On Campus 4/30/13
Aaron Mellette proved that hard work and living your life right provides rewards as he was selected by 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the NFL draft this past weekend.
The 6-foot-2, 217-pound wide receiver, was the 238th pick overall. Rob Engle, featured columnist for the Bleacher Report commented, “Mellette is a great value at the bottom of the seventh round. I'm a bit surprised the Ravens didn't draft a receiver earlier, but Mellette could have been taken as high as the fourth or fifth round. He was extremely productive at Elon and has potential to contribute in Baltimore. If he proves he can play on special teams, it will significantly increase his chances of sticking.” Andrea Hangst, AFC North lead writer for the Bleacher Report, added, "Mellette is in the Anquan Boldin mold and was an absolute steal; he could start in 2013.”
Mellette will be joined by the Ravens' other 2013 draft picks, which include: Matt Elam, safety from University of Florida; Arthur Brown, LB from Kansas State; Brandon Williams, NT from Missouri Southern State; John Simon, DE from Ohio State; Kyle Juszczyk, FB from Harvard; Ricky Wagner, OT from Wisconsin; Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE from Notre Dame; Ryan Jensen, OT from Colorado State University – Pueblo, and Marc Anthony, CB University of California.
Mellette became only the second player from Elon in the last 20 years to be drafted by a NFL team behind Chad Nkang in 2007. When Baltimore Ravens staff writer Ryan Mink asked Mellette about his thoughts concerning the draft experience, Mellette replied, "When Mr. Newsome called me with the great news, I told him, ‘Stop playing with me!’” Mellette added, “God has a plan for everybody and I’m glad I was able to land with the Ravens.”
Nick Durazo (1-4) (LCHS) picked up his first collegiate win with an 8-5 victory over Elon last week as East Carolina (23-21, 8-7) finished the week 3-1. Against the Phoenix, Durazo came on in relief, striking out one batter in earning the victory. Later in the week, ECU lost to Memphis 6-5 before bouncing back to sweep the last two games 4-3 each. The Pirates will play four games this week, traveling to Boiling Springs today to face Gardner-Webb, and then hosting Southern Miss for a three-game series this weekend.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and sixth-ranked N.C. State (34-11, 15-8) finished the week 3-1 with UNC finally halting the Wolfpack’s 15-game winning streak. State started off last week by downing Davidson 4-3, and then split their series with Carolina, losing the first game, 7-1, but bouncing back to win the second, 7-3. Game three scheduled for Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather. N.C. State will host Presbyterian this weekend for a three-game series.
Josh Kelly (LCHS) and Appalachian State played two games against UNCC this past weekend, winning both 6-3 and 4-2. The third game on Sunday was cancelled due to the inclement weather. Kelly played shortstop in both games, recording six outs and turning two double plays. From the plate, he finished 2-6, scoring two runs and adding a RBI.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell University (37-8, 14-4) finished the week a perfect 2-0 by blanking N.C. Central 10-0 and defeating UNC Greensboro 10-7 to extend their winning streak to six games. The Fighting Camels will travel to High Point this weekend for a three-game series.
Carson Wilson (LCHS) and Pitt CC (27-17, 11-15) closed out their 2013 season by downing Lenoir CC 5-4, and then sweeping Thomas Nelson CC in a two-game series, 17-0 and 5-2. The Bulldogs will play Saturday in the first round of the Region X Tournament in Burlington.
Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and Virginia Tech (27-10, 6-5) got back on track this week by finishing 3-0. The Lady Hokies defeated Radford earlier in the week, 2-1, and downed Virginia, 6-0 and 5-1, in Sunday’s doubleheader. Against Radford, Smith finished 0-2 from the plate, collecting one out and two assists from shortstop. In the series against the Cavaliers, Smith’s bat came alive as she went 4-6, hitting a double, scoring one run and collecting three RBIs. From the field, she accounted for one out and three assists. Virginia Tech will close out its regular season this week playing five games. The Lady Hokies will travel to Liberty today for a doubleheader, and then host Maryland this weekend for a three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday and the final regular season home game on Sunday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and 15th-ranked Barton College will begin play in the three-day NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional on Monday at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Karli Heimbecher (SLHS) helped the University of South Florida to a fifth-place finish out of eight teams in the Big East Tournament last week in Celebration, Fla., to wrap up the 2012-2013 season. Heimbecher carded an 80-78-76 to finish 18-over and in a tie for 26th with teammate Diana Rabago. The Bulls would finish 49 strokes over with a team score of 913. Notre Dame would win the championship, finishing three strokes under with a team score of 861.
Alayna Crockett (LCHS), a graduate of Sanford’s Cheer Extreme, has earned a spot on next year’s Campbell University cheerleading squad.