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Briefly ... Robinson leaves Riverside for Bucs’ top job

May 19, 2014 

Robinson leaves Riverside for Buccaneers’ top job

Former Riverside offensive coordinator Lamont Robinson has been named the new football head coach at Bartlett Yancey.

The Buccaneers are hoping Robinson can turn around their trend of losing at least nine games every year for a decade, including a winless 0-11 season in 2005. He replaces Cory Lea, who resigned last fall after three years and a 6-27 record at Bartlett Yancey.

Robinson arrived at Riverside when it had gone 1-9 the year before, and he helped then-head coach David Hackney build a team that went 8-4.

Military Appreciation Night this Saturday at OCS

Orange County Speedway will host an open practice Thursday in preparation for the first auto races in almost a month at the Rougemont track.

OCS is scheduled to hold Military Appreciation Night this Saturday, when all active service members and veterans with i.d. will be admitted for $5. The night’s main feature is a race for Late Models, preceded by events for Limited, Pure and Street stock cars, Allison Legacy entries and bandoleros.

Entry to the grandstands during Thursday’s practice is free. Admission Saturday is $10 for most adults, $8 for seniors, students, faculty and public safety officers. Youth 10 and under get in for $1.

For more information, see ocstrack.com.

Jordan makes it to NCHSAA state semifinals in lacrosse

Jordan advanced to this week’s NCHSAA state semifinals in boys lacrosse with three impressive wins.

Four days after the Falcons escaped Middle Creek with a 9-8 win, Owen Perrien scored two goals in the first half and added a key tally in the third quarter to lead Jordan to a 10-6 win May 13 against Panther Creek. Jordan then visited PAC-6 rival East Chapel Hill, the top seed in Jordan’s sub-regional, and came away last Friday night with a 10-8 victory.

Jordan (8-5) had another tough task Tuesday night, playing at Apex (18-2, 11-0 at home). The winner of that game was to face either Northwest Guilford (20-0) or Charlotte Catholic (17-2) in the state championship game this weekend in Cary’s Wakemed Park. See www.nchsaa.org/ for results and championship pairings.

Figueroa gets some playing time in Tampa Bay

Durham Bulls regular Cole Figueroa saw his way to Tropicana Field on May 16 to replace Ben Zobrist of the Rays.

They pulled him from the Bulls lineup last Wednesday and he suited up in Tampa on Friday. Figueroa pinch-hit to replace Logan Forsythe and didn’t get on base, but it’s likely he’ll spend some more days filling in for Zobrist. Not a bad way to make your Major League debut.

Figueroa told the Tallahassee Democrat, his hometown paper, one of his first thoughts when pulled from Wednesday’s game was that he hoped he had not been traded. Figueroa, 26, has been one of the consistent talents in the Bulls’ clubhouse during his roughly two full seasons there. But Zobrist is a top middle infielder, and plays every day.

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