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SAAC Spreads Holiday Cheer, Provides Christmas Gifts for Local Children

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO- The Chowan University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in conjunction with the Student Government Association and the Hertford County Department of Social Services worked to spread holiday cheer throughout the Roanoke-Chowan area this week. As part of "The Angel Tree Project" through the Hertford County Department of Social Services, community organizations had the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children and families in need during the holiday season. Through the leadership efforts of SAAC, Chowan student-athletes raised over $1,200 to provide Christmas gifts for two children in the local area. This year's dollar amount surpasses the fundraising efforts of any previous year SAAC has participated in the project.
 
HAMPTON MOURNS PASSING OF EDWARD “BUCK” JOYNER SR.
Jim Heath
HAMPTON, Va. -- The athletic department at Hampton University wishes to extend our sincere condolences to the family of head men's basketball coach Edward "Buck" Joyner on the passing of his father prior to last night's men's game. Edward "Buck" Joyner, Sr. was 68 years old and served as a volunteer assistant coach the last two seasons. "I know it was a special joy for Buck to have his father on the bench with him the last two seasons," said Hampton University Athletic Director Eugene Marshall, Jr. "He brought a wealth of experience to our program and was a great mentor to Buck, the staff and players. He will most certainly be missed." Joyner began coaching collegiate basketball in 1987 as an assistant at Johnson C. Smith University with his little brother Stephen Joyner, Sr.

He became the head men's basketball coach at Saint Paul's in Lawrenceville, Va., in 1993. He held that position until he took over the head coaching reigns at Livingstone College in 2000. After two seasons in Salisbury, NC, Joyner returned to Saint Paul's courtside for seven more years "On Thy Green Hills".  In 2011, Saint Paul's shut down its intercollegiate athletics programs.

After a brief hiatus, Joyner joined the staff at Livingstone as an assistant to James Stinson for the past few years. The Blue Bears became back-to-back Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's basketball champions from 2014 to 2015. Edward Joyner, Sr. is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. He was married to Yvonne Joyner and has two children, Rhea and Ed "Buck" Joyner, Jr., five (5) grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are forth coming.
The Livingstone College sports information office contributed to this release

Jim Heath
Director of Sports Information - Hampton University
NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month: Paige Phillips

Kevin BuczekDURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University volleyball senior Paige Phillips has been named the NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month for October 2017 in recognition of her outstanding performance on the court and in the classroom.



The setter broke the NCCU NCAA Division I era record for total career assists in October. Her 1,896 career assists in 102 matches rank fourth most all-time at NCCU (including DII era before 2007).


Phillips averaged 7.96 assists and 2.68 digs per set in eight October matches as the Lady Eagles posted a .500 league record over that span.


The Birmingham, Alabama, product recorded season-high marks of 43 assists and 16 digs in a 3-1 home win against Savannah State University. The big performance was one of her six double-doubles on the season.

Phillips finished her senior season ranking fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with 7.65 assists per set after increasing her averages to 8.54 assists and 2.77 digs per set. Her strong play in six conference matches in October helped NCCU secure its second straight postseason appearance in the MEAC Volleyball Championships.

Phillips is a biology major with a pre-med concentration, who currently maintains a 3.14 cumulative grade point average (GPA) after boasting a 3.62 GPA in the spring 2017 academic semester. Phillips is a three-time MEAC All-Academic Team honoree who plans attend graduate school after NCCU and earn her master’s in biological and biomedical sciences.
 
JCSU Testing New Device to Gather Data for Concussion Research
K.C. Culler
Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 7, 2017) – The Johnson C. Smith University athletic training staff is using a new technology to help gather data to assist in the ongoing research of studying concussions in collegiate and local high school athletes.

The Reflexometer platform from Blinktbi is a new technology that applies brief puffs of air to the eyelashes. According to Blinktbi.com, these puffs trigger the athlete to blink while the device uses high-speed videography to record the blink reflex, eyelids, reflex time, duration and other variables.

This process provides quick objective data that can be used to track brain activity in those who are suspected to have suffered a concussion.

JCSU, along with The Citadel, are among the first schools in the nation that are using this technology to study and help gather data that could lead to a quicker and more accurate diagnosis of concussions in collegiate student-athletes. Myers Park High School in Charlotte is on track to begin using the device to gather data from high school athletes. Spartanburg High School in South Carolina is also using the device to help gather data from their student-athletes. In addition, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) are also initial partners in testing the Blinktbi device.

JCSU head athletic trainer Nathan Pickel is excited to be a part of the initial research into concussion diagnosis with the Blinktbi device. “Being able to use this device gives us access to tremendous research and data collection that will one day improve in the diagnosing and treatment of concussions and other potential brain injuries,” he said. “It is phenomenal that JCSU is a part of this groundbreaking technology and research that could possibly end up on the sidelines of hundreds of schools nationwide and in turn, help make competitions safer for a huge number of student-athletes.”

Dr. David Price, one of the lead researchers with Blinktbi, said, “This device has the potential to be a game changer. Most concussion tools rely on patient effort and an accurate description of their symptoms, but many athletes may ignore or downplay this in order to get back in the game sooner.” “This device is truly objective because the blink reflex does not rely on patient effort or lack thereof. I look forward to seeing the Blinkbi device help our athletes at JCSU.”


Nearly four million sports and recreation-related concussion injuries occur each year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concussions can cause a myriad of complications in both the short-term and long-term, including post-traumatic seizures, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), mid-cognitive impairment, and depression.

In addition to using this device, JCSU has been at the forefront of concussion research. JCSU Assistant Professor Rennae Williams Stowe and former athletic trainer Katie Hanes-Romano earned a $100,000 grant for the development of a smartphone app that features a pair of games that simulate the symptoms and consequences of a concussion and brain injury.

Other than games, the app is loaded with educational information and a video of student-athletes discussing their experiences with concussions and the long term effects of the injuries. “Ultimately, our goal is for more athletes to report their symptoms sooner and to follow proper protocols established by sports medicine professionals,” said Williams Stowe.
K.C. Culler
Sports Information Director
 

MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS by Ryan McGinty

 
MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS
Ryan McGinty
NORFOLK, Va. - Howard University swept this week’s weekly honors as Charles Williams, R.J. Cole and Zion Cousins were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player, Rookie and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Williams led the Bison to a 1-1 mark over the past
 


NORFOLK, Va. - Howard University swept this week’s weekly honors as Charles Williams, R.J. Cole and Zion Cousins were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player, Rookie and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Williams led the Bison to a 1-1 mark over the past week as he averaged 21.5 points, seven rebounds and one steal. He scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win over Central Penn and followed it up with a 20-point, eight-rebound performance versus Penn. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line while playing 37.5 minutes per contest.

Cole averaged 22 points, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds this past week for Howard. He scored 20 points and dished out nine assists with three steals versus Central Penn while scoring 24 points with four assists and two steals versus Penn.

Cousins led the MEAC in blocked shots with 2.5 while pulling down 8.5 rebounds in games versus Central Penn and Penn. He blocked four shots versus Central Penn while posting a double-double against Penn with 11 boards and 11 points along with a steal.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Preston Bungei (Norfolk State) averaged 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in two games last week.

Karonn Davis (Coppin State) scored a career-high 20 points with a career-high eight rebounds while shooting a career-best 10-of-12 from the line at Georgetown.

Shawntrez Davis (Bethune-Cookman) averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and a blocked shot over the past week which included a win over Jacksonville.

Soufiyane Diakite (Bethune-Cookman) averaged 7.5 rebounds highlighted by an 11-rebound, two-steal outing versus Jacksonville.

Taqwain Drummond (Coppin State) made his first career start at Georgetown and recorded a season-high 10 points.

Reggie Gardner Jr. (North Carolina Central) had a career-high performance of 26 points against Southeast Missouri State and made 11-of 12 free throws while averaging 16 points in two games.

Malik Maitland (Bethune-Cookman) tied his season-high with 16 points against Jacksonville and was perfect from the charity stripe.

Mastadi Pitt (Norfolk State) averaged 9.5 points in contests against Kent State and Bowling Green.

Dominique Reid (North Carolina Central) recorded a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win over Christendom and shot 75 percent from the floor with just one turnover.

Pablo Rivas (North Carolina Central) averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.

Artem Tavakalyan (Delaware State) averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a steal highlighted by a 20-point, eight-rebound outing at East Carolina.

Miryne Thomas (Maryland Eastern Shore) averaged 13.5 points as he finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds versus American.

Steven Whitley (Norfolk State) averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals in two games against Kent State and Bowling Green. Had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds against Kent State.

Desmond Williams (Florida A&M) captured a pair of 20-point games on the road at Texas and Murray State while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) begins its 48th year of intercollegiate competition heading into the 2017-18 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 13 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University and South Carolina State University.

 
Omari George Selected CIAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week  [picture]

Gregory Goings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) released its weekly basketball honor roll and Bowie State senior Omari George (Baltimore, Md.) was voted as the men's basketball Player of the Week. George led Bowie State's Bulldogs in scoring last week, averaging 22.5 ppg. on 64.3 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-28), pulled down 13 total rebounds (6.5 average), knocked down all nine of his free throws, recorded five steals, four blocks and two assists. His top performance of the week came on the road at Newberry, pumping in a career-best 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

 
Bulldogs Men’s Basketball Holds Off Late University of D.C. Surge to Claim 89-83 Victory
 

BOWIE, Md. - The University of the District of Columbia Firebirds made it very interesting in the final two minutes of Monday night's non-conference contest against the Bowie State University men's basketball team, but the Bulldogs held on down the stretch to claim an 89-83 victory in the A.C. Jordan Arena. The win, Bowie State's fourth in a row, improves the Bulldogs record to 5-4 overall while the Firebirds fall to 1-7 on the season.

Senior Ahmaad Wilson (Baltimore, Md.) tallied a game-high 24 points to pace the Bulldogs. Joining Freshman Keith Duffin, Jr. (Fort Meade, Md.) came off the Bowie State bench to record a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, both personal career highs. Senior Omari George (Baltimore, Md.) continued his stellar play, scoring 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and sophomore Saiquan Jamison (Upper Marlboro, Md.) recorded his fourth double-double of the season, contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

The Firebirds trailed by 16 with just under six minutes to play when they went on a 21-7 surge over the next five minutes to close the gap to two, 82-80 with one-minute remaining. Bowie State answered with back-to-back buckets to make it a six-point lead as the Bulldogs would score seven of the game's final 10 points to earn the six-point victory.

UDC’s Maurice Waters (Philadelphia, Pa.) paced the Firebirds with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and he also added two blocked shots and two steals, defensively. Khalil Jackson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed 15 points, 14 of which he scored in the second half, including nine in the final 6:15 of the game. Traevon Butler (Lakewood, N.J.) added 12 points, and Quadire Truesdale (Philadelphia, Pa.) pitched in with 11 points.

The first half featured five ties and seven lead changes, with UDC going up by as many as four a handful of times before surrendering the lead for good at the 6:35 mark on a three-pointer by Wilson which put the Bulldogs in front, 23-21. Wilson's trey ignited a 21-10 Bowie State run to end the half, as the hosts took a 41-31 lead into the intermission.

UDC opened the 2nd half on a 7-0 run, closing within three on a three-pointer by Paul Eromosele (Bronx, N.Y.). The Bulldogs countered, however, with a 16-6 run capped by another Wilson three-pointer to give the hosts a 57-44 lead just past the 13-minute mark. Later, Wilson extended the BSU lead to 16 with a pair of free-throws at the 5:50 mark.

But beginning with a tip-in by Jackson, and followed by a three-pointer by Eromosele, the Firebirds clawed their way back into the game with a 21-7 surge. Jackson would score seven during the run, including the run-capping layup at the 1:03 mark to pull UDC within two, 82-80. Jackson had an opportunity to cut the deficit to one with a free-throw after that layup, but one of 18 Firebird missed free-throws on the night cost UDC that opportunity. The Firebirds' Kevin Cox (Lauriston, Carriacou, Grenada) did secure the offensive rebound, but Cox's jumper rimmed out with just under a minute to play.

Bowie State quickly made its way up the floor and George made a layup to make it a two-possession game at the 54-second mark. UDC had two opportunities to score on the next possession courtesy of an offensive rebound by Jackson, but first missed a layup, and then missed a three-point attempt. After securing the defensive rebound, Duffin, Jr. threw down a dunk at the other end to make it a six-point game, and Bowie State went on to win by six, 89-83.

The Bulldogs take to the hardwood on the road at Kutztown (Pa.) University on Wednesday (December 6th) at 7 p.m.

 
Late Drought Costs Rams in 76-73 Loss to Claflin

Panthers hit clutch three in final seconds to hand WSSU loss
Trevin Q. Goodwin
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-7) played a great game for over 39 minutes, but the team could not quite reach the full 40 when they took a 76-73 loss to the Claflin Panthers (9-1), Monday evening. With a tied score with just four seconds left to play, the Rams allowed a Panther three-pointer to seal the team’s loss.

The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid offensive effort in the game. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 44.0% (22-of-50) from the field in the game as well as shooting 77.8% (21-of-27) from the free throw line. WSSU junior forward William Crandell led the way for the team in the loss with 17 points and eight rebounds while senior guard James Rucker, II added 16 points off the bench for the Rams.

Things looked good early for the Rams with the team controlling most of the early first half. Claflin got the game started with a strong start with three dunks in the first three minutes of play to leave the Rams trailing 6-2 with 17:33 left in the half. From there, the Rams soon got back into the game with a stellar defensive performance. The Rams held the Panthers without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes and took an 18-9 lead. The Rams would push their lead to as many as 13 points, 34-21 with 1:28 left. From there, the Rams cruised to the 35-26 halftime lead.

The second half turned out to be a roller coaster for both teams. Things looked great early for the Rams as a three-pointer from Rucker, II left the Rams on top, 51-31 with 15:48 left to play. Though Claflin began to chip away, the Rams were able to stay in control of the game, 64-53 with 8:23 left to play. It was then that the Rams went cold as the team had just one more field goal for the remainder of the game. A Crandell lay-up with 1:52 left to play left the Rams on top, 71-69, but soon the team found themselves in a tied game., 73-73 with 11 seconds left to play and set the stage for a Claflin three-pointer with just four seconds left to play. Colon had a chance for a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, but the shot was off and ended the Rams’ night with the tough loss.


With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-7 overall. The team will return to action, Saturday when the team hosts Piedmont International in a 4:00 p.m. game. For more information on Rams men’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
 
NCCU Eagles Fall in Precision Shootout with SEMO

Jonathan Duren

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University went on a 10-0 run to bridge the first and second halves to tie the game early in the second period, but Southeast Missouri State was able to reclaim the lead and an 86-77 decision at McDougald-McLendon Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2.

For the fifth time this year, NCCU (4-6) shot over 50 percent from the floor (50.9 percent), but SEMO (4-4) shot 56.4 percent, including 64.3 percent in the second half, helped by shooting 85.7 percent (6-7) from the arc after the break.


SEMO jumped out on a 5-0 run to open the game, and the Redhawks wouldn’t let NCCU get ahead of them for the entire contest. The Redhawks kept trying to pull away from the Eagles in the first 20 minutes, but NCCU was able to stay close.

SEMO went out by as many as 10 with 1:43 left in the first half, but NCCU rattled off seven unanswered points from there, capped by a tip-in by Brandon Goldsmith (Raleigh, N.C.) right before time expired with the Eagles trailing 38-35.

Raasean Davis (Chicago, Ill.) manufactured a three-point play to open the second half to tie the contest at 38, but SEMO responded with a 10-0 run to create separation that it would keep for the rest of the game.


Reggie Gardner, Jr. (Bowie, Md.) had a career day with a game-high 26 points, and Pablo Rivas (Colón, Panama) notched his third double-double of the year with 19 points and 12 boards. Davis finished with 11 points, and Jordan Perkins (Greensboro, N.C.) dished out a game-high and career-high 10 assists.


Justin Carpenter (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) led five double-digit scorers for SEMO with 20 points and six rebounds on a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, including a three pointer and a 3-for-3 mark from the free throw line. He was followed by Denzel Mahoney (Oviedo, Fla.) with 19 points and five caroms. Both Daniel Simmons (Biggersville, Miss.) and Milos Vranes (Belgrade, Serbia) had 10 points and four boards, and Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) had 12 points with four rebounds.

NCCU takes a week off before heading to the capital area to face George Mason on Saturday, Dec. 9 to start a two-game road trip.
 
Rams Hit Clutch Shots Late to Take 72-70 Win Over Bluefield State

WSSU fends off hard-charging Big Blues for home victory

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-6) hit some big shots late to claim a 72-70 win over the Bluefield State College Big Blues (2-4), Friday evening. The Rams had a dunk and three key free throws in the final minute of play to claim their second home win of the season and ended a six-game losing streak with a two-point win over Bluefield State.

The Rams played a solid overall game, but the team worked hard to keep up with an aggressive Bluefield State squad. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 43.1% (25-of-58) from the floor for the win with sophomore guard Robert Colon leading the way with a game-high 20 points. Junior forward William Crandell added 17 points and seven rebounds while junior center Chieck Kone scored a career-high 13 points with seven rebounds in the game as well.

The first half turned out to be a battle for the Rams, but a late surge put the team on top heading into the locker room. In the early going, it was the Big Blues in control as turnovers plagued the Rams early on. Midway through the half, it was Bluefield State in control with the Rams trailing, 20-14 with 10:14 left in the half. It was Kone that would spark the Rams as the team worked its way back into the lead 23-22 with 5:18 left to play. Kone had three field goals and a pair of rebounds to lead the Rams back into the game, but it was a Crandell jumper that gave the Rams the 23-22 lead. From there, the Rams turned on their defense, holding Blefueld State to just one field goal in the final five minutes of the half and took a 31-24 win into the locker room at halftime.

The second half was a different story with the Rams and the Big Blues both surging throughout the period. In the end, the Rams were able to hit some key shots to claim the victory. Early in the second half, the Rams pushed their lead to 13 points, 41-28 with 16:13 left in the game. The Rams found themselves in a battle when Bluefield State tied the game, 67-67 with 2:02 left to play and set up a dramatic finish to the game. After a BSC free throw with 1:14 left to play left the Rams trailing, 68-67, it was Crandell who hit a clutch dunk with 00:45 left to play. From there, the Rams benefitted from a BSC missed three-pointer and a key rebound from Colon that sent the Rams to the free throw line for the first time in the final minute. Colon would hit a pair to put the Rams on top, 71-68 with 00:05 left to play. After a pair of BSC free throws cut the WSSU lead back to one point, Crandell hit another key free throw to leave the score 72-70. From there, the Rams just needed some clutch defense that held the Big Blues without a score and sealed the WSSU win.

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-6 on the season. The team will return to action, Monday when the Rams host the Claflin Panthers in a 7:00 p.m. game, Monday. For more information on Rams men’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
Celts defeat Gold Rush 63-61 in closing seconds

November 22, 2017 

Edward Casiere

HOUSTON -- Xavier University of Louisiana freshman Rayshawn Mart scored a career-high 16 points Wednesday, but St. Thomas (Texas) rallied in the final 2 1/2 minutes for a 63-61 men's basketball victory.

The Celts (5-1) won their fifth in a row and snapped the two-game win streak of the Gold Rush (6-3). XULA has dropped three straight on the road.

Virgil Davison's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave the Gold Rush a 57-54 lead with 2:32 remaining. XULA grabbed its final lead, 61-60, on Mart's basket with 24 seconds to play.

Paul Taulton's basket with 14 seconds remaining put St. Thomas ahead to stay, 62-61. After a XULA turnover on the next possession, Bryon Makel made 1-of-2 free throws for the Celts with one second remaining.

Mart, scoring in double figures for the second straight game and the fourth time this season, was 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line in 24 minutes. Davison scored 14 points, and Jeff Dixon had eight points and five assists. Elex Carter had team highs of six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Makel scored 13 points and Taulton 10.

XULA trailed 30-21 at halftime after being outscored 20-5 in the final 11 minutes, but the Gold Rush got back in contention by shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half. There were 10 ties and eight lead changes in the final period.

For the game, XULA outshot St. Thomas 44.2 to 35.8 percent from the floor. But the Celts were plus-10 in turnovers, committing 12 and gaining 22. St. Thomas produced 11 steals, four by Lennard Robinson.

The Gold Rush will break for Thanksgiving, then resume the schedule next Wednesday at 7 p.m. against NAIA No. 2 LSU-Alexandria at the Convocation Center. It'll be a doubleheader, with the Gold Nuggets and LSUA tipping off at 5.

 

Women Basketball
 

MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Jeff Cunningham   [pictures]
     
     


NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 5, 2017—Morgan State senior Lexus Spears was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. Bethune-Cookman’s Brianna Battle earned Rookie of the Week honors, while North Carolina A&T State sophomore Alexus Lessears was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Spears (F/C, 6-2, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) averaged 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in helping Morgan State to a 3-0 record this past week. She shot 52.0 percent (26-for-50) from the floor in those three games, opening the week with a 22-point, eight-rebound, three-block performance against Central Connecticut. She also had 20 points and nine boards against NJIT, before scoring 17 points against FIU, while also grabbing eight rebounds, blocking two shots and grabbing three steals.

Battle (G, 5-3, Fr., Pompano Beach, Fla.) averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 assists for the Wildcats this past week – and in a win over Grand Canyon, she dropped 14 points to go along with eight assists. In that contest, she hit four 3-pointers, while also recording a block and a steal. Earlier in the week, she had six points and three rebounds in an overtime loss against North Florida.

Lessears (C, 6-3, So., Cleveland, Ohio) grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots at UT Martin earlier this week, both career highs, to go along with a steal. Eight of those rebounds came on the defensive end, and Lessears also had a career-high 20 points in that contest.


Other Top Performers

Briana Hardee (B-CU) dropped 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting in a win over Grand Canyon.

Ashanti Hunt (B-CU) averaged 9.0 rebounds in two games this past week.

Genesis Lucas (CSU) had 22 points and six assists, going 7-for-13 from the floor, at Old Dominion.

Maraiyah Smith (CSU) had 12 points at Old Dominion.

NaJai Pollard (DSU) scored 20 points and had four blocks in a win over Longwood, before turning in a 19-point, 11-rebound performance against Drexel.

Shalaunda Burney-Robinson (FAMU) recorded 12 points and 14 rebounds as Florida A&M defeated Western Carolina for its first win of the season.

Allina Starr (HAM) had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists at nationally-ranked Oregon.

K’lynn Willis (HAM) recorded a career-high six steals at Oregon.

Sarah Edmond (HOW) dropped 24 points in a win over FIU after a 19-point, five-assist performance against Fairleigh Dickinson.

Tariah Johnson (HOW) had 14 points, six steals and five rebounds against FIU.

Khadedra Croker (NSU) set career highs in rebounds (nine) and blocks (five) against East Carolina.

Jeff Cunningham
 

Mariah Coker Collects First CIAA Weekly Honor

Evann Carpenter   [picture]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second time this season a Chowan Women's Basketball player was named CIAA Player of the Week announced by the conference office on Monday.

Mariah Coker was named Week Four's CIAA Player of the Week after posting a career-high 28 points going a perfect 7-7 from behind the arc. Coker added a career-high eight assists and tallied five steals in the Hawks' win over regionally ranked Francis Marion on November 28.

The former CIAA Rookie of the Year collects her first CIAA Weekly Honor.

 
Fayetteville State Pulls Away 86-74 From Morris

Josh Bryant and Willie Gilmore combine for 42 points in the Broncos win

By Ja-Shawn Steward-Johnson

Fayetteville, NC- The Fayetteville State men’s basketball team outlasted Morris College, 86-74 Thursday evening in Felton J. Capel Arena. Four Broncos scored in double figures to improve to a 3-4 overall record and drop the Hornets to 1-5.

Tonight’s game was a close affair for much of the first half and part of the second, featuring two (2) lead changes and two (2) tied scores. FSU shot 52% (31-of-60) from the field. The Broncos were aggressive using a half-court press to force 21 turnovers and converting 17 points off mistakes.

Sophomore Josh Bryant (Fayetteville, NC) had a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Tonight was Bryant’s fifth 20-point game of the season. Senior Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC) had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Denzell Hosch (Shelby, NC) was on fire from behind the arc, shooting 5-of-10 in 3-pointers for 17 points. Freshman Jordan Brown (Holly Springs, NC) added ten (10) points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting. Junior Javen McNeill (West End, NC) had a game-high ten (10) rebounds.

In the second half, the Hornets came out on an early 5-0 run to erase a nine (9) point halftime (40-31) deficit to trail by four (4). The Hornets managed to whittle the lead down further to 45-44. A 7-2 run helped the Broncos get the score to 56-50 before a Gerald Phillips (Dublin, GA) three-pointer put the Hornets within three (3) points (56-53) with 13:12 left in the game. Phillips finished with a team-high 14 points for Morris.

In the very next possession, Hosch countered with a three-pointer to ignite a 9-0 Broncos run to give FSU a 65-53 lead with 13 minutes left. After the 12 point lead, the Broncos led by as many as 13 and as little as seven (7) points in the second half to secure the win. The Broncos shot a blazing 55% from the field in the second half.

In the first half, the Broncos raced out to an early 7-2 lead. The Hornets battled back to close the gap to 8-9. Down 17-12, the Hornets’ Ahmad Peoples (Sumter, SC) and Phillips hit back-to-back threes for Morris to take the lead.

However, Jordan Brown responded with a vicious dunk to get the lead back for FSU. A Hosch three-pointer broke another tie a little later in the game. A layup by the Hornets’ Peoples put the game back within one (1) point at 24-23. FSU then answered with a 16-5 run (including two separate 6-0 runs) to extend the lead to 40-28. Three (3) made free throws from Morris put the game at 40-31.

At the half, Bryant already had 14 points after entering today’s game averaging a team-high 21 points per game.

The Broncos travel to Farmville, Virginia to take on the Longwood Lancers on Saturday, December 2nd. Fayetteville State will play host to the Lander Bearcats on December, 11th.
 
JCSU Women’s Basketball Pounds Paine, 100-57
K.C. Culler
Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2017)
– The Johnson C. Smith University women’s basketball team had four players score in double-figures and forced visiting Paine College into 28 turnovers in a 100-57 nonconference win on Sunday afternoon at Brayboy Gym.

After battling to an early 11-11 tie, JCSU took a 25-17 lead by the end of the first quarter and outscored the Lions 26-7 in the second frame to take a convincing 51-24 lead at halftime.

The Golden Bulls then pushed their lead to as many as 31 points (67-36) at the 4:09 mark of the third quarter after a Shanice Neita (Toronto, Ontario) basket. Paine then cut the JCSU lead to 26 points (72-46) on a Nyla Murray free throw.  JCSU’s Jasmine Carter (Dacula, Ga.) then boosted the JCSU lead to 74-46 with a shot at the 39 second mark, giving the Golden Bulls the 74-46 advantage after three quarters.

In the fourth, JCSU did not let up, going up by 32 points (87-55) after a Maiya Green (San Antonio, Texas) three-pointer.  JCSU closed the game on a 13-2 run capped by a late three-pointer from JaKeyah McNeil (Fayetteville, N.C.) to provide the 100-57 final.

Sophomore Malia Rivers (Pageland, S.C.) led all JCSU scorers, finishing with 23 points. She finished 7-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from long range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Rivers also had four steals.

Jasmine Carter had 13 points in her JCSU debut and provided four steals in the win. 
McNeil added 11 points while Xana Dove (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had 10.

In addition, JCSU shot 49.4% from the field and knocked down seven from distance in the win.  All told, every JCSU player that saw action recorded at least one rebound, with freshman La’Zarea Bowens (Knightdale, N.C.) leading the way with nine boards.  Senior Kendall Adams (Opelika, Ala.) had seven while a quartet of JCSU players have five rebounds each.

The 100 points is the most scored by a JCSU team since the Golden Bulls defeated Glenville State 117-96 on Nov. 14, 2015. It is also the largest margin of victory for a JCSU team under the helm of Stephen Joyner, Jr.

With the win, JCSU improves to 6-2 overall while Paine falls to 0-5.  The Golden Bulls will take the week off for final exams before traveling to take on Catawba on Dec. 11.
 
Rams Take 72-68 Win at Clark Atlanta for First Road Win

WSSU claims second straight victory

Trevin Goodwin

ATLANTA, GA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-4) got their first road win of the season when the team took a 72-68 win over the Clark-Atlanta Panthers (5-3), Saturday afternoon. After spending much of the game staying slightly ahead of the Panthers, the Rams pulled away late to pull away with their second straight victory.

The Rams took the win behind a great overall effort. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 39.1% (25-of-64) from the floor while holding the Panthers to shooting just 35.7% (20-of-56) from the floor. WSSU junior forward Brionna Pate led the way for the Rams with a career double-double 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the game while senior center Kandace Tate scored 13 points. Senior forward Briana Arnold added 10 points.

The first quarter was a hard-fought for the Rams, but in the end, the Rams were able to surge ahead late. After Clark-Atlanta started off with an early lead, the Rams clawed their way ahead with a three-point play from senior guard Tiana Edwards that gave the Rams a 14-13 lead with 2:29 left in the quarter. Clark-Atlanta would reclaim the lead, but the Rams would soon tie the game 19-19 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Rams pulled away from the Panthers with a strong start. A Tate lay-up with 8:25 left in the quarter left the Rams on top 25-19. The Rams took their largest lead of the half when a pair of Arnold free throws left the Rams on top, 33-23 with 3:34 left in the half. From there, the Rams struggled to get their offense going as an Arnold lay-up with 00:15 left to play was the only score for the remainder of the half for the Rams. From there, Clark-Atlanta went on a solid run, cutting the WSSU lead down to three points, 35-32 at the half.

The third quarter saw another great run by the Rams. WSSU took its largest lead of the game, 43-32 with 7:33 left in the quarter after a jumper from Arnold. From there, the Rams had to fend off a late surge from the Panthers as their lead was trimmed down to as few as five points before closing the quarter with a 55-48 lead.

With a seven point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams would not relent as the team pulled away late for the victory. Things got tough for the Rams midway through the quarter as Clark-Atlanta tied the game, 61-61 with 4:37 left to play before the Rams pulled away from the Panthers. In the final four minutes of the game, the Rams outscored the Panthers 11-7 to take the win. Pate did much of the work with four key points to lead the Rams to the 72-68 win.


With the win, the Rams improve to 4-4 overall. The team will return to action, Saturday when they host Johnson & Wales in a 2:00 p.m. game. For more information on Rams women’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 

Football

NCCU Promotes Eastman to Interim Head Football Coach

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University promoted Granville Eastman to serve as interim head football coach for the 2018 season on Friday, as Jerry Mack departs NCCU for another coaching position.

“North Carolina Central University is excited about Coach Jerry Mack’s new appointment and salute his contributions to our student-athletes and athletics program,” said NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye. “Over the past four years, our football program has experienced tremendous success, including capturing three championships under the leadership of Coach Mack. He and his staff’s dedication to our student-athletes and this university has built a nationally-ranked program that has garnered increased exposure for NCCU throughout North Carolina and around the country.

“Granville Eastman is an accomplished coach who has been part of our championship-winning coaching staff,” Johnson added. “We are thrilled he accepted our offer to serve in this new role and look forward to the continuity his leadership will bring.”

With 24 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit, Eastman has been an integral part of the Eagles’ success during the past four years as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

“Coach Mack and his staff have achieved significant accomplishments over the past four seasons and have created a championship brand of FCS football at NCCU. I am proud that our student-athletes have developed academically and athletically under the leadership of this group of coaches,” said Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, NCCU Director of Athletics. “I am confident in Coach Eastman’s ability to continue leading our program, further our winning culture and ensure the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes at NCCU.”

Since joining NCCU in 2014, Eastman has engineered one of the nation’s top defensive units. Under his tutelage, the Eagles have ranked among the NCAA Division I-FCS top-10 statistical leaders in tackles for loss, fumbles recovered, red zone defense, turnovers gained, and third-down and fourth-down conversion percentage defense.

“I am so proud and happy for my friend Jerry Mack. I wish him and his family all the best in this next chapter of their journey,” said Eastman. “I am most proud of what we have established here at North Carolina Central University. Coach Mack was the architect for designing a football program for success both on and off the field. I consider it an honor and a privilege to carry on the tradition of excellence in his footsteps.”

Prior to joining NCCU, Eastman spent nine seasons as the defensive coordinator at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee. During his 11 total seasons at APSU, he coached defensive backs and linebackers, and also served as special teams coordinator and interim head coach.

Eastman coached four seasons (1999-2002) at Tiffin University in Ohio, including the last three seasons as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, while working with defensive backs and defensive line during his tenure.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Eastman secured his first coaching position at York University in his hometown, where he spent two seasons (1994-95) working with defensive backs.

He then served as a defensive graduate assistant for three seasons (1996-98) at Arkansas State University, earning a master’s degree in sociology in 1999.

He has interned with five NFL teams since 2002, lending his services to the Detroit Lions (2002), Arizona Cardinals (2004), Tennessee Titans (2006), Indianapolis Colts (2011) and Minnesota Vikings (2012).

Eastman was a two-time all-city defensive back at Stephen Leacock High School in Toronto before attending Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he was a three-year letterman as a defensive back. Twice Saint Mary's played in national title games while he was there. Eastman earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in 1992.

Eastman also volunteers as a coach and mentor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He is married to the former Lynnette Armstrong. They are the proud parents of two sons - J.R. and Brandon.

The Granville Eastman File

Education:

Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1992, bachelor’s degree/criminology certificate

Arkansas State University, 1999, master’s degree in sociology


Collegiate Playing Experience:

Saint Mary’s University, defensive back (1989-92)

Coaching Experience:

York University (Toronto, Canada), assistant coach (defensive backs), 1994-95

Arkansas State University, graduate assistant (defense), 1996-98

Tiffin University

- assistant coach (defensive backs/recruiting coordinator), 1999

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/defensive line/recruiting coordinator), 2000

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/defensive backs/recruiting coordinator), 2001-02

Austin Peay State University

- assistant coach (defensive backs/special teams coordinator), 2003-04

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/outside linebackers/safeties), 2005-06

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/defensive backs), 2007-09

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/special teams/linebackers), 2010

- assistant coach (defensive coordinator/safeties), 2011-12

- interim head coach, January-March 2013

- assistant head coach (defensive coordinator/secondary), 2013

North Carolina Central University

- assistant head coach (defensive coordinator/safeties), 2014-17

- interim head coach, 2018


NCAA Division I-FCS Statistical Rankings – NCCU Team Defense under Defensive Coordinator Granville Eastman

2017: 2nd Third-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 17th Sacks, 17th Red Zone Defense, 19th Rushing Defense, 19th Defensive Touchdowns

2016: 6th Tackles for Loss, 14th Sacks, 17th Fumbles Recovered

2015: 1st Fourth-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 3rd Tackles for Loss, 8th Red Zone Defense, 10th Fumbles Recovered, 17th Sacks

2014: 2nd Fumbles Recovered, 5th Turnovers Gained, 7th Third-Down Conversion Percentage Defense, 19th Passing Yards Allowed


-EAGLE PRIDE-
 

HAMPTON, VaRobert Prunty Introduced As Hampton Head FB Coach

Jim Heath
Photo credit: Hampton University Office of University Relations

Robert Prunty was introduced as the 21st head coach of the Hampton Pirates at a news conference Dec. 8 at Hampton University’s Student Center Theater.

“I am up for the challenge,” Prunty said.

Eugene Marshall Jr., Director of Athletics at Hampton University, welcomed Prunty, a Hamptonian with more than 30 years of football experience as a player and coach and a four-time conference recruiter-of-the-year honoree with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs.

“Coach Prunty’s record speaks for itself,” Marshall said. “He’s from Virginia. He played for Hampton. It was very refreshing to hear him say ‘I want to come back to Hampton.’”

Prunty served last season as East Carolina University’s associate head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Prior to that, he served four years as the University of Cincinnati’s associate head coach and defensive ends coach and three years as co-defensive coordinator. Before impacting the Bearcat program, Prunty spent three seasons under Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech, 2010-2012, directing the Red Raiders’ defensive ends.

“You have no idea how great it is to be back at Hampton,” Prunty said. “This is not my team. It belongs to the university, the alumni, the fans and I want to make that clear.”

Prunty is up to the challenge of taking a winning Pirate team into the bigger spotlight of the Big South Conference, which Hampton University joins next July.

“We will be fundamental and disciplined,” he said. “I didn’t come to Hampton to lose!”

Prunty has been part of five bowl appearances, a conference co-championship and has been recognized by Scout.com as the Big 12 Conference Recruiter-of-the-Year in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before earning similar honors as the American Athletic Conference’s (AAC) top recruiter in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

His player evaluation and relationship cultivation skills produced Texas Tech’s second-highest rated class in school history in 2012 and his efforts were saluted by both Scout.com and Fox Sports. Prunty plans on putting that skill to work on tapping the Hampton Roads rich high school talent pool for the Pirates.

“The 757 area: it will be our bloodline,” Prunty said. “Every coach on my team will be looking for 757 talent.”

Prunty is a Chatham, Va., native and a 1983 Hargrave Military Academy graduate. Prunty split his collegiate career between Hampton University and Alabama A&M, where he graduated in 1988.

For more information on Hampton University football, contact the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5757, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 

RAYNARD, LEONARD NAMED 2017 MEAC OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL MVPs
 

Ryan McGinty
 

NEW YORK CITY - North Carolina A&T State quarterback Lamar Raynard and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard were named the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. The players were named officially at the 60th annual National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame press conference on Tuesday morning in New York City live on ESPN3.

This marks the fourth consecutive year a player from North Carolina A&T State has been named offensive player of the year as Raynard passed for a MEAC-best 2,707 yards and 26 touchdowns en route to a 11-0 regular season mark and a berth in the Celebration Bowl. The redshirt junior from High Point, N.C. leads the MEAC in eight (8) statistical categories and shattered the Aggie record books as he broke the North Carolina A&T State single-season school records for touchdowns responsible, passing, total offense, touchdown passes and completions in a season.

Nationally, Raynard ranks third in passing efficiency and yards per pass attempt while ranking 17th in passing yards and second in total offense en route to a 26-0 record as a starter.

Leonard keeps the defensive player of the year trophy in Orangeburg for the fifth straight year as SC State defenders have won the award every year since 2013. The redshirt senior from Lake View, S.C. currently ranks fourth in the FCS with 113 tackles (11.3 per game) and second in solo tackles (7.3 pg). He also picked off two passes and had seven (7) sacks while finishing his career as the all-time leading tackler in SC State football history with 393 tackles. Leonard had six games in 2017 with 12-plus tackles highlighted by a high of 18 versus Morgan State.

 

MEAC TO REVEAL FOOTBALL MVPS TUESDAY MORNING IN NEW YORK CITY
Ryan McGinty
WATCH LIVE

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will reveal the league’s offensive and defensive players at a 9 a.m. press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City. The conference will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The MEAC and NFF's partnership for the unveiling of the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year continues for the second consecutive year as Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T State) and Darius Leonard (SC State)took home the honors in 2016. The announcement, moderated by ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein, will take place as part of the festivities surrounding the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Tuesday at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City. The finalists will also partake in a series of events along with fellow student-athlete award honorees from across all levels of football in addition to having the opportunity to network and meet national media personalities and college football stars of the past and present.

The respective athletic directors and head football coaches of the finalists will also attend the event.

MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas served nine years on the board of the National Football Foundation. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future.

The MEAC boasts 14 College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Coach Earl Banks (Morgan State), Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Roger Brown(Maryland Eastern Shore), Harry Carson (South Carolina State), Coach Jake Gaither(Florida A&M), Willie Galimore (Florida A&M), Coach Willie Jeffries (Howard, South Carolina State), Coach Billy Joe (Florida A&M), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), Coach Vernon "Skip" McCain (Maryland Eastern Shore), Tyrone McGriff (Florida A&M), Coach Doug Porter (Howard), Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore) and Donnie Shell(South Carolina State).

Several MEAC players have received coveted NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, including Malcolm Benson (Hampton), Timothy Benson (Hampton), Michael Bland(Hampton), Roy Ellison (Savannah State), Jerrell Moore (South Carolina State), Willie Thompson (Morgan State) and James Thurman (Florida A&M).

HOW:

Attend in person, requesting a credential by emailing news@footballfoundation.com, or watch a livestream on ESPN3 by clicking here. A live-clean HD satellitefeed will be available, courtesy of CBS Newspath, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST at Galaxy 16 Transponder 4B; Downlink 11769V; Data Rate 8.912; Symbol Rate 4.0; FEC 3/4. Or via the Vvxy fiber line at HD Circuit #4014 at the Waterfront loop (Encompass Media) in NYC. You may also contact your news service (ABC NewsOne; NBC NewsChannel; CBS Newspath; CNN Newsource; Fox Feed, etc.) for specific footage. Permission is granted for use for news purposes only during the customary 48-hour window. SatelliteTrouble Shooting Contact is Phil Marwill at 917-579-4256.

DINNER CEREMONY FEED:
The dinner ceremony from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST can be watched via a livestream on ESPN3 by clicking here. A live-clean HD satellite feed with a 30-minute buffer before and after, courtesy of CBS Newspath, may also be found at Galaxy 16 Transponder 4B; Downlink 11769V; Data Rate 8.912; Symbol Rate 4.0; FEC 3/4. Or via the Vvxy fiber line at HD Circuit #4014 at the Waterfront loop (Encompass Media) in NYC. You may also contact your news service to request specific footage. The recipient of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, will be announced live between 8:40 and 9:00 p.m. during the feed. Permission is granted for use for news purposes only during the customary 48-hour window. SatelliteTrouble Shooting Contact is Phil Marwill at 917-579-4256.
 
Amir Hall Leads Football Foursome on CCA D2 All-Super Region Two Team

Gregory Goings

The Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) release its 2017 All-Super Region Two Football Team and junior Amir Hall leads a Bowie State foursome of honorees and adds Offensive Player of the Year to his amazing list of accolades. Hall, a national finalist for the 2017 Harlon Hill Award, threw for 3,519 yards and 41 touchdowns on 249-of-381 passing and averaged 319.9 passing yards per game during the season. 

 
Marshall Cropper to be inducted into Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame
Matt MCCANN
Delmarva native found passion for the game by learning from The King

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Hall of Famer and head men’s golf coach Marshall Cropper is slated for induction to the Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame, in a ceremony this Saturday (Dec. 2) at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Maryland.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature the induction of six new members. Tickets are $75 per guest and reservations can be made at 443-528-7945. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maryland Eastern Shore’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program.

An Eastern Shore native from New Church, Virginia, Cropper studied physical education, played baseball and football, and found his interest in golf all while attending then Maryland State College in the 1960s.

Upon graduating in 1967, Cropper went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins. He found gratification for golf during Steelers training camp. The Steelers practiced by Arnold Palmer’s home and driving range in Latrobe, and after receiving many tips form Mr. Palmer himself, it paid off in the long run. Having a passion working with youth, he used golf as a tool to teach life skills, and used golf as a fundraiser during his NFL days to finance youth camps.

Following retirement from the NFL, Cropper was chosen to develop a degree program at Maryland Eastern Shore that would introduce more African-Americans to the game of golf. As a result in 2008 the Professional Golf Management (PGM) program was established, and Maryland Eastern Shore became the first HBCU in the nation with such a program.

His fundraising acumen continued with work for The Art Shell Golf Classic, an event so successful that it grabbed the attention from Congressmen, University administration and alumni. Now serving as head men’s golf coach and the as the Universities’ Golf Academy Coordinator, Cropper started a Hall of Fame Golf Outing this past fall, again featuring his former Hawk teammate and NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell. True to his fundraising roots, the proceeds were set aside for men’s golf.

Cropper was inducted to the Maryland Eastern Shore Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Hawks in 1984.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com.
 

SWIMMING

CU Swims To Two Records In Day One Of SCAD Invite  Evann Carpenter



SAVANNAH, Ga.- After the opening night of competition at the SCAD Invitational, the Chowan Swimming team sits in ninth place in a strong field.

THE BASICS

Day One Results | Chowan- Ninth 30pts

LOCATION | Savannah, Ga.

INSIDE THE LANES

200 Medley Relay

Chowan picked up a ninth place finish in the event with a time of 1:51.01. Julia Chmielewska and AnnMarie Spikerstarted off the relay with Jasmine Gibson and SheAyre Bowles finishing strong for the Hawks.

500 Free

Kjahna O finished 18th overall in the event with a program-best time of 5:15.92.

200 IM

AnnMarie Spiker finished the event with a season-best time of 2:19.46. Sarah Hull finished with a time of 2:37.72.

50 Free

Julia Chmielewska grabbed two points in the event with a 15th overall finish. Chmielewska touched the wall at 24.85 just off a season-best time. Grace Arredondo finished with a time of 25.57, while SheAyre Bowles (25.64), Jasmine Gibson (25.81), and Ashley Hernandez (26.16) rounded out the competition in the event for the Hawks.

800 Free Relay

Chowan posted a school record in the event with a time of 8:10.81 to finish 13th overall. AnnMarie Spiker and Grace Arredondo started off the relay with Jasmine Gibson and Kjahna O finishing it off.

UP NEXT

Chowan will jump back in the water on Friday in the second day of competition at the SCAD Invitational.

Chowan Adds Men's Swimming As 19th NCAA Sport  [picture]

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Chowan University President, Dr. M. Christopher White, and Chowan Athletics announce the addition of men's swimming as the Hawks' 19th NCAA sport for the 2018-19 academic year to compete alongside the women's program. Recruiting for the program will begin immediately.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of the men's swimming program here at Chowan University, giving us our 19th NCAA sport," said Athletic Director Patrick Mashuda. "Another team getting to compete in the Bynum Brown Aquatic Center is a welcomed addition to our athletic footprint."

"The women's swim team has been a tremendous success," stated Dr. White. "I anticipate the men's team will too. Men's swimming is just another step on Chowan's road to greatness."

Current head women's coach Matt Hood will also handle coaching duties for the new men's program. Hood was hired in May of 2015 and currently in his second season finishing 11th overall in a strong Bluegrass Mountain Conference.

"I am thrilled about the addition of the men's swimming program," stated Matt Hood. "It will add a new dynamic to the swim program, which will help everyone compete at a higher level. It will bring a stronger energy and excitement to the competition environment at home and on the road. We will be following a similar plan as we did with the women's program by bringing in a strong core group of swimmers who will be competitive from the beginning and ready to continue improving."

Chowan will become the fifth member of the Conference Carolinas with both men's and women's swimming programs making men's swimming an emerging Conference Carolinas sport. Barton, Emmanuel, King (Tenn.), Lees-McRae, and Limestone feature both programs as Converse has only women.

Competition for the Men's program will begin during the 2018-19 season alongside the women's program starting their third season.
 

Track

Ikpefua Olumese and Bashir Lamptey Lead Bulldogs in First Indoor Meet of the Season

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Bowie State University Bulldogs' men's indoor track & field team began its 2017-2018 season on Saturday (12/2) at the Wesley Brown Field House hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ikpefua Olumese placed third overall in the 800 meter run (1:56.42) and Bashir Lamptey finished 8th in 200 meter dash (22.80) to lead the Bowie State men in their first meet of the season. Robert Thomas rounded out the Bulldogs' Top 10 finishers, placing 10th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.58.

The Bulldogs 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Xavier Williams, Victor Amandu, Ikpefua Olumese and Koby Willis, completed the event in 3:42.82, placing 11th overall. Amandu was also a participant in the long jump and finished 13th with a leap of 5:45m.

Three other Bowie State runners competed in the 200 meter dash along with Lamptey. O'shai Power finished 14th (23:00), Jarius Brooks placed 17th (23:17) and Jalen Sykes was 21st (23:57).

Bowie State had two participants in the 1500 meter run with Bukhari Abdus-Salaam and Juantre Rush finishing 20th and 23rd respectively with times of 4:34.01 and 4:50.45.

The Bulldogs will get a break before their next competition as the team will return to action Friday, January 12th in a one-day event at Saint Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.

 

Eastern Shore impresses in indoor opener

Newcomers and veterans kick off season in grand style
Matt MCCANN
NEW YORK, New York — Maryland Eastern Shore showed promise in the 2017 indoor track season opener, setting several personal records along with individual wins during The College of New Jersey Open at The Armory in New York City on Saturday (Dec. 2). The meet was not affected by team scoring.

“Overall I’m pleased with today’s performances.” Head coach Damion Drummond said. “The goal for this weekend was to have fun while working hard and to evaluate the team’s effort. The PR’s today are great for the program as we develop balance for success in all events. Winning some of the sprints definitely help team morale.”

Most of the victories in the sprints came on the women’s side. Junior Jayla Lane (Indianapolis, Indiana) won her first collegiate event with a time of 8.01 seconds in the 60 dash. Freshman Jessica Roney (Windsor Mill, Maryland) went a step further, setting a PR of 9.13 seconds to win the 60 hurdles. A trio of teams finished top five in the sprint medley with the team of senior Luan Gabriel (Roseau, Dominica), Roney, and sophomores Kiki Fapohunda (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) and Neus Quinonero (Valencia, Spain) securing a time of 4:11.94 to claim a win.

Gabriel and Quinonero also enjoyed fine individual performances. The Dominican senior set a PR and was a top collegiate finisher in the 300 meters with a time of 40.18 seconds, and the Spanish sophomore ran a PR with a time of 2:59.68 for a runner-up spot in the 1000 meter run.

The men’s team was not without victors, however. Freshman Chisom Onukwugha (New Carrollton, Maryland) won his collegiate debut with a time of 8.26 seconds in the 60 hurdles, and senior Oussama Chouati (Manresa, Spain) piggybacked his strong cross country campaign with a winning time of 4:21.58 in the mile.

Onukwugha also assisted the men’s sprint medley team to a win at a time of 3:34.60, along with freshmen Ngoy Yamitshi (Germantown, Maryland) and Janoi Brown (Randallstown, Maryland), as well as senior Donovan Mundy (Jacksonville, Florida). Two other sprint teams claimed third and fourth place at the TCNJ Open.

Individually, Brown set a huge PR of 35.60 seconds in the 300 dash, finishing as the top collegian. Yamitshi and junior teammate Judah Corriette (Roseau, Dominica) set PR’s in the 600 meter run at 1:21.61 and 1:23.51, respectively. Mundy paced right behind Chouati in the mile with a time of 4:24.31.

Out in the field, freshman Kyle Nottage (Waldorf, Maryland) achieved a spectacular debut as a thrower, finishing third in the shot put with a mark of 12.89 meters, and fifth in the weight throw at 12.28 meters.

Other top five finishers for the Hawks included sophomore Sharon Jerop (Eldoret, Kenya) in the women’s mile, sophomore John Akakeya (Staten Island, New York) in the men’s mile, senior Stanley Meli (Eldoret, Kenya) in the men’s 5000 meters, and Brown in the men’s long jump.

Maryland Eastern Shore returns to Manhattan next Friday (Dec. 8) for the Seahawks Shootout, hosted by Wagner.
 
 
Chowan Adds Men's Swimming As 19th NCAA Sport  [picture]

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Chowan University President, Dr. M. Christopher White, and Chowan Athletics announce the addition of men's swimming as the Hawks' 19th NCAA sport for the 2018-19 academic year to compete alongside the women's program. Recruiting for the program will begin immediately.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of the men's swimming program here at Chowan University, giving us our 19th NCAA sport," said Athletic Director Patrick Mashuda. "Another team getting to compete in the Bynum Brown Aquatic Center is a welcomed addition to our athletic footprint."

"The women's swim team has been a tremendous success," stated Dr. White. "I anticipate the men's team will too. Men's swimming is just another step on Chowan's road to greatness."

Current head women's coach Matt Hood will also handle coaching duties for the new men's program. Hood was hired in May of 2015 and currently in his second season finishing 11th overall in a strong Bluegrass Mountain Conference.

"I am thrilled about the addition of the men's swimming program," stated Matt Hood. "It will add a new dynamic to the swim program, which will help everyone compete at a higher level. It will bring a stronger energy and excitement to the competition environment at home and on the road. We will be following a similar plan as we did with the women's program by bringing in a strong core group of swimmers who will be competitive from the beginning and ready to continue improving."

Chowan will become the fifth member of the Conference Carolinas with both men's and women's swimming programs making men's swimming an emerging Conference Carolinas sport. Barton, Emmanuel, King (Tenn.), Lees-McRae, and Limestone feature both programs as Converse has only women.

Competition for the Men's program will begin during the 2018-19 season alongside the women's program starting their third season.
 
 

Vujosevic earns AVCA All-Regional recognition
 

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Hawks outside hitter receives an Honorable Mention

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore volleyball standout Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) was named as an All-Region Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), announced by the organization Tuesday (Dec. 5).

Already a First-Team All-MEAC selection, Vujosevic helped lead the Hawks to a 27-9 campaign in 2017, culminating in the team’s third postseason berth—a selection to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

The native of Montenegro enjoyed a spectacular sophomore season as she led the Hawks with 3.21 kills per set. Among conference competitors she leads with 0.46 aces per set, fourth in points per set, fifth in kills per set, and seventh with a .261 hitting percentage.

Joining Vujosevic on the team are representatives from VCU, North Carolina State, Creighton, Syracuse, American, Florida State, Butler, Louisville, Harvard, and Northeastern.

Although former Hawks Jana Milin and Saitaua Iosia have won postseason awards beyond the MEAC, Vujosevic is the first to claim an AVCA honor. For her coach Toby Rens, Vujosevic is the ninth player under his tutelage to receive the award.

Vujosevic and the Hawks will begin their 2018 season in late August.

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