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The Rearview Mirror

Brian McLain takes The Strutting Wolf through the past week in WolfPack athletics and sports in general. From an interview with Hargrave Academy's Head Coach Mike Preston to a look at the Daytona 500, we'll hop in the back seat as he takes a look through <b><font color="#cc0000">The Rearview Mirror</font><b>.

Cameron Bennerman
I spoke with Hargrave Military Academy's head coach Mike Preston last week about the Pack's incoming basketball recruit Cameron Bennerman. We talked about several different aspects that make up Cameron the basketball player and Cameron the person. Coach Preston said that Cam's athletic ability and desire to get better are the best attributes in his game. "He has the ability to do a little of everything on the court, from defense to draining the outside shot," Preston said. "He is a great kid who loves to talk to the coaches and has a general concern for his teammates and classmates. He's a great team player and loves spending his spare time in the gym," added the coach.

Cameron is currently averaging about 14 ppg for Hargrave while playing against JV College squads as well as other prep schools. The Hargrave team has a 20-1 record this season.

What a rebound from Thursday night! Duke is unbelievable when they are on, as witnessed Thursday evening. But, hey! Less than 48 hours later with very little chance to practice, the Pack showed up in force against an outgunned Clemson squad.

Despite a poor defensive effort, the Pack guards managed to hold Tony Stockman and Edward Scott to just 15 points on a combined 5-21 shooting. All this just a few days after putting on a dazzling display against Wake scoring 60 points.

Leading the Pack to the 83-54 blowout were Anthony Grundy and Ilian Evtimov. Grundy, playing on a bad ankle, scored 23 points on 10-19 shooting. Evtimov scored a career high 18 points in the win. "I think [Evtimov] is one of the brightest young people in this league, and I mean bright," said Clemson coach Larry Shyatt. "As an opponent you don't often enjoy anything, but I enjoy watching him play basketball."

The Calls
Did anyone else notice that we got the calls from the refs yesterday? For a minute, I had to make sure we were actually wearing the red and white jerseys. I even looked really close to see if we were wearing any blue to try to confuse them.

*snicker* Congratulations to the Tarheels for winning their 7th game on the season, and it isn't even March yet. *snicker*

WolfPack Highlights
The Pack women finished third and the men fourth at the 2002 ACC Indoor Track Championships this week.

The men's tennis team lost to Middle Tennessee State 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. The only highlight of the match was Ryan Broward's victory at #4 singles.

The women's tennis team lost to unbeaten Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Loni Worsley, Jennifer Jassawalla, and the doubles tandem of Katrina Gildemeister and Kristen Nicholls won their respective match ups.

The baseball team is in the midst of a three-game losing streak after falling to James Madison Saturday afternoon, 5-2. The Pack drops to 2-3 on the young season.

Wild Sunday Drive
Ward Burton won a crash-marred Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon, holding off Elliott Sadler and Geoffrey Bodine to pick up the $1.8 million first place prize and trophy. The sport's stars had a dreadful day, though, as Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, and Kevin Harvick all had a race they would like to forget. Flat tires, blown engines, and crashes kept them from a shot at the victory. Oh, and Sterling: What were you thinking when you climbed out of your car to pull out the right front fender during the red flag? Ya big dummy!

Quote of the Week
From Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt: "As much tape as I've seen of Herb's team, I thought this was probably one of the best efforts I've seen from them collectively," Shyatt said. "I didn't really feel it was one guy or two guys, I thought it was a different guy every three or four minutes. I thought they were excellent offensively against both the zone and the man-to-man."

Wolfpack Upcoming Events
Monday, February 18, 7pm: NCSU Women at Duke. RSN Network
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm: NCSU Men at Georgia Tech. Raycom


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