N.C. State 1983 NCAA basketball championship ring sells for $10,000
A 1983 NCAA basketball championship ring awarded to N.C. State forward/guard Harold Thompson has sold for $10,000 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Thompson graduated from Hoke County High School in Raeford and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2014. In addition to playing high school basketball, Thompson set the school high jump record in 1978. Thompson was the first recruit who signed for North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Jim Valvano. Known as the “defensive specialist,” he went on to become a forward/guard on the 1982-83 Wolfpack squad that won the national championship in epic fashion on a Lorenzo Charles dunk at the buzzer over Houston.
On May 9, President Barack Obama honored Thompson and his teammates at the White House. The N.C. State men’s basketball team was unable to go to the White House in 1983 because the school’s athletic director refused to pay for the trip because he believed it was an NCAA violation.
The 10-karat gold Jostens ring features “NC STATE” bordering a diamond at center, set in red, with “1983 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS” encircling. The size-13 ring has the “Jostens 10K” hallmark and “Harold Thompson #30” engraved in the band.
N.C. State: Freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. is on the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50 announced this week on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPN.com. The list is chosen by national college basketball experts and is comprised of the 50 student-athletes who are considered to be early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor.
Campbell: Coming off its largest win in the program’s Division I history, the team heads north to Baltimore for Saturday’s 1 p.m. tipoff at Morgan State. The Camels (1-1) defeated Division III Bridgewater 101-45 in Tuesday’s home opener.
St. Augustine’s: On Friday, Anthony Gaskins scored 22 points, but the Falcons suffered a 73-64 men’s basketball loss to Barton College on the first day of the Pickle Classic at Kornegay Arena. The loss dropped the Falcons to 1-2 overall. The team will face the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Shaw: Senior Larry Richardson, II scored 21 points to lead the team to a 65-54 victory at Morehouse College on Friday night in Forbes Arena. The Bears improve to 2-0 on the season while the Maroon Tigers drop to 2-2 overall. The team will return to action on Monday, Nov. 21 when they host Clayton State for a non-conference tilt in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
UNC: The fourth-ranked Tar Heels earned a spot in Sunday’s NCAA championship game. The team defeated No. 6 Connecticut in overtime Friday afternoon 2-1 at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex. The Tar Heels (20-5) will face No. 8 Delaware, a 3-2 winner over Princeton in Friday’s second semifinal game, on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the NCAA crown. UNC is playing for its seventh championship in program history, its first since 2009.
Duke: Senior Toni Payne scored two second half goals to propel the third-seeded Blue Devils to a 3-1 victory over Illinois State (14-6-3) Friday evening in the second round of the NCAA Championship from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The 14th-ranked Blue Devils (14-4-3) moved on to face Northwestern Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., in the third round.
UNC: The sixth-ranked Tar Heels held the Kansas Jayhawks without a shot for the last 64:26 of the match and got second-half goals from Madison Schultz and Maya Worth in recording a 2-0 victory in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 1,917 fans.
N.C. State: The men’s and women’s teams will run their final race of the season at the NCAA Division I Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday. Both teams earned automatic berths to the championship after topping the competition at the Southeast Regional meet. The No. 2 nationally-ranked women will run a 6K course while the men’s team, who jumped 10 places in the final USTFCCCA poll to enter the competition as the No. 17 ranked team, will run a 10K course.
Shaw: The team took down the Lions of Lincoln University (Pa.) in three straight sets 25-19, 25-14 and 25-13 on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Championships. Meanwhile, for the second straight year, the CIAA announced head coach DiShondra Goree as the 2016 CIAA Coach of the Year.
UNC: No. 6 Tar Heels took down Virginia (7-22, 4-13 ACC) in straight sets (28-26, 25-16, 25-18) on Friday night and captured their 14th sweep victory of the season. With the win and Duke’s loss to No. 17 Florida State, the Tar Heels (25-3, 17-1 ACC) clinched at least a share of the 2016 ACC title. The Heels will have the opportunity to secure the outright championship in their next match on Wednesday against rival Duke (20-7, 14-3 ACC).
Duke: Sophomore middle blocker Leah Meyer tallied a career-high 21 kills but the team could not overcome costly errors in a 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 23-25, 20-25) setback to No. 17 Florida State Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss was the Blue Devils’ third in ACC play and snapped their six match win streak. The team takes on Miami at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20 in its final home match of the regular season.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons fell to the Miami Hurricanes, 3-1, on Friday at LJVM Coliseum. Kylie Long recorded 22 kills in the contest, two shy of her career high 24 that she set against Loyola Chicago earlier this season. The Demon Deacons close out the 2016 home season Sunday against No. 17 Florida State. The match is set for 1 p.m. at the Summit School.
St. Augustine’s: On Friday, the team gave Chowan University a brief scare, but the Hawks triumphed over the Falcons in three sets in the CIAA Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals at the VSU Multipurpose Center in Ettrick, Va. The 25-27, 16-25, 15-25 loss ended the season for the Falcons (9-14 overall).
UNC: The Tar Heels received the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Championship and will host 20th ranked Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in a second-round match Sunday at 7 p.m. The team received a first-round bye in the NCAA Championship, while FGCU reached the second round by advancing in penalty kicks, 3-0, at USF.
Campbell: Head coach Ronny Fisher has announced the addition of Micaila Coleman of Crewe, Virginia, to the Camels’ 2017 recruiting class during the fall’s early signing period. Coleman, a 5-10 guard, plays at Nottoway High School for head coach Glen Pettis. She is a three-year letter-winner and has helped lead the Cougars to a 54-14 record in her tenure that included a pair of James River District championships.
N.C. State: Seeking a 3-0 start for the sixth straight season, the team returns to action at home Saturday against College of Charleston. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Cougars is set for 6 p.m. from Kay Yow Court inside Reynolds Coliseum.
UNC: The team continues its home stand against Bucknell on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. This is only the second meeting between the two programs; the first coming in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, an 85-50 Tar Heel victory.
Swimming and Diving
NC State: Through two days of racing GAC Invitational inside the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the Wolfpack men continue to hold a lead in the team standings with 1,288 points, while the women remain in second place with 1,258.
Duke: The Blue Devil women broke school records in three events and the men featured an individual event winner in senior Peter Kropp as the squads continued competition at the NC State GAC Invite Friday. Both men’s and women’s teams remain in third place in the team standings with one full day of competition remaining.
Wake Forest: Coach Jerry Haas announced Friday the four members of the program’s 2017 recruiting class. Kengo Aoshima, Parker Gillam, Brandon Gillis and Marco Steyn have signed letters of intent and will join the Demon Deacon program in 2017-18. They will join a Demon Deacon program ranked No. 13 nationally.
Campbell: Three North Carolina high school golfers: Tim Bunten (Concord), Stephen Carroll (Concord) and Jimbo Stanley (Raleigh) have each signed a national letter of intent with the university, head coach Press McPhaul announced Friday. The trio will join the program prior to the 2017-18 season.
N.C. State: Head coach Shawn Rychcik and his staff announced the 2017 recruiting class. Five players have signed a national letter of intent to compete for the Wolfpack starting with the 2018 season, headlined by four athletes listed among the top 112 recruits in the FloSoftball rankings.
Duke: Head coach Kerstin Kimel was presented with an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Service Award Thursday evening at the 2016 Honors Banquet. The IWLCA Service Award honors individuals who have committed themselves to the betterment of the IWLCA during the past year.
Campbell: The Camels close out the 2016 season, hosting Pioneer Football League leader San Diego Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon at Barker-Lane Stadium. The team will honor its 23 seniors prior to Saturday’s game.
Duke: Head coach Alex Beguinet welcomes Julia Gianneschi, a product of Atlanta, to the program for the 2017 campaign after signing a national letter of intent. Gianneschi is a three-time gold medalist at the Division 1A Senior Women’s Foil Regional Open Circuit in New Orleans and claimed bronze at the 2014 Division II Women’s Foil North American Cup in Minneapolis, Minn.
ECU: The National Strength and Conditioning Association announced that Jeff Connors has been selected as the College Strength and Conditioning Coach-of-the-Year for 2017. Award winners are selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA’s Coaching Task Force, who determine the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community and the coaching profession.
N.C. State: Despite firing a season-high team score of 2306 in the smallbore competition, the 12th-ranked team was edged by No. 4 Kentucky, 4688-4658, Friday afternoon inside the E.F. Horton Rifle Range. The Wolfpack falls to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in Great America Rifle Conference matches.
Duke: The team found itself embroiled in another thriller with a top-20 opponent Friday night as its comeback effort fell just short for the second straight week in a 25-17 setback to No. 18 Wisconsin. The Blue Devils (0-2) trailed 22-17 heading into the final match of the night between Xaviel Ramos and Wisconsin’s Andrew Crone. The Blue Devils trailed 19-9 after six matches to set up the thrilling comeback.
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