CIAA Expecting Record-High Number of Attendees to Education Day
Programs featuring NASA
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
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
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|Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA) opens its Indoor Track and Field Championships
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,
Schedule of Events
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
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 www.runnerspace.com 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.
Follow results of the 2017 CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on
social media via Facebook (The CIAA), Twitter (@CIAAForLife), and
Instagram (@CIAASports) or visit theciaa.com
State Quarterback Amir Hall Wins Deacon Jones Trophy as The 2017 Black
College Football Player of the Year
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
|FSU Broncos Women Continue to Roll with a 91-59 Win
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
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
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
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.
MLAX Nets Second Win Against Eagles
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.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
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
Embry-Riddle bested the Hawks in the circle winning 13 of the 16
HOW IT HAPPENED
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
Noah Holloway gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead finding the back of the net off
a pass from Xavier Wingfield.
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
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.
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.
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.