On Campus 2/5/13
When mentioning the last name Mellette, thoughts of All-American wide receiver Aaron Mellette and his accomplishments at Elon on the gridiron automatically come to mind, however another Mellette is emerging as a star for his own alma mater, making a name for himself on the hardwood.
Aaron’s cousin, Josh Mellette (SLHS) has the Wake Tech Eagles soaring to 16-5 in the regular season and a perfect 6-0 conference record riding a six-game winning streak. The freshman Mellette is one of only three players to start in every game this season and he leads the Eagles in five statistical categories: highest scoring averaging at 14 points per game, minutes played with 28.4 per game, offensive rebounds per game averaging 3.5, defensive rebounds per game averaging 5.4 and over all rebounds per game averaging nine. He is second on the team in steals averaging 1.4 a game and blocks with a 3 per game average.
After picking up two wins last week, over Louisburg, 75-73, and Guilford Tech CC, 94-71, Wake Tech will continue its demanding schedule playing three games this week. The Eagles matched up against Johnston CC last night, will travel to Lenoir CC on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game and face off against Catawba Valley CC on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Several local young men are expected to sign the dotted line as National signing day will take place Wednesday with many high school gridiron stars making their commitments official declaring where they will play football for the next four years. Full coverage will be featured in next week’s column.
Three-time all-American and defending national champion Mike Williams (SLHS) helped the 13th-ranked Braves (7-6) cruise to an easy 42-10 rout of region rival Anderson in the annual "Battle for the Belt" last week picking up the Braves seventh win in a row in the annual grudge match. Williams barely broke a sweat in the 174-pound match needing only 63 seconds to pin Anderson’s Jake Allen and improve to 29-1 on the season. UNCP will close out the home portion of its 2013 schedule today when they host Limestone (7-8) in a 7 p.m. dual meet.
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina (13-8, 4-4) finished the week 1-1, falling to Memphis 75-68 but then bouncing back to collect a victory over Rice, 79-63. Against the Tigers, Richmond was the leading scorer from off the bench contributing 12 points and adding two rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of play. In ECU’s victory over Rice, Richmond struggled to find his rhythm going scoreless but still added two rebounds, one assist and a steal in 21 minutes on the court. The Pirates will be on the road on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest against Central Florida.
Julian Martin (SLHS) and NC Wesleyan (14-7, 6-5) added two wins to their five-game win streak by picking up victories over Averett, 71-67, and Mid-Atlantic Christian, 75-49, last week. In the Battling Bishops' first win of the week, Martin came off the bench to go a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor scoring seven points and adding two rebounds. Later in the week he scored two points while adding two rebounds and an assist against the Mustangs. Martin will be recognized Wednesday night as NC Wesleyan celebrates Senior Night playing their final home game of the season against Greensboro at 7 p.m. and then traveling to William Peace on Saturday to play the first of three road games.
Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (18-5, 2-3) extended their win streak to five games easily downing Thomasville Prep, 108-81, and Wytheville CC, 106-76, last week. Against the Phoenix, Chalmers came off the bench to score 11 points while adding three assists and a block, a steal and a rebound in 18 minutes of play. He would better that performance against Wytheville adding another 11 points with five steals, four rebounds and four assists. The Storm will host Pitt CC today at 7 p.m. and then hit the road on Saturday to face Caldwell CC for a 3 p.m. contest.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion (8-9, 3-7) collected two wins last week, blowing out Johnson and Wales 96-53, and then slipping past Flagler, 83-75. Against the Wildcats, Tucker scored two points and added five rebounds and a steal. The Patriots will travel to UNC Pembroke on Thursday before hosting Lander on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (6-10, 1-1) picked up a win last week defeating Broome CC 77-61. They will play three games this week hosting SUNY ESF today at 7 p.m. then hitting the road to face Patrick Henry College on Thursday and Mid-Atlantic University on Friday with both games scheduled to have 6 p.m. starts.
Russell Tatum (LCHS) and Peace College (3-10) dropped both games last week losing close contests to Central Carolina CC, 69-64, and a 74-72 defeat to UNC-Chapel Hill’s JV team. Against Central Carolina, Tatum contributed two rebounds and one assist in six minutes of play. The Pacers will play two games this week traveling to Sandhills CC on Wednesday and hosting NC Wesleyan on Friday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Jeremy Murr (Grace Christian) and the Lee University JV team finished their season with a 5-2 overall record. Murr split time at guard and forward this season for the Flames.
Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (10-10, 4-7) pulled out a double-overtime thriller to down Armstrong Atlantic 81-78. The Lady Braves will play twice this week as they host Francis Marion on Thursday and then hit the road to face Flagler on Saturday.