Five to be inducted into Wake sports hall
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Former baseball star Jamie D’Antona, football greats Chris Barclay and Ryan Plackemeier, soccer standout Michael Parkhurst and Provost Emeritus Dr. Ed Wilson are the five newest members of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.
D’Antona, Plackemeier and Wilson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the weekend of September 16-17. They will be honored during halftime of Wake Forest’s home football game on Sept. 17. Both Barclay and Parkhurst will be inducted at a future Hall of Fame ceremony when their schedules permit.
D’Antona was a baseball star for the Demon Deacons, he led the ACC in RBIs in 2001 and 2003 and was the ACC home run champ in 2003 and named the ACC Player of the Year.
Plackemeier won the Ray Guy Award in 2005 as a senior when he led the nation in punting average at 47.2 yards per punt. He was a three-time first team All-ACC selection and is Wake Forest’s all-time leader in punting average at 45.3 yards per kick.
Wilson is known to many Wake Forest graduates as “Mr. Wake Forest.” A 1943 graduate of Wake Forest College, Dr. Wilson served in the Navy in World War II before earning a doctorate at Harvard and returning to Wake Forest in 1959.
Barclay is Wake Forest’s all-time leading rusher, accumulating 4,032 yards from 2002-05. Barclay left Wake Forest as the career leader in scoring, rushing touchdowns, all-purpose yards, 200-yard games and 1,000-yard seasons.
Parkhurst has been a fixture in professional and international soccer for more than a decade. An All-American in 2004, and a two-time All-ACC pick in 2003 and 2004 and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. He was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the league’s Defender of the Year in 2007.
Duke: Redshirt senior quarterback Thomas Sirk has been named to the 43-member Watch List for the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.
Saint Augustine’s: Head football coach Tim Chavous officially announced his coaching staff on Thursday. Chavous named Jason Mai as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and Alvin Parker as assistant head coach/run game coordinator/tight ends coach. Arun Gomez is the defensive coordinator/strength and conditioning coach, and William Frizzelle is the special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach. Kevin Jones will coach the linebackers and handle defensive quality control.
UNC: Career wins leader Robert Woodard and former standout first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki have been hired to complete the coaching staff, head coach Mike Fox announced Thursday.
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Saint Augustine’s: The City of Raleigh Museum will display an exhibit of legendary coach George Williams through August, starting on Friday. The “Legend In Gold” exhibit honors the legendary athletic director and coach, who has won 38 NCAA Division II national championships at the university.
Duke: Seniors Christina Gibbons, Toni Payne and Rebecca Quinn were selected to the preseason All-ACC team, while the Blue Devils were picked to finish third in the preseason ACC Coaches poll.
Wake Forest: Sarah Teegarden was selected to the preseason All-ACC team and the team was picked to finish ninth in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.
Campbell: One of the most decorated players in school history, Tahnia Ravnjak has been named assistant coach, head coach John Crooks announced Thursday.
A 2016 graduate, Ravnjak is one of just 12 players in Big South women’s history to earn all-conference honors four times. During her career, the team won two Big South titles (2014, 2016), placed second twice (2013, 2015), made four-straight NCAA regional appearances and twice qualified for the NCAA Championship (2014, 2015).
Duke: Sophomore Virginia Elena Carta kept her run going at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Thursday as she won two match play contests to advance to the quarterfinals at the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.
Duke: Freshman Margaux Paolino has been named to the U.S. U21 women’s national team that will represent the United States at the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup (JWC) Nov. 23-Dec. 4 in Santiago, Chile.
ECU: The team will compete in the 2016 Savannah Invitational as part of its non-conference schedule, according to an announcement by the Savannah Sports Council on Thursday.
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