Back in the
'Big House' the focus of documentary By JOSHUA
Two documentary filmmakers will visit Paducah for next
month's Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration as part of
their project chronicling the life and influence of a
celebrated city son: the late Clarence "Big House"
Gaines. Production on "Man to Man," a feature-length
documentary, began in February and examines Gaines'
46-year basketball coaching career at Winston-Salem
and his relationships with
players and the community. Born in Paducah in 1923, Gaines
led Winston-Salem to the 1967 Division II national
championship, the first historically black school to win an
They Call Me Big House," The
Clarence E. Gaines Story,
Student Athlete Sophomore Ricci Alleyne, a
NCAA Indoor Track Qualifier from Bowie State, talk's
track and athlete scholarships as a vehicle for
women to handle their business.
RICCI ALLEYNE AND TERRENCE STAFFORD RECOGNIZED AS
| At HBCU Homecomings' Vendors
hawk a variety of goods, fish and chicken, sweat shirts, and jewelry while looking for old
classmates who attended "back in the day". A custom sweat shit vendors
enticement of a "black man just trying to make a living" caught my
CU's Women's Golf Set to Compete in Cutter Creek
Picture courtesy Chowan
L. Charlotte Dinkins
MURFREESBORO, N.C.- The Chowan Women's Golf team opens their fall
season on September 9-10 at the Cutter Creek Invitational hosted by
WHEN Monday, September 9-10
WHERE Snow Hill, N.C (Cutter Creek Golf Club)
Chowan will be making their fifth appearance at the Cutter Creek
Invitational with Inecia Rolle and Annery Abreu competing as
individuals this year.
Returning as a senior for the Hawks is Inecia Rolle who posted an 81
average for the 2018-2019 season after carding her best rounds at
the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate last fall.
Annery Abreu is a Port Saint Lucie, Fl native who will compete for
the first time in the tournament.
TOURNAMENT IN REVIEW
The Hawks last competed in the Cutter Creek Invitational in 2018
finishing the tournament in fifth place with a 346 team total. .
Rolle finished 15th overall after recording an 82 for the Blue and
|VUU Shocks D-I Hampton 36-21
VUU Sports &
Picture courtesy VUU
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -
Khalid Morris threw four touchdown passes, including
three to Charles Hall, and Division II-member
Virginia Union scored 22 unanswered second-half
points to beat Hampton 36-17 on Saturday, September
|FOOTBALL James Heath
HAMPTON, Va. – Visiting
Virginia Union scored the last 22 points of the game
as they defeated Hampton University 36-17 on
The Panthers scored twice in under a minute of the first
quarter as Khalid Morris threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to
Charles Hall and then a 40-yard scoring pass to Taybus
Taylor as the guests raced out to a 14-0 lead with 3:01
Hampton scored all of its points in the second quarter as
Deondre Francois connected with Jadakis Bonds on a 49-yard
scoring pass at the 13:40 mark as Hampton trailed 14-7.
Francois finished a 99-yard, 11-play scoring drive with a
one-yard plunge to tie the game at 14 with 8:19 left. A
32-yard field goal by Evan Lomax at the halftime horn gave
Hampton a 17-14 advantage.
Virginia Union used a pair of td passes from Morris in the
second half to Charles Hall 28 yards and 44 yards along with
a pair of Jefferson Souza field goals of 29 and 30 yards to
help take command.
Taylor had 159 yards to lead Virginia Union on the ground,
while Shai McKenzie ran 25 times for 112 yards to lead
Hampton in the backfield.
Hampton now hits the road for its next two games starting in
Chicago at the Chicago Football Classic when they face
Howard at Soldier Field on September 14 at 4:30 pm EST.
For more information on Hampton University football,
visit the official Pirates website at
grinds out 13-7 upset
As junior transfer Jaylen Myers took a pair of knees from
the victory formation, a dominating performance was sealed
as the Kentucky State University football team went on the
Picture courtesy KSU
Volleyball splits pair of Games
CLEVELAND, TENN. - The Kentucky State University volleyball
team split a pair of games Saturday, falling to host Lee
University in straight sets and then defeated Erskine
College in four.
|to upset Football Championship Subdivision
member Robert Morris, 13-7, Saturday in non-conference
action at Joe Walton Stadium.
KSU, SIAC add men's volleyball
Picture courtesy KSU
- Kentucky State University's President Dr. M. Christopher
Brown II and Director of Athletics Etienne Thomas today
announced that KSU would be growing its stable of NCAA DII
intercollegiate sports by adding Men's Volleyball starting
with the 2020-2021 school year. The addition of Men's
Volleyball was announced at a press conference on the KSU
campus along with the news that KSU has received a $150,000
gift to Thoroughbred Athletics to support the new program.
"Men's professional volleyball is the third most popular
sport in the world and boys' volleyball is on the rise in
the USA. We are proud today to announce that Kentucky State
is leading the way in being the first NCAA DII or DI HBCU to
add Men's Volleyball," said Brown II. "It is smart for us to
be in front of trends and especially compelling that the
SIAC will be sponsoring men's volleyball conference-wide."
SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore announced that a total of six
colleges from the SIAC, all HBCUs, will be announcing the
addition of men's volleyball. Five more press conferences at
five other institutions adding men's volleyball are
scheduled Sept. 3-6. A total investment of $1 million is
being made ($600,000 from First Point Volleyball Foundation
and $400,000 from USA Volleyball) to support six SIAC
colleges and the league in starting the sport.
Brown II came to Frankfort after serving as the executive
vice president for academic affairs and provost at Southern
University and A&M System. President Brown also previously
served as president and institutional executive officer at
Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive
and academic roles at the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk
University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American
Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the United
Negro College Fund.
"We are proud to support Kentucky State University as they
provide more opportunities for kids to mature and develop
through volleyball," said Wade Garard, CEO of First Point
Volleyball Foundation. "We have volleyball donors from all
over the country that aremaking this grant possible. USA
Volleyball, AVCA and lots of volleyball families are joining
together to provide opportunities to a new generation of
boys to enjoy our great game."
Thomas came to KSU after serving at University of Kansas as
a liaison with the Office of Institutional Opportunity &
Access (IOA) and oversaw Diversity, Gender Equity &
Inclusion education and training for student-athletes,
coaches and staff, as well as student conduct for KU
Athletics. She was also the sports supervisor for rowing.
Prior to Kansas, Thomas worked at North Carolina Central
University as the Associate Athletics Director for Internal
Operations/Senior Woman Administrator, beginning in July of
2008,before being promoted to Senior Associate Athletics
Director for Internal Operations/Senior Woman Administrator
in the fall of 2016. Before her time at NCCU, Thomas served
as the Director of Compliance at San Jose State University.
She added the duties of associate athletics director in July
2006. As a sports supervisor in the Spartans' 16-sports
Thomas also introduced DiShondra Goree as the Kentucky State
men's volleyball head coach. Goree will coach both the
men's and women's volleyball programs. Goree came to
Frankfort in 2016 after five seasons at her alma mater, Shaw
University, where she coached Shaw's first team in program
history to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional
"What a great opportunity for Kentucky State to jump into
what is the fastest growing team sport in the United States
for boys. I grew up in Fort Wayne Indiana where Boys
Volleyball was prominent and we all knew Lloy Ball and
programs like IPFW," said Goree."I am thankful to Director
Thomas in having faith in me to lead volleyball here at KSU.
I look forward to putting a product on the floor that
everyone will be proud of."
Sharon Clark, President-elect of the AVCA expressed her
enthusiasm and support of the SIAC and Kentucky State. Clark
had been present at the NCAA Convention when Commissioner
Moore invited Clark and Garard to present to the SIAC
Council of Presidents. "What an historic day. To see this
come to fruition is meaningful for our sport. The volleyball
community including USAV, AVCA and others have worked hard
to provide more opportunities for athletes and coaches of
color in volleyball. But this announcement takes thing to a
whole new level," Clark said. "We stand ready to assist
these programs in any way they can."
John Speraw, head coach of the U.S. Men's National
Volleyball Team and the founder of First Point Volleyball
Foundation also spoke at the announced and said, "We talk at
USA Volleyball about the Path to the Podium. It is not
outlandish to think that a youngman playing in the SIAC
conference in 2021 could be an Olympian in 2028 or 2032. Our
work at First Point Volleyball Foundation is providing more
opportunities for young people and it is also building our
pipeline for more success at the international levelfor Team
USA for decades to come."
First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball have
both made diversity a strategic priority initiative and
Jamie Davis, USA Volleyball's CEO believes the impact of
HBCUs offering Men's Volleyball will be profound. "USA
Volleyball is proud to be supporting this SIAC initiative to
bring men's varsity volleyball programs to six HBCU schools
including Kentucky State University. As the National
Governing Body for volleyball, we strive to increase the
diversity and inclusion in our sport. I applaud the
leadership and vision being shown by President Brown,
Commissioner Moore and all six of the schools' presidents
and athletic directors which will surely increase the
participation of African-American men playing volleyball and
lead to new athletic and academic opportunities for young
boys. This program will serve as a new Path to the Podium
for these men to potentially join our national teams and
represent Team USA across the globe," Davis said.
About the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily
of historically black colleges and universities with
headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The SIAC includes
14 member institutions (Albany State University, Benedict
College, Central State University, Clark Atlanta University,
Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University,
Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse
College, Paine College, Savannah State University, Spring
Hill College, and Tuskegee University), which are located
within a contiguous six-state footprint (Alabama, Georgia,
Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio). The SIAC
sponsors seven men's and six women's sports and is a proud
member of the NCAA Division II. For more information, visit
About First Point Volleyball Foundation -
Founded in 2016 by John Speraw, Head Coach of the USA Men's
National Team and UCLA Men's Volleyball, First Point
Volleyball Foundation exists to provide opportunities for
young people to mature and develop through volleyball.
Specifically focused on growing boys' and men's volleyball
in the United States, First Point Volleyball Foundation
initiates and celebrates FIRST POINTS whether that is a
first point of a new NCAA team, or a new high school team,
or a first point of competitive volleyball for a 12
year-old. First Point Volleyball has raised $3 million in
less than three years and has helped start 16 new collegiate
men's volleyball programs. The Foundation has three
strategic initiatives: (1) Growing collegiate opportunities;
(2) Growing high school boys' opportunities; and (3)
Extending our Reach Diversity Initiative - expanding
volleyball opportunities to boys and men of color.
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a non-profit organization
recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and
the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) as the
National Governing Body for the volleyball disciplines of
beach, indoor, sitting, snow and beach ParaVolley in the
United States. With more than 370,000 registered members,
USA Volleyball conducts national championship events,
coaching and referee certification programs, and grassroots
development across all disciplines in a lifetime sport in
which all can participate. USA Volleyball's teams have won
an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four
Paralympic medals since 2004 and numerous World Cup, World
Championship and Continental Championship titles. For more
information on USAVolleyball, visit www.usavolleyball.org.#PathtothePodium
About Boys' and Men's Volleyball in the United States
Boys' volleyball is exploding. It is the fastest growing
team sport in the United States for high school boys,
growing at 22% over the last five years. The 2nd fastest
growing sport grew by only 10% and football decreased 9%
over the same five-yea period. With 63,563 boys playing high
school now it is projected that 100,000 boys will be playing
by 2026. Minnesota added 1,000 boys volleyball players and
51 high school teams in the last two years alone. Colorado
just officially sanctioned boys' high school volleyball and
sanctioning initiatives and pilots are underway in 18
additional states. New Men's Volleyball programs have been
initiated in 80 universities in the last five years alone -
mostly at the DII, DIII, and NAIA levels. In 2018, First
Point Volleybal lFoundation provided Saint Francis College-
Brooklyn (a Division I institution) a $100,000 grant to add
Men's Volleyball beginning in 2019-2020.
Fayetteville State holds off Benedict 35-21
Picture courtesy FSU
Playing a seven o'clock start time, it was a lights and cannon
spectacle in Luther Nick Jerald Stadium as Fayetteville State
football started its season on the right note with an impressive
35-21 victory over Benedict College.
The Broncos jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead and the stifling
Fayetteville State defense held the Tigers to 74 total offensive
yards on 64 plays in the game. The Broncos recorded five sacks, 14
tackles for losses, while Benedict committed five turnovers (three
lost fumbles [six total] and two interceptions) and two safeties. On
offense, Collyn Anderson went an efficient 16-of-28 for 154 yards
and two touchdowns.
It was the Broncos' defense that provided the key moments early in
the game for Fayetteville State with the defense executing a goal
line stand after a blocked Broncos' punt on their first drive.
Following the goal line stand and Shawn Andrews converting a 34-yard
field goal for FSU with 3:27 left in the first, the Broncos' defense
scored the first two touchdowns of the season late in the first
quarter with Chrishon Springs recovering a fumble and returning it
20 yards and Brandon Smith returning a bad snap on a punt six yards
for the second touchdown.
Trailing 17-0 with 9:30 on the clock in the second quarter, the
Tigers missed a 36-yard field goal. Anderson made Benedict pay on
the very next drive by connecting with Jayden Maynor for 68 yards to
extend the lead with 24-0.
Benedict was plagued by special teams' issues and bad snaps all
game. In addition to the bad snap that resulted in a touchdown, two
more bad snaps on punts resulted in two safeties and four points for
the Broncos. The Tigers' punterfumbled on another punt and Brandon
Smith was able to recover the ball at Benedict's eight-yard line.
Three plays later, Anderson connected with Tyeous Sharpe for an
eight-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 33-0 lead early in the
third quarter. Another potential Tigers' special teams blunder was
nullified when Johnnie Glaspie's kick return touchdown was called
back due to a penalty.
Benedict finally got on the board early in the third quarter, with a
11-yard touchdown pass, buoyed by a 76 yard kick return from
Myquerris McGrier-it was not all bad for the Tigers' special teams
as Benedict also recovered a bad snapon a Broncos' punt in the
endzone. Plus, Benedict scored a defensive touchdown of their own
with a strip-sack and a 45-yard fumble return.
Stevie Green led the Broncos rushing with 70 yards on 19 carries and
Nigel Peele led the defense with 11 tackles, including two tackles
for a loss. Joshua Williams added three tackles for a loss and
Markus Crutchfield had a team-high2.5 sacks.
Fayetteville State is home again in Luther Nick Jeralds Stadium next
Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Wingate University.
Nationally-Ranked Towson Pulls Away from NCCU
photo of Isaiah Totten by KeShawn Ennis
TOWSON, Md. – After suffering a 42-3 loss to No. 8 Towson University
on Saturday night, first-year North Carolina Central University head
football coach Trei Oliver was asked what he has learned about his
team following two tough defeats to start the season. “They won’t
quit,” Oliver said with emphasis.
“We have a young football team. We have 37 true freshmen on the
team,” Oliver said. “For us to come in here and play the
eighth-ranked team in the country and be down with our backs against
the wall, 28-0; the guys came out of the locker room and still
fought. I love my guys, and they’ll go to war for us.”
Of NCCU’s 281 yards of total offense, 173 were posted after
intermission, compared to 159 total yards in the second half by the
Near the end of the third quarter, NCCU linebacker Jerome Foster
ripped the ball away from a Tiger and Eagles defensive back Stephen
Stokes pounced on the fumble to force a turnover, the fourth
takeaway of the season by the NCCU defense. Twelve plays later, NCCU
cashed in on the fumble recovery with a 33-yard field goal off the
foot of freshman kicker Adrian Olivo.
A balanced NCCU defensive performance was topped by senior safety
Deonta Fair and Stokes with five tackles apiece, while defensive
ends Darius Royster and Kawuan Cox each registered a sack.
Junior running back Isaiah Totten contributed 60 of NCCU’s 111
rushing yards, while redshirt freshman Latrell Collier added 32
yards and junior Jordan Freeman 27 yards on the ground for the
NCCU freshman quarterback Darius Richard came off the bench to
complete 10 of 23 passes for 109 yards, along with an interception.
Junior receivers Nique Martin and Ryan McDaniel collected five
catches each, with Martin tallying a game-high 80 receiving yards.
Towson (2-0) quarterback Tom Flacco, the brother of NFL signal
caller Joe Flacco, passed for 228 yards and three touchdowns, while
also running for a score to top the Tigers.
Up next, NCCU (0-2) travels to Boiling Springs, North Carolina, to
take of Gardner-Webb University on Sept. 14.
Red Zone Woes, Turnovers Hand Hawks Opening Loss
Picture courtesy Chowan
WISE, VA. – The Chowan football team started off the contest slow
against UVa-Wise in their season opener and could not keep pace as
the Hawks dropped a 40-22 decision on the road on Saturday
FINAL | Chowan 22, UVa-Wise 40
RECORDS | Chowan 0-1, UVa-Wise 1-0
LOCATION | Wise, Va. (Carl Smith Stadium)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Featuring a top-20 offense (Chowan) and a top-20 defense (UVa-Wise),
neither team held up to the hype as Chowan produced 417 yards of
total offense, nearly 100 yards less than last season for Chowan and
over100 yards more than UVa-Wise allowed last season.
The Hawks rushed for 233 yards on the ground led by Imeek Watkins
with 64 yards. Watkins busted a 58 yard run. Tyrell Freeman and
Deshaun Wethington chipped in with 62 yards each. Freeman added a
touchdown run in the second quarter. Freeman's 62 yards made him the
Chowan all-time leading rusher, passing DIII great Jawarren Cowles.
Bryce Witt finished 15-23 for 170 yards and an interception. Witt
added a touchdown run. Jayden Riley went 3-7 for 14 yards and a
touchdown to Kobe Chavis.
Defensively, the Hawks produced a sack and six tackles for loss.
Connor O'Brien led the charge with 12 tackles. Colby Scott had seven
tackles, one for loss, and a forced fumble. Jason Jones forced a
Chowan had six trips to the redzone compared to four by UVa-Wise.
Both squads converted on three trips.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cavaliers would take the opening kick-off 66 yards to set-up in
plus territory at the CU 33. The Cavs would score six plays later to
take a 7-0 lead.
On the first drive for the Hawks, Chowan started moving the ball
with quick strikes to Tyrell Freeman and Adrian McNeil. Chowan would
turn the ball over on downs at the WISE 35.
On the second drive, Chowan marched the ball into the redzone after
a 23 yard punt return by Imeek Watkins. BryceWitt's pass would be
intercepted in the endzone.
The defense would hold and force a punt, getting the ball back at
the WISE 33. Down inside the redzone again, the Cavs defense stood
tall and stripped Witt and returned it for a touchdown to take a
After a stalled drive for the Hawks, UVa-Wise returned the ensuing
punt return 91 yards for a score. The Cavs converted the two-point
conversion to lead 21-0.
The next two drives for the Hawks ended in punts. John Kight pinned
the Cavs deep on their own five yard line. Jason Jones would string
out the run and tackle the runner in the endzone to put the Hawks on
the scoreboard down 21-2.
Following the safety, the Hawks would pick up some steam getting an
11 yard pass from Bryce Witt to Tyrell Freeman. Witt would connect
with Ra'Cee Lucas for a 25 yard pass to the WISE 13. Freeman would
do the rest on the ground for the touchdown to cut the deficit to
The final drive of the half for UVa-Wise showed promise marching the
ball down to the CU 1. Josh Berry stopped a run for a loss and
forced a Cavs field goal attempt with two ticks left. Chowan called
two timeouts to "ice" the kicker. The 24 yard attempt would miss
The opening drive of the half for the Hawks went the wrong way as
two sacks forced a punt. The punt would be returned for a touchdown
but would be wiped out onan illegal block. The next play, UVa-Wise
went 62 yards for a touchdown run to lead 27-8 after the PAT was
blocked by Antonio Hines.
Imeek Watkins would help the Hawks' offense taking the end-around
for 58 yards. Bryce Witt called his own number from 10 yards out for
UVa-Wise continued to have a strong special teams effort starting
their next drive at their own 48. The Cavs would use an eight play
52 yard drive ending with a19 yard touchdown pass to push the
deficit to 33-15.
The Cavs stretched the lead to 40-15 after a stalled Chowan drive.
Deshaun Wethington would do his damage in the fourth quarter on the
ground picking up small chunks on the drive. Imeek Watkins hauled in
a 36 yard completion from Bryce Witt. Witt found Adrian McNeil for a
17 yard completion but ended up a yard short and turned the ball
over on downs.
The Cavs started milking the clock as the Hawks started their next
drive with 7:58 remaining following an Aristotle Bowles sack on
third down. Brandon Hughes rushed for 20 yards on the drive and was
capped off by an 8-yd touchdown pass by Jayden Riley to Kobe Chavis,
Chowan will host Alderson-Broaddus on Sept. 14 in a non-conference
contest. Kick-off is slated for 1pm at Garrison Stadium.
Chowan Women's Soccer Hosts Shaw On Monday
Picture courtesy Chowan
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Women's Soccer team will look to
rebound from their opening loss of the season to take on Shaw in a
WHEN Monday, September 9 | 2:30pm
WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawks Field)
FOLLOW GAMEDAY CENTRAL (Stats/Video)
Chowan finished the 2018 season with a 9-7-1 overall record and
their second straight trip to the Conference Carolinas Semifinals.
The Hawks is 0-1-0 on the season after suffering a loss to #19
Lincoln Memorial last week.
The Hawks return16 players from last season's squad including 30 of
their 31 goals scored. Headlining the team is Conference Carolinas
First Team selections: Sabrina Henderson and Carolina Lucci, both
scored double-digit goals last season.
The back line of the Hawks is anchored by Asia Fort, Rebekah
Langley, and Shannon Park.
CAGING THE BEARS
The Shaw Bears finished the 2018 season with a 12-4 overall record
in just their second season. The Bears picked up wins against
Conference Carolinas members, Converse and Southern Wesleyan.
Shaw returns their leading scorer from last season in Jasa Curry as
she posted 23 goals. The Bears will be under the direction of Randy
McClure in his first competition as head coach.
Howard Men’s Hoops Heads to Europe in
Bison prepare for Summer Tour in Spain
DEREK W. BRYANT
(Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)
WASHINGTON (June 26, 2019) – First-year head coach
Kenneth Blakeney and the Howard University men’s
basketball team heads to Europe for a Summer Tour in
Spain this August. The tour runs August 9-18 in
Barcelona and Valencia, featuring team-bonding
activities throughout the trip while playing three
“I love that our student-athletes have this chance to
represent Howard University on a global stage in Spain,”
said Blakeney. “This trip will be a great educational,
cultural, team and basketball experience that our guys
will remember for the rest of their lives.”
The tour begins in Barcelona, home of the 1992 Summer
Olympics Games where the world witnessed arguably one of
the greatest men’s basketball teams assembled, the U.S.
During the team’s visit in Barcelona, they will take a
tour of the famous Camp Nou Stadium, home of FC
Barcelona, followed by a bike tour through the city and
cruise on the Mediterranean Sea. Howard wraps up its
stay with a pair of games and a tour of the Temple
Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, a large unfinished
Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, built in 1882.
“This trip will give us an opportunity to bond [as a
team],” Blakeney continued. “We'll also get to see how
we compete before we start practice in the fall.”
Midway through the tour, Coach Blakeney’s squad journeys
to Valencia where the city is known for its arts and
sciences, with futuristic structures including a
planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum.
In Valencia, the Bison will play its final contest while
building chemistry through activities like a team
“It’s such a unique experience that will provide great
momentum towards the improvement of our program,”
Blakeney added. “No matter how much you train or
practice, you really don't know about a team until you
see it in game competition.”
Through the NCAA Bylaws, Howard may begin training for
Spain as early as Tuesday, July 30.
All questions concerning access to the tour should be
directed to Keith Coutreyer (email@example.com).
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)
Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes
17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and
cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal
Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European
masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and
an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital,
Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical
modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website
Ianovale Named to Google Cloud Academic All-America Team
2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Volleyball Team
Picture courtesy NCCU
DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University senior
libero Erika Ianovale has been voted to the 2018 Google
Cloud Academic All-America® Volleyball Team, which
recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their
combined performances athletically and in the classroom, as
announced by the College Sports Information Directors of
made Third Team and is just one of 22 honorees to be
selected Google Cloud Academic All-America® Volleyball Team
out of student-athletes from 336 NCAA Division I volleyball
programs. She is the only award winner from the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC). Ianovale is the 10th NCCU
student-athlete to earn this distinction (sixth in the
modern DI era) and first-ever from the volleyball program.
“It’s fantastic,” said NCCU third-year head coach Jody
Brown. “Erika is a super hard worker. She is an extremely
intelligent young lady, who is very focused on her career.
She has been carrying 18 hours ever since she came here. She
is multilingual – fluent in three or four languages. She has
been exactly what we have been looking for in regards to
being a mature student-athlete. We have been thrilled to
have her both on the court and off the court.”
Ianovale boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) as a
mass communication major at NCCU. She transferred in after
earning an Associate of Arts degree from State College of
Florida. The Dean's and President's List award winner is a
member of Lambda Pi Eta, Public Relations Student Society of
America and the social media committee of the
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Ianovale, who is
concentrating on public relations and is working on a minor
in Spanish, plans to work in the United States for a few
years with a multinational or international corporation
dealing with other countries and cultures.
Ianovale, who was born in Milan, Italy, but resides in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, was named the NCCU Student-Athlete of the
Month in September. She is one of just two Lady Eagles to
play in all 91 sets this season for NCCU.
The repositioned libero finished her final season ranked
sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with
3.51 digs per set. She switched positions from outside
hitter as a junior to libero in her final season. Ianovale
immediately made an impact on defense and posted
double-digit digs in 20 of 25 matches.
“It just speaks volumes to the level of commitment she has
for the things she chooses to do,” said Brown when asked
about her ability to perform well at a new position.
Ianovale supplied a season-high 25 digs in a 3-2 win over
Jackson State University. Her 15 digs against Bethune-Cookman
University helped the Lady Eagles upset the preseason
favorites in the Southern Division in NCCU's league opener.
“Erika has been a great role model and leader for us, both
on and off the court,” said Brown. “Her maturity and
commitment to her team and academics has really stood out
and will be the backbone of her future success.”
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or
important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade
point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.
Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50
percent of the team's games and they are not eligible until
they have completed one full calendar year at their current
institution and has reached at least sophomore athletic
|PETTAWAY BROADENING HORIZONS OFF THE COURT
Picture courtesy KSU
MURFREESBORO, N.C. - For most student-athletes the
summer is a relaxing time before returning to campus
for another intense academic and athletic year. For
Jordan Pettaway, member of the Chowan Women's
Basketball program, this summer is all work and no
play. Pettaway was one of 30 undergraduate students
nationwide to spend six weeks at the University of
Virginia School of Medicine in their new Summer
Medical Leadership Program. The Summer Medical
Leadership Program (SMLP) is an intensive six-week
residential medical academic enrichment program for
30 undergraduate students that make up
underrepresented groups and/or disadvantaged
backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers
in medicine. The number one goal of SMLP is to
expose the participants to the "real world of
medicine" to prepare them not only for admission to
medical school but to assume future leadership
positions in medicine/biomedical field.
|Hawks Athletics Announce 2019 Themed Football
MURFREESBORO, N.C. - The Chowan University Department of Athletics
is excited to announce its themed games for the 2019 home football
season. The Hawks will host four home games this season, the first
being Saturday, September 14th when Alderson Broaddus comes to town
for a 1:00pm kick off.
September 14, 2019-vs. Alderson Broaddus, 1:00pm, Garrison Stadium
CU ACADEMIC CHAMPIONS DAY / COMMUNITY & CLUB DAY
The Athletic Department will recognize two groups this Saturday.
First, all student-athletes with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade
point average. Second, the department will recognize clubs and
organizations on campus. Campus advisors and/or club officers will
be recognized in between quarters of the game. If interested in
participating please contact Meredith Long, firstname.lastname@example.org. The
department will host our annual community function during the
contest with a tailgate, face painting, inflatables and more.
September 21, 2019-vs. Shaw, 6:00pm, Garrison Stadium
MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS DAY
Please join the CU community for Military & First Responders
Appreciation Day where all retired and active members with a Valid
ID will receive free admission to the game. We will also recognize
those military and first responders in attendance at halftime of the
October 26, 2019-vs. Elizabeth City State, 1:00pm, Garrison Stadium
HOMECOMING & I'M A HAWK DAY
At halftime of the game the University will recognize the 2019
Distinguished Alumni class followed by the 2019 CU Homecoming Court
and crowning of the 2019 CU Homecoming King and Queen. The athletic
department is asking that all CU fans wear CU Blue to support the
Hawks on game day and help us BLUE OUT the stands! There will be a
video made this game where fans can participate in a "I'M A HAWK"
November 2, 2019-vs. Virginia State, 1:00pm, Garrison Stadium
HALL OF FAME GAME & CU TEAM DAY
The CU Athletics Department will recognize the 2019 CU Athletics Jim
Garrison Hall of Fame class at halftime of the game. In between
quarters, all athletic teams will be recognized and are asked to
dress in team issued gear.