Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Postseason accolades continue to roll in for Concord football defensive standouts Jake Lilly and Riyahd Richardson. Both have been named to the Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-Super Region 1 Team. Lilly, the WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned first team honors, while Richardson was a second honoree at cornerback. Lilly, a product of Bluefield High School, finished the year ranked fourth in Division II in tackles per game (11.45), and registered at least 10 tackles in a game seven times this season. Richardson totaled team-highs of five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups to go with 28 tackles.
Former Bluefield basketball standout Craig Ponder will be in action for North Carolina-Wilmington when the Seahawks (3-3) play at Marshall on Saturday in Huntington. Ponder, a redshirt freshman at UNCW, has played in six games, starting three, averaging 20.8 minutes and 3.8 points per game for head coach Buzz Peterson, a former standout at North Carolina and previous the head coach at six schools since 1996, including Tennessee. Tip-off on Saturday is slated for 7 p.m.
Former Princeton standout Tesla Akers has led Ferrum College to a 3-0 start on the season, scoring 13.7 points a contest, while hitting seven 3s for the Panthers. Akers, a senior at Ferrum, led the defending USA South champion Panthers to the NCAA Division III tournament last season. Akers was the MVP of the USA South tourney and a first-team all-state honoree by the Richmond Times and the VaSID. Akers’ sister, McKenzie, is a senior at Princeton who
recently signed with Marshall.
Former West Virginia star Kevin Jones has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jones was signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent this summer and was one of the last players cut at the end of training camp. He was assigned to the Cavs’ NBA Development team in Canton. Jones has played in three games with the Charge, averaging 27 points and 13.7 rebounds in 41.3 minutes Cleveland waived former Notre Dame standout Luke Harangody to make room for Jones.