Cardinal Gibbons scholar-athlete Zachyre Lane recently had a day named in her honor by the Durham County commissioners. Zachyre Lane Day was officially declared Feb. 12 in Durham to celebrate her return visit to her middle school alma mater, Immaculata Catholic School in Durham.
Lane was the guest speaker to conclude the school’s weeklong African American Heritage celebration. The 2013 graduate recalled her inspiring battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to a full house at the Emily K Center. Not only has she overcome the disease, but she has excelled in academics and athletics.
Lane won the Big Eight 3A championship in the 400 meters in indoor track and field, and is a member of the Cardinal Gibbons National Honor Society. She also is a talented pianist and junior usher at Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Durham.
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Although Feb. 10 was officially National Signing Day, recruiting goes on all year long. Here are some more:
Riverside: Jordan Riley, football, North Carolina
Northern: Michael Wicker, golf, UNC Greensboro; sisters Sarah Spicer & Jessica Spicer, golf, Virginia Tech; Griffin Baker, baseball, Belmont Abbey; Pete Vurnakes, baseball, Belmont Abbey.
NCCU’s Ellis strikes gold
North Carolina Central junior Zoe Ellis earned the school’s only gold medal at last week’s MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Landover, Md.
Ellis won a bronze medal in the long jump before striking gold in the triple jump at 40-feet, 4 inches – the second-best jump of her career.
“I just stood at the back of the runway, getting myself together,” the Charlotte native said. “I didn’t know how to act. I have put in a lot of hard work all season.
“The first people I looked for were coach (Marino) Drake and my jump teammates. They were with me every step of the way.”
The Eagles outdoor track season begins March 18.
Jordan High will host its first Jordan Olympics March 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Games include pie in the face, corn hole, Frisbee golf, ping-pong and more. Proceeds benefit the athletics program, particularly the renovation of the weight room. The free event is open to the entire community. Game tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.JHSABC.com for more.
As quietly as it’s kept, all three Triangle HBCU men’s basketball coaches are N.C. Central alums.
We all know about LeVelle Moton and his accomplishments both as a player and a coach. But the Eagles’ lineage extends into Raleigh.
St. Augustine’s coach MarQus Johnson graduated from NCCU in 2000 and was a standout basketball player. He led the Eagles to three CIAA division titles in Division II.
Johnson was an assistant coach at NCCU, Shaw and SAU before getting his first head-coaching gig with the Cary Invasion, a semi-pro basketball team in Cary. He guided the Invasion to a 22-5 record in two seasons and the CBL championship in his first year.
Johnson is in his second year as the Falcons’ head coach. St. Aug’s finished second in its division as it prepared for the CIAA Tournament this week.
Over at Shaw, former Mount Zion Academy coach Joel Hopkins is in his second stint as the Bears’ coach. Hopkins was a member of the Eagles’ 1989 NCAA Division II National Championship team.
He led Shaw to its only men’s CIAA Tournament title in 2002, but was given a rude welcome back after coaches predicted the Bears would finished dead last in the conference. Not only didn’t that happen, but Shaw placed a respectable third behind the Falcons in the division.
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