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The Eagles have won enough games now to guarantee themselves a post-season berth.
The Eagles have won enough games now to guarantee themselves a post-season berth. NCCU

Take a walk in my shoes.

That’s exactly what Riverside senior Kaitlyn Wagner did. As a freshman, Wagner found her dream of playing soccer for the Pirates derailed after getting cut during tryouts. Instead of sulking or blaming the coach for a lack of good judgment, she decided to help teach the sport at Carrington Middle School.

“I learned more being a coach than I did as a player,” she told the student newspaper. “Before, I didn’t know how to articulate what I needed help on, but after being on the other side as a coach, I now know how to communicate better.”

Wagner eventually made the squad but continued her assistant coaching duties.

“One day I want to be a coach because I have really enjoyed working with the Carrington team,” she said. “It helped me a lot with learning how to talk to others.”

Bipartisan legends: Putting their heated rivalries aside, legends from N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke will host a Big Three Legends Game fundraiser March 7, 6:30 p.m. at The Cage at American Tobacco.

Vinny Del Negro will coach the Wolfpack, Kenny Smith the Tar Heels and Christian Laettner the Blue Devils. (Got the juices flowing already, eh?) A special silent auction will be held with all proceeds going evenly to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Children’s Hospital. Call (919) 433-1566 for more information.

Chip off the block: As part of their graduation requirement, Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill seniors must complete a senior capstone project. “Senior Captstones,” as they are called, have created a robotic arm, restored a vintage car and even published a book over the years.

Senior Evan Norfleet will honor his grandfather, Dr. Edward A. Norfleet, with The Edward A. Norfleet Memorial Golf Tournament. All proceeds will benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fight pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Norfleet worked in UNC Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia for 35 years. He retired in 2008 and died of pancreatic cancer two years later. The four-player scramble tourney is April 14, 10 a.m. at Chapel Hill Country Club. Email Norfleet at eanorfleet1@gmail.com or call (919) 937-4135 for more information.

Five and counting: Voyager Academy middle school boys are holding up the academy’s athletic tradition. The Vikings won the Central Carolina Middle School Championship for the fifth straight year with a 15-1 record.

Postseason bound: N.C. Central’s win over South Carolina State Saturday night guaranteed the Eagles a postseason bid to the NIT. With a two-game lead and two games left, NCCU has the MEAC conference title in hand. Next up is the MEAC Tournament. A tourney title would automatically send the Eagles to the Big Dance. Either way, they’ve come up winners.