OCS readying for start of 2016 season
The Orange County Speedway in Rougemont will hold a “Test and Tune” session, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, as the three-eighths mile race track prepares for its 2016 opening day. The track will be open to practice runs for all divisions.
Grandstand admission for the test session is free for the general public; pit passes cost $10 per person.
OCS opens its season April 9 with the third annual Sherry Love Johnson Memorial Race for Late Model Stock Cars.
Local players earn field hockey academic honors
Rebecca Halter, Katie Wilson, Jessica Barfield and Alex Grant were among the area athletes recently named Scholars of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher.
Halter, a former East Chapel Hill standout who’s now a junior at Skidmore, has been named a Scholar of Distinction in each of her three years in college.
Katie Wilson, a sophomore midfielder at The University of the South, set Carrboro High School’s single-season scoring record (23 goals) and was a Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship winner before leaving for Sewanee.
The NFHCA also named its All Academic Squad for players maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. The team included Chapel Hill High School graduate Jessica Barfield, now a senior forward at Dartmouth; and Carrboro High graduate Alex Grant, a redshirt freshman defender at North Carolina.
Durham Academy alumnae Lauren Blazing and Robin Blazing of Duke also were named Scholars of Distinction, as well 12 other Tar Heels in addition to Grant.
UNC baseball begins road trip Friday
Coming off a rare series loss to an ACC baseball opponent, the University of North Carolina will return to conference action this weekend at Miami, then will be back in town next week for a five-game home stand.
After losing two out of three against Georgia Tech, Carolina carried a 19-4 overall record into Tuesday game with Davidson (see go heels.com for results). They will play Friday-Saturday-Sunday in Coral Gables – all three games against the Hurricanes to be telecast by ESPN3.
The Tar Heels will host High Point at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Boshamer Stadium, followed by a 6 p.m. game at home Wednesday, April 6, against UNC Asheville.
Carolina then begins its ACC series in Boshamer with Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, followed by a 6 p.m. game April 9 and a 1 p.m. on April 10.
Tiger Open golf has some spots left
Registration is still open for the annual Tiger Open Golf Tournament, which helps raise funds for the athletics programs at Chapel Hill High School.
The tournament is set for Saturday, April 23, at Finley Golf Course, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The registration fee is $125 per person, and it includes breakfast, cart and greens fees, beverages, snacks and a post-tournament catered lunch.
Registration and more information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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