NCCU Outgains B-CU, But Wildcats Prevail

Kyle Serba    (Photo of Ryan McDaniel by KeShawn Ennis)  Graphic courtesy NCCU

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University amassed nearly 150 yards more than Bethune-Cookman University, but a pair of touchdowns by wide receiver and return specialist Jimmie Robinson sparked the Wildcats to a 27-13 conference victory during a live ESPNU broadcast on Thursday night inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

NCCU accumulated 391 yards of total offense, topped by freshman quarterback Davius Richard with 250 passing yards and junior running back Isaiah Totten with 78 yards on the ground. The Eagles’ defense, led by senior defensive end Darius Roster with 11 tackles, including 2.5 stops for a loss with 1.5 sacks, held the visiting Wildcats to just 243 total yards.

B-CU playmaker Robinson proved to be the difference. He opened the scoring midway through the second quarter by catching a screen pass and racing through traffic for a 54-yardtouchdown.

Near the start of the fourth quarter, when NCCU rookie kicker Adrian Olivo connected on his second field goal of the evening to make it a one-possession contest at 14-6,Robinson extended the lead on the ensuing kickoff with a 79-yard return to the end zone.

B-CU quarterback Akevious Williams passed for 95 yards and a touchdown, ran for 52 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 3-yard touchdown toss to seal the victory.

NCCU junior receiver E.J. Hicks collected a touchdown reception from Richards, while junior receiver Ryan McDaniel tallied a game-high seven catches for 58 yards.

NCCU junior safety Stephen Stokes registered seven takedowns, including 2.5 hits for a loss, while senior defensive lineman Cyrus Stanback was in on seven stops with an assisted sack.

After an off-week, NCCU hosts Delaware State on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

Follow the Money: N.C. A&T Online Undergraduate Information Technology Program Among Nation’s Most Affordable

Jamie Crockett

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2019) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s online bachelor of information technology program ranked among the most affordable in the country, according to Affordable Schools 20 Best Affordable Online Colleges for Computer Networking Degree 2019.

N.C. A&T, which ranked No. 3 overall, offers this program through the College of Science and Technology (CoST). Students select from one of six specializations: IT consulting, computer forensic investigation, computer networking, high performance computing, cloud architecture and mobile application development.

“Our students have the opportunity to foster a comprehensive understanding of their fields and have access to world-classf aculty members at their fingertips,” said Qing-An Zeng, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Computer Systems Technology.

N.C. A&T began offering this program online during fall 2016. The program focuses on mainframe education, providing students the opportunity to learn the foundations of network, servers, storage and enterprise systems. This online program is essential as the country faces a high demand for professionals in this field yet offers few mainframe education programs.

Affordable Schools considered the university’s student-to-faculty ratio, tuition rate and the quality of the program when compiling its rankings.

For its 2019 list, Affordable Schools used data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigatortool. Affordability was determined based on tuition for one year of study for in-state students taking 15 credit hours each semester.

About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hawks Host Bobcats And Tornado In Volleyball Action

Evann Carpenter  Photo courtesy Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Volleyball team hosts Lees-McRae and King in a Conference Carolinas weekend.

WHEN Friday, October 11 | 7:00pm

WHEN Saturday, October 12 | 2:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)


Chowan enters the weekend with a 3-8 overall record and a 1-4 in Conference Carolinas action. Chowan will look to rebound after losing three straight matches.

Anixa Rosa-Martinez leads the offense with 93 kills this season. She is third on the team in digs with 129. Sydney Hiner and Ann-Marie Johnson follow Rosa-Martinez with 77 and 73 kills respectively. Hiner is second on the team in digs with 145, while Johnson leads the team with 40 total blocks.

Katie Houston has recorded 189 digs on the year. Ciara Ortega has notched 272 assists.

Lees-McRae is 4-10 on the season and 2-2 in league action. The Bobcats are 1-10 away from Banner Elk this year. They are coming off a five set victory over King on Saturday.

The Bobcats spread the wealth of attack as Olivia Ney and Caitlyn Smirne lead the charge with 88 and 82 kills respectively. Three others have posted 60-plus kills. Kaitlyn Arentz has 203 digs this season as a freshman.


Kingis 6-6 on the season and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Tornado saw a four match win streak snapped against Lees-McRae. King will travel to Murfreesboro following play against Barton on Friday.

Julie Ward and Tristyn Lozano lead the Tornado with 137 and 132 kills respectively. Brittney Ramsey and Kayley Holtzclaw have 44 and 40 total blocks.

Hampton vs. UNC Asheville

James Heath
HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University soccer team hosted the visiting Bulldogs of UNC Asheville on a gloomy Wednesday. Gillian Oyos scored the only goal of the afternoon to give UNC Asheville a 1-0 victory over the Lady Pirates.

UNC Asheville scored at the 35 minute mark on a free kick by Oyos in the first half to take a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs outshot the Lady Pirates 9-4 in the game as Maya Andrews finished with three saves and Nadia Bensarghin ended the game with three saves.

Hampton will be back on the field Saturday Oct. 12 at 12 p.m., as they host the Eagles of Winthrop University.

For more information on Hampton University women's soccer, visit the Official Pirates website at
Chowan Shuts Out Converse For First Win
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
Chowan 1 1 2
Converse 0 0 0

Evann Carpenter  Photo courtesy Chowan
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Chowan Women's Soccer team earned a 2-0 shutout victory against Converse in Conference Carolinas action on Thursday.


FINAL | Chowan 2, Converse 0

RECORDS | Chowan 1-6-2 (1-3-2), Converse 0-9-0 (0-6-0)

LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C. (Fulp Field)


Carolina Lucci netted her third goal of the season for the game-winning goal. Sabrina Henderson scored her first of the season off an assist from Lucci and Asia Fort.

Lynzie Hulle picked up her first collegiate win in goal stopping the two shots she faced.

Chowan posted 17 shots including 11 on target.


First Half:

Lynzie Hulle kept the score level as Converse recorded a shot on frame in the fifth minute.

Shannon Park looked to put the Hawks on the board in the 11' as two header attempts were denied by the Valkyries' keeper.

Midway through the half, Lillian DeLucca and Stephanie Quintanilla had chances to find the back of the net but were saved.

In the 37', Sabrina Henderson slotted a ball to the left side of the pitch to Carolina Lucci. Lucci would dribble around the Valkyries' defenders and find the bottom left corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.

Second Half:

Chowan continued to find an insurance goal in the second half as Stephanie Quintanilla had an attempt sail over the crossbar and Sierra Gonzalez and Lillian DeLucca's attempts were saved.

Lynzie Hulle's other save came in the 61' to keep the clean sheet.

Carolina Lucci and Sabrina Henderson had attempts denied before the two teamed up for a goal. In the 66', Converse cleared the ball to midfield and fell at the foot of Asia Fort. Fort would play a through ball to the right side of the box, where Carolina Lucci slid the ball across the box to Sabrina Henderson for the easy tap-in goal.

A misplay by the Converse keeper in the 70' gave the Hawks an indirect free kick just outside the 6-yd box. The Valkyries covered the endline and blocked the attempt by Emily Trueman.

The Hawks would maintain possession to finish off the match.


Chowan will look to string wins together as the Hawks host Lees-McRae for a Conference Carolinas contest on Saturday, October 12. Start of the match is slated for12pm.

Levi  Lewis breaks Assist mark, Hawks Soar to Shutout

Evan Carpenter
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
Lenoir-Rhyne 0 0 0
Chowan 1 3 4

  Photo courtesy Chowan
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Behind a dominating second half, the Chowan Men's Soccer team soared to a 4-0 shutout victory against Lenoir-Rhyne in non-conference action on Wednesday.


FINAL | Chowan 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

RECORDS | Chowan 5-3-0, Lenoir-Rhyne 5-5-1

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawks Field)


Four different Hawks scored and three recorded assists. Mitchell Levi Lewis recorded three points with three assists to become the program's all-time assist leader with 18. TrevinMyers tallied two assists. SamHall added an assist and a goal.

Danny Gallegos scored his first goal of the season, while Harrison Ardron netted his ninth. Toby Sims added his fourth of the season.

Chowan made the best of their chances notching four goals on five shots on target. The Hawks recorded seven total shots.

Ross Miller picked up the clean sheet for his fifth win of the season with two saves.


First Half:

In a physical contest, Chowan went on the attack in the sixth minute grabbing a corner kick and a headed attempt. TobySims' attempt sailed wide of the mark.

Lenoir-Rhyne had two shots that were wide of the goal before the Hawks found the back of the net in the 21'. Mitchell Levi Lewis played the ball from the left side of the box to Trevin Myers. Myers would slot the ball to Sam Hall who made two touches and sent the ball between a defender's legs and into the bottom right corner for the 1-0 lead.

L-R had a couple chances to find the equalizer in the first half as two attempts went high and one was blocked.

In the 39', a dangerous ball in the box would be cleared off the line by the back line defense of the Hawks to keep the Bears scoreless.

Second Half:

The physicality continued as five yellow cards were handed out in the first 15 minutes of the half. The Hawks used that to their advantage as Trevin Myers stepped in front of a misplay and went on the counter attack near the box. Myers would slide the ball to a wide open Harrison Ardron to put the Hawks up 2-0.

The Hawks would add two more goals in the 68' and 71' to lead 4-0. Sam Hall started the attack on the first goal navigating a through ball up to Mitchell Levi Lewis near the left side of the box. Levi Lewis played the ball through the teeth of the defense to find the streaking Danny Gallegos for the goal.

After a foul was granted on the edge of the box after Jouryden Boogert was fouled, Mitchell Levi Lewis curled a free kick that found the head of Toby Sims on the right side of the box, who drilled it into the far post for the goal.

Ross Miller's day was fairly easy as the only attempt can in the final seconds of the match.


Chowan returns to league play as the Hawks host Lees-McRae on Saturday, October 12. First touch is at 3pm.

Rams Storm Back for a Five-Set Win Over Shaw

WSSU claims sixth straight win

Trevin Goodwin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (8-5, 5-1 CIAA) had to come back from two sets down to claim their sixth straight victory when the team took a five-set win over the Shaw Lady Bears (6-8,6-1 CIAA), Thursday evening. After opening the match with back-to-back set losses, 19-25, and 18-25 to the Lady Bears, the Rams kicked things into gear to win the final three sets of the match, 25-18, 25-20, and 15-11.

The win marks the sixth straight win for the Rams and their home division win of the season. As a team, the Rams had a strong offensive effort with 44 kills in the match. The team also put on a strong defensive effort with 57 digs as well. WSSU senior outside hitter Ytae Cobb led the way for the Rams with 13 kills in the match while fellow senior Miranda Taylor added 11 kills. WSSU sophomore libero Myra Wallace led the team’s defense with 19 digs in the match.

The Rams struggled throughout the first two sets of the match. The opening set was a tough one as the Rams fell into an early 5-12 deficit that they could never overcome, falling 25-19. The second set was the toughest one of the match for the Rams as the team fell, 25-18. The Rams fell behind by as many as six points, 13-19 before taking the 18-25 loss.

It was then that the Rams began their comeback. The team kicked things off with a 25-18 win in the third set. After a taking a 4-4 tie to open the set, the Rams broke out for a, 11-4 run that was capped bya Shaw bad set and left the Rams on top, 15-8. From there, the Rams never looked back. After taking a 24-18 lead over the Lady Bears, a Shaw bad serve ended the set and gave the Rams the win.

The fourth set was just as impressive as the Rams once again came out with a great start. The team jumped ahead of the Lady Bears, 9-4. The Rams allowed the Lady Bears to come back and tie the set, 15-15,but the team would not allow the set win to slip away. The Rams went on to outscore the Lady Bears, 8-2 to take a 23-17 lead. The team allowed three more points to the Lady Bears before a Shaw service error was followed by a Taylor kill that sealed the 25-20set win and tied the match 2-2 and forced the final fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Rams once again jumped ahead of the Lady Bears with a 7-3 lead to start the set. A kill from sophomore setter Rylee Wilson gave the team an 8-5 lead. The Rams had to fend off a furious comeback effort from the Lady Bears after taking a 13-11 lead. However, a Shaw service error and a service ace from sophomore Tailar Jackson ended the match and the win for the Rams, 15-11.

With the win, the Rams improve to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action, Saturday when they hit the road to take on the Francis Marion Patriots. For more information on Rams volleyball,  log on to
MEAC Football Week 7: ESPNU Thursday Night Game Can Affect Conference Race

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NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 9, 2019—With two full weeks of conference play in the books, things are tight at the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings – with four teams unbeaten in league play (including ineligible Florida A&M). This weekend, which starts on Thursday with a nationally-televised ESPNU contest between MEAC unbeaten Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central, should begin adding clarity to the picture.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central Eagles (2-4, 1-1 MEAC)

Thursday, Oct. 10 • O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium • Durham, N.C. • 6 p.m.


Bethune-Cookman is on a roll, looking for its fourth straight victory. Quarterback Akevious Williams completed seven of 16 passes for 156 yards and three scores (all to Jimmie Robinson) in the Wildcats’ 31-20 win over Morgan State this past weekend. Williams also ripped off 124 yards on 25 carries. North Carolina Central freshman quarterback Davius Richard was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks after the young signal-caller threw for 220 yards and two scores and ran for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 28-21 loss to Florida A&M. Entering Saturday, the Eagles lead the nation in takeaways with 16. Safety Deonta Fair added to that, recording the 11thpick of the season for the Eagles defense. It was just the second pick thrown by FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley all season. Bethune-Cookman has dominated the series in recent years, winning eight of the last nine meetings between the schools, including last season.

Norfolk State Spartans (1-5, 0-2 MEAC) vs. Howard Bison (1-5, 1-1 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 12 • Greene Stadium • Washington, D.C. • 1 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

The Spartans enter the game with four straight losses after falling 58-19 to North Carolina A&T last weekend. Quarterback Juwan Carter completed 24 of 44 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He spread the ball around, as eight different receivers caught a pass and four caught at least four passes. In his second career start, Howard freshman quarterback Quinton Williams threw for 224 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s 62-17 loss to Harvard. Receiver Kyle Anthony had four catches for 118 yards and needs just 12 catches to become the program leader in that category. Despite the loss, Howard made history, as it was the first time Harvard played an HBCU in football. Howard will welcome Norfolk State to D.C. for Homecoming. The two schools have been evenly matched in recent years, splitting the last four meetings. Norfolk State won last year, 29-17.

Delaware State Hornets (1-4, 0-3 MEAC) vs. Morgan State Bears (0-5, 0-2 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 12 • Earl Banks Field at Hughes Stadium • Baltimore, Md. • 1 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Linebacker Rico Kennedy was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bears’ 31-20 loss to Bethune-Cookman this past Saturday. He racked up a game-high 15 tackles (four TFL) to go along with a sack and a pick. Receiver Manasseh Bailey was named MEAC Specialist of the Week after he blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for the Bears’ final score. Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea went completed 17 of 37 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown in the Hornets’ home loss to South Carolina State, and the 17 completions and 198 yards both marked career highs for the young passer. Linebacker Pontraille Gray, filling in for Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Brian Cavicante, led the Hornets with a career-high11 tackles (nine solo), including a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. D’Andre Blue-Eli had his team-high second interception of the season. This game marks the Bears’ Homecoming game. The Bears have won three of the last four matchups, including a 9-0 victory last season.

Florida A&M Rattlers (4-1, 2-0) vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 MEAC)

Saturday, Oct. 12 • Bulldog Stadium • Orangeburg, S.C. • 2 p.m.

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

Florida A&M quarterback Ryan Stanley completed 22 of 32 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 28-21win over North Carolina Central this past weekend. was named the BoxToRow National Player of the Week on Monday, and Stanley needs just 27 yards to break Quinn Gray’s school record for career passing yards (7,378). In addition, he needs just seven touchdown passes to become the Rattlers’ all-time leader in that category. Receiver Xavier Smith had nine catches for 129 yards and a pair of scores. South Carolina State quarterback Tyrece Nick was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bulldogs’ 38-24 win over Delaware State. Nick completed 16 of 28 passes for 253 yards and a school-record five touchdown passes. The record was previously held by Marvin Marshall (1994), Reese McCampbell (2000 and 2003) Malcolm Long (2009) and Richard Cue (2013) with four. He also displayed his dual threat ability, with 14 carries for 105 yards. Wide receiver De’Montrez Burroughs finished with five catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. South Carolina State racked up a season-best 452 total yards on offense. South Carolina State won the last meeting between the schools, 44-21, last year.

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NCCU QB Richard Named MEAC Rookie of the Week
Kyle Serba   Photo courtesy NCCU
NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central University freshman quarterback Davius Richard has been selected as the MEAC Rookie of the Week for his performance against Florida A&M, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced on Monday (Oct. 7).

Richard (6-3, 200, Belle Glade, Fla.) accounted for 260 total yards and three touchdowns versus the Rattlers. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a game-high 40 yards and a score.

The rookie signal caller also received honorable mention recognition as STATS National Freshman Player of the Week.

This is the second time Richard has earned the conference honor. He was selected as the co-MEAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 23 for completing 17 of 24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, while adding 34 yards rushing against Elizabeth City State.

NCCU returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 10, by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
CU Women's Golf compete in the Martin Invitational

L. Charlotte Dinkins  Photo courtesy Chowan
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NORFOLK, Va.-The Women's Golf team competed in the one day Marlins Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.

LOCATION | Norfolk, Va (Cypress Point Country Club)

Complete Results Here

Teams competed in the tournament as individuals this year.

Fultz from Southern Virginia and Phillips and Lyon from Virginia Wesleyan finished T1 after they all shot a 78 on Tuesday.

IneciaRolle paced the Hawks after carding an 80 to finish T4 with Virginia Wesleyan's Cunningham after 18-holes.

Following Rolle was AnneryAbreu who carded an 83 in the tournament to finish top-10 for the Blue and White.

SamoneMorgan posted a 117 on the day while CarringtonAlston recorded a 138 for the Hawks.

Chowan will conclude their fall season on October 15thwhen they travel to Merlin, Md to compete in the Maryland Eastern Shore Invitational.

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

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 or the SWAC website at

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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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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.