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College Notebook: Phillips finishing strongly

IN SENIOR SEASON, RIVERBEND GRAD HELPS HOWARD TOP LIBERTY

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

It’s been a season of redemption so far for Howard senior forward Mike Phillips.

The Riverbend High School graduate fell out of favor as a junior, losing his starting position and averaging just 7.5 points per game, down from 12.9 as a sophomore.

But Phillips has enjoyed a resurgence this season. Most recently, he had 19 points and eight rebounds in Howard’s 60–53 win over visiting Liberty Saturday.

Phillips is averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game for the Bison (3–8). He has scored in double figures nine times, including two double-doubles.

Junior Tristan Carey (Colonial Beach) scored a game-high 25 points in Longwood’s 86–74 win over Division III Southern Virginia Thursday night. Carey is averaging 15.4 points per game for the Lancers (3–7).

Junior guard Taylar Wells (Mountain View) scored a combined 20 points as Winston-Salem State beat Salem International (65–30) and West Virginia Tech (57–48) in the Herb Sims Classic in Bluefield, W.Va.

Junior Dameon Turner (Stafford) had 12 points in Mount Aloyisius’ 83–70 win over Lancaster Bible Saturday.

WRESTLING

Bloomsburg junior Chris Smith (Chancellor) won the 174-pound title at the recent Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships at Kutztown. After a default win, Smith beat top-seeded Patrick Jennings of Edinboro 3–1, then edged Clarion’s Ryan Darch 4–2 in sudden death in the final.

Maryland junior Shane Gentry (Colonial Forge) went 1–1 at Saturday’s Grapple at the Garden in New York. Gentry (10–1), ranked 14th nationally at 125 pounds, beat Nebraska’s Skylar Wood 5–1 before losing to Ohio State’s Nikko Trigas 8–1.

Limestone (S.C.) redshirt freshman Justin Tribble (North Stafford) placed seventh at 197 pounds at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis. He went 3–2, including a 1–0 loss to Ashland’s Joe Brandt (ranked No. 1 in Division II) and a 2–1 win over Lake Erie’s Mike Samijlenko, avenging a loss to Samijlenko one week earlier.

TRACK AND FIELD

Virginia Wesleyan freshman James Winkey (Courtland) was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference male athlete of the week after breaking school records in the long jump (21–9) and high jump (6–) at the Dec. 8 Holiday Open in Newport News.

BASEBALL

Right-hander Corey Haynes (Mountain View) recently signed with Norfolk State after one season at Patrick Henry Community College, where he went 1–0 with a 2.84 ERA in eight appearances in 2012.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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