ON CAMPUS: Keely Wood crowned SAC champion again
In her final season as a Wingate senior cross country runner, four-time All-SAC performer Keely Wood (SLHS) has had to compete for the top spot not only against opposing team’s runners but also against a strong Bulldog freshman class.
This past Saturday, she put it all together one more time to win the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Championship for the second year in a row, crossing the finish line in 18:47.3 — destroying her winning time of 19:27.3 from last year’s championship by nearly 40 seconds. Wood led the entire race with her fellow teammates finishing right behind her in the second, third and fourth spots, locking up their second SAC team championship since winning in 2007. The victory secured Coach of the Year distinction for Bulldogs' head coach John Soehnlen.
Wingate freshman Brittany Tretbar finished second with a time of 19:03.2, winning SAC Freshman of the Year accolades. Six Bulldog runners received All-SAC recognition. With the win, Wingate ties a conference record for points scored in the league championship with 19 set in 1993 by first-time conference champion Carson-Newman.
The Bulldogs will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional scheduled to take place at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte on Nov. 9.
Tristan Johnson (LCHS) has been named to the 2013 Central Carolina Football League all-star game as a defensive back, making this his third all-star game appearance in four years. Johnson led the Carolina Hawks defensive secondary this season with a team high five interceptions, with one being returned for a defensive touchdown. He also recorded 42 tackles, 32 solo, five tackles for a loss, five pass breakups, three quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery. The game time and site have yet to be announced.
Newberry scored with 1:10 left in the game to hand eighth-ranked UNC Pembroke its first loss of the season, 24-21. Darcus Elliott (NHS) led the UNCP defense with 12 tackles, recording a career high 11 solo tackles. Local players Elliott, Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the rest of the UNCP Braves will host Tusculum this Saturday in the 3:30 p.m. Homecoming game.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (2-6, 1-4) had their hands full with 11th-ranked Auburn as the Tigers dropped the Owls, 45-10, in FAU’s final non-conference game of the season. The Owls will return to Boca Raton on Saturday to host Tulane for a 5 p.m. game.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCollum (SLHS) and Wingate University (4-3, 3-2) survived an offensive shootout in downing Tusculum, 41-33, giving the Bulldogs their third victory in a row. True freshman Stryffeler started his seventh game at right offensive tackle. Wingate will host North Greenville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming.
Mercer held off Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University, 38-31, to spoil the Fighting Camels' (1-7, 0-5) homecoming weekend at Barker-Lane Stadium. Starting center Brown helped protect quarterbacks Brian Hudson, Jordan Hildreth and Dakota Wolf en route to Campbell setting a new team passing record of 355 yards. Dillon handled all of the Fighting Camels' long snapping duties. Campbell will travel to Stetson for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
Liberty spoiled Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb’s homecoming by blanking the Bulldogs, 24-0. This was the first time since 1985 that Gardner-Webb has been shut out twice in one season. The Bulldogs will host NAIA member Warner College at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T (4-3, 2-3) snapped a three-week losing streak by slipping past Florida A&M in overtime, 20-13. Swann pulled in one pass for five yards in the win. The Aggies will host Virginia University of Lynchburg at 1 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (2-6, 1-4) had their homecoming spoiled by Christopher Newport University, falling to the Captains, 42-13. Wells had one reception for six yards in the loss. The Pride will host Methodist at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford College (5-2, 4-0) extended their win streak to four games in defeating Randolph-Macon, 28-21. Quaker quarterback Matt Pawlowski passed for a career high 394 yards in leading Guilford to a 4-0 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for the first time in school history. Guilford will host ODAC pre-season favorite Hampden-Sydney (5-2, 3-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (2-6, 1-4) dropped their homecoming game to Catawba, 34-17. The Tornados will travel on Saturday to Newberry in a 1 p.m. contest.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University (1-6, 0-4) are coming off of a bye week and will be back in action on Saturday as they host Huntingdon College at 1 p.m.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (9-5-2, 7-2-1) collected two wins last week, downing Randolph College, 3-2, and then blanking Emory & Henry, 4-0. Grossfuss recorded one shot and one assist in the Hornets' win over Emory & Henry. Lynchburg will play its final regular season game today against Roanoke.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (8-8-1, 5-3-1) split games last week to wrap up their regular season. In the first game, the Owls scored a goal in double overtime to engineer a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Jacksonville, securing Kennesaw State a spot in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Sturdivant played the entire 104 minutes in the goal, recording three saves on 11 shots. In the final game of the regular season, K-State fell to North Florida 4-1, landing them a third seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Sturdivant collected three saves against the Ospreys. The Owls will face Lipscomb on Saturday in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (7-9-1, 5-4-1) picked up two wins last week, blanking Charleston Southern 4-0 and then downing Presbyterian 2-1. The Panthers will close out the 2013 regular season today at Campbell. The Big South Tournament will begin first-round action on Saturday.
Vicky Monroy (SLHS) and Methodist University (10-6-2, 7-3-1) collected three shutout victories last week, blanking Chowan 4-0, downing LaGrange 1-0 and then defeating Huntingdon 2-0. Against Chowan, Monroy recorded two shots. The Monarchs will close out their 2013 season on Wednesday against Ferrum and then open USA South Tournament play on Saturday.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) was one of five Mount Olive cross country runners named to the 2013 Conference Carolinas All-Academic team last week. Cherry, who is majoring in business administration, is a two-time all-academic selection and was named to the Conference Carolina’s Presidential Honor Roll both semesters last year. Also last week, the 12th-ranked Trojans won their second straight Carolina Conference Cross Country Championship finishing first out of nine teams. Mount Olive swept all of the individual honors with seven runners landing on the All-Conference team. The Trojans will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in Charlotte on Nov. 9.
Women’s Cross Country
Lee University finished sixth out 11 teams this past weekend in the Gulf South Conference Championships in Hoover, Ala. Ashley Matthews (Grace) came in 25th with a time of 20:18.36. The Flames now prepare for the NCCAA National Championships to be held in Cedarville, Ohio, on Nov. 16.
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College will travel to Hagen Stone Park in Pleasant Garden on Saturday to compete in the USA South Conference Championship.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College will play round two of the Pirate Intercollegiate at the Brook Valley course at Greenville CC in Greenville today.
N.C. State Bass Pack member Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) struggled this past weekend at the N.C. State Bass Pack Tournament at Jordan Lake as the passing cold front made fishing a challenge. The Bass Pack will be back in action in November with a tournament at Lake Gaston.