Riverside travels to East Chapel Hill

March 27, 2014 

PAC-6 baseball enters into conference games

With the soggy, cold weather that has dogged North Carolina for months, it’s difficult to believe that baseball season has been underway for weeks.

Most area teams have had at least two or three postponements or cancellations already. (See www.newsobserver.com/sports/preps for a look at nearby Orange High, which has had to cede its home games in April’s Hilltop Invitational Tournament to Jordan after ice wreaked havoc with the Panthers’ home field.)

Nevertheless, Piedmont Athletics Conference teams enter league play this week. Riverside and East Chapel Hill meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a game to decide the early leader in the PAC-6 standings. They came out of the weekend at 4-2, tying for the best overall record among PAC-6 teams.

In other games Thursday, Hillside is at Jordan and Northern hosts Person.

Blazing wins academic honors from coaches

A day after being named to the coaches’ 2014 Division I National Academic Squad, Duke redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing has also been selected a Division I Scholar of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

A four-year team MVP at Durham Academy and league MVP her senior year of prep school, Blazing is a cultural anthropology and political science major at Duke. She received All-ACC Academic Team honors earlier this year.

One of the nation’s top goalkeepers this fall, Blazing garnered All-America third team, All-South Region first team, All-ACC second team and ACC All-Tournament team recognition while guiding the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game. She concluded the season ranked fifth nationally and first in the ACC in save percentage with a .792 clip and was second in the league in saves per game (5.88).

Blazing posted a career-high 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime shootout victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked North Carolina Sept. 27.

NFHCA student-athletes recognized as Scholars of Distinction have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Blazing also

Vacancies open on Trails Commission

Volunteers wishing to serve on the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission have until 5 p.m. Friday to get their application to the Durham Board of Commissioners. The commission presently has three vacancies — one for the Triangle Township; one for Carr/Oak Grove and one at-large.

The board works with Public Health Department administrators, clinicians, staff and our community to promote health, protect the environment and prevent disease.

All applicants must be current on their property tax listings and payments before they can be considered for a post.

For applications or additional information, please contact the Clerk to the Board’s office at 560-0025 or see www.dconc.gov.

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