GREENSBORO — Nine ACC baseball players were named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-America team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The ACC’s contingent includes two first-team selections from N.C. State. Carlos Rodon, the 2012 ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, is joined by infielder Trea Turner.
North Carolina’s Kent Emanuel and Georgia Tech’s Buck Farmer were named to the second team as starting pitchers. Florida State pitchers Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton were named to the third team.
Third-team position players include Clemson second baseman Steve Wilkerson, North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran and Georgia Tech outfielder Brandon Thomas.
The season will begin for all 12 ACC on Feb. 15.
Saint Augustine’s: Tyron Laughinghouse was selected to two more All-America teams this week. He was chosen to the Black College Sports Page “Baad Team” of black college all-stars as a first-team kick returner and third-team wide receiver.
He was earlier named to the Boxtorow HBCU All-America team as a return specialist.
Black College Sports Page also recognized Saint Augustine’s linebacker Chaz Robinson on its second team and defensive lineman Javarous Faulk on the third team. Faulk is also a Boxtorow honorable mention selection.
Duke: Former Duke and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey has been honored by the NFL Players Association with a PULSE Award for his outstanding work in the community.
Duke: In the final TopDrawerSoccer.com upperclassmen rankings of 2012, the Duke women’s team had four players in the top 50. Laura Weinberg (19), Kim DeCesare (34), Natasha Anasi (39) and Mollie Pathman (50) were ranked in the top 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Cassie Pecht was ranked No. 9 in the freshman class.