HPU’s Brown, Chaney earn NCCSIA All-State basketball honors
Redshirt-freshman John Brown and graduate student Allan Chaney were named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State team, it was announced on Friday. Brown was named to the first team and Chaney was named to the second team.
The NCCSIA All-State team honors student-athletes from any Division I institution within the state of North Carolina. This year’s men’s basketball honorees represented the Big South, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southern Conference.
Brown was High Point’s leading scorer in 2012-13, averaging 16.4 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds per game. He shot 51.9 percent from the field and averaged 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks. Brown scored at least 20 points in 12 games and had four double-doubles. His other honors included Kyle Macy Freshman All-American, Big South Freshman of the Year, All-Big South first team and All-District second team.
Chaney transferred to High Point from Virginia Tech and made an immediate impact, averaging 14.5 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds in 30 games. He shot 51.3 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the line along with 1.4 assists per game. H also had a team-high 37 blocks. Chaney was named to the All-Big South second team after sitting out the previous three seasons due to a transfer and health issues. He was named 2012-13 CBSSports.com Comeback Player of the Year.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
HPU’S RICKERT PLACED THIRD IN JAVELIN
DES MOINES, Iowa — Freshman Christine Rickert of the High Point University women’s track & field team placed third in the javelin at the USATF Jr. National Championship on Friday. Rickert’s top throw was 46.98 meters (154-1).
“Christine had a very strong series against national competition, which is a great sign of her growth and maturity,” said HPU assistant coach Eric Dudley. “Some of her best throws this season came in small meets, so this was a big step for her to throw well on a national level.”
Rickert threw over 46 meters three times and notched her best throw of the day on her sixth and final attempt. The 46.98 meters was just off her High Point University record of 47.78 meters (156-9) from the Liberty Collegiate Invitational in April. Megan Glasmann won the event with a throw of 50.78 meters (166-7) and Bailey Bars took second at 47.75 meters (156-8).
Also Friday, Dakota Peachee placed 12th in his heat of the 3,000 steeplechase.
HPU VOLLEYBALL EARNS APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARD
HIGH POINT — The High Point University volleyball team was honored by the NCAA with the Public Recognition Award for 2011-12, finishing among the top-10 percent nationally among all programs in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).
This is the fourth straight season that the HPU volleyball team has earned the Public Recognition Award, the most for any High Point program. HPU volleyball was one of 12 Big South Conference athletic programs among those honored.“I am very proud of what our volleyball student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Craig Keilitz. “They display a great understanding of why they are at High Point University and a commitment to be great.”
The volleyball team posted a 3.24 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year, ranking in the top four behind women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s track & field. Senior Molly Barlow was the Big South Conference Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. Barlow, a defensive specialist, is an elementary education major with a 3.98 GPA. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team this season. She was also named to the Big South All-Academic team in 2011. The volleyball team also had 15 players honored at Millis-Scholar Athletes.
TEAM USA GIRLS U16 TEAM CRUISES
CANCUN, Mexico — Capitalizing on its depth and size advantage, the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team (3-0) overpowered Costa Rica (0-3) for a lopsided 106-19 win in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Friday afternoon at Polifórum Benito Juárez.
As the No. 1 seed out of Group A, the USA will face the No. 2 seed out of Group B in the semifinals TODAY.
The medal semifinal winners will meet in the gold medal game on Sunday. Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the USA with 20 points.
Earlier, the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team (2-0) outscored Argentina (1-1) 38-6 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open on its way to a 98-28 rout in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Thursday night at Polifórum Benito Juárez.
Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.) led the USA with 23 points and six rebounds. The Americans clinched the Group A top seed. Bishop McGuinness head coach Brian Robinson serves as an assistant for Team USA.
TEAM JASON ALLEN NETS GPS TEAM TENNIS CROWN
HIGH POINT — Page High School tennis coach Jason Allen and his team of amateurs took the first Guideposts of Strength Team Tennis Tournament at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek Tennis Center June 7-9.
The format featured women’s doubles, men’s doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles. HPCC’s Director of Tennis Oscar Blacutt was presented the Jim Millis Spirit of Competition award.
Division A winners were Allen, Alex Funkhouser, Zach Tran, Megan Smith and Sammie Smith. Division A runnerups were Blacutt, Adriano Blacutt, Tom Verellen, Monica Walser and Ginny Brodd.
Division B winners were Larry Kwan, Brooks Reitzel, Tom Boyles, Amanda Reynolds, Jane Dunbar and Ginny Carpenter. Division B runnerups were Glen Joyce, Jamie Redfearn, Joey Tate, Ana Redfearn, Elizabeth Joyce and Jenny Joyce.