On Campus: Mellette scores career high
Josh Mellette (SLHS) proved to be unstoppable last week as the 6’5” forward dominated the court scoring a season and career high 28 points while adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocked shots in leading Wake Tech (10-6, 4-1) past Tidewater CC, 105-64. Mellette shot 75 percent, going 12-of-16 from the floor while knocking down four-of-six foul shots. This was Mellette’s 12th double/double of the season. Wake Tech would later succumb to Louisburg College, 99-83, in their second game of the week.
Mellette currently leads the Eagles in three major categories — rebounds, averaging 11.3 a game; blocks, averaging 3.7 a game, and shooting percentage at 66.7 percent per game. He is Wake’s second-leading scorer this season averaging 14.9 points per game. The Eagles will be on the road for both games this week, traveling to Pitt CC on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game and then a rematch with Tidewater CC on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina (11-5, 0-1) dropped their Conference USA opener in falling to Old Dominion, 81-70. Richmond was the Pirates’ second leading scorer going 5-of-13 from the field, 4-of-11 from behind the arc, to finish with 14 points while adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes of play. After the loss, Richmond reflected on the game, “They weren’t doing anything too tricky; we just didn’t have a good game defensively. Guys were just beating us one-on-one. Ball screens really hurt us. I don’t want to make up any excuses, we were just sloppy. We can’t get down on ourselves, we can’t panic or anything like that. We have to really stay positive and keep working.” The Pirates will look to rebound this week as they travel to Florida for their first conference road games of the season facing Florida Atlantic on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Florida International on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Bethel University (10-4, 2-2) had their game against Hiwassee College postponed last week, and then picked up a 77-58 victory over Southern Polytechnic State University. The Wildcats will be on the road this week, traveling to William Carey University on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game and the University of Mobile on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff.
Mark Riches (Grace), DJ McEachin (Grace), Elijah Buie (Grace) and Davis College return to action tonight after a long Christmas break as they travel to Penn State Worthington for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The Falcons will have two more road games this week, traveling to Berkeley College of New Jersey on Thursday for a 6 p.m. game and Broome CC on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.
Brianna Taylor (SLHS) and Wake Tech (5-4, 2-2) were defeated by Lenoir CC, 91-81. Taylor led the Lady Eagles in steals with five while adding a rebound and an assist. Wake Tech will play four games this week having traveled to Cape Fear CC yesterday, they return home to host Brunswick CC on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and then hit the road again for away games against Northern Virginia CC on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Guilford Tech CC at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Hailee Lilly (LCHS) and 13th-ranked McKendree University (11-8) finished eighth in the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa, after going 2-3 in the tournament. The Bearcats opened the tournament downing 14th-ranked Midland University 35-1, but then fell to top-seeded King College 45-2. On the second day, McKendree knocked off eighth-ranked Missouri Valley College 27-20, but then fell in the consolation bracket to Lindenwood 36-11 and sixth-seeded Campbellsville University 35-12. Lilly is wrestling this season in the 130-pound class competing against two other Bearcats for mat time.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and the East Carolina Pirates baseball team announced that they will host “Meet the Pirates” on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall. “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players. Pirate baseball play-by-play announcer Darren Headrick will serve as the emcee. After lunch, fans are encouraged to head over to Clark-LeClair Stadium to enjoy the Pirate baseball intra-squad scrimmage, which will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. Durazo returns for his sophomore year as a left-handed pitcher having picked up a considerable amount of experience during his freshman season having played in 10 games, starting in six of them. His final 2013 season stats included a 1-4 record with a 7.36 ERA in 29 innings with 16 strikeouts. The Pirates open their season on Feb. 14 when they host James Madison for a three-game series.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) transferred during the offseason from N.C. State to Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the junior right-handed pitcher will look to make a difference on the Sharks’ pitching staff. Nova Southeastern will open its season with an alumni game on Jan. 25 at the NSU Baseball Complex with the 2014 season set to start one week later as the Sharks host Tusculum in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Jacobi Harris (NHS) and N.C. Central will host the 2014 First Pitch Dinner and Silent Auction on Feb. 1 at Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center from 6-9 p.m. The Eagles will open their season on Saturday, Feb. 15, hosting the New Jersey Institute of Technology for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.