Bri Funte

The 2019 John B. McLendon CIAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center.

The CIAA will induct Dr. S. Dallas Simmons, former North Carolina Central University administrator and President of St. Paul's College and Virginia Union University; Thomasina Cunningham, former track & field athlete at Hampton Institute; Antwain Smith, former basketball standout of St. Paul's College, Eric Moore, long-time sports information guru of the CIAA; John Locket, former St. Augustine's University men's basketball athlete; LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. (U.S. Army Retired), former Winston-Salem State University center; and James "Jim" Burch,former basketball official and CIAA Coordinator.

The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the CIAA, significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA sports and commitment to the CIAA mission. The induction ceremony is a part of the ancillary events surrounding 2019 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from February 25 - March 2, 2019. Tickets to attend the breakfast may be purchased online.

Dr. S. Dallas Simmons | North Carolina Central University, St. Paul’s College, Virginia Union University | President (posthumouslyinducted)

Dr. S. Dallas Simmons began his professional career in higher education as the Director of the Computer Center at his alma mater, North Carolina Central State University (NCCU), in 1962. After his tenure as the Director of the Computer Center at Norfolk State University (1964-1966), he returned to NCCU where he held several positions, including Assistant Professor of Administration, Assistant to the Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor of University Relations. Dr. Simmons’ displayed leadership received him an appointment to President Gerald Ford’s White House Advance Team.

In 1981, Dr. Simmons became President of St. Paul’s College where he served until 1985 when he was named President of Virginia Union University (VUU). During his 14-year tenure at VUU, he is credited for outstanding fiscal management and endowment building. Dr. Simmons’ strides initiated VUU’s Criminal Justice Program, restored several campus facilities, and build a new library.

Dr. Simmons earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at NCCU and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Duke University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from NCCU and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from VUU. He also served on the boards of North Carolina Central University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Dr. Simmons passed away in July of 2014 and will be recognized posthumously.

Thomasina Cunningham | Hampton University | Track & Field
Thomasina Cunningham was one of the CIAA's top women's track and field athletes from Hampton University (formerly Institute), 1981-84. As a freshman, Cunningham won the CIAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field 100m Hurdles, Outdoor Long Jump, and was a member of the Outdoor Sprint Medley team. That year it was no surprise when she earned Rookie of the Year and Hampton Institute Track and Field MVP. Cunningham added three more CIAA championship trophies to her case: Outdoor 100m Hurdles (1984) and Outdoor Long Jump(1981 & 1984).

Cunningham earned several national championship trophies during her collegiate career including NAIA Indoor Track and Field Long Jump Champion (1982), Outdoor Track & Field 100m Hurdles Champion (1982-1984), and Indoor Track and Field 55m Hurdles Champion (1983-1984).

Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Performer in the 1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons. Adding to her competitive performance, she was also recognized for her academics on several occasions. Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Scholar Athlete (1982-83), NAIA Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-American (1981 & 1984), and NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-American (1981 & 1984).

Antwain Smith | St. Paul’s College | Basketball
Antwain Smith was a four-year basketball letterman at St. Paul’s College, where he holds the school record in career steals (120) and is the second-highest career scorer with 2,056 points. In 1996, Smith earned CIAA Rookie Team and All-Conference honors. The forward continued to excel in his collegiate career, earning All-CIAA accolades during each year of competition as well as All-Tournament Team recognition. Smith is the only player in conference history to be named Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons (1997-1999). During his college career, Smith was also named Most Valuable Player of the 4th Annual National Car Rental Black College All-Star Classic Portsmouth Invitational.

In 1999, Smith was the first Black College player selected in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft. As the 51st overall pick, the 6’7” powerhouse was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies. Smith went on to compete in the International Basketball League (IBL) with the St. Louis Swarm (1999-01) and Richmond Rhythm (2000-01). He also played in the Premier A Slovenian Basketball League in 2001 and the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) for the Fayetteville Patriots (2001-02).

Eric Moore | Fayetteville State, CIAA | Supporter
Eric Moore is an established figure in sports information and credited for his impact and preservation of CIAA history and statistics over time. Moore started his career at Fayetteville State University in 1984, which allowed him a clear vantage point and grounding for his career as a consultant for the conference office. There he assisted and lead the initiative of updating technology and communications needs, including the development of the league’s internet presence.

Moore continues to serve as a resource, guide and mentor to many sports information directors within the CIAA and across the NCAA, providing instruction and concepts surrounding statistics and best practices for communication. Over the course of his career and still today, he provides statistical services at a variety of CIAA contests including at conference championship events.

Moore continues to serve as an industry leader as the Executive Director of the Black College Sports Information Directors’ Association (since 2001).

John Lockett | St. Augustine’s University | Basketball
John Lockett was a top scorer and rebounder in the CIAA as a member of the Saint Augustine’s University men’s basketball team. The 6’4” forward/guard averaged 27.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game during his two-year career with the Falcons. As a senior, he averaged a team-high 27.4 points per game. After his season performance in 1967, Locket earned All-CIAA team honors. Lockett was inducted in to the Falcons’ Hall of Fame in 2004.

LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. | Winston-Salem State University | Football
LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. was a four-year letterman in football at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Weeks became the starting center on the Rams’ offense after the third game of his freshman year and never relinquished his starting role for the remainder of his time on the team. He started 40 consecutive games during his career at WSSU and was selected co-captain of the offense in 1976-1977.

Weeks was named to the NAIA All-District 26 team in 1975, All-CIAA team in 1976, and to the Pittsburgh Courier All-American team in 1976 and 1977.

Weeks graduated Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1978. His leadership continued after college through his decorated military career. He retired from the United States Army after20 years at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Weeks was inducted in to the Winston-Salem State Hall of Fame in 2004.

James “Jim” Burch | CIAA | Official/Coordinator of Officials
Jim Burch is well-known in the CIAA for his nearly 60-year service as a basketball official and Coordinator of Basketball Officials. Burch began his career as an official in 1959, breaking down many barriers in officiating during a time of segregation and integration. Burch was a trailblazer becoming the first Black game official in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1969. Throughout his career, Burch has officiated in the CIAA, ACC, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Southern Conference and has worked 14 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments. He has trained and mentored hundreds of officials over the years, many who have gone on to careers in the CIAA, ACC, Southern Conference and NCAA championships.

Burch was a two-sport athlete and a 1949 graduate of Fayetteville State University, where he would later serve on the board of trustees. He established the James T. Burch Scholarship to recognize student-athletes who exemplify the qualities of academic excellence, involvement in public service, and love of athletic competition.

Burch has been inducted into seven halls of fame, including the CIAA Officials, MEAC Officials, NCHSAA, Fayetteville State Athletic, and South Atlantic Conference. He also served as the basketball coordinator for the Southern Conference for 17 years. Burch was featured in the NCAA Champions Magazine in 1994 and 2014.

Mr. Burch retired from his position as CIAA Coordinator of Basketball Officials in June of 2018.

NCCU Athletics Staff Members Box More Than 17,000 Meals

Kyle Serba

Instead of hosting a department holiday staff gathering, North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree invited staff members to come together for a community service project at the Food Bank of Greater Central & Eastern North Carolina in Durham.

On Friday morning (Dec. 21), NCCU Athletics Department staff members teamed up to build 856 boxes of food, equating to more than 17,000 meals for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

“This was a great opportunity for our staff to lead by example and make sure our community knows we stand committed to helping others,” said McCree. “It was also a way to continue building a culture of giving and another opportunity to participate in a team-building activity with our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”

During the 2017-18 season, NCCU student-athletes completed more than 6,000 hours of community service.

About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

The mission of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is: No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Established in 1980, the Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for over 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

To donate, volunteer or learn more about the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, visit


Jeff Cunningham

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18, 2018—Malik Gantz of North Carolina A&T State was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Howard’s Andre Toure was named Rookie of the Week, while Cletrell Pope of Bethune-Cookman is the Defensive Player of the Week.

Gantz (6-3, G, Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.) helped the Aggies secure a 78-76 win over Tennessee State, shooting 73 percent from the floor (11-for-15), and 50 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-4), scoring a career-high 27 points. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three steals and netted 3-of-5 attempts from the charity stripe in 33 minutes of play.

Toure (6-8, F, Fr., Paris, France) scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting for the Bison, while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists, while also getting one steal during 25 minutes of play, during the contest againstFordham. He also grabbed seven boards and blocked two shots against George Washington.

Pope (6-9, F, Gr., Palm Beach, Fla.) had a double-double for the Wildcats against Jacksonville, scoring 18 points while also grabbing 19 rebounds – 10 of which came on the defensive end. He also blocked three shots and nabbed apair of steals in the contest.

Other Top Performers
D.J. Jones (FAMU) had 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, along with one assist, two steals and four rebounds at Utah.

M.J. Randolph (FAMU) scored eight points on 4-for-6 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds with one assist and one steal at Utah.

Justin Ravenel (FAMU) scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, connecting 5-of-6 from 3-point range, while also dishing out two assists and one steal at Utah.

Qua Copeland (NCAT) scored 25 points on 59 percent shooting from the floor, shooting 50 percent from behind the arc against Tennessee State.

Jordan Butler (NSU) recorded his 13th career double-digit rebounding game, grabbing 10 boards against Rider.

Nic Thomas (NSU) averaged 17 points in two games on 9-for-25 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds, and went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Damani Applewhite (SCSU) averaged 21.5 points in a two-game stint, shooting 55 percent from the field, while averaging 6.0 rebounds.
Martin and Afriyie Earn MEAC Weekly Awards

Kevin Buczek

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University women’s basketball senior guard Rodneysha Martin was named MEAC Co-Player of the Week and junior forward Paulina Afriyie was tabbed MEAC Defensive Player of the Week for Dec. 11-17 as announced by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

In her first two games of the season after returning to the lineup from injury, Martin was a catalyst in NCCU’s first two wins of the season. Martin shot 56.3-percent from the field and 76.9-percent from the free throw line to average 24 points per game in thetwo triumphs.

Martin made a splash in her season debut, scoring a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s 66-57 win over UNCG. She was a stellar 8-of-10 from the free throw line while also providing five rebounds, three assists and two steals in first ever program win over the Spartans.

Three days later, Martin poured in a game-high 21 points in Saturday’s 66-59 victory over Wofford College. Martin also contributed eight rebounds and three assists in NCCU’s first back-to-back wins against non-conference opponents since November of 2013.

The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native averaged 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals to go along with her 24.0 points per game.

Afriyie was a defensive force in NCCU’s two wins this past week, averaging 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. She also tallied 18.0 points per game as shepicked up her second and third double-double of the season.

Against UNCG, Afriyie scored 17 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, swiped two steals and swatted away a career-high five blocks.

Afriyie continued her strong play with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks against Wofford.

The Bronx, New York, product is second in the MEAC in field goal percentage (51.0%), third in rebounding (8.9 RPG), eighth in scoring (14.0 PPG) and eighth in blocking (1.2BPG). Martin is not ranked at this time as she does not meet the minimum percentage of games played.

NCCU next plays in the GSU Holiday Classic and will open up against host Georgia State University on Thursday at 1 p.m. The Eagles will then play Kennesaw State University on Friday at 1 p.m.


Yakima Clifton Sparks Run to Put Away Elizabeth City State, 69-59 - 12/17/18 08:31 PM
Adrian Ferguson

Elizabeth City, NC - After trailing 37-31 at halftime to Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State (5-4 overall) used a 9-2 run to close out the Vikings,69-59, in the R.L. Vaughan Center.

The Broncos, who improved to 2-1 in the CIAA, captured the final lead of the game with three seconds left in the third quarter. Brittany Drumgoole nailed a jumper with an assist by Yakima Clifton.

Clifton sparked the game winning 9-2 run with 3:33 remaining after converting an old fashion three-point play. Yakima scored five of her game-leading 18 points during the span. The one minute forty-nine second run propelled FSU to a69-56 lead with a little over two minutes left in the game.

Aminata Johnson, who finished with 13 points, closed out the run with four points. Katisha Hyman also scored 18 points and dished out five dimes. Clifton also led the Broncos with nine boards.

Fayetteville State held a better 43.5% (27 of 62) shooting from the field and 70.6% (12 of 17) in free throws over the 7-and-5 ECSU Vikings. The Broncos made 50% (16 of 32) of its shots in the second half alone. Elizabeth City State(2-2 in the CIAA) shot 34.5% (20 of 58) in field goals and 60% (12 of 20) from the line.

Devona Stell led ECSU with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Jalyn Brown scored 13 points while Asia Deal and Naterria Luster both netted 12 points.

Fayetteville State finished its three-game CIAA Northern Division road trip with a 2-1 record with back-to-back wins over Virginia State and ECSU. The Broncos lost to Chowan on the front end of the schedule.

The Broncos will open the 2019 calendar with two non-conference home contests against Augusta (January 2nd) and Salem International (Jan. 5th). FSU will return to cross divisional conference play on January 10th and 12th when Lincoln(Pa.) and Virginia Union visit the Felton J. Capel Arena. All mentioned games will fall under the Broncos Community Month, where FREE admission will be granted to all patrons.