MJBL national youth baseball championships return
RICHMOND, VA – The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), a 53 year old 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, will present its 29th Annual Inner City Classic July 30 through August 4 (Tuesday-Sunday) in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond last hosted from 2012 to 2014. MJBL, a national youth organization that boasters the motto “Preparing Our Youth for Success” will offer it’s championship series in five different age groups 10-under to 19-under. “MJBL is excited to be headed back to Richmond. "In the past we have been welcomed with opened arms, this year is no different, and we expect another great event. We invite the community to come out and witness the beauty of baseball expressed by these youngsters,” said board chairman Corey Nicholson.
The event was held in Greensboro the past two years and also during the 2009 and 2010 baseball seasons. Chicago hosted in 2016 while Orlando held the event in 2015 and 2011. Richmond serves as tournament host this year and games will be played at Glen Allen Complex, Hotchkiss Field, Parker Field Annex, RF&P Stadium, Hermitage High School, Tuckahoe Little League, Deep Run High School, Douglas Freeman High School and Klehr Field.
“We are extremely pleased with the support Henrico County and the City of Richmond’s recreation and parks are providing for the Classic. We believe they have provided some of the best venues in the state for our participants to showcase their talents and to compete for the 29th Annual MJBL Classic titles,” stated MJBL Executive Director William Forrester.
The Classic also features the Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium. The symposium is a think-tank for issues that plague youth in the African-American communities and how baseball and education can help remedy these problems. The discussion drew an overflowing crowd a year ago including players, coaches, panelists and television coverage. Details for this year’s symposium will be announced later.
The 2019 Classic opening ceremony will be held on July 30 and features the skills showcase and home run derby. The defending derby winners are Luis Bahamundi of the Illinois Panthers in the 15-under class and Isaiah Meaders of the Charlotte, NC UBA Black Sox in 12-under. The organization also presents the Pee Wee Robinson Award, which goes to a selected outstanding MJBL player 12 years old or younger. Last year's winner was Brayden Jeffries of the Greensboro Big Cats. Last year's team winners were: 19-under (Charlotte NC Crushers), 17-under (Cedar Grove NC Red Sox), 15-under (Greensboro Bison), and 12-under (Greensboro Big Cats). Although the MJBL focuses on the inner city, it’s various programs are open to all youth baseball organizations.
Game times and activity schedules will be placed on website www.mjbl.org.
NCCU Student-Athletes Earn 3.04 Cumulative GPA
DURHAM, N.C. – At the conclusion of the spring 2019 semester, North Carolina Central University student-athletes now boast a 3.04 cumulative grade point average.
Out of nearly 300 student-athletes representing the NCCU Department of Athletics, 155 have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, nine NCCU teams have reached the 3.0 cumulative GPA standard.
Thirty-four NCCU student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring 2019 semester, while 14 student-athletes have achieved an unblemished 4.0 cumulative GPA.
|Deja King Named All-Conference Student Support
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Eight students from eight member institutions have been named to the 2019 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Student Support Team; the Conference office announced on Wednesday (May. 15) afternoon.
The eight students honored were Carie Valentine of Belmont Abbey College, Déjà King of Chowan University, Sara Dooley of Erskine College, Mattie Brown of King University, Caleb Barnes of Limestone College, Matthew Snyder of University of Mount Olive, Megan Miller of North Greenville University and Holly Richardson of Southern Wesleyan University.
The All-Conference Student Support Team was created in 2016-17 to recognize one student from each member institution who supports an athletic team and/or athletic department through service. Examples of service include, but are not limited to: team managers, statistical support, video service, and/or game day operations support.
To be eligible for the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Student Support Team a student must meet the following criteria:
1.Junior or senior academic status as determined by the Registrar's Office.
2.Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all work completed at the member institution.
3.GPA is to be based on the previous fall semester's grades (e.g. cumulative GPA through Fall 2018).
4.Must have completed at least two full-time semesters at the member institution (currently in their third semester or beyond)
5.A student-athlete who has exhausted their eligibility is eligible to win this award if they are assisting their former team and/or athletic department in such a manner as described above.
The 2019 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Student Support Team members are:
Caleb Barnes (Limestone): Barnes is a senior professional communications major with a 3.16 grade point average. Over the last three years Caleb has served as a member of Limestone's webcast production team.
Mattie Brown (King): Brown is a junior athletic training major with a 3.53 grade point average. For three years Mattie has served as a student athletic trainer for the Converse acrobatics & tumbling team.
Sara Dooley (Erskine): Dooley is a senior business major with a 3.50 grade point average. During the last three years Sara has served the Erskine athletic department asa member of its game management staff.
Déjà King (Chowan): King is a junior sport studies and exercise science major with a 3.40 grade point average. During the last two years Deja has served the Chowan athletic department as a member of its game day and event staff.
Megan Miller (North Greenville): Miller is a senior sport management major with a 3.51 grade point average. Megan has worked in the NGU athletic department as the marketing and fundraising intern and has served a major role in the rollout of the Pepsi Ambassador program.
Holly Richardson (Southern Wesleyan): Richardson is a senior sports management major with a 3.76 grade point average. Holly has been a game day operations crew member for SWU for the last two years, working in every aspect of support for athletic events.
Matthew Synder (Mount Olive): Snyder is a senior recreation and leisure studies/exercise science major with a 3.07 grade point average. Matthew has been an integral part of the UMO men's basketball team serving as the team's manager.
Carie Valentine (Belmont Abbey): Valentine is a junior accounting and motorsports management major with a 3.62 grade point average. For three years, Carie has served as game day and statistical support for game operations and sport information, while also being the work study team leader.
|Six Rams Named to USTFCCCA All-Region Team
WSSU relay, sprints, hurdles all earn regional honors
|Lindy's Ranks VUU Football #25 in Nation
Virginia Union University's football team is ranked 25th in the nation in the pre-season NCAA Division II poll by Lindy's Sports Magazine, it was announced on Thursday, May 30.
This marks the first time in program memory that the Panthers, who finished 8-2 last season, have cracked the Lindy's Pre-Season Poll.
"We're extremely excited for what's to come in the 2019 season," said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. "We want to thank Lindy's for the respect that they have for the direction of our program. We understand that preseason rankings are great, but we must meet that expectation every Saturday this fall. Right now our focus is on completing summer workouts, followed by a great fall camp and our first opponent."
Parker is entering his second season at the helm of the VUU football program, and the eight wins in 2018 were the most by any first-year Virginia Union football coach.
Virginia Union is the only CIAA school listed in the Top 25 poll.
VUU will open the 2019 season at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, when the Panthers face Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
2019 Season Passes are now in sale in the VUU Athletic Department for $75, which creates a savings of one free home game.
Lindy's Pre-Season Division II Poll
1. Valdosta State
2. Ferris State
3. Notre Dame (Ohio)
4. Minnesota State
5. Northwest Missouri State
6. Ouachita Baptist
7. Slippery Rock
8. Lenoir Rhyne
9. Grand Valley State
10. Tarleton State
12. Colorado School of Mines
13. Texas A&M Commerce
14. Colorado State Pueblo
15. West Chester
19. Fort Hays State
20. Central Washington
22. MSU Texas
23. West Georgia
24. Azusa Pacific
25. VIRGINIA UNION
|NCCU’s Moton to Coach with USA Basketball for Second Time
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – North Carolina Central University men’s basketball head coach LeVelle Moton has been selected to coach with the USA Basketball U-19 Program for a second time, joining the U19 WorldCup team in Heraklion, Greece, the program announced on Tuesday, May 14.
Moton coached with the USA Basketball U19 previously in 2015, when he assisted in training camp prior to the FIBA U19 World Championships that year.
Moton has just finished his 10th season at the helm of the NCCU men’s basketball program, and celebrated a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after the Eagles clinched the MEAC Tournament championship for the fourth time in the last six years.
“I’m truly humbled and honored to be chosen to represent my country on the highest stage,” Moton said. “Words cannot put into context what this means. Since I was a kid,I’ve aspired to wear the letters USA across my chest and I’m grateful that Sean Ford and USA Basketball believed in me. It is truly, truly a blessing.”
Moton joins Kansas State coach Bruce Weber and Mike Hopkins of Washington on the staff. Training camp to select the 12-member team will be held June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 18, and the roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for Greece on June 24. The FIBA U19 World Cup will take place June29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000) and U.S. citizens.
First held in 1979 and known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the U19 World Cup features the world’s top 19-year-old and younger players. FIBA holds U19 World Cups every two years. The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U19 worlds in 2018 by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 6-0 record. In the 13 U19 competitions held, USA men’s teams have won six gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal, including gold in three of the past five U19 World Cups (2009, 2013 and 2015), and own a 91-14 all-time record at the event.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3x3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.
|Hampton Inducts Three into Athletics Hall of
HAMPTON, Va. – On Saturday night, Hampton University honored three former student-athletes with the highest athletic honor possible in front of a packed Student Center Ballroom – induction into the Hampton University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Walter “Fuzzy” Ward, Thomasina Busch Cunningham and Darryl Skinner joined a prestigious group of inductees as the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
Thomasina Busch Cunningham ran as a senior from Northampton (Va.) High School at the Virginia High School State Championships here at Armstrong Stadium where she caught the attention of then head coach, the late John White. After meeting women's coach LaVerne Sweat she was signed to a full scholarship.
Her achievements were vast and include the following titles: CIAA Indoor and Outdoor 100m Hurdles Champion (1981); CIAA Outdoor Long Jump Champion (1981 & 1984); CIAA Outdoor 100m Hurdles Champion (1984); Hampton Institute Rookie of theYear (1981); Hampton Institute Track and Field MVP (1981); NAIA Indoor Long Jump Champion (1982); NAIA Indoor 55m Hurdles Champion (1983 & 1984); NAIA Outdoor 100m Hurdles Champion (1982 – 1984); NAIA Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-American(1981 – 1984); Hampton Institute Outstanding Performer (1981 – 1984); and Hampton Institute Outstanding Scholar Athlete (1982 and 1983).
This marks her second Hall of Fame induction this year after joining the CIAA 2019 John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame in March. She currently works in Richmond as an Auditor for the Tobacco Enforcement Unit with the Office of the Attorney General.
Darryl Skinner was born and raised in Virginia Beach and studied Building Construction Technology during his time at then Hampton Institute. He was a two-sport athlete earning All-CIAA honors in both track and field and on the football field. With track, he was All-CIAA each year in the 60 meters and the 100 meters along with the 4x100 relay. His relay team set the school record in the 4x100 at the 1984 National Championships.
On the football field, he set a school record with a 100-yard kickoff return against Norfolk State as he was named CIAA Sports Network Player of the Year.
Post college he recently retired as a Corporal Detective from the Chesterfield County Police Department after a 30-year career where he won four Achievement Awards, a Unit Citation Award, Chief’s Commendations and a Governor’s Recognition Award in 1992.
Walter “Fuzzy” Ward began playing basketball at George P. Phenix High School in 1954. When he entered then Hampton Institute he developed into a record-setting scorer. Ward was a three-year team captain, team MVP as a senior as well as First Team All-CIAA. Outstanding on offense and defense, Ward played 86 consecutive games and closed out his collegiate career by scoring 23 points to break Hampton’s all-time scoring record in 1961.
He earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Hampton (Institute) University and an M.S. degree in Special Education from Manhattan College (NYC).
Ward was the first player drafted from Hampton into the NBA as the Detroit Pistons selected him in the eighth round of the 1961 draft. He was also drafted by the Washington, D.C. franchise of the now defunct American Basketball League. Unfortunately, he was unable to accept either offer, however, as he was required to comply with the military draft at the time.
Following his Army career, he taught, coached and mentored students in the New York city and Westchester County public school systems for over 35 years. Ward passed away in 2007 and was inducted posthumously into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame, along with local legends including Alonzo Mourning, William “Shorty” Gray, Darren Perry, and Lisa Rice.
For more information on Hampton University Athletics visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
|Howard Recognized for
MEAC’s Highest Graduation Success Rate
|Harris Receives George A. Christenberry Award at Big
South conference Hall of Fame Dinner
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Jakari Harris, from the women’s golf team, was honored on Thursday nightas one of 10 recipients of the George A. Christenberry Award at The Westin Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., as part of the Big South Conference’s annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner.
It is the most prestigious academic honor by the conference. The award is given to the male and female student-athlete who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers.
"I am so proud of JakariHarris for being Hampton's first Christenberry Award winner," said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. "These awards are very special in the conference and to have her earn one in our first season shows the type ofstudent-athlete we aim for at Hampton University."
Harris, a chemical engineering major who carries a 4.06 grade point average, had her best three-round event at the Big South Championships with a 248 three-round total and a season best roundof 79. She was tops on the team in scoring average at 83.2 for the 2018-19 season.
"I would also like to extend my congratulations to Jakari Harris for being Hampton's first George A. Christenberry Award winner," said Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost for Hampton University. "Earning this prestigious award from the conference reinforces the "Standard of Excellence "that has been a motto of Hampton University forever."
Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award. The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference. A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the league's first President from 1983-86.
Congratulations to Jakari Harris on winning this prestigious award.
For more information on Hampton University women’s golf visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
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|NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month: Corey Joyce
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University baseball junior shortstop Corey Joyce has been named the NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month for April 2019 in recognition of his outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom.
Joyce batted .389 for the month, hitting safely in 11 games of 13 over that span. He produced a .452 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. Joyce had multiple hits in eight contests, capped by a four-hit performance in a 12-2 win over Savannah State University.
In a doubleheader sweep of Bethune-Cookman University, Joyce tallied two hits and two RBI in each contest as NCCU won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series. He had the same matching totals of four hits and four RBI in a home-and-away series sweep of Davidson College.
Joyce finished the month averaging 1.1 RBI and 0.9 runs per game with 14 runs driven in and 12 runs scored. Over half of his hits were of the extra-base variety with five doubles, one triple and one home run. Joyce finished the month on a seven-game hit streak, earning MEAC Co-Player of the Week on April 29.
The resident of Lexington finished his third season in a maroon and gray uniform with a team-best .343 batting average in 44 starts. Joyce also led the Eagles with a .527slugging percentage (17 extra-base hits), .444 on-base percentage and 48 runs.
Joyce repeated as MEAC Player of the Year in 2019 and was selected NCCU Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year. The three-time All-MEAC honoree has accumulated numerous athletic awards as an Eagle, including NCCSIA All-State, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, MEAC Rookie of the Year and MEAC Preseason Player of the Year.
The business administration major maintains 3.303 cumulative grade point average (GPA) through six semesters at NCCU. Joyce is concentrating on marketing and wants to enter the MLB draft after graduating and become an entrepreneur.
For a complete list of award winners, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.
|NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE SWEEPS 2018-19
NORFOLK, Va., May 29, 2019—North Carolina A&T State University captured both the Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s Award and the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award, the conference announced on Wednesday.
The All-Sports Award are indicators of the overall strengths of the conference’s men’s and women’s athletic programs. North Carolina A&T State was presented with a pair of $20,000 checks during a reception at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, S.C. on Wednesday evening.
“I would like to congratulate North Carolina A&T State University, including Chancellor Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr., Director of Athletics Earl M. Hinton III, and the administrators, coaches, student-athletes and support staff for winning both the 2019 Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s All-Sports Award and the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “Receiving these awards is indicative of the overall strength of their athletic programs.”
In addition, North Carolina A&T State was honored academically, posting the MEAC’s highest academic performance rate (APR) over the past four academic years. For its efforts, the NCAT Department of Athletics received a $10,000 check.
Howard University was recognized during the reception as the 2019 recipient of the MEAC Highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR). In addition to the recognition, Howard was presented a check for $25,000 from the conference. The Bison’s 81-percent GSR is the highest among MEAC institutions spanning the 2008-11 cohorts.
The Aggies claimed their second straight women’s all-sports award with 94.5 points, highlighted by conference championships in indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, as well as the regular-season title in women’s basketball and a runner-up finish in bowling.
Norfolk State was second with 82.5 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman (78.5) and Howard (76.5).
On the men’s side, North Carolina A&T State racked up 101 points in taking its first all-sports trophy since 1996 (and its third overall). The Aggies won MEAC titles in football, cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, as well as a regular-season title in baseball. In addition, the Aggies were runners-up in the men’s basketball regular season.
Bethune-Cookman, with 88.5 points, came in second in the men’s team standings. Norfolk State (76.5) was third, followed by North Carolina Central (67.5).
This marked the first time since 2015-16 where one school swept both all-sports awards; that year, Bethune-Cookman accomplished the feat in taking the Talmadge Layman Hill Award and splitting the Mary McLeod Bethune Award with Florida A&M.
Points are awarded in a descending order beginning with 14 points for champions or first-place regular-season finishes. The second-place team receives 12 points. Tied teams split the point total.
The Mary McLeod Bethune and Talmadge Layman Hill Awards
The Mary McLeod Bethune Award, named after the founder of Bethune-Cookman College, awards the top overall women’s athletic program during the course of one full academic year. The first Mary McLeod Bethune award was given in 1987 to Delaware State University. Hampton leads all MEAC schools with 14 women’s awards. The men’s All-Sports Award is named after the late Talmadge Layman Hill,a former player and coach at Morgan State, and former Chairman of the MEAC Steering and Planning Committee, as well as the conference’s first President. Howard University was the recipient of the first Talmadge Layman Hill Award in 1972. South Carolina State and Norfolk State share the men’s record with 11 awards each.
|Lanier Continues To Rake In Accolades
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The postseason accolades continue to roll in for Chowan's MarquiseLanier adding American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Region First Team selection and a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-American Honorable Mention.
Marquise Lanier, Warsaw, Va. native, joined six players from the Conference Carolinas on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region First Team ballot. Lanier was also an Honorable Mention for the NCWBA All-American ballot.
Lanier has picked up Conference Carolinas Co-Player of the Year, Conference Carolinas First Team, D2CCA All-Region First Team, and a NCBWA All-Region First Team selection so far this postseason.
The outfielder hit .403 on the season with 15 home runs, 14 doubles, while driving in 44 RBI and stealing 11 bases. Lanier led the Conference Carolinas in slugging percentage, while ranking second in batting average, and fourth in home runs.
The full ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selections can be found here.
|Three NCCU Eagles Announced as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports
FAIRFAX, Va.- Three North Carolina Central University student-athletes have been credited for their superior work in the classroom and on the playing field by being honored as 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, as featured in the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards program was established to honor student-athletes for academic and athletic excellence, as well as a commitment to community service and student leadership.
NCCU men's tennis junior Brooks Campbell finished as a national semi-finalist for the highest award within the organization. Women's basketball senior Rodneysha Martin andsoftball senior Miriam Duen were both recognized as second team scholars.
Campbell ended up one of six national semi-finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award based on his academic and athletic success, along with his community serviceefforts. On the court, during the 2017-18 season, he posted six doubles victories. Campbell's 2018-19 season was spent as a medical redshirt.
Off the court, the finance major achieved a 3.81 cumulative GPA. He also received other honors for his academic achievements such as being a multiple time ITA Scholar-Athlete and being named to the 2017-18 MEAC All-Academic Team.
Campbell has generated 114 community service hours. He served for multiple organizations that include Read Across America, John Avery Boys & Girls Club, and the Church FoodBank Fellowship, and he is a member of the APPLE Institute team that educates people about alcohol awareness. Campbell also serves as the treasurer for the NCCU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was the SAAC representative for the MEAC SAAC Fall Symposium.
On the hardwood for the Lady Eagles, Martin averaged 13.0 points and 1.1 steals per game during the 2018-19 season. She also averaged 12.8 points and 2.3 assists per game in the 2017-18 campaign. Both seasons Martin was a member of the All-MEAC Third Team for her efforts.
Martin also showed her talents in the classroom with a 3.77 cumulative GPA. Academic achievement is nothing new for the biology major, who was a two-time member of the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team, and a winner of the NCCU Debra Saunders-White Leadership Award and the NCCU Eagle Excellence Academic Award. Martin also participated in NCCU Science African-American Majors Evolving (SAAME) and SAAC.
In the classroom, Duen posted a 3.66 cumulative GPA. She also received recognition for her efforts within the classroom and community by being a two-time Debra Saunders-White Leadership Award winner, a two-time member of the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team, and a Chekeria Reid Sportsmanship Award winner given to an NCCU female student-athlete.
During Duen's four-year career, she has accumulated seven doubles, seven stolen bases, and 18 runs. She also served as President of both the NCCU SAAC and MEAC SAAC.
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards recognize student-athletes for their contributions to the university and community. Campbell, Martin, and Duen represented excellence while sporting the maroon and gray for NCCU.
|E.P. Reese Named to ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Region
Rams centerfielder earns second team regional honor
GREENSBORO, NC – Winston-Salem State University redshirt-sophomore centerfielder E.P. Reese was recognized for a terrific 2019 season when he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings2019 NCAA Division II All-Region Team, Wednesday. Reese earned second team all-region honors and was selected from all of the players in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region.
Reese brought home the honor after a great performance by the centerfielder. He finished the season with a team-high .408 batting average and 54 runs scored and 35 RBI. He also added 10 doubles with two triplesand four home runs. He had a three-for-five game with double and an RBI against Claflin in the Division II Independent Baseball Tournament. He also went three-for-four with a home run and an RBI against Concord.
For more information on Rams baseball, log on to www.WSSURams.com.
NCCU Tops NCAA Division I in Community Service
DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina Central University student-athletes completed 11,715 hours of community service with 25 different service organizations in 2018-19 to rank No. 1 in the Helper Helper Division I Top-25 list, according to the Helper Helper volunteer management platform’s annual report released on Tuesday.
Nine NCCU teams rank in the top-5 among Division I programs by sport, including men’s track & field/cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s basketball placing second. Other NCCU teams finishing in the top-5 are baseball, men’s tennis and men’s basketball in third, and football and women’s track & field/cross country in fifth.
“I am extremely proud of the commitment to ‘Truth and Service’ of our student-athletes,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “It demonstrates the importance to not only stress academics and athletics, but also the priority of developing citizens and leaders as we continue to represent NCCU in our local community.”
The Helper Helper volunteer management platform tracks community service hours through the Helper Helper mobile app and online portal, provides a team-by-team breakdown, and rewards top performers of the more than 200 NCAA participating institutions.
During the 2018-19 campaign, NCAA student-athletes completed 474,282 hours of community service across the country.
For more information about Helper Helper, visit www.HelperHelper.com.
|CU’s Bahamian Athletes Compete for Opportunity and Home
Nearly 1,000 miles and a sliver of the Atlantic Ocean separate Murfreesboro, North Carolina and the Bahamian Islands. Many know the string of more than 700 islands scattered across the vibrant Atlantic blue for its food, music, art, and tourism industry. Bahamian culture is a unique mashup of influences from countries like Africa, England, the United States, and South America. Indeed anyone who has had the chance to visit one of the islands has experienced the beautifully rich and diverse clash of cultures on the edge of the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
An estimated 400,000 people inhabit the Bahamas, primarily populated in two cities on separate islands, Nassau and Freeport. An estimated 77,000 students make up both the state operated and private secondary schools in the island nation. Six of those roughly77,000 students have made their way across ocean, land, and cultures to find a home at Chowan University. Those six student-athletes are spread across the women's golf and swimming teams and hail from both the capital city of Nassau and the second largest city in the Bahamas, Freeport.
It's not hard to miss this talented group of athletes. They typically travel together around campus, speaking a dialect known only to them when in their own company. "Bey me too?", "What da wybe is?", "I straight!", or "Everything cool." They check on each other throughout the year, make sure they have what they need to survive so far away from home, including gear to make it through the seasonal weather in North Carolina.
When asked what was the biggest adjustment to college life in North Carolina, all six being interviewed exclaimed in unison, "The climate!" North Carolina is known for experiencing all four seasons, including a winter that these Bahamians were not totally prepared for.
"None of us had winter coats," said Megan Reid, a rising senior on the women's swimming team.
"We had the warm up jackets we got as team gear, but no heavy winter coats," added Keitra Lloyd, also a rising senior and who along with Reid, were a part of the inaugural freshman class for the women's swimming program.
All of the athletes saw their first snow while on campus. But these athletes came to Chowan with a purpose, to excel in the classroom and compete in their sport and that has helped push them through any weather or adversity that they have been faced with.
Not only do these six student-athletes excel in their respective sports, they stand out in the classroom. All six student-athletes are members of various honor societies on campus, the president's and dean's list, and leaders in campus clubs and activities.
"We started school when we were three years old," said Jasmine Gibson, a rising junior on the women's swim team. "We also were raised with the British education system which has given us all a good foundation for college."
"The (Bahamian) educational system helped prepare me morally and gave me the skills needed to be successful academically at Chowan," stated L'Leah Laing, the only graduated Bahamian in the Chowan group. Laing finished her school work in three and half years and walked with her class on May 11th. The Freeport native was garbed in honor cords and medals from the various academic honors she received while attending Chowan. She was one of the team's top female golfers, and the first Bahamian athlete for the program.
"We also want to make our country and our home proud of what we do in the classroom," continued Inecia Rolle, a rising senior on the women's golf team. The Nassau native competed in the PGA Works Minority Tournament in Florida to wrap up the 2019 athletic season. She finished 7th in the individual field.
Reid and Lloyd were recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student-Athlete Honor Society, which required a staunch 3.4 cumulative grade point average for membership. Rolle and Laing are also members of Chi Alpha Sigma, and newcomers Gibson and Jeleah Delancy are on pace to be members in their junior years. Gibson and Delancy are also both members of the Chowan University Honors College.
Several Chowan coaches are looking to create a pathway from the Bahamas to Chowan for athletes, with these six helping to pave the way.
"It's hard to be recruited from the Bahamas," said Reid. With all others in the interview nodding in agreeance, "We had help to get here. For me, it was one of my teachers and mentors, Wayne Smith. He helped to make the connection with Matt Hood (former swim coach at Chowan)."
"There is so much talent in the Bahamas in a lot of sports," said Lloyd. "We are all competing in our sports in hopes that we can get recruited by colleges."
"I heard about Chowan through an email connection with Coach Matt," said Delancy. "It was much easier to commit knowing that others that I had competed with at home were already here."
Getting to Chowan is not an easy process for Bahamian athletes. There are no FAFSA opportunities and each year they have to apply for a student VISA to attend a school in the States. Before they return home for the summer, they are faced with finding local places to store their dorm room contents because the cost to bring back to the Bahamas on a plane is so high.
"All of us worked to find scholarships through industries back home," said Reid.
"Sometimes as a Bahamian you can find a private industry scholarship or internship that helps to pay for college. Once you graduate you have to return to the Bahamas to work for that industry," continued Lloyd.
Despite the tedious process to get here, once here, the Islanders compete with purpose and intention in both the classroom and in their sport.
"I want to take what I have learned here back to the Bahamas and apply in an educational setting," said Gibson, an education major. "I want to have an impact on children in my home country."
Laing continued, "I have learned so much through my education here. Golf brought me an education and so many experiences on and off the course that I will cherish.
Delancy hopes to work in healthcare administration once she graduates from Chowan and help the infrastructure of the hospital system in her hometown of Freeport.
Lloyd will look for work in the banking industry once she graduates from Chowan. "The banking industry is on the rise in the Bahamas and there are opportunities there. I want to take what I have learned here and apply it back home for sure."
"I will continue to encourage more of the youth to play golf as well and tell more people about Chowan, a hidden gem," said Laing.
It's apparent that each of these student-athletes have taken advantage of the opportunities that they have been given and not taken anything for granted. They also compete with Bahamian pride that each one of them boasted about.
"We want to make our country proud," said Gibson.
"The Bahamians, whether they know us personally or not, are proud of us. They want us to do well and represent our country well," continued Reid.
Rolle added, "We are here to make our country proud and represent the Bahamas. We are all doing the stuff we love to do and at the same time being ambassadors to our country."
"We have learned so much from our sports. Respect, team work, humility, and time management," said Reid.
"Social skills," added Gibson.
"Perseverance, because failure comes," added Lloyd.
"Using our time productively," Rolle added.
"Persistence," said Delancy.
It is obvious that Chowan is lucky to have these student-athletes in the ranks. They each work and compete with purpose, intention, and with pride while maintaining their island spirit in this small piece of North Carolina.
While miles and ocean separate Chowan University and the Bahamas, these six student-athletes create a colorful bridge for all to walk and experience their beautiful culture and personalities. Not only do these student-athletes make their home country proud, they make Chowan proud too.
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Meet the athletes…
L'Leah Laing, Graduated May 2019, Women's Golf, Sport Science and Exercise Science Major Freeport, Bahamas)
Megan Reid, Rising Senior, Women's Swimming, Sport Science and Exercise Science Major (Freeport, Bahamas)
Keitra Lloyd, Rising Senior, Women's Swimming, Business Major, (Nassau, Bahamas)
Inecia Rolle, Rising Senior, Women's Golf, Psychology Major, Counseling Concentration (Nassau, Bahamas)
Jasmine Gibson, Rising Junior, Women's Swimming, Education Major, (Freeport, Bahamas)
Jeleah Delancy, Rising Sophomore, Women's Swimming, Business Major (Freeport, Bahamas)
Lloyd Carter to Retire As Head Lacrosse Coach June 30
HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton University head lacrosse coach Lloyd
Carter, the first coach of the Pirates program, announced today that
he will be retiring as coach on June 30.
|NCCU’s Tomlinson Invited to NFL QB Coaching Summit
Participants to Expand Professional Network, Hear from NFL Personnel and Industry Experts
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University assistant football coach John Tomlinson has been invited to join other assistant and positional NFL and NCAA coaches at the 2019 NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit from June 24-25 in Atlanta.
Announced Wednesday (May 22) at the 2019 NFL Spring League Meeting, the event is a result of a partnership between the National Football League and the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the NFL’s commitment to strengthening the coaching and personnel development pipeline. The summit aims to equip individuals working on the offensive side of the ball with resources, professional development and networking opportunities with NFL club representatives.
Tomlinson, who joined the NCCU football staff as quarterbacks coach in January, has more than 20 years of coaching experience from high school, college and the NFL. In 2018,he was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Forney (Texas) High School, guiding the top quarterback and running back in the district, while also serving as an offensive consultant at Piscataway (N.J.) High School.
A 1993 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Tomlinson spent the 2017 campaign with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as assistant quarterbacks coach/offensive quality control coach. He worked four seasons (2013-16) and celebrated two state championships as quarterbacks coach/assistant passing game coordinator at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School. Tomlinson spent the 2012 season in the MEAC as quarterbacks coach at Morgan State University.
The first 12 years of his coaching career (1997-2008) were served at a variety of high schools in Virginia and North Carolina, including Hillside High School in Durham, before obtaining his first college job as running backs coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas.
Tomlinson also authored a book titled “4th & Inches: A Football Coach's Season Devotional.”
The summit additionally features panels with NFL general managers and head coaches, including former Baltimore Ravens general manager and current executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, and Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founders James Harris and Doug Williams. Panels will focus on best practices for career advancement and their path to obtaining opportunities in the NFL.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to develop a diverse pipeline of offensive coaches and personnel, the Quarterback Coaching Summit is an opportunity for participants to further develop and perfect their proficiencies in game administration, offensive philosophy implementation and quarterback development,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
"We are excited to work with the NFL on the Quarterback Coaching Summit, as well as open the lines of communication and exchange ideas on fundamentals and techniques required to coach the QB position," said James “Shack” Harris, Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founder and 2012 inductee. “The results should help participating coaches in college football and the NFL prepare for the opportunity to become head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, or offensive assistant.”
The current list of presenters and attendees can be found below and is subject to change.
|Coble Invited to U.S. Open
5/22/2019 | Men's Golf
Virginia Union University's Head Golf Coach, E.Lee Coble, has been invited to work as a member of the TV Rules Escort Committee at the 2019 United States Open Championship on June 13-16 in Pebble Beach, Cal.
The 2019 United States Open Championship will be the 119th U.S. Open.
Coble joined the USGA in 1993 as a member of the Sectional Affairs Committee later named the Regional Affairs Committee. Coble was also named to the USGA Rules Committee as a member of the TV Rules Escort Team. This will be Coble's 21st US Open. The USGA remains indebted to the volunteer who serve on USGA committees and to the thousands more who assist in conducting the national championships and team competitions.
"Again, it's an absolute honor to be invited to work this year's US OPEN at Pebble Beach. While this is my third time working the US OPEN at Pebble Beach each US OPEN is a great experience and I am excited to be at Pebble Beach again. Of course none of thiscould be possible without the support of Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Joe Taylor and Athletic Director, Felicia Johnson and the entire Athletic Administrative staff, said Coble.