ON CAMPUS: Richmond helps set ECU school record
In just his seventh game as an East Carolina University Pirate, junior Akeem Richmond (SLHS) played an integral part in setting a new ECU school record for three pointers made in a game as the Pirates routed St. Andrews, 111-59.
Richmond’s 5-of-10 shooting from behind the arc added to ECU’s 18-of-36 deep balls, setting a new school record. The Pirates (6-1) came into the game shooting 26 percent from behind the line as a team and were last place in Conference USA in that category, but exploded for 50 percent made three-pointers against the Knights. Richmond was responsible for pushing the team over the 100-point mark for the first time since last season’s opener when he connected on the 18th three-pointer of the night. He would finish tied as the Pirates' leading scorer with senior Shamarr Bowden at 15 points. Richmond also added five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes of play.
The Pirates will be off this week as students take finals and will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina in a noon tipoff.
Aaron Mellette’s post-season honors continue to roll in as the Elon wide receiver was named to the 2012 AFCA Football Subdivision Coaches All-America team. Mellette (SLHS) becomes just the second Phoenix player to ever earn AFCA All-America accolades.
Mellette also decided last week to pass on his invitation to play in the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl and instead accepted an invitation to play in the Division 1 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Mellette is the first Elon player to ever play in the Senior Bowl, which began in 1950. “It's a blessing and an honor to receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl," said Mellette. "I can't wait to go down there and make Elon and my hometown of Sanford proud. This is a great opportunity for me to display my skills and show that I can play with these guys.” Head Coach Jason Swepson added, "This is a great honor for Aaron, and one that he deserves. He has worked extremely hard, not only this year but for the past five years. Aaron put himself in this position and we, as a coaching staff, are glad that we could help him be successful. He has a bright future ahead of him and I know that the Elon community is excited to see him play at the next level. I know that Elon will always be a special place for Aaron."
This year's Senior Bowl will be held Jan. 26, 2013, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will air on the NFL Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech improved to 8-3 on the season with a win over Cape Fear CC, 61-57. Mellette continues to lead the Eagles on the season in several categories, including scoring averaging 15.6 points per game, shooting 68 percent and rebounds averaging 9.6 a game. He is second on the team in blocked shots with 2.4 a game. The Eagles will travel Saturday to face Central Carolina CC at Louisburg College.
Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (7-1) saw their undefeated streak come to an end as Mayville handed the Battling Bishops their first loss of the season, 86-72. Martin came off of the bench to score two points and add two assists in four minutes of play. N.C. Wesleyan will to Guilford on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.
Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (12-2) went 2-1 this week by downing Mt. Zion Prep, 107-100, and winning the first game of the 2012 DCCC Storm Classic over Northern Virginia CC, 92-80, but would fall in their second game to Clinton JC, 86-73. Chalmers added one rebound and one assist in the Storm’s victory over Northern Virginia and had two assists and a steal in the Storm’s loss to Clinton. Davidson will break for the holidays and return to action on Jan. 5, traveling to Southside Virginia CC.
Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (4-6, 1-0) defeated Broome CC, 69-60. The Falcons will break for the holidays and return back to action on Jan. 12 hosting North Country CC.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (3-1) were off last week and will be back in action this week as they hit the road for two games, Wednesday at Chowan for a 7:30 tipoff and Saturday at Georgia College for a 3:30 game.
Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (4-2) will be back in action after being off last week and will travel to Chowan on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game and then to USC Aiken on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
All-American Mike Williams (SLHS) (11-1) and 20th-ranked UNC Pembroke (2-2) went 1-2 in this weekend’s Newberry Duals, falling to Findlay 25-15 and Lake Erie 26-10, but then picking up a win over Cumberland University, 39-12. Williams, ranked No. 1 in the 174-pound class, opened the tournament with an easy win over Findlay’s Alec Bissel collecting a first-period pin at the 1:19 mark. Williams would then earn decisions over Cumberland’s Eziekiel Hunt 5-2 and Lake Erie’s Dylan Zivcic 9-3 to go 3-0 on the weekend. The Braves will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to participate in the two-day Midwest Classic.