State's No. 2 scorer picks Rhode Island

Staff WriterMay 1, 2009 

Akeem Richmond, one of the most prolific scorers in state high school basketball history, accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday.

The Southern Lee High guard led area scorers with 29.3 points per game during the 2008-09 season.

Richmond finished his career with 2,846 points to rank No. 2 on the state's all-time scoring list.

Eastern Alamance's JamesOn Curry is the state's career leading scorer with 3,307 points.

Rhode Island tied for second in the Atlantic 10 in 2008-09 and had a 23-11 record.

ENLOE'S HODGES TO SIGN: Enloe's Shala Hodges announced Thursday that she will accept a basketball scholarship to East Carolina.

Hodges averaged 22 points during the 2008-09 season and led all area scorers. She averaged 20.2 points as a junior.

"I'm really excited for her to have this opportunity," Enloe coach Pina Baker said. "I think she is going to have fabulous college career.

"She should be able to make major contributions at East Carolina."

PEOPLES HONORED: Veteran Enloe swimming and diving coach Vickie Peoples is the female winner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association's Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award.

Peoples and Winston-Salem Reynolds track coach Norman Trzaskoma will be recognized Thursday during the NCHSAA's annual meeting at the Smith Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Webb Award annually recognizes an outstanding male and female coach.

Peoples men's team once won nine consecutive NCHSAA 4-A titles. Her boys and girls have won 28 conference championships and 19 Eastern Regional titles.

Trzaskoma has been a cross country and track coach for 38 years, including 36 at R.J. Reynolds.

His teams have won state titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

FINAL SHRINE COMBINE: This year's final Shrine Bowl Game of the Carolinas combine in North Carolina is scheduled for Saturday at Burlington Williams High.

The North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staff will lead the football combine, which includes measuring and testing.

The cost is $20, and registration begins at 9 a.m. The combine is open to rising seniors.

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