Howard Men’s Swimming & Diving Defeats VMI in Home Opener
Freshmen lead the way to victory

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2019) – Howard University men’s swimming & diving team defeated Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 167.5-126.5, inside a packed Burr Pool.

With the victory, HU secured its first home win of the season while extending its home winning streak to seven, dating back to November 2017.  See
 
Chowan Volleyball Faces Barton In Wilson
Evann Carpenter  Photo courtesy Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Volleyball team travels to nearby Wilson to take on Barton in a Conference Carolinas contest on Wednesday.

Because of renovations to the Barton gym, the contest will be played at Fike High School in Wilson.


WHEN Wednesday, October 9 | 7:00pm

WHERE Wilson, N. C. (Fike HS)

FOLLOW GAMEDAY CENTRAL (Stats)

HAWKS HIGHLIGHTS
Chowan dropped their previous two matches to Converse and Limestone to fall to 3-7 on the season and 1-3 in league play.


Freshman, Anixa Rosa-Martinez continues to pace the Hawks offensively with 82 kills. Sydney Hiner is second on the team with 73 kills. Ciara Ortega has 247 assists on the season and 15 service aces.


Katie Houston leads the team with 175 digs. Ann-Marie Johnson has 39 total blocks this season.


CAGING THE BULLDOGS
Barton is 4-6 on the season and 1-3 in Conference Carolinas action. The Bulldogs have lost their last three matches.


Kaytlin Elkins leads the Barton attack with 177 kills. Allison Gambill has posted 125 kills in her freshman season. Gambill also leads the team with 116 digs, Elkins has 108 digs.
 
Hawks Men's Soccer Host Lenoir-Rhyne

Evann Carpenter 
Photo courtesy Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Men's Soccer team takes a step out of league play to take on Lenoir-Rhyne at home on Wednesday afternoon.


WHEN Wednesday, October 9 | 3:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawks Field)

FOLLOW GAMEDAY CENTRAL (Stats /Video)

HAWKS HIGHLIGHTS
Chowan dropped to 4-3-0 on the season after suffering their firstl oss in league play against Belmont Abbey over the weekend.


Harrison Ardron leads the team and league with eight goals on the season after scoring six all of last season. Toby Sims has three goals on the season after scoring twice against Barton. Jouryden Boogert leads the team and league with five assists this season.

Ross Miller is4-2-0 on the season with two shutouts and a 1.32 goals allowed average.

SETTING THE BEAR TRAP

Lenoir-Rhyne is 5-4-1 on the season with two quality wins under their belt beating #9 Barry, defending national champion, and #2 Young Harris. The Bears are coming off a shutout loss on the road to Lincoln Memorial.

Victor Cascon and Goncalo Garcia lead the team with four goals each. Garcia has done his damage in two of the last three matches scoring twice against Carson-Newman.

Alexander Langer has three shutouts this season allowing 1.45 goals per contest.
 
NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month: Erica Lewis

Kevin Buczek  Photo courtesy NCCU

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University cheerleader Erica Lewis has been named the NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month for August 2019 in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments on the sidelines, in the classroom and in the community.

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Lewis is in her third season as a member of the NCCU varsity cheerleading squad.

Lewis maintains an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.18, majoring in early childhood education.

The junior has been a member of the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Lewis is the cheerleading Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative and is Miss SAAC.

“Her work ethics and value to the squad since her freshman year has been great,” said head cheerleading coach LuAnn Edmonds-Harris. “She is an outstanding young lady with great potential, who brings so much to our squad with her creativeness, personality and ability to inspire others.”

Lewis is planning on attending graduate school after graduating NCCU. She will then seek a teaching position with second or fifth graders.

For a complete list of award winners, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.
 

Howard Women’s Soccer’s Hightower Named SWAC Goalkeeper of the Week Again

Senior goalkeeper acknowledge for outstanding performances

Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – SWAC)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 7, 2019) – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) released its women’s soccer weekly honors where Howard University senior Alayah Hightower (Largo, Md.) won the league’s top goalkeeper for the third time this season. The announcement came Monday evening.

The Maryland native continued her dominance at the net, recording back-to-back shutout victories over Texas Southern (Oct. 4) and Prairie View A&M (Oct. 6). She also racked up seven total saves in the two-match span.

This season, Hightower has registered six total shutouts, including four consecutive in league play.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Sarah Wright won SWAC Offensive Player of the Week while teammate Alexis Sanders claimed the conference’s top defender.

To view this week’s weekly honors, please click here.

Howard hits the road for their first road test of league play.

Friday (Oct. 11), the Bison travel to Pine Bluff, Ark. where Arkansas-Pine Bluff awaits. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (CT).

Two days later (Oct. 13), Howard goes to Louisiana to face Grambling State. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET)/12 p.m. (CT).

About Howard University Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.


About  SWAC

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams. Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis. Women’s competition is offeredin the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com or the SWAC website at www.SWAC.org.
 
Howard Volleyball Returns Home to Face Morgan State Tuesday
Bison begin five match home stand

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Vaughn Wilson)

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team returns to The Burr Tuesday (Oct. 8) where they will host rival Morgan State (MSU) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) showdown. First-serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action via live stats and/or live video.

LAST TIMEOUT

Howard went a perfect 2-0 over the weekend at Delaware State (DSU) and at Maryland Eastern Shore to remain unbeaten in MEAC play (4-0).

Friday (Oct. 4), the Bison defeated DSU in straight sets (27-25, 25-22, 25-19) inside Memorial Hall.

Sunday (Oct. 6), HU capped off the weekend with a 3-1 victory (25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21) over rival Maryland Eastern Shore inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

HOWARD

HU (7-11, 4-0 MEAC) comes in looking to remain unbeaten in MEAC play. Currently, Howard sits at top of the MEAC Northern Division and one of two squads undefeated in league play (Other: North Carolina A&T State). The squad begins a five-match home stand.

Entering Tuesday, Howard leads the MEAC in assists per set (11.37) and kills per set (12.26), led by senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) posting a league-leading .378 hitting percentage. Freshmen setters Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) and Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) round out the conference in assists per set.

MORGAN STATE

Morgan State (8-9, 2-2 MEAC) enters Tuesday’s matchup sitting fourth in the MEAC Northern Division standings. Last weekend, the Lady Bears split their pair of league contests. MSU defeated North Carolina Central in four, 3-1, but fell in straight sets against North Carolina A&T State, 0-3.

Senior Roi Wallace and sophomore Zoe McBride top the conference in assists per set (9.50) and kills per set (4.62), respectively.

PROMOTIONS

Tuesday's promotion is Taco Tuesday, sponsored by El Tio Grill D.C., and the first 200 students will receive a taco at the match. Doors open at 5 p.m.

UPCOMING SEASON

Sunday (Oct. 13), Howard wraps up the Homecoming festivities when Coppin State comes to town. Match-time is set for 1 p.m. inside The Burr.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

 


Fayetteville State Sweeps ECSU and BSU in the CIAA Volleyball Roundup

Adrian Ferguson
  picture courtesy FSU
Orangeburg, SC - The Fayetteville State women's volleyball team improved to 4-0 in CIAA play and 4-1 overall with a weekend sweep over Elizabeth City State and Bowie State at the CIAA round-up event hosted by Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC.


The Broncos topped the ECSU Vikings 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, and 25-21) on Saturday (Oct. 5) in its opening match and defeated the BSU Bulldogs 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, and 25-9) on Sunday (Oct. 6).

Chynna Hunt led the team on Saturday with 13 kills with Casandra Watson close behind with 7. Nakia McKinnie set up 20 assists and Journee Hartsfield had 10 with three service aces. Jasmine Jacinto had 15 digs.

Watson, who leads the team with a season-high 63 kills, put down eight kills out of 16 attacks in the win over Bowie State. Hunt and Da'Nesha Miller finished with five kills. Hartsfield led all with 11 assists and Jacinto had 11 digs.

Fayetteville State had 11 service aces with McKinnie collected four.

Elizabeth City State drops to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Bowie State is now 2-8 and 0-3.

The Broncos will travel to Saint Augustine's on Wednesday (Oct. 9) for a 6 p.m. match against the Falcons.

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MEAC Football Week 6: Conference Race Can Take Shape this Weekend

Maurice D. Williams

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 2, 2019—This weekend marks the second full slate of conference games in the 2019 season, as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) race begins to take shape. The two-time defending MEAC champion Aggies will be on the road, and Bethune-Cookman will be at home for the first time this season in a contest that will be shown via rebroadcast on ESPNU. Elsewhere, South Carolina State will hit the road for its first game since Sept. 14, North Carolina Central will head to Tallahassee, Fla. for a match-up against Florida A&M and Howard will take on Harvard in a non-conference match-up.


Howard Bison (1-4, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Harvard Crimson (1-1, 1-0 Ivy League)

Saturday, Oct. 5 • Harvard Stadium • Cambridge, Mass. • 1 p.m.

TV: ESPN+

Coming off a 37-29 loss to Bethune-Cookman, Howard will hit the road for its first-ever meeting with Harvard out of the Ivy League. This will be the first time Harvard has faced an HBCU on the football field. In his first college start, freshman quarterback Quinton Williams threw for 179 yards and three scores and added 25 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown en route to earning MEAC Rookie of the Week honors. Receiver Kyle Anthony had seven catches for 117 yards this past Saturday and running back Dedrick Parson had 14 carries for 101 yards, while also catching five passes for 15 yards.


North Carolina A&T State Aggies (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State Spartans (1-4, 0-1 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 5 • Dick Price Stadium • Norfolk, Va. • 2 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

North Carolina A&T State pitched its second shutout in the last six games, blowing out Delaware State 37-0 in front of a national ESPNU audience on Thursday, Sept. 26. Aggies running back Jah-Maine Martin’s four-touchdown performance is the second-highest single-game total in school history, tying Maurice Hicks’ four-touchdown outing against South Carolina State in 2000 – and for his efforts, Martin was named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Receiver Elijah Bell had nine catches for 101 yards, tying Herbert Harbison and Wallace Miles for the school record in career receptions with 172. Norfolk State quarterback Juwan Carter threw for 308 yards in last week’s 30-28 loss to Florida A&M for his third career 300yard passing game. North Carolina A&T State leads the all-time series, 32-11.


North Carolina Central Eagles (2-3, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M Rattlers (3-1, 1-0 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 5 • Bragg Memorial Stadium • Tallahassee, Fla. • 2 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

North Carolina Central is coming off a 27-17 win over Morgan State this past Saturday, a game in which the Eagles achieved several milestones. Quarterback Davius Richard ran for two touchdowns, including a 62-yarder, which was the longest run by an Eagles quarterback since Sept. 30, 2000. NCCU’s 330 rushing yards are the most against a conference opponent since Oct. 23, 2004,when the Eagles were in the CIAA, and rushed for 349 yards against Livingstone. Junior cornerback Bryan Mils tied a school record with three picks in the win over Morgan State, becoming just the fourth Eagle to accomplish the feat and the first since Adrian Jones in 1996. His record-tying performance earned him multiple weekly awards, including the BOXTOROW National Player of the Week, the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. In his first season after transferring to N.C. Central, Mills leads the MEAC in interceptions and is tied for second among NCAA D-I FCS leaders. He also tied for the conference lead with six passes defended (three interceptions, three pass break-ups). Florida A&M defeated Norfolk State 30-28 this past weekend, a game in which the Rattlers reached or approached several milestones. Quarterback Ryan Stanley threw for 293 yards and a score, which moved him into second place on the all-time career passing charts. He is just 332yards shy of Quinn Gray's school record (7,378). Head coach Willie Simmons earned his 30th career win. The two schools have split the last six meetings, with the Rattlers – who celebrate Homecoming this week – winning last year’s matchup, 55-14.

Morgan State Bears (0-4, 0-1 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 5 • Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium • Daytona Beach, Fla • 4 p.m.

TV: ESPN3 (Rebroadcast on ESPNU @ 10:30 p.m. EST)

Morgan State lost to North Carolina Central this past Saturday at home, despite racking up 215 yards on the ground. Wildcats quarterback Akevious Williams completed 16 of 23 passes for 199 yards, and he also rushed 16 times for 101 yards and a career-high three scores in the 37-29 win over Howard. He was named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, sharing the honor with North Carolina A&T State running back Jah-Maine Martin. Wildcats return specialist Jimmie Robinson also had a good game at wideout, catching four passes for 55 yards and running back three kicks for 147 yards, including a 92-yarder. He also added five carries for 15 yards. The Wildcats have won the last seven meetings between the two schools, including a 30-28decision last season.

South Carolina State Bulldogs (2-1, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Delaware State Hornets (1-3, 0-2 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 5 • Alumni Stadium • Dover, Del. • 7 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

South Carolina State is coming off back-to-back bye weeks after a 55-16 loss to South Florida back on Sept. 14. MEAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brian Cavicante had a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops, in the Hornets’ 37-0 loss to North Carolina A&T State on Thursday, Sept. 26. With a win, Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough will pass his mentor Willie Jeffries to become the winningest coach in program history. South Carolina State won last year’s contest against Delaware State, 30-19.
 

Panthers Ranked Eighth in Latest PNRN Poll

10/2/2019 | Football

Virginia Union University's football team has been ranked eighth among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the latest poll by the Power News Radio Network, it was announced on Monday, September 30.

The Panthers, who defeated Winston-Salem State University in a dramatic 16-15 win on Saturday, September 28, are now 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in CIAA conference play.

"Being a top ten team always sends positive energy for all involved in the program," said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. "Our players and coaches have done an outstanding job of being focused and ready for the challenges we face on a weekly basis. It's a great mark for our great University, and we will strive as a team to continue to do our part of enhancing the already strong VUU tradition."

This is the second straight year that VUU has started the season with three wins in four games. Last season the Panthers finished 8-2.

The Power News Radio Network Poll is compiled by Ty Miller. Ty Miller is Director of News and Sports for the Power News Radio Network (PNRN), host of Black College Football Weekly and a member of The Black College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Virginia Union travels to Salisbury, N.C., to face Livingstone College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. The game will be aired live on WNTW (820 AM/97.2 FM).
 
K-ClubHall of Fame class announced

10/4/2019 | General


The Kentucky State University K-Club will induct six new members - Jacquenetta Bone-Brooks, Lonzo Bullie, the late William Dorsey Jones, Sr., Tavares Levarity, Stanley Mullins and Eric York - into the Hall of Fame Friday during Homecoming Week.

JACQUENETTA BONE-BROOKS
Sport: Volleyball, Softball and Track & Field
KSU - 1992 Graduate - Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Jacquenette (Jackie) Bone-Brooks, a Fairfield, Alabama (Fairfield High School) native, was recruited by Van Phillips Sr. to play volleyball and played for coach Wally Dryden (1986) and coach Ron Braden (1987-1990).

Bone-Brooks may arguably be one of the all-time volleyball greats at Kentucky State. She earned many honors during her career in volleyball. In 1986, she was awarded KSU "Hustle Award". She was so dominate that she earned the following honors: the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) All-Conference team in 1987, 1988 and 1989, KSU Best All-Around Player in 1987 and 1988, KSU Most Valuable Player in 1988 and 1989. She also earned All-Tournament Team in 1987 at the Western Kentucky University Tournament; and, earned her athletic letter each of her four years.

As a multi-athlete, Bone-Brooks also played softball for two years under coach Oscar Downs, where she was a two-year starter in center field. Under Coach Sam Smith, she participated as a shot putter for one season on the women's track and field team.

After her collegiate career was over, she coached volleyball for one year at Shawnee High School in the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) System.

Bone-Brookes is currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky. She is in her 24th year working in the JCPS System as a high school dropout counselor. She has been married over 26 years to Kelvin Brooks Sr., who is also a KSU Alumni, and they have oneson, Kelvin Brooks Jr., a KSU 2017 graduate.

LONZO BULLIE
Sports: Defensive Coordinator / Assistant Coach in Football
KSU Coach from 1971 to 1981

Lonzo Bullie is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and attended Brinkley High School, where he played football during 1963 and 1964. He attended and played college football at Tuskegee Institute (University) from 1965-1968 as a defensive back. He signed as afree agent with the New York Giants in 1969. He went back to Tuskegee to earn his B.S. Degree in Physical Education in 1971. Later graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1974 with a Master of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation.

KSU Hall of Famer, Coach Leroy Smith, hired Bullie in 1971 as a football Defensive Coordinator. During his 11 years as KSU's defensive coordinator he was able to have KSU nationally ranked in the NCAA Division II on many occasions. These rankings includes: Top 5 for the following categories: passing defense (3x) and, total defense (1x); Also, Top 10 for the following: passing defense (5x), total defense (3x) and scoring defense (2x). In 1974, the Thorobreds allowed just 73 passing yards per game.

Bullie coached 11 defensive players who were drafted or played professional football for the National Football League (NFL) or the Canadian Football League (CFL), during his tenure at KSU. Several include KSU Hall of Famers; Council Rudolph, Defensive End (St.Louis Cardinals); Roderick Hill, Defensive Back (Dallas Cowboys); Wiley Epps, Linebacker (CFL); and, Franklin Oliver, Defensive Back (San Francisco 49ers).

After leaving KSU, he became the Head Football coach at his Alma Mater, Tuskegee Institute from 1981 to 1984, before moving on to become the head football coach at Knoxville (Tenn.) College from 1984 to 1990. During time at Knoxville College, he earned the1986 and 1987 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Coach of the Year. His coaching career lasted over 24 years which includes four years as a High School coach.

Bullie resides in Tuskegee, Alabama with his wife, KSU alumni, Barbara Ann (Robinson). He also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc..

WILLIAM (Bill) DORSEY JONES, SR. (Deceased)
Sports: Track & Field
KSU - 1972 Graduate - Bachelor of Science in Education

William Jones is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He was a standout cross country runner at Bushwick High School, before bringing his talents to Kentucky State in 1968. While in high school, he went undefeated in 19 straight cross country meets during his three-year career. This earned him as a top high school athlete in the January 15, 1968 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Jones was a two-sport athlete at KSU under Hall of Fame Coach, Kenneth Gibson. He ran cross country and was a member of the track & field team. During his running career, he won the only cross country meet ever held at Kentucky State University. In 1970, he earned All-American Honors as a member of the One Mile Relay team and also holds the second fastest time in KSU history in the 880 Yard Rrun with a time of 1:51.30.

He earned a total of eight athletic letters in cross country (4) and track & field (4) in each of his four years at KSU. He was a teammate of KSU Hall of Famer and Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma, Judge Tommy Colbert.

After graduation, Jones returned home to Brooklyn to become a preschool teacher. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky to take a position with the Department for Employment Service where he worked for 27 years before his retirement.

He was residing in Louisville, Kentucky before his untimely death in March of 2019. He had three sons, Michael, Mark and William Jr.

TAVARES LEVARITY
Sport: Football
KSU - 1998 Graduate - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Tavares "The Goat" Levarity was an explosive defensive tackle with outstanding quickness. He received the nickname, G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) dominating the line of scrimmage as a defensive player. Tavares is from Miami, Florida, where he played footballat Hialeah-Miami Lake High School, and was recruited by coach Maurice Hunt to attend KSU.

As a freshman, he was able to secure a starting position as defensive tackle. During his freshman season, he excelled by leading the Thorobreds in tackles for loss, and amassing 44 tackles and 5 sacks, playing in only 9 games, due to an injury.

Levarity was the "ROCK" of the defensive line, becoming one of the best defensive lines in the nation. When coach George Small became the new head coach in 1995, his new system, with Tavares leading the way, helped lead KSU to its first winning season in 16years. The driving force of the KSU defensive line helped the Thorobreds to a 7-4 record. He was the defensive captain, as they led the nation in total defense, holding opposing teams to under 200 total yards per game. Levarity was consistently nominated asDefensive Player of the Week by the State Journal and the Sports View Black-College magazine.

He was a versatile defensive player. During his senior year, 1996, he switched to the position of defensive end to fill in a void, but this change did not prevent him from being a top defensive lineman. He continued to provide non-stop pressure on his opponentsand keeping the offense guessing on what he might to do next.

Coach Small quoted, "Tavares uses his hands well and has tremendous intensity at the point of contact".

Levarity was able to finish the season with 69 tackles and 5 sacks. In 1997, the team, along with the strength of Levarity, led the Thorobreds to it first and only Pioneer Bowl victory. His contributions to the game devastated the opposing team. KSU ended the season with a 7-5 record defeating Livingstone College, 30-26 in the Pioneer Bowl Championship. KSU also led the Division II in defensive pass yardage, largely due to the upfront defensive pressure, by Levarity, to the opposing quarterbacks. He was instrumental in Kentucky State being ranked in the top five nationally on defense for two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996.

He currently resides in Tampa, Florida and is an owner of an Avis/Budget rental franchise in downtown Tampa.

STANLEY L. MULLINS
Sport: Track & Field
KSU - 1965 Graduate - Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education
George Washington University - 1967 - Masters of Art in Physical Education

Stanley Mullins, a Greensboro, North Carolina (James B. Dudley High School) native, was a 440 Yard Dash High School state champion. He set the schools and the North Carolina state record by running a 48.3 seconds. He was a two time high school State Champion.His outstanding performance caught the attention of Hall of Fame Coaches Sam Taylor and William Exum, who offered him a four year track & field scholarship to attend Kentucky State College (KSC).

Mullins made an immediate impact at KSC as he was a member on all three sprint relay teams, each of his four years. During the 1960's, KSC was one of the best sprint teams in the country. He was considered one of the key athletes at KSC along with KSU and NCAAHall of Famer, Jim Kemp.

Black colleges weren't able to earn All-American status from 1961 to 1965. KSC was a member in the Mid-Western Athletic Association Conference, where Stanley earned All-Conference honors as a member of the one mile relay teams in 1964 and 1965. He had a personaltime of 46.8 seconds in the 440 yard dash. One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1965, when he was a member of KSC's sprint medley relay team that won the prestigious "Championship of America" race at the Penn Relay's held at the University of Pennsylvania.This was the first time KSC had ever won an event at the greatest track meet held in America. Mullins also earned his athletic letter each of his four years at KSC.

In addition to Mullins' achievements, he was also a member of the national leading indoor One Mile Relay in 1964, where they ran an outstanding time of 3:11.50. He also earned " KSC Freshman MVP" in 1961-62.

After Mullins graduated for KSC, he attended George Washington University, where he earned his Master's Degree in 1967. He then joined the United States Army in 1969, where he was a member of the Army team in track and volleyball. Mullins earned several military honors as a member of those teams.

Once he finished his military time, Mullins began his teaching and coaching career in Washington DC at Cardozo High School. In 1972, he develop a new track program at H.D. Woodson High School. During his 10 years at Woodson, he developed eight high school All-Americans and one indoor record holder in the 70 yard dash, Darwin Cook.

In 1982, Mullins accepted the head track & field coach position at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He turned that program into NCAA Division II powerhouse. During his time at UDC, he developed 17 men and women All-Americans and 32 Eastern Colligate Athletic Conference, All-Conference athletes.

He has been honored with the following awards: Washington DC Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2001); Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC Hall of Fame (2007); University of the District of Columbia Hall of Fame; the Potomac Valley Association Track Coach of the Year (2013); and, Prince George County Track Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Currently Mullins is retired and lives in Clinton, Maryland and has been married to Norma Mullins for 48 years. They have two children, son Michael and daughter Jernel (Mullins) James. They also have 2 grandchildren.

ERIC S. YORK
Sport: Football
KSU - 1996 Graduate - Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
KSU - 2000 Graduate with a Master in Public Administration

Eric York was one of KSU defensive leaders. He was a hard-hitting strong safety with what was considered one of the best defensive backs in the nation among HBCU schools. A 1992 transfer student from Alabama State University, he immediately earned the starting defensive position under head coach Maurice Hunt.

York was a two-year starter and a KSU letterman. His impact on defense was the reason coach Hunt appointed him as the leader of the defensive backfield. Eric called the shots, propelling the defensive backfield to be recognized nationally as one of the best.

KSU was not in a conference during the years he played with the University, and he was not granted an opportunity to receive All-American status among his peers. York's statistics would certainly have placed him among the best in the nation among other HBCU and NCAA Division II defensive backfield players. In 1992, York had 114 solo tackles and 26 assisted tackles. In 1993, he obtained 91 solo tackles and 39 assisted tackles and one interception. In 1992, York was featured in a National Football Magazine.

As a free agent in 1997, York had a tryout with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Throughout his span at KSU, he was a resident assistant for five years, security officer for four years, and a director of the KSU housing department for three years. In addition, he was an Alcohol and Drug Peer Counselor for three years. York was also a tutor, counselor, and mentor at both Frankfort County High School and the Frankfort YMCA.

He was honored as a Gadsden Author for his book "Having Early Visions That moved Mountains, My Winning Purpose". This honor came by the Gadsden County Democratic Women's Club at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Conference in Havana, Florida. The book dedication was held in June, 2019 at the William A. McGill Library in Quincy, Florida.

York is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity - Xi Lambda Chapter. He received several academic honors and was recognized by "Who's Who among students in Colleges and Universities", and named to the "United States Achievement Academy". He was also recognized as a "National Collegiate Education Winner".

He currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida and works as a Physical Education Teacher at Gadsden County High School in Havana, Florida.
 
Souza Named CIAA Special Teams Player of the Week

9/30/2019 | Football

Virginia Union University's Jefferson Souza was named the Food Lion CIAA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in VUU's 16-15 win over Winston-Salem State University, it was announced on Monday, September 30.

Souza, a junior kicker from Deerfield Park, Fla., who is majoring in Entrepreneurial Management with a 3.2 grade point average, hit three field goals from 25 yards, including the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining to give the Panthers a 16-15 win over Winston-Salem State. The junior kicker also hit an extra point, scoring 10 of his team's 16 points, and had three punts for 105 yards (35 yards per punt) to earn his second weekly honor this season.

The Virginia Union University junior grew up playing soccer in his native Rondonia, Brazil. He didn't pick up American football until his family moved to Deerfield Beach, Fla., in Broward County.

"Jefferson is one of the best kickers in the country," said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. "He takes the time to be special at his craft. He continues to show everyone how valuable of an asset he is to the success of our team. The game winner this past Saturday was a season-defining play."

Souza, who speaks fluent Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, has polished his kicking craft for years under the direction of Brandon Kornblue, a former kicker at the University of Michigan who runs a popular kicking camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Virginia Union travels to Salisbury, N.C., to face Livingstone College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.
 

 

Howard Women’s Soccer Looks to Stay Hot Versus Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M, Bison look to extend its conference dominance


Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Randy Smith)

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2019) – After grabbing a pair of league victories, the Howard University women’s soccer team looks to stay hot when they host Texas Southern (Oct. 4) and Prairie View A&M (Oct. 6) in Birmingham, Ala. at Sicard Hollow Park. Friday’s showdown against the Tigers is 8:30 p.m. (ET)/7:30 p.m. (CT) and Sunday’s contest is set for noon (ET)/11 a.m. (CT).


LAST TIMEOUT

HU opened conference play with 4-0 victories over Jackson State (Sept. 27) and Southern (Sept. 29).


MATCHUP PREVIEWS

HOWARD

HU (5-2, 2-0 SWAC) comes in riding a 10-match conference winning streak, dating back to September 2018.

Monday (Sept. 30), the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) unveiled its women's soccer weekly honors where Howard saw senior Alayah Hightower (Largo, Md.) and sophomore Kendall Macauly (Toronto, Canada) recognized for their outstanding efforts against Jackson State and Southern.

Hightower earned SWAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Week while the Toronto native claimed the league's top defender.


TEXAS SOUTHERN


Texas Southern (3-6, 2-0 SWAC) enters the weekend with a pair of wins over Alcorn State, 5-0, and Mississippi Valley State, 2-0. On the season, the Tigers are perfect at home (3-0), but struggled on the road with 0-6 (0-1 neutral) mark.

Desiree Hart, Jada MacLean and Mia Marshall each have a pair of goals this season.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

Like HU and Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M (3-6, 2-0 SWAC) also comes in undefeated with a 2-0 mark in SWAC play.

Recently, Diana Neff received SWAC Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Quinn Josiah shared goalkeeper of the week with Hightower.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Howard hits the road for their first road test of league play.

Friday (Oct. 11), the Bison travel to Pine Bluff, Ark. where Arkansas-Pine Bluff awaits. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (CT).

Two days later (Oct. 13), Howard goes to Louisiana to face Grambling State. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (CT).


For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.