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Jessica Spicer tees off in the first round of the Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship last Sunday at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte.
Jessica Spicer tees off in the first round of the Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship last Sunday at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. Courtesy of the Carolinas Golf Association

Spicer finishes in DeSantis top five

Jessica Spicer shot 10-over-par, 74-76–150, last weekend to earn a share of fourth place in the 11th Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship, conducted at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. Spicer, headed to Virginia Tech next fall with sister Sarah Spicer, finished four strokes behind the winner, Duke recruit Gina Kim, of Chapel Hill.

Kim shared the first round lead with Kathryn Carson, of nearby Mooresville, after both carded 73s on Saturday. Kim duplicated her 73 on Sunday, fending off charges by Kathleen Sumner of Charleston and Callista Rice of Mars Hill, both of whom shot one-under 71s Sunday — the only under-par rounds of the tournament.

Auto racing returns Saturday to Rougemont

Saturday will be Family Fun Day at the Orange County Speedway in Rougemont.

In addition to full slate of racing, topped by a 75-lap race for the Late Model Sports Cars division, the track will host family events from 1 to 5 p.m., like a car show, a bounce house for children, crafts vendors and concessions.

Qualifying on the track begins at 5:40 p.m., and the green flag drops at 7 p.m.

Duke tabs Blazing for ACC honors

Duke University recently chose seniors Lauren Blazing and Deemer Class to be the Blue Devils’ ACC Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year. Earlier this spring, Blazing was named an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction for the fourth consecutive season.

Blazing, who played at Durham Academy before Duke, guided the Blue Devil field hockey team to the NCAA semis for the second time in three seasons. She led all ACC goalkeepers in save percentage (.786) while earning first-team All-America, All-South Region and All-ACC honors. She also is a member of the U.S. women’s national team.

She is set to graduate from Duke this Sunday with degrees in cultural anthropology and political science.

Duke headed to Hall of Fame game

Duke and Penn State will play Nov. 19 in the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Depending on the results of the Nov. 19 games, Duke will square off with either Cincinnati or Rhode Island at Mohegan Sun on Nov. 20.

Prior to its two games at Mohegan Sun Arena, Duke will open the regular season at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Grand Canyon and Albany on Nov. 11 and 12, respectively, in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off campus rounds.

Game times and TV information will be announced at a later date.

Six Blue Devils named to NFF honors society

Six Duke football players have been selected for membership in the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s Hampshire Honor Society – Kelby Brown, Kyler Brown, Ross Martin, Max McCaffrey, David Reeves and Cody Robinson.

Duke’s six selections led all Power 5 conference schools and tied for second overall nationally, behind only Akron (7).

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society comprises college football players who maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or better throughout their college careers. A total of 868 players from 275 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 10th year.

Panthers’ Wilks to speak at CIS event

Carolina Panthers’ Assistant Head Coach Steve Wilks, an alum of Appalachian State, will appear at the Communities in Schools’ inaugural Coaches Corner, a fundraising event to help Durham students stay in school and achieve their full potential.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at The Rickhouse (located on Foster Street, next to the DAP), and tickets are on sale at $79 per person. See bit.ly/1rGVisL for more informaton.

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