Chapel Hill’s Michelle Kasold is a rarity: An Olympian from North Carolina in field hockey. As Kasold heads to Rio for her second Olympics, she’s one of seven of the 16 players on the U.S. field-hockey team with ties to the area.
If the United States can secure a third gold medal under Mike Krzyzewski, this Olympics will complete the task the Duke coach set out to accomplish when he took over as coach of USA Basketball in 2006. His final job is passing the torch, so to speak, to ensure this era of American success lasts beyond his involvement.
Soldiers are on the streets in Rio de Janeiro, while the navy patrols Copacabana beach. But European attacks show that so-called lone wolves are tough to monitor and catch. And Brazil is new to the threat of terror.
His smart touch on the ball and ability to get back and defend has made RailHawks midfielder James Marcelin a valuable asset on every team he has been a member of, but Marcelin isn’t shy when admitting that nothing beats the feeling of putting on Haiti’s blue and red kits for national competition.
South Johnston has a reshuffled football coaching staff led by Matt Rigsbee and including two former area head coaches, but its the depth of talent in the ball-handling positions that gives Trojan fans reasons to think big things could be ahead this fall.
Before Metzger arrived in 2007, there was talk that Pinecrest – a 4A school with more than 2,000 students – may have to shut down its football program for lack of interest. Metzger has won 58 games (64 without forfeits) in nine years after the school had won 12 in the nine years preceding his arrival.