Food Lion Renews Three-Year Corporate Partner Agreement with CIAA
December 21, 2017

Salisbury, NC – Food Lion recently renewed a three-year corporate partnership agreement with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), making the 24-year corporate partnership one of the longest for the conference. This agreement continues Food Lion's commitment as the official Supermarket Partner of the CIAA and the title sponsor for the CIAA Women's Basketball Tournament, which will take place February 27 – March 3, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to the grocer hosting its fan favorites such as Food Lion Day at the Spectrum Center, an all-day event featuring interactive games, premium giveaways, as well as Food Lion's scholarship check presentations during the tournament, the company will also sponsor various other dynamic events to help drive people into the arena.

"Food Lion is honored to continue our partnership with the CIAA as a way to show our support to the communities in our footprint surrounding the 12 CIAA schools," said Millette Granville, Director of Diversity for Food Lion. "We have partnered with the CIAA for 24 years, and our partnership with the CIAA is a strategic alliance that supports their commitment to education, men's and women's athletics, and diversity and inclusion. We look forward to adding events for CIAA fans and our customers."

Sponsorships help the CIAA fulfill its mission and commitment to education, community and competitive sportsmanship.

“The CIAA is excited to renew its partnership with Food Lion whose support and belief in our mission has been steadfast,” said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner. “Collaborating with corporate sponsors like Food Lion enables us to make an impact in the lives of our student-athletes and within the communities of our 12-member institutions and the 14 championships call home.”
 
Two Receivers Round Out NCCU Football Early Signing Class

January 2, 2018 Kyle Serba

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University has rounded out its college football early signing period class with the addition of two wide receivers – Sonnie Richardson, a transfer from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College and graduate of Leesville Road High School (Raleigh, N.C.), and Tyler Barnes from West Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N.C.).

Richardson (5-9, 185) registered 74 receptions for 848 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at Mesa Community College in 2017 to earn NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention recognition. As a senior at Leesville Road High School in 2014, he led the team with 1,068 receiving yards on 58 catches for 11 touchdowns, averaging 118.7 yards per game and 18.4 yards per reception.

“Sonnie is an explosive, dynamic player with great playmaking ability,” said Granville Eastman, interim NCCU head football coach.

Barnes (6-4, 200) amassed 84 receptions for 1,257 yards and 19 touchdowns in his final two seasons at West Mecklenburg High School. He is a two-sport student-athlete at West Mecklenburg, also playing baseball as a shortstop and pitcher.

“Tyler is a dominant, physical force with great range,” Eastman said.

Richardson and Barnes join Missouri graduate transfer quarterback Marvin Zanders, N.C. State transfer receiver Daeshawn Stephens and Deerfield Beach High School linebacker Zach Simmons as NCCU’s early signees. Zanders, Stephens and Simmons were announced on Dec. 21, 2017.

More recruits will sign the dotted line to become Eagles on the traditional signing day in early February.

For information about NCCU Football, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.
 

CIAA Women's Basketball Players and Coach of the Week #7

Player of the Week
Alexis Smith, Virginia State University

(Sr, G - Lusby, MD, 01)
Alexis Smith led the way for the Trojans (12-0) against Shepherd University with 28 points on 10-of-17 shots from the floor. Smith also contributed two total rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. Virginia State shot 45.8 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from behind the arc. 
Jasmine Carter, Johnson C. Smith University
(Jr, G - Dacula, Ga., 30)Jasmine Carter scored in double-figures in all 3 JCSU games during the nomination period. She had 12 vs. VUU, 13 vs. Glenville State and 14 against WV Wesleyan, good for a 13.0 average over that span. She shot 31.8% from the field and 78.6% from the line during that stretch. She also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists.
Teara Johnson, Winston-Salem State University
(Freshman, G - Greensboro, NC, 12)

Teara had a great game for the Rams. She scored 12 points with a career-high seven assists to help the Rams take a 103-81 win over the West Virginia State Yellow jackets. She was two-for-two from the three-point line and four-for-four at the free throw line. 

James Hill Jr., Virginia State University 
Coach Hill lead the Trojans to a 85-25 victory over Shepherd University to remain undefeated (12-0, 2-0 CIAA). Virginia State shot 45.8 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from behind the arc and had four players to score in double figures. 

CIAA Men's Basketball Players and Coach of the Week #7

DaVaughn Kelsie, Shaw University
(So., G - Richmond, VA, 10)

Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) scored a new career-high 39 points, including 27 in the second half and a program record (12) 3-pointers to lead the Shaw University men's basketball team to 110-89 win over Barton College Saturday. His efforts was the third time he scored 30 or more points this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Zaccheus Hobbs, Elizabeth City State University
(Fr, G - Maysville, NC, 00)

Savon Goodman, Shaw University
(Sr., F - Philadelphia, PA, 05)Savon Goodman reported his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the Bears victory over Barton in non-conference action Saturday. He connected 7-of-10 shots from the floor for 70% shooting.

 
Gold Nuggets earn wire-to-wire victory at Paul Quinn

Ed Cassiere January 2, 2018

DALLAS -- Mikayla Bates scored a career-high-tying 16 points Tuesday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a wire-to-wire 71-56 women's basketball victory against Paul Quinn.

The Gold Nuggets (7-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time since Nov. 14.

Bates, a junior guard, was 6-of-9 from the floor and had seven rebounds and six steals.

Maya Trench had 13 points and four assists for XULA -- her three first-half 3-pointers tied her career best -- and Gina Smith had a season-high-tying 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-best four steals. Essence Wells and Ireyon Keith scored nine points apiece.

"Our defense was probably the best thing we had going for us," XULA coach Bo Browder said. "We played hard for 40 minutes. That was also a big thing."

XULA outscored the Lady Tigers (7-8) in each of the first three periods and held its largest lead, 55-34, entering the fourth quarter. It was 32-25 at halftime.

Teanna Frances-Henderson scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Paul Quinn, and Amanda Cruz had 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Both teams shot 41 percent from the floor, but XULA had a 15-4 advantage in made free throws and was a season-best plus-17 in turnover margin. The Gold Nuggets outscored Paul Quinn 15-0 in the third quarter in points off of turnovers.

XULA will return to the road for its Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener against Edward Waters at 5:30 p.m. EST Monday in Jacksonville, Fla. The next home game will be Jan. 17.

Also Tuesday, the Gold Nuggets received zero points in the NAIA Division I coaches poll after collecting votes in each of the first two rankings. XULA was 32nd in the previous poll Dec. 5.

Nuggets' Trench is chosen GCAC Player of the Week

January 2, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Xavier University of Louisiana's Maya Trench is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball for Dec 25-31, the league announced Tuesday.

Trench, a 5-foot-2 sophomore guard from Edgard, La., and a graduate of West St. John High School, produced a season-high 16 points, a career-high-tying eight made field goals and a season-high-tying three steals Saturday in a loss to nationally ranked LSU-Shreveport.

The GCAC weekly honor -- Trench's first of her career and the Gold Nuggets' first this season -- was announced prior to XULA's 71-56 Tuesday victory at Paul Quinn. Trench scored 13 points in that game.

Gold Rush knocking on door of national top 25

January 2, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Xavier University of Louisiana moved closer Tuesday to a spot in the NAIA Division I men's basketball top 25 when the Gold Rush topped the list of "others receiving votes."

The Gold Rush (11-4) collected 34 points from the nine voters and are 13 points behind Cumberlands and William Carey, which tied for 24th. The national rank is XULA's highest since it was 25th in the preseason poll of Oct. 25, 2016. XULA tied for 33rd in the previous rankings Dec. 5.

Boosting the Gold Rush was a 5-0 December -- XULA's first perfect record during that month since 2004.

Georgetown (Ky.) received eight first-place votes and remained No. 1.

The next XULA game will be the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener -- 7:30 p.m. EST Monday against Edward Waters in Jacksonville, Fla. The next rankings will be announced Jan. 16.

Ed Cassiere
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications, Department of Athletics & Recreation
 
About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.


About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit theciaa.com. For more information on the CIAA Basketball

Salisbury, NC – Food Lion recently renewed a three-year corporate partnership agreement with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), making the 24-year corporate partnership one of the longest for the conference. This agreement continues Food Lion's commitment as the official Supermarket Partner of the CIAA and the title sponsor for the CIAA Women's Basketball Tournament, which will take place February 27 – March 3, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to the grocer hosting its fan favorites such as Food Lion Day at the Spectrum Center, an all-day event featuring interactive games, premium giveaways, as well as Food Lion's scholarship check presentations during the tournament, the company will also sponsor various other dynamic events to help drive people into the arena.

"Food Lion is honored to continue our partnership with the CIAA as a way to show our support to the communities in our footprint surrounding the 12 CIAA schools," said Millette Granville, Director of Diversity for Food Lion. "We have partnered with the CIAA for 24 years, and our partnership with the CIAA is a strategic alliance that supports their commitment to education, men's and women's athletics, and diversity and inclusion. We look forward to adding events for CIAA fans and our customers."

Sponsorships help the CIAA fulfill its mission and commitment to education, community and competitive sportsmanship.

“The CIAA is excited to renew its partnership with Food Lion whose support and belief in our mission has been steadfast,” said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner. “Collaborating with corporate sponsors like Food Lion enables us to make an impact in the lives of our student-athletes and within the communities of our 12-member institutions and the 14 championships call home.”