Briefly

June 23, 2013 

Members of the Lucky 13 team dip their rear wheels in the waters of the Chesapeake in Havre de Grace, Md., ready for the first day of their cycling trek from Maryland to Oregon. The riders along with team leader Brian Burnham are Caleb Roenigk (CHHS 2013), Hugh Kelley (CHHS 2015), Arthur Mouw (CHHS 2015), Jack Jansen (CHHS 2015), Wes Malinchock (CHHS 2015), Holden Selkirk (Carrboro 2015), Paris Buedel (Carrboro 2016), Aidan Kelley (UNC), D.J. Recny (2015 East Chapel Hill), Kyle Ferriter (N.C. State) and Miles Rosen (UNC).

COURTESY OF LAURA MALINCHOCK

Norris, Linker make the NCHSAA list of top coaches

As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA has released its list of “100 To Remember: Coaches,” which highlights 100 of the top high school coaches in North Carolina history. Chapel Hill’s Sherry Norris and East Chapel Hill’s Lindsay Linker are on the list.

A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings. Many people made nominations for the lists on the NCHSAA website. Association records and archives were also consulted, as well as members of the committee offering names for discussion.

Linker has stood out as one of the state’s best men’s and women’s tennis coaches for several years, first at Chapel Hill High for 10 years and then at East Chapel Hill since 1998.

Linker has amassed 16 NCHSAA dual team state titles in two different classifications and has achieved over 750 dual team wins. She received the NCHSAA’s Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year Award in 2010.

Norris is recognized as one of the most distinguished female coaches in North Carolina history, with tremendous success in 35 years at Chapel Hill High as both a women’s volleyball and basketball coach. Overall, she has more than 500 wins in basketball and has over 700 wins coaching volleyball, making her the winningest volleyball coach in the history of high school athletics in the state.

Norris received the NCHSAA’s Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award in 2012, considered the association’s top award for career achievement.

Lucky 13 hits the road

The Lucky 13 officially began their cycling journey from Maryland to Oregon earlier this month, dipping their wheels in the Chesapeake Bay and then heading out to Stewartstown, Penn., on the first leg of 70. They report the first day was a bit stormy, but they covered the 44 miles of Day 1 with little trouble.

The Lucky 13 aim to raise $30,000 for UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a portion on the money going directly to serve pediatric cancer patients.

For every $15,000 raised by the Lucky 13 cyclists, Lineberger will send one pediatric cancer patient to Victory Junction in Randleman, a year-round camping facility that serves children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

The cyclists, most of whom are members of Boy Scout Troop 845 in Carrboro, will handily earn cycling merit badges on the trip.

Blazing playing in field hockey nationals

Chapel Hill native Lauren Blazing is among the seven members of the Duke field hockey team who were at this weekend’s USA Field Hockey Under-21 Women’s National Championship, held at the Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The event featured some of the top players in the nation, with all vying for the national title as well as a spot on the U.S. U-21 national team that will compete at the Junior World Cup July 27-Aug. 4 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Meanwhile, two East Chapel Hill payers will be competing in the affiliated National Futures in Virginia Beach, Va., where young players are scouted for sports on the U.S. National Teams. Rising sophomore Caroline Kolk and junior Marissa Creatore both will be in the Futures event.

Jaguars offer coaching positions

Carrboro High School has posted several openings for coaches in the 2013-14 school year. They include:

• Head baseball coach

• Assistant baseball coaches (2)

• Assistant field hockey coaches (2)

• Assistant football

• Assistant boys soccer

• Assistant girls soccer coaches (2)

• Assistant softball

• Assistant swimming

• Assistant Volleyball.

Anyone interested in applying as a coach should contact CHS director of athletics April Ross at aross@chccs.k12.nc.us or 919-918-2200, ext. 25023.

Buckley places in nationals

William Buckley, recently graduated from East Chapel Hill High School, finished fourth in the 100 meters Emerging Elite race in last weekend’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals track meet in Greensboro. He clocked in at 10.77 seconds, behind winner Maurice Eaddy of Siler City (10.61), runner-up Jaylen Bacon of Hopkins, S.C., (10.71) and Caleb Gabriel of Raleigh (10.73).

East Chapel Hill alumna Pegah Kamrani, the NCHSAA champion in the 3,200 meters, placed 29th (17:58.42) in an ultra-talented 5,000 meters field.

W.E. Warnock: 919-932-8743

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