East Carolina senior Akeem Richmond (SLHS) has been named to the 16-player Conference USA Men’s Basketball Preseason Watch List as selected by the coaches’ league officials. The watch list included eight seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.
Richmond is the Pirates’ leading returning scorer this season after averaging 10.6 points in 20 minutes per game as a reserve in 2012-13. In his first year with ECU, Richmond hit a record-setting 105 three pointers to become one of only 12 players in league history to make 100 or more shots from behind the arc in a single season. He led Conference USA in three-point field goals made, ranking 16th in the country. The senior forward has already scored more than 1,000 points in his career and ranks second among all active Division I players with 269 career treys.
East Carolina opened practice last Monday and will hold 30 practice sessions the next 40 days before opening its season on Nov. 8 against N.C. Wesleyan.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (2-4, 1-1) claimed their first Conference USA victory by downing UAB, 37-23. Stryffeler registered one solo tackle for a one-yard loss. The Owls host Marshall at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (1-4, 0-2) dropped their second PFL Conference game by falling to Morehead State, 45-36. Brown started at center for the Fighting Camel offensive line while Dillon handled all of the long snapping duties. Campbell will be on the road Saturday, traveling to defending PFL Conference Co-Champion Butler for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season by falling to South Carolina State 29-24 in the Atlanta Football Classic. Swann started for the Aggies at tight end. A&T will travel to Hampton for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCollum (SLHS) and Wingate University (1-3) fell to undefeated Newberry, 42-28. Stryffeler, a true freshman, recorded his third start at right offensive tackle this season. The Bulldogs will travel to face Catawba for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday game.
Chase Arrington (LCHS) and the 25th-ranked Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (4-2) missed a two-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining in the game to allow UNC Charlotte to sneak away with a 53-51 victory. The two teams combined for 1,163 total offensive yards, 66 first downs and 14 touchdowns. Gardner-Webb came into the game fifth nationally in total defense, but allowed nearly as many yards, 586, as it had in the previous three games combined, 653. The Bulldogs will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Conway, S.C., to face Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 3.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University (1-4, 0-2) were stymied by Maryville College, falling to the Scots 48-0. Reives had a good day recording three solo tackles, three assists and a forced fumble in the Cougars loss. Averett will host Methodist on Saturday for a 1p.m. game.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (1-4, 0-2) suffered their fourth loss of the season in a 31-21 defeat to Ferrum College. The Pride will host Huntingdon at 1 p.m. Saturday.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (1-4, 0-2) were shut out by Lenoir-Rhyne College, 41-0, in South Atlantic Conference play. The Tornados will host their first home conference game on Saturday when they welcome Mars Hill to Brevard Memorial Stadium for a 1 p.m. game.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford College (2-2, 1-0) opened Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a win, knocking off Washington and Lee, 16-7.This is the first time that the Quakers have started off league play 1-0 since 1999. Guilford will host Shenandoah on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the 16th-ranked UNC Pembroke Braves enjoyed a bye week last week and will be back in action Saturday as they travel to UNC Charlotte for a noon kickoff.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (4-4-2, 2-1-1) finished the week with 1-0-1, tying Hampden-Sydney 1-1 in double overtime and then picking up an easy 4-0 win over Shenandoah later in the week. Grossfuss started at forward in both games for the Hornets with four shots against Hampden-Sydney and one shot on goal against Shenandoah. Lynchburg will host Guilford on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match and then travel to Bridgewater on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (6-6, 3-1) split their games this week, defeating USC Upstate, 3-1, but then getting shut out by East Tennessee State, 2-0. Sturdivant played all 90 minutes in goal in both games. In the win over the Spartans, she faced five shots with three shots on goal, collecting two saves. Against East Tennessee State, she tied her own career and season high for saves in a game with seven, facing 15 shots with nine of them being on goal. The Owls will travel to Macon, Ga., on Friday for their only contest of the week against Mercer at 7 p.m.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (5-6, 3-1) split their week by falling to Winthrop, 2-1, before bouncing back to defeat Coastal Carolina, 3-2. The Panthers will be on the road for both games this week, traveling to Longwood on Wednesday and Liberty on Saturday.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) and Mount Olive College competed in the Men’s Gold Division at the Paul Short Invitational 8K at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., finishing 29th out of 47 teams. The Trojans will next compete Friday night as they travel to Charlotte for the Royal Cross Country Challenge.
Women’s Cross Country
Keeley Wood (SLHS) and Wingate University placed third out of 26 teams in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Challenge in Louisville, Ky. Woods turned in a time of 19:10.26 to claim the 15th spot out of 211 runners. Also competing in the same race was Ashley Matthews (Grace) of Lee University, who finished 73rd with a time of 20:00.35 — helping the Flames to finish 23rd. Wood and her Bulldog teammates will travel to Charlotte on Friday to compete in the Royal Cross Country Challenge at McAlpine Creek Park. Matthews and Lee University will be off this week and then travel to Mount Berry, Ga., to compete in the Berry Invitational on Oct. 19
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College finished strong at the Hagan Stone Cross Country Invitational on Saturday with a first-place finish in the Division III category. The Avenging Angels will be off this week and return to action on Oct. 19 competing in the Christopher Newport Invitational in Newport News, Va.
Anna Swindell (LCHS), Erica Davidson (Lee Christian), Haley Bryant (Grace), Makaila Gillum (Lee Christian), Alisha Adkins (SLHS) and the CCCC Cougars will travel to Wake Tech CC for a 6 p.m. match tonight.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College finished fourth out of five teams in the King Invitational hosted by King University in Bristol, Tenn. Lawrence tied for the 33rd spot shooting rounds of 76-77-153. The Bulldogs will play the second round of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate today at the Sea Trail Bird Course at Sunset Beach.