On Campus 4/9/13
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) is making quite a name for himself on a college team that is known nationally for being the best when it comes to bass fishing. After winning a BassPack tournament last fall and finishing as the team’s sixth best fisherman during the fall schedule, McDuffie is back in the hunt as he recently finished second with a catch of 25 pounds in a N.C. State BassPack Tournament on Shearon Harris Lake.
McDuffie will travel Wednesday to Lake Norman to fish in the B.A.S.S. Super East Regional and will compete the following weekend on Kentucky Lake fishing in the Boat U.S. team tournament.
The N.C. State BassPack is considered one of the top teams in collegiate fishing in the nation having won the 2012 Bass Fishing Championship last October at Lake Lewsiville outside of Dallas, Texas. N.C. State defeated 41 other collegiate fishing teams to win the title.
Football in April
Although the start of the 2013 football season is still several months away, many gridiron programs are wrapping up their spring offseason workouts with their annual spring games. Here is a listing of some local players and their alma maters spring contests.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (Northwood) and Campbell University held their spring game last night at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field. The Fighting Camels split into two teams for the contest, with a traditional scoring format.
Darien McNeill (WHHS) and the University of North Carolina will hold its annual spring football game on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Admission is free. The Bell Tower Park adjacent to Kenan Football Center will kick off the day's events at 11 a.m. featuring live music, food vendors, merchandise tents and interactive games. Carolina’s new football uniforms will be on display and fans can take pictures with the new uniforms in front of the Kenan Football Center. Tar Heel players will be available for autographs for one hour beginning at 12:45 p.m. near Gate 3. UNC will play a four-quarter game with a normal clock in the first half and a running clock in the second. The coaching staff will determine the teams. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic will host Spring Fest, a day-long event, on April 20 at the FAU stadium in Boca Raton. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with food trucks opening outside of the stadium and an on-field experience and fun activities for local youth. Inside the stadium, the Owls' spring drills will culminate with a game, which will kick off at 2 p.m.
Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS) and UNC Pembroke will have their spring game on April 20 at Grace P. Johnson stadium in Pembroke.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and 25th-ranked N.C. State (24-10, 8-7) are on a six-game win streak, picking up victories this week over ECU 6-1, Elon 8-6, and three-game sweep of 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech, 8-7 in 14 innings, 13-4 and 7-3. Frye saw action in State’s 13-4 win over the Hokies, facing four batters and collecting one strikeout with no hits or runs given up. State will host East Carolina today before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a three-game series with Boston College this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (12-20, 6-18) went 1-0 last week, defeating Guilford College, 12-1, and then had their game against Southern Virginia University postponed due to poor weather. Against the Quakers, Cox finished 2-3 from the plate, hitting a double and scoring one run. The Panthers played Bridgewater College yesterday and will have a week off before traveling to Emory and Henry College on April 17.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (15-17, 1-5) finished the week 1-3, losing to N.C. State, 6-1, and then splitting close games with 18th-ranked Rice, losing the first 3-0, winning game two in 13 innings, 3-2, and then losing game three, 8-7. The Pirates will visit Raleigh today to face the Wolfpack and then travel to New Orleans this weekend for a three-game series with Tulane.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell University (28-5, 9-3) finished the week with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Fighting Camels picked up wins over North Carolina A&T 10-2, Old Dominion 8-0 and swept Presbyterian in their three-game series, 7-1, 14-3 and 3-1. Campbell will have a five-game homestand this week, hosting N.C. A&T today, Savannah State on Wednesday, and then a three-game series with Longwood over the weekend with Friday night’s 5 p.m. contest to be broadcast on ESPN 3.
Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and 19th-ranked Virginia Tech (23-9, 3-5) finished 4-1 this week, sweeping a doubleheader with UNCG, 8-1 and 10-9, before playing a three-game series with Georgia Tech, winning Saturday’s doubleheader, 7-2 and 10-2, before losing the final game of the series on Sunday, 10-4. Against the Spartans, Smith went 4-7 from the plate, scoring two runs and one RBI while notching three outs and four assists defensively. In the series against Georgia Tech, Smith finished 1-8, scoring two runs and two RBI while accounting for two outs and five assists defensively from shortstop. Her lone hit came in game two and was a two RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning to help stretch Tech’s lead to 7-0. The Lady Hokies will travel this week as they face a five-game road series with a doubleheader at James Madison on Wednesday, and then a three-game series in Chestnut Hill, Mass., this weekend against Boston College.
Katie Chapman (LCHS) and Guilford (16-12, 2-8) went a perfect 4-0 this week by winning two doubleheaders. They would first dispatch Salem, 9-1 and 16-4, and then sweep Sweet Briar, 9-1 and 11-0. Chapman collected her first hit of the season in the 9-1 win over Sweet Briar while seeing time at third base defensively. The Lady Quakers will play two doubleheaders this weekend, hosting Lynchburg on Saturday for senior day and Emory & Henry on Sunday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and 20th-ranked Barton College will play day two of the Mount Olive Spring Invitational at Walnut Creek GC in Goldsboro today.