ON CAMPUS 12/18/12

Williams wins Midwest Classic wrestling honors
Dec. 18, 2012 @ 05:05 AM

All-American Mike Williams (SLHS) performed so well this past weekend at the 34th Annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind., that he not only won the championship at the 174-pound class, but he was also named the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament.

Williams went a perfect 5-0 to improve his record to 16-1 on the season in helping 20th-ranked UNC Pembroke to a sixth-place tournament finish. Williams’ title journey began on Saturday with a 15-0 technical fall over Manchester’s Toby Kirts, a 7-1 decision over Lake Erie’s Dylan Zivcic and an 8-1 defeat of sixth-ranked Matt Littleton of West Liberty.

On Sunday, Williams secured a spot in the final by dispatching third-ranked Travis Sheehy of Newberry, 5-1. In his only close match of the weekend, Williams used a third-period escape to register a 3-2 decision over Ohio Northern Kyle Kwiat to claim the title, marking his 10th career tournament title.

Williams and the Braves will now be off through Christmas break and will return to action Dec. 29 traveling to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., for the Citrus Invitational.

Football

Aaron Mellette (SLHS) picked up his third All-American honor last week, being named to the 2012 Associated Press FCS All-American team. Mellette has already earned All-America distinction from the American Football Coaches Association and The Sports Network this year. This is the third consecutive year that Mellette has received All-American honors. For his career in the maroon and gold, Mellette posted 4,254 receiving yards, 304 receptions, 44 touchdown catches and 23 100-yard games. All of those numbers rank second in both Elon and Southern Conference history. He will play in his final collegiate game on Jan. 26, 2013, as he suits up for the South squad in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious football games as it pits college football’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South, which are coached entirely by staffs from two NFL teams. Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

Basketball

Akeem Richmond (SLHS) is quickly becoming a scoring threat for East Carolina, as 21st-ranked North Carolina narrowly avoided being upset by the purple and yellow, squeaking out a 93-87 win. The junior guard came off of the bench to lead the Pirates (6-2) in scoring with 17 points, unsettling the Carolina bench by nailing four three-pointers in the final 4:23 of play. His final deep ball brought ECU within four points with 26.6 seconds remaining, but Carolina was able to hold on for the victory. Richmond would finish 11-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc. He also added one rebound and one assist in 19 minutes of play. This was ECU’s first ever trip to Chapel Hill and the second time Pirate Head Coach Jeff Lebo has faced his alma mater. Richmond has brought life to the Pirates offense as ECU has made 28 three-pointers in the last two games after making only 34 in the first six contests. ECU will play two games this week before going on Christmas break, hosting Gardner-Webb today at 7 p.m. and then traveling to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday.

Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (9-3) defeated Central Carolina CC, 79-69, last week. The Eagles will be off the remainder of the holidays and return to action on Jan. 6 at Brunswick CC.

After going a perfect 7-0 to start the season, Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (7-2, 0-1) have now dropped two games in a row as they fell to Guilford, 80-64, last Saturday. Martin came off of the bench to grab one rebound in three minutes of play. The Battling Bishops will break for the holidays, returning to action on Dec. 29 with a road game against Ferrum.

Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (4-2, 0-1) picked up a 91-83 win over Chowan last week before falling to Georgia College, 94-82. In the first game, Tucker came off of the bench to score two points and add two assists in 20 minutes of play. He started the second game at forward and added two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes on the court. The Patriots hosted USC Aiken last night and will now break for the holidays, returning to action Dec. 30 against Elizabeth City State.

Women’s Basketball

Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (5-3, 0-1) went 1-1 last week, downing Chowan, 60-45, before falling to nationally- ranked USC Aiken, 65-51. Butler saw six minutes of action in the USC Aiken game, grabbing one rebound. The Lady Braves hosted Lander College last night and will break for the holidays returning to action on Dec. 30 to face Coker College in the Georgia College Tournament.