Durham News: Sports

June 4, 2014

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Chris Denny won the pole and the late-model race at Orange County Speedway for the second straight time this spring.

Denny wins second in a row at Rougemont

Chris Denny held off Mike Chambers and Donald Brace to win a 75-lap, late-model stock car race last weekend at Orange County Speedway. Denny led all the way from the pole, but was constantly hounded throughout the race from both Chambers and Brace. It was the second victory in a row at the Rougemont track for Denny.

“We don’t have any sponsors on the car , but I get a lot of help from my brother Kevin and others to make this work “ the popular local driver said from victory lane.

The top three ran under a virtual blanket nearly the entire race, with Chambers and Brace swapping second position and putting the pressure on Denny. Chambers finished the race on Denny’s bumper.

In the track’s limited sportsman division, Chris Gray garnered his first ever victory after a chaotic ending, which saw Chuck Lawson spun from the lead by Brandon Baker and Baker being black-flagged. A scuffle between members of Lawson’s and Baker’s teams ensued after the race, but order was restored by track security.

In the night’s other races: Devin O’Connell out-dueled Hunter Moody to win a-35 lap event for the visiting Allison Legacy Series; Greg Autrey prevailed over Layne Riggs in the 25-lap pure stock affair; Cory Purnell took a second straight triumph over Michael Smith in a 25-lap street stock battle; Ray Chriscoe edged Scott Martin in the 20-lap super mini truck race; and Hunter Richards bested Jordan Pickeral in the bandolero 12-lapper.

Racing returns to the track in Rougemont on June 14, with the second annual Paul Ring Memorial 100. Qualifying begins at 5:40 p.m. and preliminary races begin at 7 p.m.

Durham hosts annual Mahogany Classic

The historic Mahogany Tennis Classic returned to Durham over the Memorial Day weekend, featuring over 120 predominantly African American tennis players from six tennis clubs across the state of North Carolina.

Started in 1986 in Goldsboro, the Mahogany includes charter teams from the Goldsboro City Acers, Greenville Tennis Association, Wilmington Seagulls, Fayetteville Wizards and the Ebony Racquet Club in Raleigh, plus Durham’s Magic Express Tennis Club, which joined in 1988.

The tournament rotates annually and is hosted by each club. The 2014 tournament was played on courts at Durham’s Elmira and Southern Boundaries parks, and at N.C. Central University.


Team standings, points

Magic Express Tennis Club 39, Ebony 35, Wizards 19, Acers 16, GTA 9, Seagulls 7.


Ladies Open: Jamie Rogers (METC) d. Taylor Love (GTA).

Mens Open: Jonathan Parker (METC) d. Perry Princeton.

Mens 40s: Femi David-Yerumo (METC) d. Anthony Jones (METC)

Men's 50s: John McLean III (METC) d. Lucius Smith (CGA).

Mens Legends: Raymond Boone (Wizards) d. Melvin Tolbert (METC).


Ladies Open: Jamie Rogers & Ashley Rogers (METC) d. Crystal Thomas & Lynise Devance (METC).

Mens Open: McLean III & Owen Scoggins (METC) d. Bruce Parker & Jonathan Parker (METC).

Ladies 7.5: JoJo Smith & Amanda Reddick d. Tara LeFaure & Evelyn Foster.

Mens 40: Anthony Jones & Hugh Harris (METC) d. Barry Bullock & Reggie Cooper (Wizards)

Mens Legends: Lavern Harper & Melvin Tolbert (METC) d. William Howard & Rodney Bailey (GCR).

Mixed Doubles: O. Scoggins & C. Thomas (METC) d. Lucius Smith & Ashley Walker (GCA).

Mixed 7.5: Eric Emmanuel & Deno John (ECR) d. James Rogers & A. Rogers (METC).


Boys 12-under singles: Noel Smith d. Naven McDonald.

Boys 13s singles: Brooks Campbell d. David Murphy.

Boys 13s doubles: B. Campbell & Moses Wright d. Terrell Johnson & Jared Ingram.

Girls 12s singles: Jade Houston d. Reagan Harris.

Girls 13s singles: Brenna Bryant d. Casie Bolem.

Girls 13s doubles: B. Bryant & Nija Price d. C. Bolem & Cassidy Coever.

Triangle Golf Challenge set for June 13

Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in the Triangle Golf Challenge a two-person scramble tournament on June 13 at the Duke University Golf Club.

The tournament will feature an 8:30 a.m. shot-gun start for three flights: Seniors (60 and up); Open; and (3) High School.

Proceeds benefit Communities In Schools of Durham. the Banks Foundation and the Hayti Heritage Center.

Visit www.trianglegolfchallenge.org or call 919-474-9137 to register.

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