, Kerr became the first American to compete in the English Premier League when he joined  Portsmouth. He finished his career in Major League Soccer and in 1999 was a player-coach for the Boston Bulldogs. In that same year, Kerr accepted his first job as a college head coach, at Harvard. He became Duke’s coach  in 2008 after John Rennie retired.

Kerr’s Blue Devils put on youth clinics in the Durham community, and he and his wife, Tracy, coach their three children’s soccer teams.

Duke’s Ibeagha noted nationally

DURHAM —Duke senior soccer defender Sebastien Ibeagha was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Best XI Third Team. He is one of eight ACC players named across the three teams and is regarded by the website as the No. 24 collegiate player.

Brooks playing good golf

PINEHURST — Emily Brooks, of Chapel Hill, is tied with Courtney McKim, of Raleigh, for second place with rounds of one over par 73 in Round 1 of the 6th Carolinas Young Amateur.  

The Carolinas Golf Association facilitates the annual tournament that is open to men and women ages 18 to 24 who have finished high school.