As Akeem Richmond (SLHS) nears the end of his collegiate career, he continues to put up amazing numbers — this time setting a new Conference USA and East Carolina University record for made three pointers in a game, hitting 11 and reestablishing the Conference USA three pointers made in a season mark with 150.
Richmond finished with 36 points in East Carolina’s 79-76 Conference USA first-round tournament win over University of Texas San Antonio, scoring the fifth highest point total in a Conference USA Championship game.
The Pirates (17-16, 5-11) then advanced to the second round but were derailed by the University Texas El Paso Miners, 77-68. Richmond was one of three Pirates to finish with 14 points while also adding five rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of play.
Richmond has now moved into seventh place on the NCAA's all-time three-pointers made list with 414, tying former Davidson All-America guard Stephen Curry for the spot. He also became only the fourth player in school history to score 600 points in a season, bringing his yearly total to 606. After completing the conference tournament, ECU accepted an invitation to play in the Collegeinsiders.com Postseason Tournament, its second consecutive invite to the CIT. The Pirates will host Horizon League member Wright State tonight in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Wake Tech forward Josh Mellette (SLHS) was named Region X Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Region last week, as well as being nominated to be a Junior College All-American. The 6’5” sophomore currently leads the nation in rebounds per game averaging 12.8 and defensive rebounds per game averaging 8.1, while finishing second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game averaging 4.6 and blocks per game with 3.2. Mellette and Wake Tech (21-10, 14-4) will face Potomac State from West Virginia today in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium in Danville, Ill.
Dillon Frye (1-1) (LCHS) and the 17th-ranked Nova Southeastern University (18-5, 5-4) finished 3-1 last week, blanking American International 9-0, then going 2-1 against Barry University — winning the first two games, 3-2 and 10-9, before dropping the third game, 5-3. Frye started on the mound in the Sharks' loss to Barry University, pitching five innings against 22 batters, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out three. Nova plays St. Thomas today in Miami and will host Saint Leo for a three-game series this weekend.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (10-10, 3-3) dropped two games last week against in-state rivals, losing to UNC Greensboro, 6-5, and Wake Forest, 5-4, before splitting their series with Tulane, losing the first game 7-2, but bouncing back to win the two remaining games, 5-2 and 13-3 in eight innings. Durazo came in for relief in the Pirates' loss to the Spartans, facing 14 batters in three innings and giving up two runs on two hits while striking out three. He would again be called to the mound in ECU’s only loss to Tulane, facing two batters and giving up a run. The Pirates will play four games this week, hosting Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday before traveling to Charlotte this weekend for a three-game series with UNC Charlotte.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (13-5, 10-2) swept LaGrange College last week, winning 3-1, 13-5 and 5-3. Cox started in centerfield and batted leadoff for the Panthers, going 1-11 from the plate, scoring two runs. Ferrum would split its series with N.C. Wesleyan, winning the first game 4-2, losing the second 13-12 in 11 innings, then battling back to win the third 9-2. Cox finished 2-12, hitting his third home run of the year, scoring three runs and three RBI in the series. The Panthers will travel to Lynchburg College on Wednesday and then host Methodist University this weekend for a three-game series.
Jared Kehagias (SLHS), Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and N.C. Central (5-11-1, 3-3) were swept in their doubleheader with Coppin State, losing to the Eagles 11-8 in 12 innings and 5-1. In the first game, Wood, who started in centerfield, would lead the Eagles offensively, going 3-6 from the plate, scoring one run with two RBIs. Kehagias started at third and finished 1-5 with one RBI. Harris came in as a pinch runner. In the second game, Wood would go 1-2. The Eagles will be on the road this week, traveling to Norfolk, Va., to face Norfolk State on Wednesday and then to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend for a three-game series with Florida A&M University.
Alex Scott (LCHS), Conner Gaines (SLHS) and Wake Tech (2-13, 2-7) went 1-2 in their three-game series against Surry CC, winning the first game 7-6 in 11 innings, but then dropping the last two, 6-5 in 10 innings and 8-5. Scott finished as one of the Eagles' offensive leaders, going 5-12 from the plate, scoring two runs and three RBI. They would also split their series with Rockingham CC going 2-1 in three games, winning the first 5-3, losing the second 3-1, but then winning again in the third 10-8. Scott would finish the series going 4-13, scoring three runs, including the only run in the Eagles' loss to Rockingham. Wake Tech will host a four-game series this weekend against Onondaga CC.
Josh Kelly (0-1) (LCHS) and the Appalachian State Club team finished 1-3 last week in the 2014 Spring Training Showcase in Tampa, Fla. The Mountaineers (1-5) won their first game against Central Michigan 6-2, but dropped the next three to Bowling Green 11-3, Illinois State 11-7 and Virginia Tech 8-2. Kelly pitched a complete game against the Hokies, allowing four runs on two hits while striking out five. At the plate, he finished the tournament 5-15 with five RBI. ASU will host Wake Forest this weekend.
Jennibeth Burge (SLHS), Lauren Martin (NHS), Caroline Womble (WHHS), Taylor Hains (WHHS) and Peace College (9-15, 5-7) were swept by Christopher Newport, 7-0 and 14-4, before splitting a doubleheader with Meredith, winning game one 3-2, but dropping the nightcap 4-2. In the doubleheader against the Captains, Womble started at second base and led the Pacers offensively, going 3-4 from the plate, scoring two runs and a RBI. Burge finished 2-7, while Martin appeared in both games in pitching relief, giving up four hits and striking out one. In the series against the Avenging Angels, Burge finished 3-4, hitting her fourth home run of the year to score one run and one RBI. Womble would finish 2-6, scoring two runs. Burge currently leads Peace in home runs with four, batting average with .358, slugging percentage with .552, is tied for first in RBI with 19 and is second on the team in hits with 24. The Pacers will play four games next week, hosting Maryville for a doubleheader on Friday and then traveling to Mary Baldwin for a doubleheader on Sunday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and Barton College will be playing day two of the Barton Intercollegiate today in Wilson.
Tristan Johnson (LCHS) and the Carolina Hawks of the CCFL opened spring ball last week with Johnson being named captain of the secondary and a Hawks' team captain for the upcoming season. The Carolina Hawks season will start in July.
Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) and the San Jose Sabercats of the AFL opened their 2014 season yesterday, playing the Portland Thunder. Godfrey suffered an injury during pre-season and is expected back on the field in May. The Sabercats will play a second game this week, hosting the Philadelphia Soul on Sunday.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University will open their spring practice period today, the first of 15 spring practice sessions. The Fighting Camels will hold their first scrimmage on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. A second scrimmage will be held on March 29, with the spring game scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m.