ON CAMPUS 1/8/13

Palmer finishes NCSU career on high note
Jan. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Senior Tobias Palmer (NHS) finished his college career with an explanation point, returning a Vanderbilt kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and leading the Wolfpack in receiving with eight catches for 111 yards. However, it would not be enough as State would fall victim to the Commodores, 38-24, in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. N.C. State finishes the year 7-6 and will look forward to a new beginning next season under new head coach Dave Doeren.

Palmer would finish the Music City Bowl as the top player for both teams in all-purpose yardage with 284 yards accumulated through 111 yards receiving and 173 yards in kick returns. Palmer wraps up his senior season leading the Wolfpack in several statistical categories, including leading receiver with 54 catches for 781 yards and six touchdowns, top kick returner with 44 runbacks for 1,130 yards and two touchdowns, and leader in all-purpose yardage with 1,971 yards. Palmer’s strong finish to his senior season has greatly improved his stock amongst NFL teams with one draft prognosticator ranking him as the 67th top receiver in the nation.

Football

All-American Elon receiver Aaron Mellette (SLHS) has reported to Mobile, Ala., to begin preparations for the 2013 Senior Bowl. It was announced last week that Mellette and the other members of the South squad will be coached by the NFL’s Detroit Lions staff. They will face the North squad, coached by the staff of the Oakland Raiders,.

The Senior Bowl is considered college football’s premier pre-draft event annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects. The game will be televised Jan. 26 on the NFL Network with a scheduled 3 p.m. kickoff. nfldraftscout.com has ranked Mellette 12th out of 368 wide receivers available for the NFL draft and projected him as a possible fifth-round pick.

After spending two seasons as a member of the Hurricane football team at Louisburg College, Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS) announced that he will be transferring to UNC Pembroke where he will complete his under graduate degree. Upchurch will be joining Ashton Gaines (SLHS) as a member of the UNC Pembroke football team.

Fishing

Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) will represent the N.C. State Bass Pack on Saturday as he competes in the three-day FLW College Qualifier Tournament at Lake Okeechobee, Fla. Weigh- ins will start at 1:30 and will be broadcast live online at flwoutdoors.com.

Wrestling

All-American Mike Williams (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke will have two matches this week as they take on St. Andrews in Laurinburg on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and then travel to Springfield, Ill., on Saturday to compete in the two-day NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. Williams has now extended his win streak to 19 matches in a row and is currently ranked #1 in the nation in the NCAA Division II rankings at the 174-pound class.

Basketball

Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina (9-4) have gone 2-1 since returning from break picking up wins against Norfolk State, 74-63, and North Carolina Wesleyan, 91-60, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Campbell, 86-81. Richmond tied as the leading scorer in the loss to the Fighting Camels, coming off the bench to score 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Richmond would also be a contributor in the Pirates' win over N.C. Wesleyan as the leading scorer off of the bench with 10 points while adding two rebounds and a steal. ECU will travel to Memphis on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. game and then host Central Florida on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (13-2) started off the New Year with a victory over Southside Virginia CC, 73-67, in overtime. The Storm will play two games this week, hosting Caldwell CC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then traveling to Wytheville CC on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

Russell Tatum (LCHS) and Peace College fell to 1-7, as the Pacers have a seven-game losing streak since winning their opening contest. Peace went 0-2 after returning from the break, losing to Roanoke, 96-76, at the Morris Cregger Invitational and falling to Huntingdon, 82-68, at the Roanoke College New Year’s Tournament. The Pacers will host Wake Tech on Thursday in a 7 p.m. contest.

Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (7-5, 0-3) continue on their losing skid as the Battling Bishops have dropped their last five games. Since returning from Christmas break, N.C. Wesleyan has fallen to Greensboro, 76-71, and East Carolina ,91-60. His best game was against Greensboro, when he contributed four points, three bounds, a steal and an assist in 12 minutes of play. The Battling Bishops will have a two-game homestand this week, hosting Christopher Newport on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and LaGrange on Sunday at 4 p.m. Saturday’s game against Piedmont has been canceled.

Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (4-6, 0-4) have fallen into a five-game losing streak as the Patriots have dropped have dropped three games since returning from break, losing to Elizabeth City, 107-87, Augusta State, 77-74, and Armstrong, 79-71. Tucker’s best game came against Augusta State, when he scored three points while adding five rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes. Francis Marion will have a two-game homestand this week, hosting Columbus State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Georgia Southwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (10-3) will play two games this week, facing William Peace University on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then hosting Rockingham CC on Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest.

Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (4-6, 1-0) defeated Broome CC, 69-60. The Falcons will return to action on Jan. 12 when hosting North Country CC at 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (7-6, 1-3) have gone 2-2 since returning from Christmas. The Lady Braves finished 1-1 in the Stair South Classic in Milledgeville, Ga., falling to Coker College, 65-59, but bouncing back to defeat Tuskegee, 68-59. UNCP then lost to Georgia College, 55-41, before returning home to defeat Augusta State, 47-40. Butler would see action in the Georgia College game. The Lady Braves will host two 1:30 games this weekend as they welcome Columbus State on Saturday and Georgia Southwestern on Sunday.