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By RONNIE ALLEN,
With the loss of Michael
Sneed there can be only one
man on the Bronco basket
ball team that can possibly
take his place. That man is
Murchison, a 6-6, 185 sen
ior, will be playing in the
forward position this year and
alternating in the center spot
along with Samuel Smith.
Murchison is a graduate of E.
E. Smith High School In Fay
etteville where he played bas
ketball and won All-City, All-
Conference, and All - State
honors. The giant leaper came
to FSU and is continuing to
show the Bronco fans that he
can still get the job done.
Majoring in Business Administration the 6-6 senior comment
ed about the loss of Mike Sneed, “Sneed was a good player and
he brought a lot of inspiration to the team, but I do not think
the loss of Sneed will have any effect on us. It will hurt us some,
but the next guy up, which is me, will just have to fill in this
position.” Murchison says that before every game there is a
lot of pressure and a lot of things that run through his minti.
“The main thing about basketball, says Murchison, is that
you have to keep your kool because a great deal of pressure
is put on you by your opponents. They call me names such as,
skinny and other such names, but this is only to throw me off
and try to make me loose my kool. But really there is no way to
describe the pressure that may be on me before a game, but it
During the week of the game Murchison and his fellow play
ers take a look at the strong and weak points of the game for that
night should be played to get a Bronco win.
Terrence “The Leaper” Murchison, going into his fourth
season, says he hopes for a winning season and to win the
CIAA crown and bring it to Fayetteville. Murchison is hoping
for a pro-basketball career. He says he started watching pro
ball on television when he was little and became interested in
the game. This is his main goal and if he keeps on leaping. I’m
sure Terrence Murchison will carry the name of Fayetteville
State University far and wide.
Of The Month...
The scrappy little guard
from Greenbriar, Arkansas,
6-2 junior James Tyus, has
been named the VOICE ATH
LETE OF THE MONTH.
“Tyus is a great little field-
general and is capable of
handling the team in any sit
uation,” said head coach
Thomas L. Reeves of his prize
It was the two points that
the Arkansas guard sank a-
gainst South Carolina State
which won the third contest in
a row for the Reeves-men.
Also, Tyus was very instru
mental in the Shaw University
contest when he netted 24
points. (See Page 8)
THE 1972-73 EDITION OF THE FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY BRONCO
BASKETBALL TEAM - The FSU Broncos basketball squad, coached by Thomas
L. Reeves, opened their season December 1 against the St. Augustine’s College
Falcons at Raleigh for the beginning of a twenty-three regular season games.
The. Broncos finished in the runners-up spot in the CIAA Tourney and the NAIA
District 29 tournament. Head coach Thomas L. Reeves was named the “Most
Outstanding Coach” of the CIAA Tourney last year and he has vowed to take
“the whole thing” this year.
Broncettes At It Again
by WILLIAM MURPHY, Sports Writer
The girls’ basketball team has all but been overlooked and
even at times thought to be non-existent. But they are doing
fine and have plans to take a championship. This year they have a
harder and longer schedule than the one they had last year in
which they posted a 5-1 record and were runner up in their
The team this year is young and inexperienced. They only
have four players returning from last year’s team; however,
this lack of experience won’t stop the team. They have an ar
ray of new talent with several of these girls making their all
conference teams. The team is quite small but, has a lot of
fight in them, enough fight to take them to the championship.
The Broncettes open the*r season on December 2 at 3;00
against Shaw University. This cage event promises to be a
thriller. The coach plans to play sophomore captain Linda Cot
ton a native of Jackson, N.C., at 5-4 playing one of the guard
she should spell doom for the Shaw Bears with her fantastic
ball handling. Her partner at the other guard is Barbara Smith
a freshman from Erwin, North Carolina.. At 5-1, don’t let her
size fool you. This young lady has a most potent two-hand jump
er that all the players on opposing teams better look out for.
Co- captains Gail Cameron and Joallo Mosely, freshmen, both
of Cameron, North Carolina will hold down the center and for
ward spot. These young ladies are deadly on the boards and
have a defense that would rival the varsity goys game. At the
other forward spot we have Miiggie Edwards from Greenville,
North Carolina. She will add the needed punch in scoring, re
bounding to take the girl’s teams to the final and championship.
The girls are coached by Miss Taylor.
WITH RONNIE ALLEN
Fayetteville State University's champion flag football team
tangled with the champion flag football team of Fayetteville
Technical Institute and beat them 14-6 on Alumni field Novem
ber 18. FTI was first to score in the contest. But the offense,
led by quarterback Johnny Piggeese came back to take the lead
and win the game. In 30 degree weather, both teams putting up a
good fight. The FSU defense also played a superb game which kept
the FTI offense from threatening to score throughout the contest.
In the man and women’s fouls shooting contest, Pam Strayhorn,
a sophomore physical education major, won the 1972 foul shoot
ing contest. The winner of the men’s foul shooting contest was-
James R. McPherson, a sophomore Business Administration ma
jor sank twenty out of twenty-five shots to outdistance James
Sanders and “Dine” Ruffin to win the coveted championship.
In the men’s swimming competition, P.E. 201 section 2, in a
down to the wire finish, squeaked out a narrow margin victory
over P.E. 201 section 1. “Dine” Ruffin, again competing in more
than one contest, swam as an independent and came in a close
third. The final scores in these contests were Section 2, 22
points, section 1, 21 points, P.E. 200, 6 points, “Dine” Ruffin
and George Redmond swam as individuals. Ruffin scoring 15
points to Redmond’s 2.
JOHNSON-AUSTIN: POSSIBLE FUTURE COACHES
Richard Johnson and Howard Austin are seeking to continue
football careers. But if possible, they want to go back to their
hometown and seek coaching careers.
Johnson, a junior majoring in Physical Education, is a native
of Wadesboro, N.C. and a graduate of Bowaman High School. A
third year veteran on the Bronco team, Johnson has shown quite
an improvement. His position of free safety puts a fear into the
Howard “Scooter” Austin, a native of Yonkers, New York is
also seeking a pro-career. However, he doubts playing pro ball
because of his size, Austin, a graduate of Roosevelt High School,
says if he cannot play pro-ball, he is going home and will seek
a coaching career.
Both men are good football players although we will be losing
the services of William Austin, we will still have the magnetic
hand of Richard Johnson for one more year.
Last year the Broncos, under the leadership of Coach Tom
Reeves had a season and finished second in the CIAA while
ranking first in the Southern Division. Reeves says that there
will not be much change in his game plans. However, he will do a
lot more pressing, running, and using set patterns. The major
thing Reeves says that he hopes to improve in the area of on
getting the ball off the boards. Reeves and this year’s team has
a good bunch of incoming cagers judging from the scrimmage
game that is held annually. Even though Michael Sneed is gone
it looks as if there is a chance for F.S.U. to go back to the CIAA
tournament this year,
The men will porably be the spark that will keep us alive
in this year’s conference schedule.
The FSU cagers to keep close watch on are;
Roy “Skip” Birch, 6’3” forward guard; Terrence Murchi
son, 6’6 pivotman, Robert “Arkansas” Tyus, 6’2 guard, Sam
Smith, 6’4 forward, Alton Cogdell, 6’3” forward, Rubin Ruffin
a 6’2” guard who is steadily improving,
By RONNIE ALLEN
Larry Walker, a senior guard from Richmond, Virginia be
gan getting ready for the 1972 CIAA gridiron season since last
Apparently it paid off for the 5-11, 235 pound History major.
Walker was the lone member of the Bronco squad to be selected
to the coveted All-CIAA offensive squad for the 1972 season.
Walker, a graduate of Maggie Walker High School in Richmond
says that he is very happy to be honored by the all CIAA offen
“I want to congratulate all my teammates for helping to make
it possible for me to be on the All-CIAA offensive team. I
know that football is a team effort and I share this honor with all
of the fellows on the squad, ” said the likeable Walker.
Head football coach Raymond McDougal has nothing but praise
"I think that Larry deserves the honor and I am very pleased
that he was selected to the squad. He has shown leadership and
was one of the tri-captains for the past season,” said the coach.
Walker commented on the teams he has played against during
his last four years at Fayetteville State University,
“It seems as though when we have a game, the biggest man
always gets in front of me,” smiled Walker.
“The defensive linemen of Elizabeth City State and Johnson C.
Smith gave me trouble because they seem to be well coached.”
Walker feels that Johnson C. Smith is the toughest team he has
played against during his four years at FSU.
In describing the pressure on him, the offensive guard stated,
“I have what you might call a nervous stomach and it is difficult
for me to fall asleep, particulary just before a game,” Walker
began, “On the morning of the game I am still somewhat ner
vous and the pressure is still on me and I do not feel any better
until the first contact is made in the game.”
After the contact number sixty-three is ready to play ball.
Although he is short for pro - standards. Walker would like to
play pro ball.
Walker sees a great future in athletics at FSU particularly
in the area of football.
“I think that we have a great coaching staff. I believe that the
addition of Coach Ross will be a tremendous asset to the Broncos
in the future.”