ON CAMPUS: Richmond shines in national spotlight
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) proved he has what it takes to compete with the best three ball shooters in the nation as the senior guard from East Carolina finished third in the 2014 State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships in Moody Coliseum in Dallas last Thursday.
Richmond’s impressive resume of leading the NCAA in three-pointers this year with 155 buckets, along with finishing his collegiate career making 416 treys, third-most in NCAA history, landed him in the eight-man competition which included the best three-pointer sharpshooters in college basketball.
In the first round, Richmond made 18 points sinking four of five money balls to advance to the semifinals eliminating Duke’s Andre Dawkins, Mississippi’s Marshall Henderson, Creighton’s Ethan Wragge and Louisville’s Luke Hancock. In the second round Richmond connected on 11 three-pointers scoring 12 points which was good enough for a third-place finish.
Baylor’s Brady Heslip defeated Oakland’s Travis Bader to win the championship. The Sanford native finishes his career leading East Carolina in all three-point categories including most made with 260 three-pointers in only two seasons with the Pirates. Richmond was the first East Carolina player invited to compete in either the 3-point or slam dunk competition.
Dillon Frye (2-3) (LCHS) and No. 13-ranked Nova Southeastern (24-10, 8-7) were swept last week by No. 19 Florida Southern losing 7-6, 8-1 and 1-0 to the Moccasins. Frye picked up his third loss of the season starting on the mound in game three going five innings, facing 22 batters, giving up one run on five hits while striking out two. The Sharks will play four games this week traveling to Palm Beach Atlantic today and then Lynn for a three-game series this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum (18-12, 15-6) lost to Roanoke 10-6 last Wednesday before splitting games with Covenant, winning the first 8-4 but then dropping the last two games 3-1 and 11-6. Against Roanoke, Cox started in centerfield going 1-2 at the plate scoring one run. In the Panthers' series with the Scots, Cox played centerfield in the first and third games going 0-5 and scoring one run. Ferrum will play four games this week hosting Lynchburg today and then traveling to Wilson this weekend for a three-game series with Huntingdon.
Jared Kehagias (SLHS), Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and N.C. Central (14-17-1, 8-5) were hot last week going 5-0 sweeping Virginia State in a doubleheader 17-15 and 12-6 and then doing the same to North Carolina A&T in a three-game series winning 5-3, 4-0 and 12-3. Against the Trojans, Kehagias started at second base going 5-9 scoring five runs and three RBI while Harris started in centerfield the first game and right field the second going 3-8 from the plate scoring two runs. Wood started in centerfield in game two going 1-3 from the plate scoring one run. In Central’s series against the Aggies, Wood started in centerfield going 4-10 scoring four runs and three RBI. The Eagles will play five games this week traveling to Duke today, then hosting UNC Wilmington on Wednesday before a three-game series with Bethune-Cookman this weekend.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (19-13, 8-4) finished last week 2-2 losing to N.C. State 3-2 before splitting games with No. 12-ranked Rice winning the first 3-2, dropping game two 8-0, but bouncing back to win game three 2-1. The Pirates will face N.C. State again this week, in Greenville on Wednesday, before traveling to Norfolk, Va. for a three-game series against Old Dominion this weekend.
Alex Scott (LCHS), Conner Gaines (SLHS) and Wake Tech (9-16, 4-9) lost to Southeastern C.C. – Whiteville last week 10-0 in five innings. The Eagles will play four games on the road this week facing Pitt C.C. on Wednesday and then a three-game series against New River C.C. this weekend.
Josh Kelly (LCHS) and the Appalachian St. club baseball team were swept by N.C. State this past weekend losing three games, 12-3, 4-0 and 5-3. Kelly played third base the first two games and pitched a no decision in game three, moving to first base after injuring his pitching hand. He finished the series going 5-11 at the plate hitting two home runs and registering four RBI. On the mound, he completed two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
Jennibeth Burge (SLHS), Lauren Martin (1-2) (NHS), Caroline Womble (WHHS), Taylor Hains (WHHS) and William Peace (16-22, 10-14) finished a full week of softball 2-6 last week. William Peace swept a doubleheader over Salem 9-3 and 10-2, but dropped doubleheaders against N.C. Wesleyan 7-0 and 8-7, Averett 5-0 and 10-2, and Ferrum 3-0 and 8-7. Burge hit her fifth and sixth home runs of the season going 2-4 with three RBI against N.C. Wesleyan and 1-4 scoring one run and two RBI against Ferrum. The Pacers will wrap up their regular season this week with a doubleheader against Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and Barton finished sixth out of 16 teams in the Campbell Oil Classic last week at the River Landing River Course in Wallace. Lawrence finished tied for 44th carding 76-78-80=234. The Bulldogs will play their final regular season match of the year at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro today.
Keely Wood (SLHS) will represent Wingate Saturday at the Chanticleer Classic on the campus of Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T hosted their annual spring game and pig picking this past Saturday at Aggie Stadium. The offense ran 104 plays scoring three touchdowns and notching 11 first downs but the day belonged to the defense which registered 16 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two turnovers. The Aggies will open the 2014 season by playing in the 10th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 31 against Alabama A&M. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Chase Arrington and Gardner-Webb closed out their 2014 spring practices Saturday with a two-hour session opting not to hold a traditional spring game due to low numbers. More than half of the team’s 15 practice sessions were conducted at 5:30 a.m. under the lights at Spangler Stadium to allow for minimum time out of class for the student-athletes. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will open their season on Saturday, Aug. 30 hosting Furman.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell wrapped up their spring practices last night with their annual Orange and Black spring game which featured two 30-minute halves with a running clock. The Fighting Camels will open their season on Thursday, Aug. 28 hosting Charlotte in Buies Creek at 7 p.m.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and UNC Pembroke will hold their annual Black and Gold Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. UNCP will open its schedule traveling to Winston-Salem St. on Sept. 6.