Sports Briefs

March 19, 2014 

Drew Zabor of the Warriors Rugby Club celebrates as teammate Charles Clark breaks loose for a try in a recent match.for a try

PHOTO COURTESY OF WRC

Warriors Rugby Club back in action Friday

Having qualified for a spot in the regional playoffs, the Warriors Rugby Club of Chapel Hill returns to action at 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, with a game under the floodlights at Cedar Falls Park against N.C. State.

The Warriors (4-4) are coming off a 107-10 victory against the Duke Grads Club. That was good enough to guarantee the Warriors a place in the playoffs, with a first-round match March 29 against Charleston's B-side in Charlotte.

Mock wins conference championship for UTC

Former Chapel Hill High School wrestler Corey Mock won the Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament March 8 at 165 pounds.

Mock, a junior, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament as he led Tennessee-Chattanooga to the team championship. He was a four-time 4A state champion at Chapel Hill High School and graduated there in 2009.

Mock was a two-time NCAA qualifier at the University of North Carolina, where his father is the head wrestling coach. Mock transferred from UNC prior to the start of the 2013-14 season and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Smith heads to NCAA championships

Former Chapel Hill High School All-American Carly Smith heads to Minneapolis this week for her last go-round in the NCAA Championships. Now a senior at North Carolina, Smith is one of 11 Tar Heel swimmers who earned invites for individual swims.

At the 2014 ACC Championships, Smith swam on a school record-setting 200 medley relay that took a fourth. (Yes, the UNC school record was only good for fourth.) And she went back to the podium after taking third in 100 backstroke with a time of 53.06.

Smith remains the record holder for UNC in the 100 back (52.20) and 200 back (1:53.08), and is part of both the UNC record-setting 200 and 400 medley relays.

The women's NCAA Division I Swimming Championships will be held March 20-22 at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Texas will host the 2014 men's meet March 27-29.

Morken wins in Early Bird Classic track meet

Helen Morken of Carrboro won the 3000 meters at last Saturday's Early Bird Classic track and field meet at Raleigh Ravenscroft, finishing in 10:42.78, just ahead of Hannah Russo of Epiphany. Marijah Crook of Chapel Hill placed fourth.

Morken also helped Carrboro win the 4x3200 relay.

East Chapel Hill's Edie Vandy finished third in both the boys' 100 and 200 meters, and he helped the Wildcats take third in the sprint medley.

Shane Jones placed third in the discus to help East finish sixth in the boys' team standings.

Durham pitchers do well in Carrboro

Durham residents did well in last weekend's Spring Open Horseshoe Tournament in Carrboro, winning three of the flights.

Jamie Justice won and James Weaver was runner-up in the B Flight, where Justice went 9-0 in matches and hit 134 ringers on 270 pitches (49.6 percent.)

Mario Smith (7-1) won the D Flight, while Ronald Davis (7-1) and Teddy Mack (6-2) finished 1-2 in the E Flight.

Bill Hinson of Oakboro (71) was the A Flight champion.

George Rogers of Burlington (7-2) needed to win a playoff against Tabitha Kinlaw of Zebulon (7-2) to win the C Flight.

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