Gibbons receives All-America designation
For only the third time in school history, a Duke women’s soccer student-athlete has received National Soccer Coaches Association First-Team All-America accolades as senior Christina Gibbons was honored with the distinction as the NCAA College Cup kicked off Friday in San Jose, Calif.
Gibbons, who played for Cardinal Gibbons, joins Kelly Walbert and Natasha Anasi as the only First-Team NSCAA All-America selections in Blue Devil history. Anasi received the honor in 2011, while Walbert was named in 1993 and 1994. Gibbons, Anasi and Walbert are also the only three Duke standouts to be named to the first team as well.
Gibbons is one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy honoring the top player in the nation and was the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, after helping the Blue Devils to 11 shutouts on the defensive end. She was recently named the winner of the Senior CLASS Award, was a First-Team All-ACC selection, NSCAA All-Region First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree.
Over her career, she started 86-of-87 games played, totaling 10 goals, 19 assists and 39 points. Her seven career penalty kick goals were a school record. Gibbons finished her career with 7,794 minutes played, the second most by a field player.
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, the Falcons used a huge second quarter to down Voorhees College 61-53 in the Red & White Classic at the Gaines Center in Winston-Salem.
N.C. Central: Eagles sophomore forward Deja McCain flirted with a double-double by supplying team-high totals of 13 points and eight rebounds in a 64-54 nonconference loss to visiting Wofford College on Saturday.
N.C. State: Currently the owner of a 5-0 record within the friendly confines of the newly-renovated Reynolds Coliseum, the N.C. State (6-2) seeks to extend that mark Sunday against a team in the midst of its best start in program history. The Wolfpack will host the North Florida Ospreys at 2 p.m. Sunday on Kay Yow Court inside Reynolds Coliseum. ACC Network Extra will provide live coverage.
Shaw: The Bears suffered a 71-42 loss by the hands of No. 24 Clayton State Saturday to conclude the Heritage Bank Classic inside the Loch.
Campbell: Mogga Lado blocked a potential go-ahead layup with five seconds left in overtime and the Camels defeated Colgate 73-71 Saturday on the second day of the Holy City Hoops Classic at McAlister Field House.
Elon: The Phoenix looks to further its historic start to the 2016-17 season on Sunday when it faces the Georgetown Hoyas for the third time in program history inside the Verizon Center as part of the BB&T Classic. Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.
N.C. Central/ECU: Eagles guard Patrick Cole scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive game to start the season with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, but the Eagles had their five-game win streak snapped by the Pirates, 69-56 at Minges Coliseum in Greenville on Saturday.
Mount Olive: The Trojans lost a 76-65 contest to Lees-McRae on Saturday in Banner Elk. The team will travel to Florence, S.C., for a nonconference matchup with Francis Marion University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, Kenneth Collins scored a career-high 25 points and added six assists for the Falcons, but Davis & Elkins College used its huge free-throw advantage to stop the team 85-81 at the McDonnell Center in Elkins, W.Va.
Track and field
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, the Falcons’ Jumonne Exeter captured the men's triple jump at the JDL College Kick-Off Classic indoor track and field meet at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Elon: Seven new personal-records including an event win and school-record in the one-mile for senior Kimberly Johansen highlighted the indoor season-opener for the Phoenix women’s track and field team on Saturday at the JDL College Kickoff inside the JDL Fast Track Complex.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack opened its 2016-17 indoor season with strong results at the BU Opener. Four from the Pack’s women’s distance group ran in an elite 5,000m race, using their cross country fitness to earn three top-11 marks in school history. All four are also ranked in the top-11 of the NCAA standings in the event.
Shaw: After one of the best seasons in program history, the Bears came up short on Friday night in a 3-0 (25-9, 25-11 and 25-10) loss to defending NCAA Division II National Champion Wheeling Jesuit University in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Duke: The Blue Devils claimed 18 of 24 individual events and swept all four relays to defeat the Queens men and women Saturday in dual meet action at the Royals’ Levine Center Pool.
Raleigh Sports Club: Luke DeCock, sports columnist for The News & Observer will be the special guest speaker on Wednesday. DeCock will discuss hot topics including the ACC, UNC, Duke, NCSU and the Carolina Hurricanes, etc.
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