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PAGE 6 — THE DECREE — MARCH 29,2002 Sf*orts Women’s basketball hosts tournament By MICHAEL GARCIA On Feb. 21, the women’s bas ketball team concluded their most successful season in recent his tory by hosting the Dixie Confer ence Tournament. A dramatic finish was appro priate for a season of high ac complishments, and the Lady Bishops did not disappoint. In the quarterfinals of the conferenctf tourney, the Lady Bishops, the #2 seed, found themselves facing the 7th seed Cougars of Averett College. During the first half, the Lady Bishops suffered a tough blow when point guard Kodie Peake (Fr.) went down with a leg in jury, forcing the Bishops to play short-handed the rest of the game. In spite of losing Peake, numer ous contributions from all play- BRADLEY BLUE Blue selected All-District Bradley Blue, a sophomore guard from Dunn (Midway H.S.) has been selected to the NABC Division III South All-District Second Team. Blue averaged 18.4 points per game, which was third in the Dixie Conference and 3.2 assists per game. He shot 51 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the three-p««t line. He scored in doubk llgures in 24 of the 26 games he played in. Blue was an All-Dixie Con ference first Team member and was naaaed the Most Valuable Player the Dixie Conference it, in which the Bish- Christopher New- I for the Dixie Champi- vas also the Co-MVP . _ ^er Taylor Invitational. NCtSC was 20-8 this year and advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. of the ers resulted in a 26-17 lead for the Bishops at halftime. At the onset of the second half, the Lady Bishops would again be on the offensive, until Averett managed to pull ahead by one point with 2:34 left on the clock. The Bishops quickly retook the lead and continued to hold out against tremendous pressure from the Cougars. Unfortunately, a pair of free throws gave Averett a two point advantage with only four tenths of a second left to play. Making the inbound pass for the Lady Bishops, forward Sara Jones (So.) hurled the ball up court where it found point guard Misty Cameal (Sr.). Just as time ran out, Cameal took the shot from inside: the ball bounced along the rim, but didn’t go in. Final score Averett 55, N.C. Wesleyan 53. Against Averett, Carneal scored 12 points, center Demetri a Hawkins (Jr.) added ten points and 11 rebounds, Jones scored ten points and forward Kendra Brewer (Fr.) had a game high of 14 rebounds. Although the Lady Bishop’s season ended with a heart-break- ing loss, the team has much to be RAY’MON BIZZELL Bizzell named rookie of week N.C. Wesleyan’s Ray’Mon Bizzell has been named the Dixie Conference’s Rookie of the Week for March 13-28. The freshman outfielder from Seven Springs (Southern Wayne High School) batted .367 on the week. The Bishops played nine games, seven in Florida and two in North Carolina. Bizzell was 11- 30 with 10 runs scored. He drove in three runs and had a double and two triples. proud of. Despite having fewer players than anyother team in the conference, the Bishops finished in second place in conference play, earned eighth seed in the South Region, and the Bishop’s coach, John Brackett, was named as the Dixie Conference Coach of the Year. Cameal, who ended her career as the all time highest scorer for women’s basketball at N.C. Wesleyan (1,661 career points), was honored as Dixie Conference Player of the Year. In addition, Carneal was named to the First Team All Dixie Conference and, with a GPA of 3.52, to the Verizon Academic All-District III Team. The Lady Bishops end the 2001-2002 season with an over all record of 16-9 and a confer ence record of 11-3. Men finish in third place By MICHAEL GARCIA The 2001-2002 season has been a landmark year for the Men’s Basketball Team. With an overall record of 20-8 and a con ference record of 10-4, the Bish ops finished third place in regular season conference play and won their first Dixie Conference Tour nament since the 1986-1987 sea son. In the quarterfinals of the con ference tourney, the #3 seeded Bishops handed #6 seeded Fermm a 102-71 thrashing. Against Fermm, guard Ryan Sinclair (So.) led the Bishops in scoring with 23 points, while guard Bradley Blue (So.) scored 17, forward Robert Smith (Jr.) scored 14, for ward Donta Jeankins (So.) had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and forward Keith Sudler (So.) added 10 points. In the semifinals, the Bishops found themselves against #2 seeded Methodist College. Hav ing been swept by Methodist in the regular season, the Bishops avenged two previous one point losses to the Monarchs by win ning 77-70. While facing Meth odist, Smith scored 17 points and made 13 rebounds, Jenkins scored 14 points, and Blue added 15 points. In the championship game, the Bishops beat the #1 seeded Cap tains of Christopher Newport 77- 75. Defeating the Captains for the third time this year, the Bishops ended CNU’s four year reign as conference champions and brought home their first confer ence championship in 14 years. Against CNU, Jenkins scored 18 points, while Sudler scored 10. For his play in the toumey. Blue was selected as toumament MVP and named to the First Team All Dixie Conference. In addi tion, Sudler was named to the Sec ond Team All Dixie Conference and Jenkins was honored as Dixie Conference Rookie of the Year. On Feb. 28, the Bishops trav eled to Hampden-Sydney to play in the First Round of the NCAA Toumament. Although they had a strong performance against the Tigers, the Bishops lost the game 79-92. Smith led all point scorers for the Bishops with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Sudler scored 14 points, Sinclair added 13, while Blue and Jenkins scored 12 points each. Softball gets shaky start By MICHAEL GARCIA The Softball Squad of 2002 seems off to a shaky start this year, with a host of losses and bad weather. The Bishops started the 2002 season at the 9th Annual MC Early Bird Softball Invitational (March 1-2). On the first day of the toumey the Bishops lost in their season opener to Messiah 0- 3, but beat Bridgewater 9-2. Unfortunately, the Lady Bish ops’ win over the Eagles was overshadowed by their loss to Mountain St. Col. of West Vir ginia 3-4. The Bishops ended the first day of the toumey with a terrible loss to SCAD 0-20. The following day, the Lady Bishops concluded the trip by los ing to the eventual toumey cham pions Emory & Henry 0-7. Hoping to reverse their for tunes, the Lady Bishops traveled to Newport News, Va., for a double-header against conference foe Christopher Newport. Sadly, the Bishops were again denied, (Continued on Page 7) Tennis teams good as ever By MICHAEL GARCIA Tennis at N.C. Wesleyan seems as good as ever this year, as the men and women continue to master their rackets. The Women’s Tennis Team began the season by falhng to Peace College 2-7. Kristin Haring (Jr.) gave the Bishops the #2 singles victory 6-4 and 6-4, after teaming up with Catherine Gorrell (Fr.) to win the #1 doubles 9-8. In the following game, the women suffered a 0-9 shutout by Virginia Wesleyan. In conference play, the Lady Bishops were defeated by Greensboro 3-6. Again, Gorrell and Haring gave the Bishops their only wins: Gorrell won at #1 singles 6-0 and 6-0, Haring won at #2 singles 6-1 and 6-1, and Gorrell and Haring combined to win #1 doubles 8-0. The Men’s Team opened the season with a 1- 6 loss to Virginia Wesleyan, with Scott Rodger (Sr.) winning in #2 singles 6-3 and 6-1. The men were then blanked by Greensboro 0-7 and Randolph-Macon 0-7. Both the Men and Women’s Teams are 0-3 over all and 0-1 in the conference.