On Campus

Richmond sets two ECU records
Feb. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

One week after becoming the first NCAA player to eclipse 100 three pointers this season, Akeem Richmond (SLHS) has made headlines again by setting two East Carolina University records. Richmond broke his own record for made three pointers in a season, knocking down 107 treys and set a new record for most made foul shots in a game with a 15-of-15 night.

Richmond’s first feat occurred during ECU’s 58-47 loss to UTEP, when he led his team in scoring knocking down 20 points on a 7-of-14 shooting night with six of the made shots coming from behind the arc. UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd said of Richmond’s performance, “He's just fabulous. He doesn't need any room. He's quick coming of those screens, loads it up, and gets rid of it. The only way to play him is just to not let him catch it." In reflection of his record breaking night, Richmond said, “Honestly I didn't even think about it. It feels good, but I'd rather have the win."

Richmond will be able to add considerably to his new three-point record with seven regular season games still remaining. Richmond would lead ECU back into the win column later in the week with a 31-point performance as the Pirates (13-11, 2-7) downed the University of Texas at San Antonio, 81-71. Richmond’s impressive shooting night included going 15-of-15 from the foul line, a new ECU record for most made foul shots in a game without a miss. This would also be the third time that he would eclipse 30 plus points in a game this season. ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo said of Richmond’s night, “He's the only guy that has consistent offensive confidence. He's as confident a shooter as I've ever coached. I'd like to be able to sprinkle some of that extra confidence and hand it out to some of the other guys who really don't have that type of consistent confidence."

Richmond now brings his career three-point total to 372, ranking him 24th on the NCAA Division I all-time list. The Pirates will have two road games this week as they travel to Tulsa on Thursday and then to North Texas on Saturday.

College Football

Four local football players signed the dotted line this past Wednesday, solidifying their intentions to play collegiate football in the fall. Three county players— wide receiver Aaron Blockman from Southern Lee, and defensive back Pressley Hales and defensive end Thomas Ferguson from Lee County — signed with Campbell University. Offensive lineman Grayson Johnson from Union Pines signed with Wingate.

Here is a look at how in state universities faired on National Signing Day.

Campbell University signed 19 recruits with 11 players coming from in state. Regional players joining local athletes Blockman, Hales and Ferguson include linebacker Thomas Hartshorn and wide receiver Jay Schuller, both from Middle Creek, and Greg Millhouse, a defensive tackle transfer from Appalachian State who originally played at Garner.

Duke University signed 18 recruits with three coming from in state.

East Carolina has 22 verbal commitments, with seven coming from in-state, including regional athletes wide receiver Curtis Burston from Middle Creek, offensive lineman Kyle Erickson from Jack Britt and quarterback Shawn Stankavage from Cardinal Gibbons.

Gardner-Webb has signed 17 players, with nine coming from in state.

Lenoir Rhyne has signed 24 players, with 13 coming from in-state. Regional players include defensive lineman Elliot Rawls from Southeast Guilford and quarterback Tyler Williams from Fuquay-Varina.

N.C. State signed 33 recruits, with 18 coming from in-state. Regional recruits include safety Kalen McCain from Durham Hillside, strong safety and lineman Will Richardson from Burlington Cummings, and wide receiver Maurice Trowell from Southern Durham.

North Carolina A&T signed 16 recruits, with 11 coming from in-state. Long snapper Austin Venable from Southern Guilford was the only player from our region.

North Carolina Central signed 16 recruits, with 13 coming from in-state. Regional players include wide receiver Derrick Mason and offensive lineman Noah Chase from Southern Durham, defensive back Jamarcus Johnson from Ben L. Smith in Greensboro, defensive back Mykael Martin from Greensboro Dudley and linebacker Michael Gray from Pinecrest.

North Carolina signed 17 recruits, with an additional five incoming players already enrolled at UNC since January. Eight in-state players signed with the Tar Heels with five coming from the Charlotte area. Tight end/ defensive end, Avery Edwards of Ravenscroft was the only player to sign from our region.

UNC Charlotte signed 24 recruits, with nine coming from in-state.

UNC Pembroke signed 19 recruits with all 19 coming from in-state. Regional players include athlete Scott Johnston from Greensboro Grimsley, safety Josh Manns from Southern Durham, wide receiver Tyler Maynor and linebacker Chuck Oxendine from Purnell Swett, defensive tackle Trevor Phillips from Fuquay-Varina and defensive end Khalil Vance from Greensboro Dudley.

Wake Forest signed 26 players, four coming from in- state. Offensive lineman Nick Luedeke from Holly Springs is the only regional player.

Western Carolina signed 19 recruits, with eight coming from in-state. Corner Devonte Baker from Pine Forest is the only player from the region.

Wingate signed 25 recruits, with 15 coming from in-state. Regional players joining Union Pines' Johnson include defensive back Devon Billingsley from Southeast Guilford, defensive back Elijah Bulger, athlete Jose Sanchez and linebacker Willie McDonald from Douglas Byrd, wide receiver Jalen Gavin from Greensboro Page, defensive back Kameron Johnson from Southern Durham and corner Dijuan Williams from Eastern Randolph.

Winston-Salem State signed 15 recruits with 14 of them coming from in-state. Regional players include defensive tackle Albert McLean from Greensboro Dudley and running back Aschod Meeks-Ewing from Southeast Raleigh.

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Duke University got the jump on other in-state football programs by starting their spring training sessions this past week. The Blue Devils hit the field on Friday for their first of 15 practices and will wrap up their spring training with a spring game on March 1 at noon at Wallace Wade Stadium that will be broadcast live on ESPN3. UNC opens spring practice on March 5 with its spring game scheduled for April 12, ECU will begin practice sessions on March 21, and Wake Forest will begin spring practice on March 25 culminating in a spring game on April 26.

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Reese Setzer (LCHS) has been named to Guilford’s fall 2013 student athlete honor roll and was one of only 76 athletes to receive Dean’s List commendations for maintaining a 3.5 or better GPA during the fall semester. A total of 172 Guilford athletes received honor roll recognition for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA.

Men’s Basketball

Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (15-9, 9-3) picked up a close overtime conference win over Louisburg, 77-74. Mellette was the Eagles' second leading scorer with 15 points while adding 25 rebounds, seven blocks and two assists. Wake Tech will face Guilford Technical CC on Wednesday.

Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Bethel University (17-7, 8-5) extended their winning streak to five games with victories over Martin Methodist, 90-73, and Belhaven Mississippi, 79-75. The Panthers will host William Carey on Thursday and then travel to Spring Hill Alabama on Saturday.

Mark Riches (Grace), DJ McEachin (Grace), Elijah Buie (Grace) and Davis College (9-10) lost their game against Berkeley College of NY, 99-87. The Falcons earlier game against Christendom College was canceled. Davis faced Delhi College yesterday and will host Berkeley College of New Jersey on Wednesday, North Country CC on Friday and will travel to SUNY ESF on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball

Brianna Taylor (SLHS) and Wake Tech (10-7, 6-4) picked up a close win over Cape Fear CC, 89-87. Taylor registered one steal in the victory. The Lady Eagles will play two games this week, hosting Clinton Junior College on Wednesday and Patrick Henry CC on Saturday.

Baseball

Dillon Frye (LCHS) and the Nova Southeastern University baseball team (7-1) enjoyed a sweep of Albany State, 15-3, 9-4 and 9-1. The Sharks would split a doubleheader with Pfeiffer College on Sunday, losing 14-8 then bouncing back to win,5-3. Nova will play four games this week, traveling to Miami to face St. Thomas on Wednesday and then returning to Fort Lauderdale to host Philadelphia over the weekend for a three- game series.

Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (2-0) played Hampden-Sydney College yesterday and will travel to Roanoke College on Thursday.

Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina will open their season this week as the Pirates welcome James Madison to Greenville for a three-game series starting on Friday afternoon.

Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and North Carolina Central will open their season on Saturday with a home doubleheader against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Alex Scott (LCHS), Conner Gaines (SLHS) and Wake Tech were supposed to open their season on Feb. 1, but have had their first four games canceled. The Eagles are scheduled to play four games this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday against Walters State CC and Florence-Darlington Technical College, and another doubleheader on Sunday against Florence–Darlington Tech in both games.