Ladies win at Ravenscroft meet
Mookie Chavis of Northern Durham won the girls' shot put at last weekend's Early Bird Classic track meet at Raleigh Ravenscroft with a mark of 41 feet, 7 inches – more than 5 feet better than the runnerup. Teammate Koffia Lipscomb hurled the discus 119 feet, 7 inches, for first place. N.C. Science & Math's Kali Smith was second in the discus with a throw of 111 feet, 10 inches.
Northern's Ricky Council, the PAC-6’s Basketball Player of the Year, took second in the boys' high jump with his mark of 6 feet, 2 inches. That matched Dandrell Utley of New Hanover, who won by having fewer misses at lower heights.
Atlanta Woodall of Riverside (12.63 seconds) was runnerup in the girls 100 meter dash, behind West Johnston's Teri Strickland (12.38).
Durham pitchers do well in Carrboro horse shoes
Durham residents did well in last weekend’s Spring Open Horseshoe Tournament in Carrboro, winning three of the five flights.
Jamie Justice won and James Weaver was runner-up in the B Flight, where Justice went 9-0 in matches and hit 134 ringers on 270 pitches (49.6 percent.)
Mario Smith (7-1) won the D Flight, while Ronald Davis (7-1) and Teddy Mack (6-2) finished 1-2 in the E Flight.
New roller derby teams skate into Durham
The Carolina Rollergirls’ teams kick off their 2014 season Sunday, March 23, with two of the league’s newest teams skating in Durham.
The Durham Crash will take on The Chapel Thrillers at Wheels Fun Park, located at 715 N. Hoover Road, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our new home teams,” says Ava Gore, marketing director for the Carolina Rollergirls. “We love taking on teams from other leagues, but we love hitting our friends, too.”
Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, and $5 for kids.
Blue Devils headed to Raleigh for NCAAs
Duke received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 14 seed Mercer in the second round of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament Friday, March 21 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
The Blue Devils fell, 72-63, to No. 6 Virginia in the ACC Championship game Sunday. That capped a regular season in which Duke went 13-5 in ACC play and posted a flawless 17-0 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
For complete NCAA brackets and coverage, see www.newsobserver.com/sports.