Wingate University’s women’s cross country team notched their first ever NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship with four runners finishing in the top 15. Keely Wood (SLHS), coming off of her South Atlantic Conference Championship victory and being named “Downtown Monroe” Athlete of the Week, crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 22:32.3 in earning All-Southeast Regional Team honors.
The Bulldogs have now qualified to advance to the NCAA National Championship meet at the Plants Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 23. This will be Wood’s second trip in a row to the NCAA Division II National Championships as last year she qualified as an individual runner for the meet held in Joplin, Mo., where she finished 103rd out of 249 runners with a time of 22:21.8.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and 14th-ranked UNC Pembroke improved to 8-1 on the season by defeating Valdosta State 34-29. Elliott started at linebacker for the Braves, recording five tackles and two pass breakups in the win. UNCP will celebrate senior day and close out its regular season on Saturday hosting Virginia-Lynchburg in a 2 p.m. game.
In an offensive shootout, Mars Hill topped Wingate University with Brian Stryffeler (LCHS) and Freddie McCollum (SLHS) 56-42. Stryffeler started at right offensive tackle for Wingate (4-5, 2-2), which will close out its regular season on Saturday celebrating senior day and “Tailgating for the Troops” before kickoff with Carson-Newman at 1:30 p.m.
Morgan State nailed a 27-yard field goal as time expired to sneak away with a 24-23 win over Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T (5-4, 2-4). Swann recorded one catch for 14 yards in the loss. The Aggies will host Savannah State on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University (1-8, 0-6) dropped their sixth USA South game in a row falling to Christopher Newport University 24-7. Reives started at strong safety for the Cougars, leading Averett defensively with eight overall tackles, registering five solo. The Cougars will finish out the regular season Saturday when they host LaGrange University for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Marist extended their win streak to four games as the Red Foxes downed Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University 55-28. Brown started at center on the offensive line and helped Fighting Camel quarterback Brian Hudson set a new school Division I era passing record with 340 yards in a game. Brown and the offensive line also set a new team rushing record with 2,421 yards on the ground through 10 games. Dillon again handled all of the long snapping duties. Campbell (2-8, 1-6) will step outside of the PFL this week as they travel to Old Dominion on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
Three first-half turnovers resulting in 17 VMI points proved costly for Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb University (5-5, 0-3) as the Bulldogs were unable to recover and fell to the Keydets 27-9. Gardner-Webb will host 16th-ranked Charleston Southern (10-1) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. as the Bulldogs observe senior day and host their final home event of the season.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (2-8, 1-6) closed out their 2013 season with a disappointing loss to Maryville 47-15. Wells finishes his freshman year having played in five games, recording one reception for six yards.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford College (5-4, 4-2) fell to Catholic University of America 38-29.The Quakers will close out their regular season on Saturday as they host Emory & Henry for a 1 p.m. game.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (3-6, 2-4) celebrated senior day in style as the Tornados outlasted Tusculum 52-33. Brevard will close out its 2013 season with a challenge as the Division II program will travel to face Division I FCS opponent Liberty University for a 3:30 game in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic used a bye week to regroup as the coaching staff reorganizes itself after the immediate resignation of Head Coach Carl Pelini and Defensive Cordinator Pete Rekstis two weeks ago. The Fighting Owls will travel to Southern Miss on Saturday for a 12:30 kickoff.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (11-6-2, 8-2-1) saw their season come to an end at the hands of Virginia Wesleyan as the Marlins downed the Hornets 4-2 in the ODAC Championship semifinals. Grossfuss recorded an assist in the loss. Grossfuss finishes his freshman year having started in two games while playing in 13, recording one goal, two assists and seven shots on goal.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and third-seeded Kennesaw State (9-9-1, 5-3-1) were defeated by second-seeded Jacksonville 2-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals. Sturdivant played the entire 90 minutes in goal for Kennesaw State, recording three saves on six shots on goal. Sturdivant wraps up an impressive freshman year having started in all 19 games and being one of only two players on the team to have played every minute of every game in registering seven shutouts. Her final numbers include 69 saves on 226 shots on goal while only giving up 24 goals.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (9-10-1, 6-4-1) made it to the Big South semifinals in Myrtle Beach, but second-seeded Liberty University (15-5-1) downed the Panthers 4-1. Davis finishes her freshman year having played in two games.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) and the 12th-ranked Mount Olive cross country team won the 2013 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in Charlotte, their first regional title in 12 years. The Trojans will now advance to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division II Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Wash. This is the third year in a row that Mount Olive has earned a trip to the national championship.
Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson County Community College are off to an impressive 3-0 start, recording wins over Virginia Western CC 150-68, Limestone College JV 132-64 and Mt. Zion Prep 112-78. Chalmers was one of nine players to score double digits in the season opener, contributing 18 points in the win, and just recently led the Storm in their victory over Zion Prep by scoring 21 points while adding six assists and five steals. Davidson will hit the road this week to face Guilford Technical CC today and then traveling to Wake Tech on Saturday to take on USC Salkahachie.
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina University (1-0) made quick work of N.C. Wesleyan in downing the Battling Bishops, 97-52, for an opening night win. Richmond was the second leading scorer with 15 points after going 5-10 from the field in 23 minutes of play. He also recorded three assists, two rebounds and a steal. The Pirates will travel to UNC Greensboro tonight and then return to Greenville on Thursday to host Chowan.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Bethel University are also off to a quick start in posting a 3-0 record after their first week of play. The Wildcats downed Fisk University 97-95 for an opening night win and then went 2-0 in the McDonald’s Classic at Ohio Mid-Western College, defeating Ohio Mid-Western 93-67 and Tennessee Temple 87-66. Bethel will host Williams Baptist College tonight before hitting the road this weekend to face Emmanuel College on Friday night and Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech improved to 3-0 with a 109-67 win over Vance-Granville CC. Mellette will visit Sanford tonight at 7 p.m. as the Eagles take on Central Carolina CC and then host Brunswick CC on Friday.
Mark Riches (Grace), Elijah Buie (Grace), DJ McEachin (Grace) and Davis College will be in action this week hosting Corning CC today and then traveling this weekend to participate in the two-day Penn State Mount Alto Tournament.
Brianna Taylor (SLHS) and Wake Tech defeated Barber-Scotia College, 80-64, on opening night. The Lady Eagles will host Mount Olive College on Wednesday nightand then travel to Tidewater CC on Saturday.
Hailee Lilly (LCHS) and 13th-ranked McKendree University (9-5) defeated Missouri Valley College 29-16 last week. The Bearcats will travel to Marshall, Mo., this Saturday to compete in the Missouri Valley College Open.