HPU adds transfer from South Carolina
The High Point University men’s basketball team has added guard Brian Richardson, head coach Scott Cherry announced on Thursday. Richardson is transferring to HPU from the University of South Carolina and will be eligible for the 2014-15 season.
“Brian played and performed at the SEC level and he has great character,” Cherry said. “We recruited him out of high school when I first got the job here so we had a lot of background with him. We’re looking forward to him coming in and helping in practice this year and then to stepping into an immediate role to help fill the scoring void when Allan Chaney graduates.”
Richardson’s best season at South Carolina came in 2012-13 when he averaged 7.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 31 games (nine starts). He shot 39.9 percent (81 for 203) from the floor, 38.2 percent (42 for 110) from 3-point range and 73.2 percent (30 for 41) from the free-throw line.
Richardson scored 20 points in two games last season — a 56-54 road loss to Mississippi State, in which he hit five 3-pointers, and a 75-54 win over Arkansas. He also scored 17 points against Tennessee. A veteran of 86 collegiate games with the Gamecocks, Richardson averaged 5.7 points while shooting 35.6 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from three-point range over three seasons.
Originally from Wilson, Richardson attended the Greenfield School and was rated a three-star prospect in the class of 2010.
HPU PROMOTES TWO IN ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
HIGH POINT — Jon Litchfield has been named Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Jared Micklos has been named Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, Athletic Director Craig Keilitz announced on Thursday. Litchfield has been at HPU since 2009 and Micklos joined the Panthers in 2010.
Litchfield has served as Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information since 2009. He oversees all aspects of the Athletic Communications Office, including media relations, all online content, publications and external video operations. In addition, Litchfield will now oversee the Athletic Department’s branding efforts, all broadcasting, the online store shophighpointpanthers.com and he will assist the Athletic Director in strategic initiatives.
Micklos joined HPU in 2010 as Director of Compliance before being elevated to Assistant AD for Compliance and Assistant AD for Internal Operations. He continues to oversee HPU’s Compliance Office, which is responsible for educating and monitoring the HPU Athletic staff on all NCAA, Big South and High Point University legislation and policy. Micklos now has oversight for HPU’s Strength & Conditioning Department and the Athletic Training staff.
ASHEBORO ROUTS HITOMS
THOMASVILLE — The HiToms did little to get back on the right track Wednesday against Asheboro.
The Copperheads scored the first 13 runs of the game and tallied 17 hits while the HiToms struggled in nearly all facets in falling 13-3 at Finch Field in a game called in the bottom of the eighth due to lightning and heavy rain.
The HiToms (13-13) lost for the third game in a row, suffered their worst loss since falling 11-1 against Columbia on June 20, 2012, and were officially eliminated from the race for the Coastal Plain League West Division first-half title.
OVERBEY QUALIFIES FOR US JUNIOR GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
ELVERSON, Pa. — Cecily Overbey shot 69 at the US Girls Sectional Qualifier at French Creek Golf Club on Wednesday to gain entry into the 65th US Girls’ Junior Championship. The championship will be conducted by the United States Golf Association at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana July 22-27.
Overbey, a rising senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy, was only one of four junior girls who advanced the sectional qualifier at French Creek G.C. Her score of 69 tied for the low round of the qualifier. This is the second time in four years that Overbey has qualified to play in the US Girls’ Junior Championship. She also qualified in June of 2010 at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, VA.
Overbey has verbally committed to play for NC State University upon graduation from Wesleyan in May of 2014. Next week, she travels to Kiawah Island, S.C., in an attempt to qualify for the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to be conducted at the Country Club of Charleston.
OWEN TOPS CAROLINAS AMATEUR QUALIFIER
MORGANTON — Tanner Owen took medalist honors and Thomas Walsh finished third as 12 players advanced out of Carolinas Amateur sectional qualifying on Friday at Mimosa Hill Gold and Country Club.
Owen fired a 7-under-par 65 while Walsh carded a 4-under 68.
A round of 70 was needed to advance. Among those who did not make it were Hardin Councill (71) and Davis Womble (73).