Adrienne Millican, a girls golfer that beat U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in match play in 2001, was an exceptional golfer who later won the N.C. Women' Amateur championship.
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Last update: June 18
Carolina Mudcats slugger Jeremie Tice and reliever Shawn Armstrong have been selected as members of the 2012 Carolina League All-Star team.
The Carolina League All-Stars will meet all-stars from the California League Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. The All-Stars were selected by a vote of Carolina League managers, general managers and media members.
Smithfield's Neal Lancaster made his first cut of the season at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. over the weekend. The self-taught pro is back playing a regular schedule, participating in both Nationwide and PGA events, after taking an extended break to allow multiple injuries to heal. He's made seven starts this season, four of those on the PGA Tour.
Lancaster finished tied for 70th in Memphis at 8-over-par. His best round in the tournament came Friday when he shot an even-par round of 70.
He pocketed $11,144 for the finish in Memphis but will be off this weekend with the U.S. Open in California being the only event on the pro golf calendar.
But his name is likely to still come up during the week since Lancaster carries his own bit of U.S. Open history.
Texas Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The Raleigh Athens Drive High graduate is the subject of a story entitled “The Fragile Brilliance of Josh Hamilton.”
N.C. State recruit Matt Tenuta, a lefthanded pitcher from Apex High who led the Triangle in strikeouts this season, has already signed with the Kansas City Royals, who selected him in the 25th round (763rd overall) of this week's 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Tenuta's father Jon is the linebackers coach at N.C. State, and when the latter turned down Illinois this offseason, he said in a statement that watching his son play college baseball was a reason why. By signing with Kansas City, Matt forgoes his college eligibility and should report to the minor leagues within the coming weeks.
In total, four former area players and four current ones were selected in the draft.
Green Hope, Clayton, Millbrook and East Chapel Hill win area 4A Wells Fargo Conference Cups. Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Corinth Holders also win Conference Cups.
NCHSAA softball championships set at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Complex
NCHSAA finals will be at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Carolina Mudcats' Five County Stadium.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state girls soccer championship on Saturday between Cary Green Hope and Cornelius Hough is not the first time a national top ranking has been decided in the NCHSAA title game.