Parkwood, Hope Valley, Croasdaile top DSSL
Parkwood won the Durham Summer Swim League championship in a close battle July 10-11 Woodcroft and the Duke Faculty Club.
Swimming in Koury Natatorium at UNC-Chapel Hill, Parkwood finished the championships with 1,786.5 points, compared to the 1,578.5 for previously undefeated Woodcroft, which had gone 4-0 in dual meets during the season. DFC finished third with 1,343 points.
Hope Valley, which finished second behind undefeated Fairfield (5-0) in the DSSL’s Division II during the regular-season, was the top D-II team at the championships and fourth overall with 857 points to Fairfield’s 837.
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Also undefeated during the season, Croasadaile (5-0) was the top Div. III team in the championships with 545 points.
Bulls at home for 10 straight games in DBAP
The Durham Bulls begin one of their longest homestands of the year on Friday night when they host Gwinnett in the first game of a three-game series. The first pitch Friday is set for 7:05 p.m.; Saturday's game is to start at 6:35 and Sunday's at 5:05 p.m.
Friday and Saturday nights at the DBAP mean fireworks. Following the Bulls and Braves on July 31 and Aug. 1, fans can stick around for more of the best pyrotechnic displays in the Triangle.
Sunday's game features the Bulls' tribute to the legacy of Durham's local Negro League stars. The Bulls will were throwback uniforms for their annual Negro League Night. Former Negro League players will be honored before the game and will be available to sign autographs on the concourse during the game.
The Bulls host Indianapolis for four games, Aug. 3-6, with 7:05 p.m. starts each night. Those are followed by games in the DBAP against Louisville on Aug. 7 (7:05 p.m.), Aug. 8 (6:35 p.m.) and Aug. 9 (5:05 p.m.).
Duke hires Young as Blue Devils’ first softball coach
Former Big Ten Player of the Year Marissa Young will be the first head softball coach at Duke University, announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White on Wednesday. Young spent the past two years as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to open varsity play during the 2017-18 academic year. Eleven current ACC schools sponsor softball including Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“Starting a program is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but to do it at one of the nation’s most prestigious schools academically and athletically is a dream come true,” Young said.
Young was a three-time All-America selection as a pitcher at the University of Michigan and was named the 2002 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year. At North Carolina, her primary responsibilities included coaching the pitchers and catchers.
In the spring of 2015, Young helped the Tar Heels to a 37-16 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament after the squad won 24 contests the prior season. Young’s pitchers posted a 3.30 earned run average with 234 strikeouts in 335.1 innings pitched.
Young graduated from Michigan in 2003 as the all-time strikeout leader (927) and her 88 career wins became the second highest in program history. She also matched the then-program single-season home run record with 13 in 2003.
In addition to the hiring of Young, plans for a new softball stadium are already in progress. The program is scheduled to allot the NCAA maximum 12 scholarships within the first four years of competition. Currently, Duke fields a club softball team that doesn’t provide scholarships or compete on the varsity level -- an NCAA Associate Club sport that competes against similar teams from other universities.
Football Aug. 1
Most Durham high schools will begin football practice on Saturday, Aug. 1. Most other fall sports begin tryouts and practices next week.
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