Josh Mellette (SLHS) and seventh-seeded Wake Tech (21-10, 14-4) made a good run last week, finishing fourth in the nation at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill.
The Eagles got off to a quick start by downing Potomac State, 93-88 in overtime, in the opening round game, and then dispatching Wayne County CC, 95-72, in the quarterfinals. Eventual national champion runner-up Essex County College defeated Wake Tech, 75-67, in the semifinals. The Eagles fell again to Central CC of Columbus, 94-87, in the consolation round.
Mellette, against Potomac State, scored 31 points while adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. He would finish as Wake’s second-leading scorer against Wayne County, contributing 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. He had eight points and nine rebounds in the Eagles' loss to Essex County.
The sophomore completes his season leading the nation in rebounds per game with 12.4, while finishing third in defensive rebounds and fourth in offensive rebounds. He finished as Wake Tech’s leader in offensive and defensive rebounds, blocks averaging 3.1 per game and was second in scoring averaging 15.5 points per game.
Last year, Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina University made a dramatic run through the competition in the collegeinsiders.com post season tournament to eventually down Weber State, 77-74, when Richmond buried a three-pointer as time expired to win the championship. This year, the Pirates (17-17, 5-11) made an early exit from the CIT in losing to Wright State, 73-59. Richmond finished 2-of-8 from the field with six points, one rebound and one steal, just a week after setting a new Conference USA and East Carolina record with 11 three-pointers in a game. After starting 34 games this season, Richmond led ECU in many of the statistical categories, including scoring, with 612 points, averaging 18 points per game, field goal attempts with 451, field goals made with 181, three-point attempts with 392, three pointers made with 155, free throw shooting percentage at 85 percent and minutes played, averaging 35.3 a game. He also finished second on the team in steals with 45. This was East Carolina’s final season as a member of Conference USA, as the Pirates will move into the American Athletic Conference next year.
Dillon Frye (2-2) (LCHS) and the 15th-ranked Nova Southeastern University (22-6, 8-4) dropped a non-conference game to St. Thomas, 8-7, before sweeping Saint Leo in a three-game series, 5-3, 22-3 and 4-2. Frye earned his second win of the season in the Sharks' 4-2 victory over the Lions, starting on the mound for Nova and pitching 5.1 innings, facing 24 batters and giving up two runs on five hits. The Sharks will travel to Palm Beach Atlantic for a three-game series this weekend.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (13-11, 6-3) dropped a game early last week to Virginia Commonwealth University, 8-4, but bounced back to earn three conference wins in sweeping UNC Charlotte, 5-3, 8-5 and 5-2. The Pirates will have a five-game home stand this week hosting UNC Wilmington today, N.C. Central on Wednesday, and then a three-game series with University of Maryland, Baltimore County this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (16-6, 13-2) lost to Roanoke College, 15-5, before sweeping Methodist University 9-6, 9-7 and 5-3. Against Roanoke, Cox started in centerfield, leading the team defensively with eight outs and batting leadoff for the Panthers, going 0-of-3 at the plate and scoring one run. In this series against Methodist, Cox finished 3-of-10, scoring three runs with two RBI. Ferrum will again face Roanoke this week for a Wednesday game before hosting Averett for a three game-series this weekend.
Jared Kehagias (SLHS), Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and N.C. Central (9-13-1, 6-5) defeated Furman, 3-2, before splitting games with Florida A&M University, losing the first game 13-5 but bouncing back to win the second 6-5. Game three was suspended in the second inning due to heavy rain with the Eagles up 6-0. Against Furman, Wood started in centerfield and finished 2-of-4 at the plate. In Central’s series against the Rattlers, Wood would again be hot at the plate going 2-of-7, scoring two runs with a RBI. The Eagles will be on the road this week, traveling to East Carolina on Wednesday and then to Montgomery, Ala., this weekend for a three-game series with Alabama State.
Alex Scott (LCHS), Conner Gaines (SLHS) and Wake Tech (7-15, 4-8) finished 3-1 in their four-game series with Onondaga CC. After dropping the first game to the Lazers 5-0, the Eagles would come back to rattle off three wins in a row, 3-2, 10-9 and 10-7. Scott would finish the series 0-of-9 with one RBI. Wake Tech will play four games this week, traveling to Guilford Tech on Wednesday and then hosting Danville CC this weekend for a three-game series.
Josh Kelly (0-1) (LCHS) and the Appalachian State Club team (3-5) swept Wake Forest, 10-3 and 5-3, this past weekend. Kelly played first and third base while going 3-of-7 at the plate, scoring one run and two RBIs. The Mountaineers will face UNC Chapel Hill this weekend.
Jennibeth Burge (SLHS), Lauren Martin (1-2) (NHS), Caroline Womble (WHHS), Taylor Hains (WHHS) and Peace College (10-16, 6-8) split their doubleheader with Maryville College, winning the first game 9-1 and losing the second 4-2. Peace then swept Mary Baldwin College, 9-0 and 20-4. In the Pacers' doubleheader with Maryville, Womble started at second base going 1-of-2 at the plate, scoring three runs. Burge started at shortstop, finishing 1-of-3. Martin and Hains both came in as pinch hitters with Hains going 1-of-1 with two RBI and Martin scoring one run. In the second game, Hains would start in right field, going 2-of-3 at the plate scoring one RBI. The Pacers' bats would stay hot against the Fighting Squirrels with Burge going 2-of-5, scoring two runs and a RBI. Womble finished 2-of-4, scoring one run. Hains would come in as a designated hitter and also score one run. Peace will be on the road this week for doubleheaders at Methodist on Wednesday and at Averett on Saturday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and Barton College won their second tournament of the spring season by downing six other teams to claim the 39th Annual Barton Intercollegiate last week by 20 strokes over North Greenville in Wilson. Lawrence finished with his third straight Top 15 finish with a 75-80-155, tied for the 13th spot. The Bulldogs will tee it up on Monday and Tuesday next week at the Campbell Oil Classic at the River Landing River Course in Wallace.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University will host their second scrimmage of the spring practice season on Saturday from 9:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. with the spring game scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the UNC Pembroke Braves opened their 2014 spring practices this past Friday. The Braves are under new leadership with last year’s head coach Pete Shinnick leaving to take the head job at the University of West Florida. UNCP’s defensive coordinator, Shane Richardson, has been promoted to head coach. The Braves will wrap up their spring practice schedule with their annual Black and Gold Spring Game on April 12 at 1 p.m.