Abigail Hamilton of Yarmouth High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade Maine Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The award recognizes “outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.”
Hamilton won the Class B state meet this past season in 18:05.31, which was 9.17 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
She finished ninth at the New England Cross Country Championships and 20th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships.
Hamilton volunteers at a homeless advocacy center and as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her church. She has maintained an A average in the classroom.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored a season-high 32 points to help North Carolina State rally from 12 points down late in the first half and stun No. 17 Duke 84-82 at Durham, North Carolina.
Abdul-Malik Abu added 19 points for the Wolfpack (14-7, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earned the program’s first win at Duke’s famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.
• Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third.
The Wildcats (19-1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
This is the seventh week on top this season for Villanova.
Kansas (18-1) was No. 1 on 28 ballots.
Gonzaga (19-0) was the last unbeaten team in Division I entering Monday.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: A’ja Wilson tied her season high with 26 points and No. 5 South Carolina (17-1, 7-0 SEC) held off previously undefeated No. 4 Mississippi State 64-61 in a Southeastern Conference showdown at Columbia, South Carolina.
• UConn (18-0) remains the No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 poll after cruising to two more easy victories this past week.
The top five was unchanged with Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
MLS: With the NFL’s Chargers leaving for Los Angeles, a group of private investors unveiled plans to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego and build a stadium that can be shared with San Diego State.
In addition to the joint-use venue which could seat up to 30,000, the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site which has housed the Chargers would also be used for a sports and entertainment district, according to the FS Investors group’s plans.
The plans also set aside acreage for a larger stadium, in case the NFL decides to return to San Diego.
• Midfielder Ian Harkes, son of former U.S. national team captain John Harkes, signed with D.C. United.
Ian Harkes played college soccer at Wake Forest, where he was a two-year captain and won NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors while leading the Demon Deacons to the national final.
Two weeks ago, he won the Hermann Trophy as the top male college soccer player in the United States, an award John Harkes won in 1987, making them the first father-son duo to both earn the honor from the Missouri Athletic Club.