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Howard Volleyball Set for A Big Weekend in The District
; Bison welcome a pair of Power Five Foes; HU goes to crosstown rival Hoyas

DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

WASHINGTON (September 19, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team returns to The District for a big weekend in preparation for conference play.

Friday (Sept. 20), Howard faces SEC foe Ole Miss inside The Burr. First-serve is set for 6 p.m. The next day (Sept. 21), the Bison host Big Ten opponent Rutgers at The Hilltop. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 22), HU wraps up the weekend at crosstown rival Georgetown. The action starts 1 p.m.

Fans can follow Friday and Saturday matches via live stats or live video: Friday link and Saturday link.

Bison Nation can keep up with Sunday’s clash with the Hoyas via live stats and live video as well.


On Sept. 13-14, HU went toe-to-toe with three of their toughest competition on the young season; however, unable to break through for a victory. Howard fell to Villanova, Yale and No. 20 USC in straight sets.



HU (2-9) enters the weekend looking to snap its five-match skid and build momentum for next weekend’s conference openers. Last weekend (Sept. 13-14), junior Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) led the charge, registering back-to-back double-doubles against Villanova and No. 20 USC. Tipton, alongside fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason honorees senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) and junior Fola Wilson (Minneapolis) look to get the Bison back on track.


Friday’s clash will be the first meeting between the Rebels (6-3) and Howard. Over the weekend (Sept. 13-14), Ole Miss picked up its second-straight tournament title and improved its win streak to six after sweeping the Central Arkansas Classic, defeating Little Rock, 3-0, Oral Roberts, 3-1, and Central Arkansas, 3-2. Senior Nayo Warnell went on to claim Tournament MVP honors and earn SEC Offensive Player of the Week.


Before coming to The Burr, the Scarlett Knights (6-3) visit cross-town foe American Friday (Sept. 20). After starting 0-3, Rutgers has won two tournaments in a row, six straight matches and 12consecutive sets for its longest winning streak since 2012. Nationally, the squad comes in eighth overall in blocks per set (3.03).


Before hosting the Bison, Georgetown (6-4) will hold the 2019 Hoya Invitational (Sept. 20-21) where they will face Binghamton, Florida International and conference foe Morgan State. Currently, the Hoyas are riding a three-match winning streak after winning the 2019 Colonial Classic, knocking off Iona, UNC Greensboro and William & Mary in straight sets. Senior outside hitter Iva Vujosevic was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for her efforts.


Friday night’s promotion is Freshmen Appreciation Night where all freshmen who attend the women’s volleyball match against the Rebels will receive a free ticket to Howard’s first home football game against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 28). Doors open at 5 p.m.


Howard opens league play on the road in Florida where Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 27) and Florida A&M (Sept. 29) await. Friday’s showdown with the Wildcats start at 6 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. serve time against the Rattlers.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Chowan Volleyball Hosts Frostburg State On Friday

Evann Carpenter 
Picture curtsey Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Volleyball team will look to rebound against Frostburg State at home on a non-conference matinee on Friday afternoon.

WHEN Friday, September 20 | 5:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)


Chowan is coming off a straight sets loss to Virginia State during the week to fall to 1-3 on the season.

Sydney Hiner and Anixa Rosa-Martinez lead the Hawks offensively with 26 and 25 kills respectively. Ciara Ortega has produced 50 assists on the season, with Alexa Woolson recording 35 assists.

Katie Houston leads the team with 48 digs, Anixa Rosa-Martinez has 43 digs on the season. Ann-Marie Johnson has recorded 11 blocks on the year.

Frostburg State enters the contest with a 4-1 overall record and comes off their first loss of the season. The Bobcats started off the year with two wins against Lincoln (Pa.), Bowie State, and USciences that hold a combined 3-12 overall record.

Biamba Tshitenge and Jacqueline Sterenberg lead the team with 35 and 30 kills respectively. Cori Smothers paces the defense with 60 digs.


Chowan and Frostburg State have not met since the Division III days. Frostburg took both meetings in 2001 and 2002.
MJBL organizes hurricane fundraiser 2019

Larry Barber  (picture courtesy Larry Barber)

2019 MJBL 10-under champion Bahamas Freedom Farm Baseball Team,  MJBL staffer Mike Berry who organized this fundraiser is in the chair behind sitters.

Richmond, VA –  Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) of Richmond, VA has started a relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.  A
GoFundMe page has been established via the web pages.  "I urge you to join the young men of the MJBL in their endeavor to raise money in support of the relief effort to aid the Bahamian people that have suffered through the devastation of Hurricane Dorian,"  said Mike Berry, the fund organizer. 

These young men have formed a strong bond with players of MJBL affiliate Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL) in Nassau, Bahamas.  This bond was established when a MJBL all-star team traveled to Nassau this past January during the MLK, Jr. holiday to play against FFBL.  Seeing the devastation that occurred in the Bahamas on television and on social media prompted these young men, their families and coaches to take action to be a part of the relief effort.

Local television stations WTVR-CBS 6 and WRIC-ABC 8, the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the San Francisco Giants AA affiliate have all joined forces to get the world out on his relief aid effort.  All monies raised will be sent to the office of Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), covering the expense of the trucking company and relief supplies sent to Miami and then load them to a ship and sent to the Bahamas.
MEAC Football Week : Howard, Delaware State to Kick Off Conference Play

Maurice Williams

 The first conference game of the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football season kicks offin Dover, Del., this weekend – as do five other non-conference contests.

Morgan State Bears (0-2, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Army Black Knights (1-1, 0-0 CAA)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • Michie Stadium • West Point, N.Y. • 12 p.m.

TV: CBS Sports Network

This will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools, with Army winning the two match-ups. Army won the last game, 60-3, in West Point back in 2016. Linebacker Rico Kennedy had eight tackles, one sack, and forced a fumble in the loss. Morgan State lost 63-12 to No. 2 James Madison this past Saturday. Quarterback DeAndre Harris threw for 253 yards and a touchdown. Harris also had 20 rushing yards, while receiver Manasseh Bailey had four catches for a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown. His 72-yard touchdown reception was the Bears’ first touchdown of the year.

Delaware State Hornets (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Howard Bison (0-3, 0-0 MEAC)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • Alumni Stadium • Dover, Del. • 2 p.m.


This will be the first game of the conference schedule, as well as Delaware State’s Homecoming. The Hornets had 47 carries for 245 yards and three scores, with nine different players carrying the ball in a 58-12 win over Lincoln (Pa.) last week. Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea was named MEAC Rookie of the Week after throwing for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The two teams have split the last eight meetings, with Howard winning each of the last three. Last season, Howard won 55-13 as Caylin Newton threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to go along with nine carries for 58 yards. Jequez Ezzard had four catches for 191 yards and three scores.

Norfolk State Spartans (1-2, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Montana State (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, Mont. • 3 p.m. EST

TV: SWX Montana (ABC in Western Montana, NBC in Billings)

Coming off a frustrating 46-7 loss to Coastal Carolina, the Spartans look to regroup against Montana State, which is ranked eighth in the country. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Linebacker Nigel Chavis had 11 tackles and a forced fumble to pace the Spartans in the loss.

North Carolina Central Eagles (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Elizabeth City State Vikings (0-2, 0-1 CIAA)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium • Durham, N.C. • 4 p.m.

TV: NCCU Sports Network

The Eagles look for their first win as they take on Elizabeth City State in their home opener after three straight road games to kick off the season. The Eagles have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two North Carolina schools, including the last meeting, 34-7 in 2014. Last week, the Eagles came up short, 21-12 at Gardner-Webb, despite the defense forcing five takeaways. Kicker Adrian Olivo had all 12 of NCCU’s points, including a season-long 40-yard field goal. Senior defensive back Stephen Stokes logged a team-high seven tackles and ran a pick back 41 yards. It was his second interception and third takeaway of the season.

Florida A&M Rattlers (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Southern Jaguars (1-2, 0-0 SWAC)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • Bragg Memorial Stadium • Tallahassee, Fla. • 6 p.m.


After a 57-20 win over Fort Valley State last week, the Rattlers renew their rivalry with a tough Southern squad. The Rattlers lead the all-time series, 33-26-1, although Southern claimed the last meeting, 21-14, in 2012. Quarterback Ryan Stanley threw for 275 yards and three scores in the victory over Fort Valley State. Stanley now has 6,398 career passing yards, which is fifth in program history, and he needs 980 yards to break Quinn Gray’s program record. FAMU’s 57 points on Saturday were the most scored by the Rattlers since they put up 60 in a win over Norfolk State in 2003.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-2, 0-0 SWAC)

Saturday, Sept. 21 • Rice-Totten Stadium • Itta Bena, Miss. • 7 p.m. EST

This will be the second meeting between the two schools, with Bethune-Cookman winning the first meeting, 41-27, last season in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the last meeting, quarterback Akevious Williams threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns and added 54 rushing yards and touchdown. Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 63-0 loss to Miami this past Saturday.


Maurice D. Williams

NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 19, 2019—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will be among the many conferences and other entities celebrating the 150th anniversary of college football, CFB 150, this year, through a series of interviews shared on the conference’s social media platforms.

The video interviews, which were conducted and recorded during MEAC Football Media Day in July, will feature football student-athletes and each head coach from the MEAC’s nine football-playing institutions explaining what the game of football has meant to them and the impact football has had on their lives.

“These videos are the MEAC’s way of celebrating not only our student-athletes and coaches, but also the positive values football has contributed to our American society, during the 150th anniversary of college football,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas said.

The MEAC will be releasing weekly videos of student-athletes and coaches for the public to view. These videos will be available on the official conference website, www.MEACSports.com,as well as the MEAC’s social media channels – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @MEACSports. Click hereto see this week’s videos.
Rams’ Smith Earns ROTC National Scholarship
Trevin Goodwin
WSSU freshman awarded national scholarship for performances on and off the field
Trevin Goodwin
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University freshman quarterback Tyler Smith was the big winner, Saturday evening as he was awarded a United States Army ROTC National Scholarship. He was awarded over$70,000 to serve as a United States Army ROTC cadet. He was recognized for winning the scholarship prior to kickoff of the Rams’ football game against the Catawba Indians, Saturday evening.

Smith was awarded the scholarship that thousands of students compete for annually. It was his scholastic, athletic, and leadership qualities that earned him the scholarship. Smith joined the Rams football team in the fall of 2019 after a tremendous high school career at West Stokes High School. His high school career included three WPAC championships and he twice earned WPAC All-Conference honors. Recipients of the scholarship are required to not only graduate high school with at least a 2.50 GPA, but to also score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT and or 19 on the ACT, as well as meeting a physical standard.

He was joined by a host of supporters when he was recognized for his honor, Saturday evening. His parents, high school guidance counselors, football coach, ROTC instructors, and Winston-Salem State UniversityChancellor Elwood Robinson on the field at Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Tuskegee, Alabama to take on the Tuskegee Golden Tigers. For more information on Rams football,  log on to www.WSSURams.com.
Howard’s Tyson Speaks at the NFCA Coaches Clinic ; Tyson invited to coaching clinic in Kansas City

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Lawrence Johnson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 19, 2019) – The National Fast pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced open registration for the 2019-20 NFCA Coaches Clinics where Howard University softball head coach Tori Tyson will be among the incredible speakers. The announcement came Monday.

Entering Year Three, the clinics feature 40 elite softball minds, who will share their knowledge, drills and secrets to success this winter.

“[This is] such an opportunity to grow the game, but most importantly, learn it,” said Tyson, who is entering her second year at the helm. “I’m humbled and excited to share my little piece, especially being surrounded by some future Hall of Fame coaches. I always jump at the opportunity to grow the game and represent Howard [University] and HBCUs on these stages.”

Tyson will take her knowledge of the game to Kansas City where she joins Larissa Anderson (Missouri), Courtney Deifel (Arkansas), Caryl Drohan (Northwestern) and Sam Marder (Texas Tech).

Clinics will be offered in seven cities- Chicago (2), Louisville, Portland, Ore., Charlotte, Nashville, Minneapolis and Kansas City - with five speakers at each site. Over two days, participants will gain knowledge from world-class speakers and be able to mingle with exhibitors, who will be showcasing some of the newest innovations in the softball world.

The 2019-20 lineup features seven NFCA Hall of Famers, 11 national champions, four coaches with over 1,000 career wins, three Olympic gold medalists and the two winningest coaches in the NCAA (Carol Hutchins, Michigan) and NCAA Division I (Mike Candrea, Arizona), respectively.

"Providing relevant, cutting-edge fast pitch education is one of the NFCA's main pillars,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “The NFCA is thrilled to provide eight coaches clinics nationwide to help our coaches on their quest for excellence.”

In only her first season, Coach Tyson revitalized the program with several victories throughout the year. HU reached the postseason for the first time since 2015 while grabbing their first tourney win in eight seasons (2011). Additionally, the Bison's 19 victories are the most since 2012.

About Howard 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 NFCA
Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization's membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fast pitch softball. Growing from40 members in 1983 to over 5,700 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and 11 international countries – Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.comor the NFCA website at www.NFCA.org.

Jim Heath

JOHNSON CITY, TN. – A goal by Kynnedy Waldon in the 83rd minute cut a deficit in half, but Hampton couldn’t pull the equalizer in a 2-1 loss at East Tennessee State on Wednesday afternoon.

The hosts put two goals on the board in a 12 minute span of the first half as Sarah Connolly tallied one in the 30th minute and Beatrice Abati put ETSU up 2-0 in the 42nd minute.

In the 83rd minute, Courtney Moss sent a pass to Waldon who put Hampton on the board with a shot past goalie Courtney Green to cut the lead in half. Hampton had a couple more chances in the last seven minutes but couldn’ttie the game.

Hampton now heads into Big South Conference action starting on Saturday night with a 7pm kick against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

For more information on Hampton University soccer, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
Hightower, Macauly Lift Howard Women's Soccer Over VMI ; Bison remain unbeaten at home

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Randy Smith)

WASHINGTON (September 15, 2019) – Howard University women’s soccer team ended its brief homestand with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in an intense, nonconference matchup at Greene Stadium.

With the win, HU moved to 3-1 overall and remains unbeaten at home.

“Today was a hard fought victory,” said Howard women’s soccer head coach Brent Leiba. “We had plenty of quality opportunities that we need to do a better job at executing, but I'm proud of the players for finding a way to get the result.”

At the 85-minute mark, sophomore defender Kendall Macauly (Toronto, Canada) was foul inside the box and granted a penalty kick opportunity. In the waning moments of a tied contest, the Toronto native delivered the match-winning goal over VMI’s Noelle Heilpern head and propelled HU to victory.

Although the Keydets outshot HU, 23-13, senior goalkeeper Alayah Hightower (Largo, Md.) keep VMI over the board and tied a career-high 12 saves in the victory.

“Alayah [Hightower] was fantastic,” said Leiba on his senior goalkeeper. “[She] certainly was a major factor in getting the team a victory.”

For VMI (1-6), Heilpern registered five saves in a losing effort.

Tuesday (Sept. 17), Howard goes to nearby Annapolis, Md., where they take on Navy. Match-time is set for 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Lady Eagles Take Surging Pirates to Four Sets

Kevin Buczek  

PICTURED: Archived photo of NCCU sophomore Jasmine Sanders (by Kevin Dorsey), who recorded a season-high 16 kills in Tuesday’s match at ECU.

NOTES: NCAA box score with play-by-play attached.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Sophomore outside hitter Jasmine Sanders posted a new season-high total in kills for a second straight match to pace the North Carolina Central University volleyball team in a 3-1 non-conference road loss at East Carolina University on Tuesday evening.

The Pirates held off the Lady Eagles by a score of 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17 for their fifth straight victory. ECU improved to 9-1 on the season.

NC Central (0-12) returns home to host The Citadel next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.


Sanders blasted her season-best 16 kills on 38 attempts with just seven errors for a .237 hitting percentage. Sanders has reached double-digit kills in three consecutive matches.

Sophomore Arlanda Faulkner ripped 11 kills on the same number of chances. Sophomore setter Celene Morris logged her third double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs. Senior Jessica Pilivi and junior Yomaries Villegas also reached double figures in digs with 14 and 10, correspondingly. Villegas also served up four aces for a second time this season.


Juniors Sydney Kleinman and Bri Wood led the Pirates with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Senior Toya Osuegbu had a hot hand for the victors with 10 kills on 12 chances for a .833 hitting percentage.


1ST: A couple early kills by both Faulkner and Sanders had NCCU within three at 11-8 before ECU scored six straight points to pull away for the eight-point win. The Pirates had their hottest hitting set at .458 to lead by as many as 10 points.

2ND: The Lady Eagles held early leads of 3-2 and 4-3 on a pair of kills by Faulkner, but East Carolina sailed ahead for good as Kleinman ripped four kills in a decisive 8-3 run. NCCU rallied and a kill by junior Christina Alcox finished off a 5-1 surge that pulled the visitors within one at 24-23, but a kill by Wood finished off the set in favor of the Pirates.

3RD: ECU was closing in on the potential sweep by constructing a 15-10 advantage. However, the Lady Eagles used an ensuing 7-1 run to fly into the lead, 17-16. The rally was capped by consecutive NCCU tandem blocks. The set remained close from that point, but a kill by Faulkner extended the match for the maroon and gray. Faulkner had four kills and was part of two blocks in NCCU’s closing 15-8 run.

4TH: Alcox added another one of her seven kills on the nigh to provide the Lady Eagles with an early 7-5 edge and the fourth ace served up by Villegas kept NCCU within one at 10-9 before the Pirates built some cushion with five straight points. The Lady Eagles hit in the negative in the final set, diminishing any hope of another set comeback.
MEAC Maurice Williams

Ty Halpin
Director, Championships and Alliances, Division I Football

Media Professionals:

This e-mail is the continuation of a sustained educational effort regarding NCAA football playing rules and officiating topics. At the request of the College Football Officiating, LLC Board of Managers, materials will continue to be created and distributed, focusing on playing rules and officiating principles that are intended to enhance the safety of the game. The latest installment is the video at the link below and was prepared by Rogers Redding, national coordinator of officials, focusing on the first few weeks of the season.

Please find a link to the video below.


The point of this effort is to educate the media and fans not only to the rules, but to the rationale and intent of these policies.


Maurice Williams   Picture Courtesy MEAC

NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 16, 2019 – North Carolina A&T State running back Jah-Maine Martin was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Teammate Jermaine Williams was named Defensive of the Week and Delaware State freshman Tylik Bethea was selected as Rookie of the Week. Earning Offensive Lineman of the Week honors was North Carolina A&T State’s Marcus Pettiford and picking up Specialist of the Week honors was North Carolina A&T State’s Noel Ruiz.

Martin (RB, 5-10, 203, r-Jr., Conway, S.C.) had a single-game performance for the ages, recording the third-best rushing game in school history on Saturday at Charleston Southern. He carried the ball 25 times for 299 yards and two touchdowns, averaging nearly 12 yards per rush. He had three runs greater than 30 yards, with two of them resulting in touchdowns (of 84 and 76 yards).

Williams (DL, 6-1, 270, r-Sr., Lumberton, N.C.) helped the Aggies defense hold Charleston Southern to only 101 yards of offense and seven points in the second half of Saturday’s 27-21 win in Charleston, S.C. The Bucs offense also only had 48 yards rushing. Williams finished the game with six total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards and a sack for eight yards.

Bethea (QB, 6-5, 215, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) completed 16 of 28 passes for 181 yards with a longest of 35 yards on Saturday, and he also threw two touchdowns in the Hornets’ home win over Lincoln (Pa).

Pettiford (OL, 6-4, 286, r-Sr., Durham, N.C.) graded out at 90 percent and spearheaded an Aggies squad that amassed over 467 yards of total offense on Saturday. He didn’t yield any sacks and recorded three pancake blocks with no penalties in the win over Charleston Southern. Behind Pettiford, Martin was about to run for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Ruiz (K, 5-11, 187, Jr., Wilson, N.C.) connected on field goals of 27, 31, 43 and 46 yards for the Aggies in their 27-21 win over Charleston Southern. He was 4-for-4 on field goals and 1-for-1 on extra points, and he has connected on his last seven field goal attempts dating back to the game winner against Elon in the season opener.


Keenan Black (DSU) returned three punts for 88 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown against Lincoln (Pa.).

Kwannah Kollie (DSU) had nine receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ win over Lincoln (Pa.).

Davonne Kendrick (FAMU) rushed for 82 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown against Fort Valley State, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.

Ryan Stanley (FAMU) was 20-for-31 with 275 yards and three touchdowns in the Rattlers’ win over Fort Valley State.

Manasseh Bailey (MSU) posted a career high with 172 yards on four receptions, including the Bears’ first touchdown of the season on a 72-yards reception.

Adrian Olivo (NCCU) accounted for all 12 points for the Eagles, kicking four field goals, including a season-long 40-yarder against Gardner-Webb.

Stephen Stokes (NCCU) amassed a team-high seven tackles (five solo) and returned an interception 41 yards against Gardner-Webb – his second interception and third takeaway in the first three games of the season.

Demontrez Burroughs (SCSU) had six receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ loss to USF.

B.J. Davis (SCSU) led the Bulldogs with eight tackles and two tackles for a loss against USF.

Alex Taylor (SCSU) spearheaded a Bulldogs offense that amassed over 378 yards of total offense.
Hawks Soar To Four CIAA Weekly Honors

Evann Carpenter  Picture Courtesy Chowan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Chowan Football team was rewarded for their effort on Saturday with four CIAA Weekly honors for Week Two. The CIAA Weekly honors is voted on by the CIAA Football Championship Administrative Committee.

Donald Boone, senior left tackle, picked up CIAA Food Lion Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. The All-American left tackle helped pave the way for a program-best 418 rushing yards and 677 yards of total offense. The Duluth, GA native was a key cog in a Chowan offense that scored 10 touchdowns (7 passing, 3 rushing) in their 70-16 win over Alderson Broaddus.

Bryce Witt threw his way to CIAA Food Lion Quarterback of the Week honors. Witt threw a school record seven touchdown passes and added a rushing touchdown in the Hawks 70-16 win over Alderson Broaddus. The junior quarterback completed 14-of-22 passes for 259 yards and rushed for 70 yards on seven carries, averaging 10 yards per carry.

Imeek Watkins was on the receiving end of the CIAA Food Lion Receiver of the Week honors. Watkins hauled in seven catches for 185 yards, including a long of 75 yards, and a school record five touchdowns in the Hawks 70-16 win over Alderson Broaddus. The junior also added 28 yards on three punt returns with a long of 18 yards.

Colby Scott would earn CIAA Food Lion Rookie of the Week honors. Scott led the Hawks defense with 10 total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. The Burlington, NC native also registered a QB hurry in Chowan's70-16 win over Alderson Broaddus.

Deshaun Wethington, KyreeBurns, and JacksonBrooks were also in the running for Player of the Week in their respective categories.
Howard Women’s Soccer Goes to Navy Tuesday Night , Bison take on red hot Navy

DEREK W. BRYANT  (Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell)

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2019) – Howard University women’s soccer team hits the road to nearby Annapolis, Md., where they will face Navy in a nonconference matchup. Tuesday’s (Sept. 17) showdown is set for 5 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action via live stats.


Sunday (Sept. 14), the Bison ended its brief home stand with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in an intense, nonconference matchup at Greene Stadium.

At the 85-minute mark, sophomore defender Kendall Macauly (Toronto, Canada) delivered the match-winning goal on a penalty kick and propelled HU to victory.

Although the Keydets outshot HU, 23-13, senior goalkeeper Alayah Hightower (Largo, Md.) kept VMI over the board and tied a career-high 12 saves in the victory.



For HU (3-1), they look to extend its winning streak to three after back-to-back home victories over Robert Morris, 2-1, and VMI, 1-0. Currently, the Bison are 0-1 away from Greene Stadium witthe lone loss at Longwood, 2-0. This season, Howard is a perfect 3-0 in contest decided by one goal.


Navy (7-1) enters Tuesday night riding a six-match winning streak, including a 3-2 victory at La Salle. The squad has a 3-1 home mark with their lone loss coming in double overtime to SEC foe LSU, 1-0. Cadie Higginson and Baseley McClaskey lead the Mids with a pair of goals each.


After more than a week off, Howard returns to the field in Birmingham, Ala., where they will take on Jackson State (Sept. 27) and Southern (Sept. 29) in league play. Friday’s clash with the Tigers starts 8:30 p.m. (ET), followed by Sunday match versus the Jaguars at noon (ET)

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Francois, Butts Earn Big South Player of Week Honors
Jim Heath   Picture Courtesy Hampton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Big South Conference announced its Football Players of the Week on Monday afternoon and Hampton earned two awards after its 41-20 win over Howard in the Chicago Football Classic.

Deondre Francois took the Offensive Player of the Week award, while redshirt freshman Darran Butts won the Freshman of the Week honor.

Francois was the Chicago Football Classic Offensive MVP with four touchdown passes in Hampton’s 41-20 win over Howard at Soldier Field. He threw for 217 yards, including scoring passes of 70, 68 and a pair of five-yard connections, and finished the day with a 212.14 pass efficiency clip. On the season, Francois leads the Big South in touchdown passes with seven.

Butts amassed 199 all-purpose yards on just five touches in Hampton’s win over Howard. He recorded his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a 70-yard connection that gave Hampton its first score of the day and a 7-3 lead. Late in the first half, he nearly returned a kickoff for a touchdown as he went 90 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the five. The Pirates scored on the next play on a five-yard pass from Francois to Jadakis Bonds.

Hampton returns to action this Saturday facing Liberty in Lynchburg starting at 6 pm.

For more information on Hampton University football,  visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
James Heath
. -- After a slow start, the Hampton Pirates found their offensive mojo on Saturday and took a 41-20 win over Howard in the 22nd annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.

Earning MVP honors was Deondre Francois and Christian Angulo.  Francois threw for four touchdowns and 217 yards going 11-for-20.  Angulo was the defensive honor with five pass breakups and one interception.

The first quarter saw Hampton kept off the board, but once the period turned to the second Hampton clicked.  Francois connected with Darran Butts for a 70 yard scoring strike as Hampton took a 7-3 lead just 74 seconds into the quarter.

Francois found Jadakis Bonds on a 68-yard scoring connection with 3:50 left in the half to push the lead to 13-3.  Howard responded with a 25-yard Nick Fariss field goal to get back within a touchdown at 13-6 with 71 seconds left.

Butts set Hampton up with another touchdown as he took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the five-yardline.  Francois and Bonds connected again on a five-yard scoring pass as Hampton pushed the lead back to 20-6 with 53 seconds remaining.  Howard got a late touchdown pass from Caylin Newton to close the first half trailing 20-13.

Hampton took control in the third quarter using a pair of scoring runs to push the lead to 34-13.  William Robinson capped an eight-play, 58-yard scoring drive with a ten yard run with 10:44 left. Bonds scored his first rushing touchdown finishing an 80 yard drive with a 48 yard scamper with five seconds left.

In the fourth Hampton closed the scoring as Francois hit KeyRon Catlett with a five yard touchdown pass with 7:43 left for the 41-20 final.

Catlett caught five for 55 yards, while Bonds had three receptions for 70 yards. The defense had a pair of 10 tackle performances by Oral Varcciann and DeAndre Faulk.  Hampton gained 349 yards with 132 in the air.

The Pirates now visit Liberty for a 6pm kick on September 21.
Lady Eagles Start Fall Season with 29 Matches at Elon Invite

Kevin Buczek

ELON, N.C. — The senior doubles team of Emily Pena and Sofia Miller advanced to the championship match of the Powell Flight and sophomore Ivana Dragovic tallied a singles win to highlight play for the North Carolina Central University women’s tennis team at the Elon University Fall Invitational that was contested from Friday to Sunday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

After a first-round bye, Pena and Miller picked up their win in the semifinals over Gardner-Webb University senior Milica Panic and sophomore Mayumi Saguchi. Pena and Miller won that contest 6-1 before losing in the Powell Doubles championship match by the same score to the Phoenix team of senior Sofia Edo and sophomore Olivia Archer.

Dragovic tallied her triumph in consolation play of the Phoenix Singles flight. Dragovic downed UNCG junior Tayah Cross by matching 6-3 set scores.

A pair of Lady Eagles won their first sets of the season, but both of their opponents rallied for three-set wins.

Junior Maru Berghaus took an early lead in her Gold Singles flight battle, but Mercer University freshman Mary Courville fought back for the 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.

In her NCCU competitive debut, senior Jurasia Horvat grabbed the initial lead in her Oak Singles flight opener. However, USC Upstate junior Laura Illanes battled back forthe 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 conquest.

The Lady Eagles had all eight of their players see action in the first fall event of the 2019-20 season, including competition by junior Frida Cnossen, junior Polina Sakharovia and sophomore Hannah Gaines.

NC Central will next host the fifth annual NCCU Invitational on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 24-25.

Maroon Singles Flight

MaryAnn Rompf (Furman) def. Frida Cnossen (NCCU), 6-2, 6-2

Emma Cartledge (Emory) def. Frida Cnossen (NCCU), 6-1, 7-6 (2)

Beth Taylor (Presbyterian) def. Frida Cnossen (NCCU), 6-1, 6-0

Gold Singles Flight

Mary Courville (Mercer) def. Maru Berghaus (NCCU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Maria Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU) def. Maru Berghaus (NCCU), 6-0, 6-0

Alexa Goetz (Emory) def. Maru Berghaus (NCCU), 6-1, 6-4

Powell Singles Flight

Mayumi Saguchi (Gardner-Webb) def. Hannah Gaines (NCCU), 6-0, 6-0

Katey Fruehauf (Radford) def. Hannah Gaines (NCCU), 6-3, 6-1

Phoenix Singles Flight

Zeba Jamal (Presbyterian) def. Ivana Dragovic (NCCU), 6-2, 6-4

Ivana Dragovic (NCCU) def. Tayah Cross (UNCG), 6-3, 6-3

Nicole Shiau (Elon) def. Ivana Dragovic (NCCU), 6-0, 6-3

Emily Ory (UNCG) def. Polina Sakharova (NCCU), 6-2, 6-0

Jeanine Acierto (Radford) def. Polina Sakharova (NCCU), 7-6 (0)

Gabriela Cevallos (USC Upstate) def. Polina Sakharova (NCCU), 7-5, 7-6 (6)

Oak Singles Flight

Anna Sovic (Mercer) def. Emily Pena (NCCU), 6-0, 6-2

Adrienne Vesely (Gardner-Webb) def. Emily Pena (NCCU), 6-3, 6-2

Laura Illanes (USC Upstate) def. Jurasia Horvat (NCCU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

Shelly Ray (Presbyterian) def. Jurasia Horvat (NCCU), 6-0, 6-4

Marielle Leahy (Radford) def. Jurasia Horvat (NCCU), 6-1, 6-1

Gold Doubles Flight
Tayah Cross/Brianna Gomez (UNCG) def. Maru Berghaus/Ivana Dragovic (NCCU), 6-1
Nicole Shiau/Shauna Galvin (Elon) def. Maru Berghaus/Ivana Dragovic (NCCU), 6-2

Eugenia Camacho/Sophia Adams (UNCG) def. Maru Berghaus/Ivana Dragovic (NCCU), 6-4

Ericka Chavarria/Anna Sovic (Mercer) def. Frida Cnossen/Hannah Gaines (NCCU), 6-1

Ella Rowley/Shelly Ray (Presbyterian) def. Frida Cnossen/Hannah Gaines (NCCU), 7-6 (3)

Jeanine Acierto/Katey Fruehauf (Radford) def. Frida Cnossen/Hannah Gaines (NCCU), 6-2

Powell Doubles Flight

Sofia Miller/Emily Pena (NCCU) def. Mayumi Saguchi/Milica Panic (Gardner-Webb), 6-1

Olivia Archer/Sofia Edo (Elon) def. Sofia Miller/Emily Pena (NCCU), 6-1

Sarah Huynh/Laura Illanes (Mercer/USCU) def. Polina Sakharova/Jurasia Horvat (NCCU), 6-0

Sasha Hartje/Katie Chang (Emory) def. Polina Sakharova/Jurasia Horvat (NCCU), 6-3
Hawks Men's Soccer Shuts Out Shaw
Evann Carpenter

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Chowan Men's Soccer team rebounded after an opening match loss with a shutout victory against Shaw on the road on Sunday evening.


FINAL | Chowan 5, Shaw 0

RECORDS | Chowan 1-1-0, Shaw 1-2-0

LOCATION | Raleigh, N.C.


Harry Ardron led the team with five points with two goals and an assist in the win.

Jouryden Boogert, Sam Hall, and Cristian Fuentes posted a goal. Harry Lovett and London Williams tallied an assist.

Ross Miller was not tested much in the contest posting one save in the clean sheet.


First Half:

Chowan would pepper the cage early with four shots. Trevin Myers, Sam Hall, and Mitchell Levi Lewis.

The Hawks would strike quickly for two goals in a span of 25 seconds. Harry Ardron would find the back of the net before SamHall scored to put the Hawks up 2-0.

The Blue and White would add a third goal in the 29' as Harry Ardron found Jouryden Boogert found the back of the net in the right corner.

Former Chowan player, Carl Kennedy, registered the only shot on target in the contest but was saved by Ross Miller.

Second Half:

Harry Ardon would net his second goal of the contest off an assist from Harri Lovett to put the Hawks up 4-0.

Chowan would continue to send shots towards cage but was unable to find the back of the net until in the 88' when London Williams found Cristian Fuentes to extend the lead to 5-0.


Chowan opens up Conference Carolinas play against Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, September 21. Opening touch is at 3:30pm.
Yale Defeats Howard Volleyball in Three
Bison fought all weekend, but unable to grab a win

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Yusuf Abdullah)

LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team ended the weekend with a three-set loss (17-25, 22-25, 20-25) to Yale (YU) at the Trojan Invitational, hosted by Southern California.

HU (2-9) went toe-to-toe with three of their toughest competition on the young season; however, unable to break through for a victory.

Howard compiled 33 unforced errors (24 hitting and nine serving), compared to the Bulldogs’ 24 unforced errors (14 hitting and nine serving).

In set one, HU grabbed the upper hand midway through after junior Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) delivered a service ace, 13-12, but back-to-back hitting errors jump started Yale’s 13-4 run that end the game.

Set two saw the Bison trailing as much as eight on multiple occasions, but Howard refused to go away. HU clawed their way back into the game and took the lead late, 20-18, but several hitting errors put the Bulldogs back in control to win the set.

Yale held a 15-13 advantage in the third set, but three consecutive unforced errors gave Howard the lead midway, 16-15. YU reclaimed the lead and won the contest, scoring their final eight outof 10 points on hitting errors.

Tipton led the way with a team-leading 10 kills, along with seven digs. Freshmen setters Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) combined for 26 assists while junior Fola Wilson (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded a team-best 12 digs in the loss.

For Yale (1-5), they picked up their first win of the season. Izzy Simqi led the Bulldogs, posting 10 kills (team-high). Kathryn Attar filled the stat sheet, finishing with nine kills, four service aces, four digs and a pair of blocks in the victory.

Next weekend (Sept. 20-22), HU returns to The District for a trio of matches.

Friday (Sept. 20), Howard faces SEC foe Ole Miss inside The Burr. First-serve is set for 6 p.m. The next day (Sept. 21), the Bison host Big Ten opponent Rutgers at The Hilltop. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 22), HU wraps up the weekend at cross-town rival Georgetown. The action starts 1 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
VOLLEYBALL SPLITS FINAL DAY AT UMES ; Pulls Five-set win over hosts to start Saturday
Jim Health
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The volleyball team finished completion at the UMES Henson Hawk Invitational on Saturday by defeating the hosts in five thrilling sets and dropping a four-set match to Rider.

Against UMES, Hampton took the opening set 25-19 before the Hawks got on a run winning 25-17 and 25-15 to take a 2-1 lead. Hampton rebounded with a 25-18 win in the fourth and used a late flurry to pull away in the fifth and decidingset for the 15-7 win.

Gabby Calloway had 17 kills and 13 digs, while Jessica Pugh had a team best 24 digs. Isis Black added 11 kills and seven blocks to lead Hampton at the net.

In the final match against Rider, Hampton went into the 30s to win the opening set taking a 30-28 decision. The Broncs took charge of the match winning the next three 25-15, 25-9, 25-18. Calloway paced Hampton with nine kills and 11digs while Isis Black added seven kills.

Hampton returns to Bucknell for the Bison Invitational starting on Friday