Wakanda 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 Bowling)
Gregory Goings
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 Conference Action

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.
Bristol, Tenn.

Women's Tennis
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.

Men's Tennis
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 Presbyterian

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.

Limestone College:
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

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams ((5-19) could not find any answers when the team took a 13-2 loss to the Mount Olive Trojans (15-20), Tuesday afternoon. The Rams had a strong effort, but the team could overcome fielding miscues and hitting struggles in the hard-fought loss.

The Rams struggled in every aspect of the game, but still showed some signs of strong play at times. AS a team, WSSU totaled just three hits in the game. Sophomore pitcher Erica Davis led the team’s hitting efforts with a two-for-two performance at the place. Junior left field Jasmine Holloman added a one-for-two performance with a home run, two RBI and a run scored. The Rams also had three fielding errors in the game.

The Rams ran into some early struggles, but the team staged a late rally that was not quite enough in the loss. After allowing an opening inning run and 10 second inning runs to the Trojans, the Rams fell behind 11-0. The team’s sole scoring effort came in the fourth inning when Holloman hit a two-run home run to score Davis. However, the effort was all that the Rams could muster when the team allowed two more runs to the Trojans to take the loss.

Davis (4-9) took the pitching loss. She went all five innings with 13 runs allowed (nine earned) on 16 hits. She also recorded a strikeout.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-19. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.

Chowan's Fast Start Thwarts Wolves Comeback, 12-11

Evans Carpenter

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 Tuesday afternoon.


FINAL | Chowan 12, Newberry 11

RECORDS | Chowan 5-8, Newberry 3-10

LOCATION | Newberry, S.C. (Setzler Field)


Tashana Barnett and Heather Orell tallied four goals each in the win. Alexandria Hammonds recorded two goals while Briana Gonzalez and Leslie Escobar netted one goal each.

Mallory Dunker moved to 3-1 on the season in cage picking up seven saves.


First Half:

Alexandria Hammonds put the Hawks on the board five minutes into the contest with a free position goal. Newberry would respond five minutes later to tie the contest at a goal apiece.

Tashana Barnett would put the Hawks up for good at the 13:20 mark. Less than 30 seconds later Heather Orellwould find Alexandria Hammonds for a 3-1 lead.

After conceding a goal, Heather Orell scored before Newberry closed the gap to 4-3.

Tashana Barnett and Heather Orell would give the Hawks a 6-3 with a pair of goals.

Leslie Escobar scored the final tally of the half to send the Hawks into the half up 7-4.

Second Half:

The Wolves would close the gap to 8-6 as Heather Orell found the back of the net during the early portion of the half. Orell pushed the advantage to 9-6 just eight minutes into the half.

Newberry trimmed the deficit to 9-8 before Tashana Barnett scored a man-down goal with 17 minutes remaining in the contest.

The Hawks and Wolves would trade goals as Briana Gonzalez scored a man-up goal with 6:51 remaining to keep Chowan in front 11-9. Newberry scored 40 seconds later to trim the deficit back to one, 11-10.

Tashana Barnett scored an insurance goal with 2:38 left in the contest before the Wolves scored the final tally with just over a minute remaining.

Alexandria Hammonds corralled the ensuing draw control to seal the victory for the Hawks.


Chowan will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to face Converse in a Conference Carolinas contest on April 8. Opening draw is at 12pm.

Hawks face pair of midweek challenges

Matt McCann

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 Intercollegiate

Kyle Serba

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

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Baseball team pounded out 21 hits and hit six home runs to throttle Barton 15-1 on Tuesday afternoon.


FINAL | Chowan 15, Barton 1

RECORDS | Chowan 12-14-1, Barton 10-28

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawkins Field)


Harry Markotay paced the Hawks by extending his hitting streak to 12 games with three hits including two home runs. Julian Lopez, Robert Williams, Tyler Jones, and Trenton Lee picked up three hits each.

Marquise Lanier, Tyler Jones, Trent Brosdahl, and Robert Williams along with Harry Markotay hit a home run in the contest.

Cody Smith picked up his 19th career victory on the bump to put him in sole position of most wins in the DII era. Smith tossed five shutout innings allowing two hits and struck out seven.


Barton picked up a walk and hit by pitch in the top of the second but Cody Smith stranded the runners in scoring position.

The Hawks jumped all over the new pitcher for the Bulldogs as Trent Brosdahl reached on an error to start the inning. Robert Williams picked up a single before Tyler Jones sent the first of three home runs in the inning for a 3-0 lead. Trenton Lee singled before Anthony Jefferson and Harry Markotay drew walks to load the bases. Marquise Lanier kept the ball just fair for a grand slam down the left field line.

Julian Lopez continued the inning with a single to center and swiped second before coming around to score on Nick Rose's double. Trent Brosdahl would give the Hawks a 10-0 lead with a home run to left.

The lead would increase to 12-0 in the bottom of the third inning as Harry Markotay sent the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall. Nick Rose doubled to right center to score Marquise Lanier that reached on a hit by pitch.

CU added two more runs in the fourth inning as Harry Markotay hit his second home run of the game down the left field line. Marquise Lanier doubled down the line and came around to score on a single by Julian Lopez to extend the lead to 14-0.

Robert Williams joined the home run party with a solo blast to left center for the final tally of the contest for the Hawks.

Barton would breakup the shutout in the eighth inning with a run to trim the deficit to 15-1.


Chowan will travel to Laurinburg, N.C. to face St. Andrews in the second game of the season series on Wednesday, April 4. First pitch is slated for 2pm.

Camels Sweep Lady Eagles

PICTURED: Archived photo of NCCU freshman Maru Berghaus (by Kevin Dorsey)

Kevin Buczek

BUIES CREEK, N.C. — Freshman Maru Berghaus competed in the two closest matches for the North Carolina Central University women’s tennis team in a 7-0 non-conference road loss at Campbell University Tuesday afternoon.

The Camels won their second straight match to move to 10-7 overall. The Lady Eagles slipped to 0-15.

Berghaus was in a tight first set before falling to sophomore Alexandra Nicoara in the second-seeded singles match by a final score of 6-4, 6-1. The native of Cologne, Germany, had five of NCCU’s 13 total game wins.

Sophomore No. 1 Lou Regan (6-0, 6-1), junior No. 3 Isabel Boada (6-2, 6-0), junior No. 4 Pauline Roustan (6-1, 6-1), sophomore Lea Cutura (6-0, 6-0) and sophomore Huda McGraw (6-1, 6-2) had the other wins for the Camels.

The Lady Eagles lost a pair of 6-2 doubles matches by the teams of Berghaus and sophomore Sofia Miller along with senior Jamie Rogers and freshman Polina Sakharova.

The triumphant pairing for Campbell were junior Alexandra Andrivot/Boada, freshman Ana Castillo/senior Georgina Segarra and Regen/Cutura.

NCCU next hosts Hampton University on Saturday at 10 a.m


Marshall wins MEAC Co-Player of the Week

Matthew Mccann

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
NCCU’s White Wins 100-Meter Dash at Raleigh Relays   Kyle Serba
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Central University junior sprinter Be
thany 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.

NCCU freshman Gordon Lewis ran in a near dead heat in the men’s 400m dash, finishing six-one-thousandths of a second behind the event winner with an official time of 47.067, settling for second place. Fellow freshman Jazire Notice placed sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 48.25.

In the women’s triple jump open, freshman Bhrandi Crenshaw soared 12.04 meters as the event runner-up.
NCCU teammates Isaac Roberts and Deontae Williams posted identical times of 10.646 seconds in the men’s 100m dash to tie for seventh place.

NCCU junior Miaysha Bryant finished eighth in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 24.75.

Bryant, Morris and White teamed up with Tyresha Alexander in the women’s 4x200m relay to place third with a time of 1:37.56. The foursome of Morris, White, Alexander and Erin Johnson also placed third in the 4x100m relay in 45.76 seconds, trailing only East Carolina and NC State.

In the men’s 4x100m relay, Roberts, Williams, Lewis and Blake Hartsfield registered a runner-up time of 40.63 seconds, edging George Mason and North Carolina among an 11-team field. Da’Mon Ingram joined Lewis, Williams and Roberts in the men’s 4x200m relay, finishing third with a time of 1:26.22.

Up next, NCCU will compete at High Point University in the Vertklasse Meeting on April 6-7.

For more information about NCCU track & field, visit the new NCCUEaglePride.com.

NCCU Top-10 Performances at Raleigh Relays (March 30-31, 2018)

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)