Named Future Host of CIAA Basketball Tournament
Charlotte, NC (April 1, 2018) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) with its Board of Directors announces Wakanda as the future host location of its annual Women's and Men's Basketball Tournament.
At the conclusion of its current contract, the CIAA will enter an indefinite partnership with the African nation of Wakanda to host its Women's and Men's Basketball Tournament. Contract discussions began when CIAA officials were invited to Wakanda for the highly-anticipated movie premiere of Marvel's Black Panther.
"We were welcomed with open arms and an immediate connection was felt by all CIAA staff members during our visit to Wakanda in February," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. "It was unanimously agreed by Wakandan and CIAA officials that Wakanda is the perfect future home of the CIAA Basketball Tournament. We are very excited about the opportunities ahead and believe this partnership ensures positive experiences for our student-athletes, membership, alumni, and fans for years to come. CIAA for Life meets Wakanda Forever."
While the proximity of the event to the CIAA's headquarters, member institutions, and alumni base will increase, Wakanda officials have offered to make the experience feasible for all CIAA affiliates.
"We are still very protective of our nation, but this partnership presents benefits for both Wakanda and the CIAA that we cannot simply pass up," said the King of Wakanda and current Black Panther, T'Challa. "As the future host of the CIAA Basketball Tournament, Wakanda will accommodate by sending aircrafts to parts of the Eastern United States for teams, staff, and alumni to travel to our country. This will not only ensure security of our nation, but also provide ease of transportation for CIAA members."
The CIAA and Wakanda plan to announce further details regarding the tournament schedule and travel accommodations at a further date. The conference will continue its slate of ancillary events surrounding the 22-game basketball schedule, including additions of Wakanda traditions such as advanced Vibranium technology training at educational events and an honorary ceremony which will enshrine the CIAA Board of Directors into the Wakandan Leadership Hall of Fame.
For more information about this CIAA April Fool's Day joke, visit theciaa.com or follow the conference office on Facebook (The CIAA), Twitter (@CIAAForLife), and Instagram (@CIAASports).
|Athletic Schedule Update (Softball and
Please be advised today’s (4/3) home softball doubleheader versus East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University has been postponed until Thursday, April 5th at 2 and 4 p.m. CLICK HERE to follow softball via live stats. As you know our women’s bowling team will compete in the opening round of the NCAA Championships this Saturday (April 7th) versus Saint Francis University at the Holiday Bowling Center in Altoona, Pa. If you’re unable to make the trip to support the bowling team, don’t worry. CLICK HERE to watch the match live beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday
|Hawks Tennis Hits the Road for
L. Charlotte Dinkins
MURFREESBORO, N.C.-The Chowan Men's and Women's Tennis teams hit the road April 5-8 to match up with the Bulldogs of Barton on Thursday, then travel to Banner Elk, N.C. to take on Lees-McRae finishing up the weekend on Sunday against King (Tenn.) in conference play.
WHEN Thursday, April 5 (3:00pm)
Saturday, April 7 (1:00pm)
Sunday, April 8 (1:00pm)
WHERE Wilson, N.C.
Banner Elk, N.C.
Chowan secured an 8-1 win over Limestone to improve to 12-3 overall and stayed atop the league standings at 6-0.
This week's Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Player of the Week, Polina Novachuk will lead the Hawks at the No.1 singles and No.1 doubles after defeating the Saints in a conference match up.
Barton comes into the contest with a 8-8 overall record and 4-1 in conference play after the Bulldogs defeated Mount Olive 8-1 on Tuesday to continue their third straight win.
The Hawks will then travel to Lees McRae who has a 6-5 record and is 2-5 in conference after they slipped to Limestone 9-0 on Tuesday.
To finish the week, Chowan will travel to Bristol, Tenn. for a conference match up against King on Sunday. The Tornado look to recover after a tough 9-0 loss to Converse.
Chowan fell short in a close 6-3 match to #33 Limestone to post a 7-7 overall record. The Hawks will have the doubles duo Ghassan Alansi and Adi Kaliakperov at the No.1 position after they picked up the 8-5 victory over the Saints.
The Bulldogs hope to recover from a 8-1 loss to Mount Olive on Tuesday. Barton posts a 3-9 overall record and 1-3 conference record. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll.
Chowan will match up with Lees-McRae on Saturday, April 7. The Bobcats enter into the contest 1-11 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
The Hawks take on King on Sunday, April 8th in Bristol, Tenn. The Tornado post a 3-10 season record and sit at 2-4 in the league
|Doubles Collect Two Wins Vs. VSU
3/28/2018 | Women's Tennis
The Virginia Union University's #1 women's doubles team of Sabrina Connor and Kyra Smylie garnered two wins, but Virginia State University defeated the Lady Panthers 9-0 in women's tennis action on Wednesday, March 28, at Battery Park in Richmond, Va.
The doubles team of Connor/Smylie lost their match 8-2 while the doubles team of Amirah Eckles and Zsakee Crocker lost 8-0.
Connor also collected two wins at #1 singles before losing 6-0, 6-2.
Eckles also won a game, but lost the match 6-1, 6-0.
The loss drops VUU to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in CIAA play.
Virginia Union now hosts Salem University at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Battery Park in Richmond, Va.
|NCCU Eagles Win 20th Game with Victory over
Attached photo courtesy of Red Rocket Photography
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University has clinched a 20-win season for the third consecutive season with a 7-2 win over Presbyterian on Tuesday, April 3 at the Durham Athletic Park.
This is the fifth time in the modern era that NCCU (20-11) that the Eagles have crossed the 20-win plateau.
The Eagles took an early lead over Presbyterian (9-21) by scoring five runs in the first three innings to take a 5-0 advantage. NCCU scored two runs in the first two frames before Andrew Valichka (Pedricktown, N.J.) bounced a solo homer off the warehouse in right-center in the third inning to cement the lead.
NCCU used five pitchers during the contest and held the Blue Hose off the board through the first seven innings before getting two runs on solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) had his 14th multi-hit and ninth multi-RBI game of the year as he had three hits and three RBI, including an RBI double in the seventh. Both Zach Michalski (Belews Creek, N.C.) and Valichka had two RBI each to round out the scoring for the Eagle
A.J. Priaulx (Warner Robbins, Ga.) and Andrw Bladt (Longmont, Colo.) knocked home runs for the Blue Hose.
NCCU returns to the road on Friday, April 6 to begin a three-game, three-day series with George Washington.
|Alfonso Earns Program's First Player
Of The Week
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Chowan's Anthony Alfonso has been named the Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week for Week Nine, the Conference announced on Monday. This is the first Player of the Week honor for Anthony Alfonso and the program.
The Port Charlotte, Fla. native tallied 14 points this week posting 11 goals and three assists to lead the Hawks to a 2-0 record and picked up their first Conference Carolinas win of the season over Lees-McRae.
Anthony Alfonso recorded nine points in a dominating win over Montevallo during the midweek finding the back of the net six times and added three assists. Alfonso continued his scoring barrage with five goals in the win against LMC over the weekend.
Anthony Alfonso leads the league in points (52) with a league leading 18 assists and is second in goals (34) behind teammate Nick LaVoy
|Novachuk Earns Third Conference
Carolinas Women's Tennis POTW
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Chowan University's Polina Novachuk was named Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played Mar. 26 - Apr. 1, the Conference announced today. This marks her third honor of the season and Chowan's fifth straight.
Novachuk, a senior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, posted a pair of wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles against Conference opponent Limestone last week. Her play moved the Hawks to 6-0 on the season and atop the Conference Carolinas standings.
No. 1 Singles - 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 Doubles - 8-5
2018 Women's Tennis Players of the Week
Week One (Feb. 7) - Alex Silver (Erskine)
Week Two (Feb. 14) - Alexandra Dolfi (Limestone)
Week Three (Feb. 21) - Emily Harrison (Lees-McRae)
Week Four (Feb. 28) - Sandy Allen (Lees-McRae)
Week Five (Mar. 7) - Polina Novachuk (Chowan)
Week Six (Mar. 14) - Polina Novachuk (Chowan)
Week Seven (Mar. 21) - Hanna Tarlouskaya (Chowan)
Week Eight (Mar. 28) - Cynthia Carrier (Chowan)
Week Nine (Apr. 4) - Polina Novachuk (Chowan)
|Rogers Wins in Saturday’s Road Loss at
Gardner-Webb Kevin Buczek
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Senior Jamie Rogers rallied for a three-set win to earn the only point for the North Carolina Central University women’s tennis team in a 6-1 road loss at Gardner-Webb University on Saturday.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs only lost four games out of the other 64 games contested from No. 2-6 in the singles lineup to prevail. Gardner-Webb improved to 3-11 on the season.
Rogers dropped her first set to junior Sandra Bolstad before fighting back for the 6-7, 6-2, 10-5 triumph from the marquee position in the Lady Eagles order. The Cary, North Carolina, product has a team-high three singles wins on the season.
GWU started the afternoon by sweeping doubles. In the tightest match, Bolstad and sophomore Miljana Ristic outlasted Rogers and freshman Polina Sakharova by a narrow 7-5 margin.
NCCU (0-14) next visits Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Gardner-Webb 6, N.C. Central 1 3/30/2018 at Boiling Springs, N.C. (GWU Tennis Courts)
|SB: Rams Struggle in 13-2 Loss to Mount Olive
Rams Struggle in 13-2 Loss to Mount Olive
WSSU held to three hits in tough loss
Trevin Q. Goodwin
|Chowan's Fast Start Thwarts Wolves
NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Chowan Women's Lacrosse picked up a program
tying fifth win of the season with a 12-11 victory over Newberry after
scoring seven first half goals to thwart the comeback on the road on
face pair of midweek challenges
Games provide challenge as The Shore looks to keep winning ways
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Two midweek challenges await the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks baseball team. The Shore travels to Baltimore for a Tuesday (Apr. 3) contest at UMBC before returning home to host Georgetown on Wednesday (Apr. 4).
The UMBC game begins at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field and the Georgetown game begins at 3 p.m. inside Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
UMBC provides (http://umbc.statbroadcast.com<http://umbc.statbroadcast.com/>) live stats and (http://portal.stretchinternet.com/umbc) live video for their game, and Maryland Eastern Shore will have (http://www.easternshorehawks.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1581238&school=mdes&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&) live stats on Wednesday. Tickets at Perdue Stadium are $6 and can be purchased online (www.umestickets.com<http://www.umestickets.com/>). Students with HawkCards are free.
The Retreivers enter the week with 7-15 record with key wins against Penn State and Towson. The Hoyas stand a 7-19 with wins over Ohio State and MEAC foes Delaware State and Coppin State.
The Shore doubled its win total last week after splitting with Mount St. Mary’s and taking two of three from Delaware State.
Georgetown has faced the Hawks 21 times since 1985 with the Hoyas taking 17 of those meetings. Eastern Shore’s last win came in 2016. UMBC has won all six games against the Hawks in that same span, with the last meeting occurring in 2015.
For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.
|Bohannon Tops NCCU Golf at Manor
FARMVILLE, Va. – North Carolina Central University senior Jordan Bohannon carded more pars than any other golfer in the Manor Intercollegiate event, hosted by Longwood University on Friday and Saturday (March 30-31), resulting in a seventh-place finish for the native of Southfield, Michigan.
Bohannon led the field with 40 pars in three rounds, and played the par-4 holes to an average of 4.10 (+3), which ranks as the top average for the tournament. He also posted one of the eight eagles on the weekend, finishing with rounds of 73, 75 and 73 for a total of 221 (+5).
Fellow NCCU senior Zane Lewis tallied a 1-under-par 71 in the second round to aid in his eighth place performance (74, 71, 78) out of 69 golfers. Lewis has now recorded an under-par score six times this season.
NCCU junior Samuel Bradley tied for 59th place (81, 86, 81) and sophomore Nathan Corley tied for 64th place (86, 89, 81).
As a team, NCCU placed 9th out of 13 teams with a combined score of 948 (314, 321, 313).
The Eagles return to action on April 2-3 in the HBCU Invitational at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both days are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Hawks Blast Six Home Runs In Rout Of Barton
|Camels Sweep Lady Eagles
PICTURED: Archived photo of NCCU freshman Maru Berghaus (by Kevin Dorsey)
Marshall wins MEAC Co-Player of the Week
Sophomore plays big part in Hawks’ three wins
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, New Jersey) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Co-Player of the Week on Monday (Apr. 2).
Marshall hit .444 (8-for-18) during the week, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Four of the hits went for doubles, and he had an RBI in each of the Hawks games versus Delaware State. In Friday’s (Mar. 30) opener he registered four hits in six trips to the plate as The Shore won 16-9. On Saturday (Mar. 31), he helped cement a series win against the Hornets with a clutch outfield assist that nailed a runner at home.
With his performance Marshall raised his season average to .309 with five doubles, second most on the team behind freshman Jordan Torres (Brooklyn, New York). Against MEAC competitors Marshall is batting .448 (13-for-29).
This is the third straight week a Maryland Eastern Shore player received recognition from the MEAC. Senior Evan Bertone (Douglas, Massachusetts) won Co-Pitcher honors on March 19th, and freshman Avery Tunnell (Dover, Delaware) took top rookie honors on March 26th.
Coppin State’s Caleb Duhay earned Co-Player honors along with Marshall.
The Hawks face UMBC Tuesday (Apr. 3), host Georgetown Wednesday (Apr. 4) and travel to Coppin State this weekend
White Wins 100-Meter Dash at Raleigh Relays Kyle Serba
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Central University junior sprinter Bethany White ran a career-best time of 11.41 seconds to win the 100-meter dash at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State on Friday and Saturday, highlighting a dozen top-10 performances by NCCU.
In the same race, White’s teammate Akia Morris placed third with a
100-meter time of 11.83 seconds.
|Women's 100m Dash
Bethany White (1st) 11.41
Akia Morris (3rd) 11.83
Women's 200m Dash
Miaysha Bryant (8th) 24.75
Women's Triple Jump
Bhrandi Crenshaw (2nd) 12.04m
Women’s 4x100m Relay
NCCU (3rd) 45.76 (Akia Morris, Bethany White, Tyresha Alexander, Erin Johnson)
Women’s 4x200m Relay
NCCU (3rd) 1:37.56 (Akia Morris, Bethany White, Miaysha Bryant, Tyresha Alexander)
Men’s 100m Dash
Isaac Roberts (7th) 10.65
Deontae Williams (7th) 10.65
Men's 400m Dash
Gordon Lewis (2nd) 47.07
Jazire Notice (6th) 48.25
Men’s 4x100m Relay
NCCU (2nd) 40.63 (Isaac Roberts, Deontae Williams, Blake Hartsfield, Gordon Lewis)
Men’s 4x200m Relay
NCCU (3rd) 1:26.22 (Gordon Lewis, Da’Mon Ingram, Deontae Williams, Isaac Roberts)