Durham News: Sports

Briefly: NCHSAA to hand out honors at annual meeting Thursday

Bradshaw winners

The winners of the annual Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarships were announced last week by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The Bradshaw Scholarships are bestowed is in honor of Durham native Willie Bradshaw. A star athlete at Hillside and then N.C. Central, he pitched professionally in the old Negro League. Bradshaw later led the Durham Public Schools until his retirement in 1992. He was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of support to an outstanding minority student-athlete at an NCHSAA member school, the association’s website states.

This year winners are: Khadijah Daniels from D.H. Conley; Kleo Torres and Khalil Gary from Southeast Raleigh; Dametrah Lewis from Union Pines; Germaine McNeil from Whiteville; Rachel Salinas from West Davidson; Christian Ritter from Eastern Randolph; Demetrius Hill from Kings Mountain; Jalyn Ramseur from Newton-Conover; and Jose Robles from North Henderson.

NCSSM brainiacs

Durham’s N.C. School of Science & Math really made the grade(s) for the past 12 months.

The NCHSAA listed four different Unicorn teams on its roll of sports teams that achieved the best academic performance for 2015-16. That was better than any other school in North Carolina.

Weddington was best in three sports, and Chapel Hill was tops in two.

Because spring grades statewide are gathered so late in the academic year, the NCHSAA listed the 2015 spring team awards with the fall and winter honors for the 2015-2016 academic year. The programs were measured by the average, unweighted GPA for all members of each varsity team.

The NCSSM teams that had the highest GPA in North Carolna were (listed with the team GPA): men’s golf (3.76); men’s soccer (3.57); men’s indoor track (3.71); and wrestling (3.51).

Like the Bradshaw Scholarshp winners, the top academic teams will be honored at the NCHSAA’s annual meeting on Thursday at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

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