Chattanooga's Ronrico White, left, fights for a rebound against College of Charleston's Trent Wiedeman during their NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Chattanooga, Tenn. College of Charleston won 71-68. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jay Bailey)
The College of Charleston men's basketball team's six-game winning streak ended Thursday night against Davidson, but Trent Wiedeman again showed that he is returning to his previous form after an injury-plagued season.
The junior from Greater Atlanta Christian had a team-high 10 points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes off the Cougars' bench. It was his sixth double-figure scoring game in the last nine games.
"The season's going great for me now, but sitting out was not fun at all," said Wiedeman, who missed time with injuries to both ankles early in the season. "The good thing was my team was winning (while I was out) so that made it a little easier. But just getting back on the court was good. ... It was really tough not being out there. You want to be able to help the team so much. It's tough when you can't help."
The 6-foot-8, 255-pound forward rolled his right ankle in Charleston's third game this season, blowing out a graph in the ankle he had surgically repaired in the offseason. He missed six games and upon his return, he sprained his left ankle and missed three more games.
As his health has improved, he has regained the form that earned him a Southern Conference All-Freshman selection in 2010-11 and All-SoCon honors last season, when he averaged 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds.
Wiedeman has played his best in his most recent outings, all Cougar victories:
• 10 points (on 5 of 9 shooting) and five rebounds Jan. 30 vs. Appalachian State
• 14 points (on 5 of 10 shooting) and 12 rebounds Feb. 2 vs. UNC-Greensboro
• 16 points (on 7 of 13 shooting) and 10 rebounds vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga on Feb. 9
Slightly more minutes have helped Wiedeman boost his season averages in scoring (8.5) and rebounding (5.1), and he's continued to shoot at a high percentage (50.4). Charleston (18-8) has kept up its winning ways with the boost from Wiedeman, though his contributions continue to be from the bench, a change for him.
A starter in the past, he has just three starts in his 17 games this season.
"It was a little tough at first getting used to (coming off the bench)," Wiedeman said. "Now I'm adjusted to it. I come in if someone's in foul trouble and coming out, I come in and try to give the team a boost."BASKETBALL
1,000-point markCollins Hill grad Reed Buck passed the 1,000-point mark for his career a few weeks ago, reaching the milestone in only three seasons at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The 6-foot-5 Buck, the reigning Landmark Conference Player of the Year, also leads the conference in scoring this season with an 18.8 average. He has earned league player of the week honors twice this season.White's big game brings league honorAfter one of the best games ever by a Columbus State basketball player, Grayson grad Taren White was named the Peach Belt Conference player of the week this week.
The sophomore scored 38 points, just a point off the school record, in 29 minutes last Saturday in a crucial win over North Georgia. She was 13 of 18 shooting and 11 of 13 from the line in the win, and also led the team with seven rebounds and four steals.
She followed that up with 15 points in a win over Georgia Southwestern.BASEBALL
Schuck gets USA South honor
LaGrange College infielder Blake Schuck, a Brookwood grad, was named the USA South Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for his recent play.
Schuck hit .333 last week and made only one error in 22 chances at shortstop last week. He went 5-for-12 in a series win over Methodist with two doubles and three RBIs, and also pitched two innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts in a 5-4, 10-inning win.
Locals on NCAA watch list
Gwinnett grads Ryan Lewis of Brookwood and Brett Teschner of South Gwinnett, teammates at Columbus State, and Tusculum pitcher Taylor Rakes, a Norcross grad, were named to the initial watch list for the Tino Martinez NCAA Division II Player of the Year Award.
The list includes 150 top players from around the country.
Lewis, who missed the 2012 season, has a .346 batting average with eight RBIs in the Cougars' first seven games this season.
Teschner led Columbus State in nearly every offensive category last season. He has a .414 batting average this season with seven RBIs.
Rakes went 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA last season, his first since Tommy John surgery. The senior has a 20-5 career record.
ACC award goes to Tech's Rudnik
Buford grad Alysha Rudnik, a junior at Georgia Tech, was named the ACC player of the week on Tuesday.
She went 6-for-11 (.545 batting average) with a home run, 10 RBIs, nine runs scored and eight walks as the Yellow Jackets went 5-0 in their opening weekend of games.
Sweeney honored by SEC
Texas A&M junior and Brookwood product Allyson Sweeney was named to the SEC Community Service Team for swimming and diving. Each conference school selects one athlete to the team.
Sweeney participated in The Big Event, where 17,500 Aggie students volunteer to complete nearly 1,650 jobs, coordinated H.O.S.T. for Aggie Athletes Involved to mentor first-graders on the importance of reading and helped with Twin City Missions among many other service activities. She also is co-vice president for Aggies Athletes Involved.
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