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August 16, 2013 

Triangle Ultimate team reaches national final

The Triangle’s NC Hammer U16 team, replete with players from Chapel Hill, came back from Minnesota last week with the second-place trophy of the USA Ultimate Youth Club Championships. NC Hammer was one of four teams from the Triangle Youth Ultimate League that competed in the national tournament Aug. 10-11 in Blaine, Minn.

The UYCCs are considered the highest level of competition of Ultimate Frisbee for youth players, said Hammer coach Josh Hartzog.

Hammer went 3-0 in pool play, defeating Atlanta 11-7, Cincinnati 15-4 and Delaware Valley 13-6. In the championship game, favored Seattle Dynasty came in a 4-0 and defeated Hammer 12-9.

Hammer fought back from a 7-3 halftime deficit to tie the championship game at 9-9, but Dynasty answered with a score almost immediately after that and never let the Triangle team get back even.

“We felt like we had an excellent shot at making the finals this year, since we were returning a lot of players,” Hartzog said. “We expected to be in the finals playing against Seattle, which is a perennial favorite in all divisions.

“I am very happy with the way our guys fought hard and played well throughout the tournament especially in the finals.”

In U19 play, TYUL’s “A team” Triforce went 4-0 in pool play and tied for third after defeating Pittsburgh 13-8 and then losing 13-10 to Seattle.

The Triangle’s U19 girls team finished in sixth place in the national championships, and the TYUL’s U19 boys team ended up in 12th place in the national tournament.

Hackney will sit out 2013 football season

Bethune-Cookman All-America offensive tackle Terrance Hackney will sit out the 2013 playing season, the MEAC school announced last Monday.

Hackney, a 6-6, 310-pound rising senior from Chapel Hill, played at Northwood before attending Hargrave Military Academy. He was MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and was named an All-American on several 2012 teams, and he is listed on two 2013 preseason teams.

“Terrance (Hackney) and I have had several conversations, and we both agree that there are goals bigger than playing football,” said B-CU head coach Brian Jenkins. “We plan on providing him all the assistance needed in achieving his ultimate goal of graduating from Bethune-Cookman University.”

“It is our intent to have Terrance remain a student at Bethune-Cookman University,” concluded Jenkins.

Chapel Hill golfers do well in four-ball

The Chapel Hill golfing duo of June Lee and Sunny Han combined to shoot a 12-over 156 last week to tie for seventh place in the first flight of the 36th Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship, hosted by Cary’s MacGregor Downs Country Club.

The team of Lilia Rodriguez of Chapel Hill and Charlotte Harvey of Raleigh tied Carole Jones of Hillsborough and Judy Baskette of Burlington for third place in the second flight, both teams shooting 15 over.

Maureen Dunnagan and Kathryn Miranda of Lexington, S.C., converted a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture their first Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball title.

OCS plans car races for Saturday

The Orange County Speedway in Rougemont plans to host multiple events Saturday, weather permitting, including late model and limited stock car races.

The front gates open at 5 p.m. and the green flag drops at 7 p.m.

Fall lax for girls

Registration is open for the third annual ’Cats Lax Fall Ball sessions for middle school and high school girls. Middle school sessions will be on Sundays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 6, and high school from Sept. 22 through Oct 13. The fee is $80. Please email rkfutch@yahoo.com for more details.

Special Olympics registering for fall

Special Olympics Orange County will offer many exciting sports programs this fall for athletes of all skill abilities and ages.

Fall sports include soccer, golf, bocce and cycling.

All practices are held on either weeknight evenings or Sunday afternoons. Practice sessions are 60 to 90 minutes in length.

Fall sports begin the week of Aug. 24 and run through Nov. 3. Applications are due Aug. 23. All information is available at www.sooc.org.

Practice sessions are divided into youth and adult teams, as well as individualized coaching assistance for athletes needing basic skills development. No experience is necessary.

SOOC also is recruiting volunteer coaches to assist with the fall programs. No prior coaching or sport-specific experience is needed. Volunteers must be enthusiastic and committed to a once-weekly practice session.

For more information, athletes and volunteers should contact SOOC Coordinator Colleen Lanigan at 919-968-2810, or clanigan@townofchapelhill.org.

Corrections

The Chapel Hill News erred earlier this month in citing the number of years Issac Marsh has been head football coach at Chapel Hill High School. Marsh is in his 10th year as head coach of the Tigers.

Also, we erred originally in listing Chapel Hill athletics director Tod Morgan’s age in the online article about his departure. Morgan is 44 years old and will turn 45 shortly before he leaves for a new post at Pikeville’s C.B. Aycock High School.

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