Names & Notes

July 2, 2013 

Photo by Damon Thomas

Johnston County's Will Raynor (7) is safe at first base against Chatham County's Ross Cooper during Johnston County's Post 71 softball game against Chatham County. Johnston County's Post 71 wins 10-0. June 16, 2013. Smithfield, NC,

DAMON THOMAS — newsobserver.com

Down time for high schools

Most high school football teams in the state have been involved in voluntary off-season workouts, but they’re taking off this week as part of a mandated as a “dead period” by the N.C. High School Athletics Association.

Teams cannot gather for workouts or 7-on-7 games from July 1 through July 7.

A second dead period comes July 22-27, which is the week of the N.C. Coaches Association summer clinics and all-star games in Greensboro.

NCHSAA football practice officially begins on Aug. 1

July 4 is ‘Free Fishing Day’

Since 1994, the N.C. General Assembly has designated July 4 as “Free Fishing Day” in Tar Heel waters. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.

Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply. On all other days of the year, a fishing license is not required for anglers 15 years and younger, but anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license to fish in any public water in North Carolina, including coastal waters.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the N.C. Wildlife Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. The interactive fishing and boating maps on the Commission’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public.

‘Four on The Fourth’ runs Thursday

If you’re planning on attending July 4 festivities in Carrboro, remember to watch out for runners in the morning. The Cardinal Track Club’s annual Le Tour de Carrboro begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at McDougle Middle School with the start of the “Four on the Fourth” 4-mile road race.

Runners will course down Old Fayetteville Road, cut east on Carol Street, down Hillsborough Road, cut back west on Man Street, then north on James Street up to Carol and head west over to Old Fayetteville for the return leg to the McDougle track.

Le Tour resumes Oct. 5 with the Carrboro 10K and ends with the annual Thanksgiving Gallop & Gorge on Nov. 28.

Levy named coach of the year

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association has joined Inside Lacrosse by naming University of North Carolina head coach Jenny Levy as its national coach of the year, the IWLCA announced last week.

Levy led the Tar Heels to their first NCAA championship this spring, capturing the national title with a triple-overtime, 13-12 sudden-victory win over top-seeded and previously undefeated Maryland in the final game.

She’s also had a positive impact on youth and local sports. Some veterans of her summer camps have contributed to the success of Chapel Hill-Carrboro district teams.

Perry makes all-academic team

Jordan High School alumna Alexis Perry, now a sophomore at N.C. State, was named last week to the 2013 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team. That announcement followed close on the heels of Perry winning two silver medals at the U.S. Junior Championships.

All 12 ACC member institutions placed at least one student-athlete on the 2013 All-ACC Academic Team, led by Florida State’s 10 selections and seven each from Duke and Virginia.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

Pine Needles is tops

In what is hardly a surprise to many golfers in the Chapel Hill area, Pine Needles resort in Southern Pines was named the nation’s best course for women in the current issue of Golf Digest magazine. A Donald Ross classic that’s immensely popular with Triangle residents, Pine Needles has hosted three U.S. Women’s Open championships plus two other major tournaments for women in recent years.

Two other North Carolina courses also made the list of the 50 best courses for women. Pinehurst No. 4 was ranked 26th while Grove Park Inn in Asheville was 38th.

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