CIAA Expecting Record-High Number of Attendees to Education Day Programs featuring NASA

 Bri Funte

Charlotte, NC (Feb. 2, 2018) – Within seven hours of registration opening for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) 2018 Education Day, the event reached capacity with over 8,500 middle and high school students being registered to attend. This is a record-high number of attendees in the history of the event.

The Middle School Program will be held on Tuesday, February 27 and expose students to STEM programming and career opportunities. The High School Program is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 28 and will focus on setting and achieving goals, higher education opportunities, as well as offer qualifying students on-the-spot admission to one of the CIAA's 12-member schools. Registration for both events is closed.

New this year is the Middle School Program being held at Ovens Auditorium. This allows students to enjoy the men's and women's basketball games at Bojangles' Coliseum.

Attendees across programs will hear from CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams, Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox, NASA Aerospace Engineer DJ Scientific, and NCAA Executive Vice President for Inclusion and Human Resources Dr. Katrice Alpert, to name a few. There will also be a panel discussion, hands-on demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and Virtual Reality, as well as a college/vendor fair.

"We're looking forward to another fun, informative and insightful CIAA Education Day, where every student has the opportunity to realize their dreams," said Raukell Robinson, director of CIAA Education Day. "Each year, our goal is to help provide students with access, resources and the opportunity to make decisions that will positively impact their futures, communities and families. For the past 10 years I've been involved in the coordination and implementation of this event, we've continued to do just that."

"Although the CIAA is an athletics conference, education is our number one priority," said Commissioner McWilliams. "Education Day provides a wealth of knowledge to the students who attend. Some will become first generation college students, paving the way for other family members to follow. Some will find clarity on what studies they want to pursue, or learn how to set goals and achieve them. Those types of impact are why Education Day is instrumental to our tournament week."

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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) opens its Indoor Track and Field Championships

Bri Funte

Winston-Salem, NC (February 7, 2018) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) opens its Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Eight women’s and seven men’s teams will participate in the 2-day event for the championship titles. Competition commences Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m. with finals events scheduled for Monday, February 12.

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Ranked nationally in NCAA Division II by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) are the Falcons and Lady Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University. As of the February 6th poll, the Falcons rank No. 14 in the nation while the Lady Falcons rank No. 21. Both programs are led by legendary Head Coach George Williams, who has won the most NCAA track and field championships (39) of any coach, regardless of division.

Williams’ team is equipped with several NCAA Division II top contenders including Dontarian Evans (#3, 200m), Shaquille Dill (#9, 800m), Dakarai Hightower (#4, High Jump), Kirvano Handfield (#12, High Jump), and Jumonne Exeter (#5, Triple Jump). The Lady Falcons national contenders include the 4x400m relay team of Iris Robinson, Marissa Gale, Ade Hunter, and Shannon Kalawan (#4), Magaly Tshipop (#9, SAU), and Kalawan (#11, 400m)

The Rams of Winston-Salem State University will look to re-gain their women’s championship crown and earn their fifth in seven seasons. WSSU is led by the nation’s top Division II 60-meter sprinter, Kayla Foy, and teammates Qizeah Jackson and Cierra Thompson who are ranked #14 and #18 in the event, respectively. Jackson also appears at #22 of the women’s 200-meter race while Bria Mercer holds the #19 triple jump mark.

Notable student-athletes to watch also include Virginia Union University’s Justin Hunter (#28, 60m) and Devin Simon (#13, 200m; #19, 400m); Virginia State Unviersity’s Allen Blair (#22, 200m; #33, Long Jump), Dajawn Williams (#21, high jump), and Keith Barbour (#20, Long Jump); and the Johnson C. Smith University 4x400-meter team. For the ladies, Kianje Pollard of JCSU who ranks #18 in the 200m and #17 in the 400m and Jade Jordan of VSU who ranks #9 in the women’s high jump.

The SAU Falcons will look to clinch their 21st consecutive Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship title. After capturing their first-ever Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship last season, the ladies of Johnson C. Smith University will fight to defend their title.

On-demand coverage of the 2018 CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be available through Runner Space. CIAA fans and followers may create an account at to view competition of their favorite events. The $12.99 fee will grant one month of access to all Runner Space events, including both days of the CIAA Championship.

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Bowie State Quarterback Amir Hall Wins Deacon Jones Trophy as The 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year

Gregory Goings

ATLANTA, Ga. (February 10, 2018) – Bowie State junior quarterback Amir Hall has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. He was presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Black College Football Hall of Fame Trustees Mel Blount, James "Shack" Harris, Art Shell and Doug Williams made the announcement during the 2018 Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Atlanta on Saturday night. The Award recognizes the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) that embodies the rich tradition of athletic excellence and integrity associated with HBCUs.

Hall led the Bulldogs to a 9-2 regular season record and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He threw for 3,519 yards and 41 touchdowns in 11 games. He completed 65 percent of his passes while throwing just four interceptions in 381 attempts, leading the nation’s top Division II offense. Hall threw for at least 300 yards in a game seven times and surpassed 400 yards twice. Perhaps most impressively, he accounted for 294 points between passing and rushing touchdowns.

In just two years as the Bulldogs starting quarterback, Hall is already the all-time school leader in passing yards, touchdowns and passing efficiency. Additionally, he was the 2017 SBN Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year, which was also awarded Saturday night.

“This was an outstanding group of Finalists this year,” said Harris. “Amir had one of the most prolific seasons for a quarterback in CIAA history, and we congratulate him on winning this prestigious award.”

The Player of the Year was voted on by a five-member Selection Committee, which is composed of Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, Sheridan Broadcast Network’s Director of Sports Ty Miller, former USA Today sports writer Roscoe Nance and ESPN College Football Analyst Jay Walker.

Hall is just the second recipient of the Deacon Jones Trophy. The inaugural winner, Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T State University), was selected in the 3rd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he recently completed a standout rookie campaign.
Other Black College Football Player of the Year Award Finalists included RB Trenton Cannon (Virginia State University), QB DeVante Kincade (Grambling State University) and QB Lamar Raynard (North Carolina A&T State University).
FSU Broncos Women Continue to Roll with a 91-59 Win over Livingstone
Adrian Fegguson

Salisbury, NC – The CIAA Basketball Tournament is right around the corner. The FSU Broncos have two more weeks until the tournament seedings are announced. The Fayetteville State women’s program is vying for the CIAA Southern Division Title and a chance for the covenant conference crown.

FSU (12-9 Overall, 7-5 CIAA, 7-0 Division) advanced one step closer today with its eighth consecutive win with a 91-59 win over Livingstone College (5-16 Overall, 0-11 CIAA, 0-5 Division).

The 6-0 divisional leader went right to work from jump ball with a 10-0 run over the Blue Bears. Fayetteville State continued to dominate the game taking a 23-11 first period and 47-31 halftime lead. FSU led by as much as 32 points before the game expired.

Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) led the way with 15 points and 6 assists. Noni Kuumba (Tracy, CA) finished with a total of 13 points.  Breona Jones (Henderson, NC) and Chi-Chi Maduegbunam (Charlotte, NC) scored a dozen points each.

Fayetteville State scored 48 points in the paint compared to the Blue Bears 18. FSU forced 26 turnovers with 12 steals and converted the TO’s into 28 points.

I’keya Bland led Livingstone with a game-high 20 points. Tianna Deberry and Kyala Searcy added 11 apiece.

Fayetteville State will play host to Elizabeth City State in a cross-divisional conference game on Wednesday, February 14th at 5:30 pm in the Felton J. Capel Arena.
Rams Hold Off Shaw Lady Bears for 81-73 Win; WSSU top Lady Bears for fourth straight victory

Trevin Q. Goodwin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (11-10, 6-6 CIAA) needed to click on all cylinders to claim an 81-73 win over the Shaw Lady Bears (5-20, 2-11 CIAA). The Rams broke out early to take the lead and never looked back. The Rams had one of the top first quarters of the game with 29 first quarter points and from there, the team fended off an aggressive attack from the Lady Bears.

As a team, the Rams had a solid overall game. The team shot a solid 43.8% (32-of-73) from the floor with just 27 turnovers in the game. The Rams also had four players to reach double-digit scoring in the game. WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards led the way for the Rams with 21 points in the game. Senior center Kandace Tate added 18 points with 10 rebounds while freshman guard Teara Johnson and junior forward Brionna Pate added 11 points in the game.

The Rams broke the game open early with a dominating first quarter effort. In the quarter, the Rams outscored the Lady Bears 29-15, including starting the quarter with a 22-7 lead after an Edwards three-pointer with 3:40 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams pushed their lead to 14 points, 27-13 after an Edwards lay-up with just over a minute left in the quarter. From there, the Rams finished the quarter leading, 29-15.

The second quarter was a bit different with Shaw outscoring the Rams, 23-17. During the quarter, the Rams had to go on the defensive to hold off a strong attack by the Lady Bears. The Rams would carry a 13-point lead into the final minutes, but the team saw it whittled down to eight points, 46-38 at the half.

The third quarter saw another big effort from the Rams as the team once again. The Rams were ahead by as many as 19 points, 68-49 after a Tate lay-up with 2:23 left in the quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Rams found themselves on top, 68-52.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams once again held off the Lady Bears to claim the win. The effort was not easy, however, with Shaw cutting the Rams’ lead down to just seven points, 77-70 with just over two minutes left to play. In the final minutes, the Rams would hold on for their win.

With the win, the Rams improve to 11-10 overall and 6-6 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. More importantly, the Rams improve to 5-1 in CIAA Southern Division play. The Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Lady Broncos in a 1:00 p.m. game.

Hawks MLAX Nets Second Win Against Eagles

Evann Carpenter

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – The Chowan Men's Lacrosse Team continued their impressive start to open the season picking up a 12-3 win over Embry-Riddle on Saturday afternoon on the road.


FINAL | Chowan 12, Embry-Riddle 3

RECORDS | Chowan 2-0, Embry-Riddle 0-1

LOCATION | Daytona Beach, Fla.


Nick Lavoy, Anthony Alfonso and Alex Calbaugh tallied hat-tricks in the win scoring three goals each.

Xavier Wingfield posted two assists as Noah Holloway scored two points with a goal and assist.

DJ Walker picked up the win in cage allowing three goals and recording 12 saves.

Embry-Riddle bested the Hawks in the circle winning 13 of the 16 face-offs.


First Quarter:

Both teams struggled to find the back of the net in the first quarter until Michael Stewart found Nick Lavoy with 4:19 remaining for the man-up goal.

Noah Holloway gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead finding the back of the net off a pass from Xavier Wingfield.

Second Quarter:

Chowan continued to attack scoring four goals in the period to lead 6-0. Xavier Wingfield found Austin Lee in space for a man-up goal to start the period.

Just over a minute later Josh Nicholson scored an unassisted goal. Late in the period, Noah Holloway found Alex Clabuagh for his first goal of the match with 2:30 remaining.

Nick Lavoy would put the Hawks up 6-0 at the break scoring an unassisted goal as time expired.

Third Quarter:

Alex Clabaugh gave the Hawks a 7-0 advantage with an unassisted goal five minutes into the period.

Embry-Riddle would net their first goal of the program at the 5:35 mark to trail 7-1.

Alex Clabaugh scored his hat-trick goal in the third period to give the Hawks an 8-1 lead.

Fourth Quarter:

Embry-Riddle started to find the attack in the period scoring two goals. The Hawks kept the Eagles at bay scoring four times in the final 15 minutes of action.

Anthony Alfonso scored all three of his goals in the final period on unassisted attempts. Austin Lee assisted on a goal by Nick Lavoy as the Hawks won 12-3.