On Campus 3/5/13
Danny Dillon (LCHS) was one of 42 Campbell University student-athletes receiving Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll accolades last week. This was Dillon’s second year in a row to be honored for his excellence in the classroom.
Dillon started all 11 games last year as the Fighting Camels' special teams long snapper. Campbell’s 42 honor roll members are the second highest in the program's five years of competition in the PFL, ranking behind 2011's 56.
The Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the honor roll as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the semester while enrolled full time in accordance with NCAA rules.
Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and Virginia Tech (12-1) broke into the Top 25 with a 23rd ranking after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Elon last week. Smith played a critical role in the win, hitting a leadoff triple in the seventh inning with the game knotted at 1-1. Smith would eventually score on a bases-loaded walk to provide the game-winning run. Defensively, she accounted for three outs and three assists from second base. The Lady Hokies will host their home opener today against UNC Greensboro at 6 p.m., and then travel to Lakewood, Calif., to participate in the three-day Long Beach State Invitational Tournament where they will face Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Weber State, UCLA and UNLV.
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) was named the Conference USA Player of the Week last week for his record-breaking performance against SMU where he nailed nine three-pointers and scored 29 points. His hot hand from behind the arc has moved him into fifth place in NCAA Division I field goal percentage at .451. He currently leads Conference USA and is 15th in the NCAA in field goals made per game averaging 3.5 per contest. Richmond’s sharp shooting unfortunately was not enough to hold off Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles snapped East Carolina’s two-game by an 88-69 score. Richmond finished as the second-leading scorer as he contributed 15 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal in 27 minutes of play. Richmond’s four three-pointers moved him into an elite group, becoming only the fourth Pirate to make 80 three-pointers in one season. Richmond has now made 82 three-pointers and is just three shy of breaking East Carolina’s school record for most made three-pointers in a season at 85. His three assists against Southern Miss helped contribute to a new ECU program season record of 461 assists in one season. The Pirates (16-11, 7-7) will wrap up their regular season this week as they host Tulane on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and Marshall on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (22-8, 11-3) blew out Guilford Tech 120-60, before dropping their final game of the regular season to Catawba Valley CC 76-72. In the Eagles' win over Guilford, Mellette finished as the team’s third-leading scorer with 16 points while adding five rebounds and three steals. Mellete finishes the regular season as one of only two players who started in all 29 contests where he led Wake Tech in four categories, including shooting percentage at 64.8 percent, points per game with a 13.4 average, defensive rebound average with 5.6 per game and overall rebounds per game with 8.8. He was second on the team in offensive rebound average with 3.2 per game and blocks with three per game.
Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (23-7, 4-5) lost in the first round of the Region X Conference Tournament, falling to Sandhills CC 90-82. Chalmers finished the game with a double/double scoring 10 points and dishing out 10 assists while adding six steals and three rebounds. Chalmers finished the regular season leading Davidson in assists averaging four a game and steals averaging 2.5 per game.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (11-15, 6-13) finished their regular season on a three-game losing streak by dropping games to Armstrong 94-88, UNC Pembroke 101-95 and Lander 97-86. Tucker saw action in the Lander game, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds and a steal in six minutes of play.
Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (12-16, 6-13) ended their regular season with two losses, falling to Francis Marion 73-70 and then being upended by 21st-ranked USC Aiken 71-56.
Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) and the Saint Ouen l'Aumône Cougars (1-1) suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Asnières sur Seine Molosses 16-14. A third-quarter safety by Molosses ended up being the difference in the game. The Cougars will face the La Courneuve Flash on Sunday at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. EST)
Three-time All-American and defending national champion Mike Williams (SLHS) (34-2) slipped out of the top spot at 174 pounds in the Division II national rankings for the first time in nearly two years coming off of his narrow 3-2 loss last week at the NCAA Super Regional in Kutztown, Pa. The loss also snapped Williams' 50-match winning streak he had held against Division II opponents. Williams will travel Friday to the Crossplex Complex in Birmingham, Ala., with teammates Daniel Ownbey 141, Justin Pencook 157 and Blaze Shade 165 to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and 10th-ranked N.C. State (10-1) built their winning streak to 10 games, picking up five wins this week. The Wolfpack cruised past New Mexico State in their two-game series, beating the Aggies 9-2 and 8-3. State would then win the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach by collecting victories over UMBC 5-3, Florida Atlantic 2-1 in 10 innings and Coastal Carolina 5-4, also in extra innings. The Wolfpack will again have a full slate this week as N.C. State hosts Elon today, hosts Campbell on Wednesday and then hosts Clemson for a three-game weekend series.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell (10-1) extended their win streak to nine games by picking up wins over Duke 9-3 and Lafayette 17-6, 8-3 and 7-2. The Fighting Camels will travel to N.C. State on Wednesday and then host Fairleigh Dickinson for a three-game series this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (7-10, 3-9) picked up a win over Roanoke College 7-1, but were then swept in a three-game series with Averett University 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3. Against Roanoke, Cox finished with an impressive day at the plate going 1-3, scoring two runs and slugging in two RBIs. Against the Cougars, Cox finished 4-10 with a double and a RBI, and also accounted for seven outs and one assist from his centerfield spot. The Panther swill play five games this week, traveling to Emory and Henry College today, Lynchburg College on Wednesday and play a three-game series with Maryville this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and closing the series with a single game on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (6-4) split games this week, falling to Liberty 14-4 before sweeping St. John’s in a three-game series, 6-3, 8-1 and 7-3. Durazo saw his first action of the season against Liberty, facing six batters and giving up one hit and four earned runs with three walks. The Pirates will play five games this week, hosting UNC Greensboro today, traveling to Old Dominion on Wednesday, and then returning home to host Monmouth for a three-game series this weekend.
Carson Wilson (LCHS) and Pitt CC are off to a fast start as the Bulldogs are 8-0. Last week, Pitt defeated N.C. Wesleyan’s JV team 9-0. The Bulldogs will host Florence-Darlington this weekend in two days of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Garrett Verrelli (LCHS) and the UNC Chapel Hill club baseball team (4-0) faced Louisburg College yesterday and will play Methodist this weekend in a three-game series.