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Hatchell, Cutcliffe, Rodon honored at Evening of Champions

Posted February 20, 2014
Updated February 27, 2014

Each of the three local universities had a representative among those honored at the Greater Raleigh Sports Council Evening of Champions Thursday. The event, presented by PNC and in partnership with 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio & 620 The Buzz, was held at PNC Arena.

Sylvia Hatchell, the University of North Carolina women's basketball coach who left the bench this year to be treated for leukemia, is the winner of the 2014 Kay Yow Champion Award.

Hatchell, a Naismith Hall of Fame inductee in her 28th season in Chapel Hill and her 39th overall as a head coach, has a career record of 908-321, more wins than any other active women’s coach. She is alone with Kay Yow and Debbie Ryan in reaching 600-win mark at an Atlantic Coast Conference school.

In 2001, Hatchell established the UNC’s Lineberger Blueberry Patch on her mountain property in Black Mountain, to allow the public to pick berries on the honor system and make donations to support UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

David Cutcliffe, who led the Duke University Blue Devils to a 10-4 record and a second straight bowl game in 2012, is the Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. Sports Person of the Year.

He was named the 2013 ACC Coach of the Year for the second time and collected a series of postseason coaching awards including the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year and the Walter Camp Foundation Coach of the Year.

Carlos Rodon, who pitched the North Carolina State University baseball team into the 2013 College World Series, is the winner of the Amateur Athletics Award. Rodon led the Wolfpack with a 10-3 record. He set the school record with 184 strikeouts in 132.1 innings and was named USA Baseball’s Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year.

The recently retired head of athletics for the Wake County Public School System, Bobby Guthrie, is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Guthrie was athletic director for the Wake County Public School System for 17 years before retiring in 2013. He will be inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in April 2014.

Jenna Hinton, assistant director at Triangle Volleyball Club and an advocate for promoting adaptive sports to those with physical and mental disabilities, is the winner of the John Freehafer Sports Volunteer of the Year award.

In 2013, Hinton received the USA Volleyball Junior Club Director Award in recognition for her contributions to the growth and development of sitting volleyball in the North Carolina region. She was a presenting speaker at the USA Paralympic Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has collaborated with the local Paralympic sport club, Bridge II Sports and Duke University School of Engineering to develop a sitting volleyball chair, the Striker, that enables people with physical disabilities, specifically those with spinal cord injuries, to play sitting volleyball. Hinton, along with Bridge II Sports, was integral in bringing the inaugural Valor Games to the Triangle.

Chelsea Gray, a two-time All American Duke women’s basketball player, is the winner of the WakeMed Health & Hospitals Courage and Character Award. 

Gray was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s co-player of the year despite a season-ending knee injury during the 2012-13 season. Gray returned to the court this fall for her senior season.

Tamara Cole, of Holly Springs High School, is the winner of the Community Spirit Award. She is the co-chair of the health and physical education department at Holly Springs, where she coaches both women’s golf and men’s and women’s swimming.

Shawnak Doshi, of Enloe High School, and Maggie Kane, of Broughton High School, are the CARQUEST Auto Parts Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Doshi is a senior who plays football and lacrosse. He is also a member of the Beta Club, Engineering Club and National Honor Society and maintains a rigorous academic schedule, including AP physics.

He is active in the community through the Jain Study Center of North Carolina and the Hindu Society of North Carolina.

Doshi plans to got to NC State in the fall of 2014.

CARQUEST Auto Parts Female Scholar of the Year

Kane is a senior on the varsity tennis team at Broughton. She is a two-time state champion. In 2013, the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation named Kane All-American after a standout season.

Kane volunteers with Stop Hunger Now, Link 2 Learn and The Bargain Box. She is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class.

Kane will attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall and will be a member of their nationally ranked women’s tennis team.


Created in 1998, the Greater Raleigh Sports Council works to foster a healthy economic environment by promoting the region as a leading site for sporting events involving youth, collegiate, amateur and professional sports competitions.

Capitol Broadcasting, the parent company of WRAL-TV and WRALSportsFan.com, has been a longtime sponsor of the Evening of Champions and is proud to play a part in highlighting the excellence of local athletes.

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  • wjuliang Feb 28, 9:53 a.m.

    Congrats to her!

    Wish Cut would quit Dook and run for Senate :)

  • vt94hokies Feb 20, 7:28 p.m.

    Three super individuals. Totally happy that the powers could see that these 3 should be honored.

  • StunGunn Feb 20, 4:45 p.m.

    Congrats to all being honored - very well deserved.

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