HPCA boys skate past Fleming
Mike Kobani finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Diante Baldwin flirted with a triple-double as High Point Christian Academy topped Fleming 60-45 in the Roy Stanley Memorial Shootout late Saturday in Salem, Va.
Baldwin collected 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Cougars (19-5). Joey McLean added nine points and seven rebounds, while Jackson Kent tallied nine points.
HPCA plays host to Calvary Baptist on Tuesday.
GTCC OPENS BASEBALL SEASON WITH SWEEP
JAMESTOWN — The Guilford Technical Community College baseball team started the 2013 campaign with a doubleheader sweep of Danville Community College on Saturday. The Titans overcame a cold and blustery day to down the Knights by scores of 4-1 and 7-0.
In Game 1, Titan pitcher Darren Lauer allowed only 1 hit over 4 shutout innings of work to pick up his first collegiate win. T.J. Wharton, Brandon Burkes and Tyler Coan led the way at the plate for Tech with each collecting 2 hits. Edwin Soto added an RBI for the Titans.
In Game 2, the Titans took a 1-0 lead with a first-inning RBI single by Zannie Seagraves. Burkes hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to push the Tech lead to 2-0. Later that inning, Titan shortstop Carlos Alegria broke the game open with a grand slam to left field. Titan southpaw Ernesto Fernandez tossed 4 scoreless innings and allowed only 1 hit to pick up his first collegiate win.
The Titans played host to Rockingham Community College for a doubleheader on Sunday.
BLACKWELL SETS HPU WOMEN’S RECORD IN 5,000
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Sophomore Lauren Blackwell set a HPU Div. I record in the 5,000 run as part of the High Point University women’s track and field performance at the Armory Collegiate Invitational late Saturday.
“Lauren really took a chance and forced the issue early in the race,” head coach Mike Esposito said. “It ended up paying dividends because she also closed really well. She has been on the verge of doing something like this and it was nice to see her breakthrough. Really all three girls that ran the race performed pretty well.”
Competing in a talented field, Blackwell crossed the line first in her heat and 11th overall in 17:34.51. Blackwell came in under the previous record time of 17:46.24, set by Sara Day in 1999.
Senior Kelsey Hunt turned in a career-best time of 17:40.91 to finish 13th for the Panthers, while junior Kayleigh Perry finished 20th in 17:55.25.
EMERY SHINES FOR HPU MEN’S TRACK
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Junior Evan Emery finished third in the 60-meter dash to highlight the High Point University men’s track and field performance at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
“I thought we had a lot of guys step up and perform well against talented competition this weekend,” head coach Mike Esposito said. “Even looked good and is showing signs of getting back to the times we need him at for the Big South Championships. Our distance guys put in some good times now we just need them to trust their fitness and take a chance.”
Emery finished with a season-best time of 6.93 in the 60-meter finals. Emery also ran in the 200 and turned in the best time by any HPU runner in the event this season, crossing in 22.30.
Sophomore Jeff LaCoste continued his strong indoor season with a sixth-place showing in the 3,000, clocking 8:29.46. Freshman Benji Szalai and senior Dakota Peachee also posted top-10 finishes in the event. Szalai finished eighth in 8:30.45 and Peachee finished ninth in 8:31.32.
HPU junior Patrick Crawford took eighth in the 5,000 in 14:44.04.
HPU MEN RECORD SEVERAL CAREER HIGHS AR JDL HILTON GARDEN INVITATIONAL
WINSTON-SALEM — The High Point University men’s track and field time posted several new career bests at the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Freshman Adam DeVito had the top finish of the weekend for the Panthers with a fourth-place showing in the high jump.
DeVito finished tied for fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.98 meters (6-6). The jump marked a career best for the freshman and the best height of the season for any HPU athlete.
In the long jump, freshman Justus Watkins and sophomore Max Coleman finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh place. Watkins jumped a distance of 6.76 meters (22-2.25) and Coleman cleared a new career-best distance of 6.74 meters (22-1.5)
Junior Tristan Faure finished sixth in the heptathlon with a total of 3,772 points. Faure best finish in any event came in the long jump where he jumped a distance of 6.48 meters to finish third among Heptathlon athletes. Faure finished in sixth despite not scoring in the 60-meter hurdles.
HICKS POSTS WIN FOR WHEATMORE WRESTLING
WINSTON-SALEM — The Wheatmore wrestling team finished sixth at the Phillip Reed Rumble held at Glenn.
Skyler Hicks won at 195 pounds for the Warriors, while David Niemotallo took third at 120 and Bailey Le placed third at 182.
Wheatmore hosts Chatham Central on Tuesday for Senior Night at 7 p.m.