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Lowrance takes bragging rights in matchup with rival Carter
BY ERIN M1ZELLE
FPU THE CHRONICLE
Lowrance Middle School and VS
Carter Vocational reunited once again,
over a basketball game in Kennedy High
It's not only a game; it is an opportu
nity for staff, community, cheerleaders
and student athletes from both schools to
cheer on and watch their students compete
and work together for a common goal.
Both schools educate special needs
The final score was 17-6, with
Lowrance Middle School the victor.
Both teams finished the game with
shaking hands and fist bumps. Many peo
ple after the game gave affirmation and
confirmation about the great job of both
teams and how the student athletes from
Lowrance Middle were grasping and
understanding the fundamental coaching
points from Head Coach Juwon Crowell
and assistant coach Sir James Maxie dur
ing the game.
Ronnie Caviness, head coach of Carter
Vocational High School, and his team of
assistants were coaching intensely, telling
his team to keep playing and working hard
no matter the score.
"Each and every one of us in the world
has a special need, which is to feel loved,
valued and respected," says Crowell. "It is
all any of us need."
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the Rams offensive identity might be. Much will
depend on how much the quarterbacks continue to
grow in their understanding and execution of the
What is clear for now is that WSSU will sport a
different look on offense. A year ago, they used the
pistol formation and
averaged 35.7 points
per game. This year,
they're returning to
the multiple pro-style
offense employed dur
ing the Rams three
year run in the NCAA
playoffs under former
will vary from the
spread look of last sea
son. WSSU will run
empty backfield with
four wide receivers,
but will also run sets
with two backs and
double tight ends.
"We ran a lot of
shot-guo last year,"
Boulware said. "This
year, the quarterback
will be under center a
lot more. We want to
avoid being one
Whoever winds up
being the starting QB will have a solid offensive line
to operate behind. Jac'que Polite (6-feet-5, 300
pounds) is the prime protector at left tackle. The ris
ing junior from Ridgeland, S.C., started out last sea
son on the defensive line, but switched positions
midway through the season when it became clear
that he wouldn't get much playing time. Polite uses
his size, strength and speed to neutralize defenders.
Don't be surprised if the Rams become more of
a "ground-and-pound" team. Rising senior Tyree
Massey (5-feet-ll, 235 pounds) is a burly bruiser
who does his best work running between the tackles.
Massey, however, has the speed to make tacklers
miss and break long runs.
WSSU won't have to depend on Massey to
shoulder the entire rushing load. Malik Moseley, a
rising sophomore transfer from Old Dominion, will
get his share of touches this fall. Moseley (5-feet-9,
192 pounds) is an elusive runner who makes good
use of his speed and field vision.
At wiae receiver, canard
Brown (Jackson State transfer)
lias the tools to emerge as a
big-play threat. Rashan
?Williams could also step for
ward as a key contributor in the
On defense, look for
Winston-Salem State to add
some new wrinkles to its base
4-2-5 alignment. During the
Spring Game, the defenses on
both sides took center stage"
and combined for six intercep
tions. For this season, the game
plan will call for defense force
action more than it has in
"We're going to revamp a
few things," Boulware said.
"We'll play more man cover
age on the back end and use
more blitz packages up front to
generate more pressure on the
Rising senior Mifchael
Bloomfield (6-feet-3, 245
pounds) will figure prominent
ly in the defensive scheme.
Bloomfield's upper-body strength and exceptional
quickness off the ball makes life difficult for oppos
ing offensive linemen. "Any time you talk about?our
defense, there's one name that always comes to
mind, and that's Michael Bloomfield," Boulware
said. "Michael is a workaholic and he applies pres
sure on every snap."
Inside linebackers Kyrell Williamson and ?>
Jaitavius Jackson, along with crafty cornerbacks
Kailan Chavis and Cameron Sullivan, are expected
to have stand-out seasons.
Tyree Massey breaks free to gain yardage.
Photos by Erin Mizelk for The Chronicle
(Upper left) Head Coach Juwon Crowell talks strategy with his
team. (Lower left) Jemari L. (1141) takes in the atmosphere of
the day as he plays defense. (Upper right) Assistant Coach Sir
James Maxie celebrates with his victorious team.
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Talley finished with seven tack
les, 25 tackles for loss and three
sacks, while . Michael
Bloomfield finished with five
tackles 2.5 tackles for loss and
Amyl Smith also had five
tackles, 13 tackles for a loss
and two sacks. Michael Douglas
had four tackles, a half a tackle
for a loss and one sack, while
James Bullock, Andre Green,
Kyrell Williamson and Brian
James each had three tackles.
Wesley Crosby added two
sacks, Xavier Gregory had one
sack, and Krell Williamson
added a fumble recovery.
Joseph Grant had two intercep
tions, while Brian James and
Cameron Sullivan each had one
The White Team was led in
rushing by Tyree Massey, who
rushed 13 times for 88 yards,
while Entrone Jones rushed five
times for 46 yards and one
Demetrius Lewis finished 9
of 22 for 79 yprds and one pass
ing touchdown, with four inter
Eric Williams led the White
Team receivers with three catch
es for 20 yards, while William
Belcher added three catches for
20 yards and one touchdown.
Anthony Everett had one catch
for 16 yards, Paris Harris had
one catch for 12 yards, and Trey
Foggie had 2 catches for -1
William Johnson averaged
29 yards per punt on the after
noon, as he punted and kicked
for both teams. Johnson went
three of four on field goals, with
the highlight a 54 yard attempt
that split the uprights good.
Defensively for the White
Team, Tiqeece Brown finished
with 5 tackles, one and half
tackles for a loss and one sack.
Albert McLean also had five
tackles, three tackles for a loss
and a sack. Kariym Gent had
four tackles, while Sadarious
Byers had three tackles, two
tackles for a loss and a sack.
Devin Baber added three tackles
and two tackles for a loss. Joe
Wright and Daniel Kwaku also
had one sack each, and
Deshawn Littlejohn had two
"I think we piggy-backed off
our last practice on Thursday,
and the guys came out and were
on fire. Everyone was sharp and
focused, and we capped it off
with a good performance
today," said head coach, Kienus
"Now we get to go back and
watch the film for the last time
as we go through this evaluation
period, but overall I am pleased
with our spring," added
"Tyree Massey had a great
day. Massey sort of takes us
back to 2010 and 2011. He is in
the mold of Nick Cooper.
Massey is about the toughest
thing we have had in the back
field with his bruising running
style downhill, since Cooper. If
that ends up being our bread and
butter, then we will run the foot
ball," said Boulware.
Winston-Salem State will
open the 2015 football season
on Thursday, Sept. 3, at UNC
Photos by Erin
Mizelk for The
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month, Washington-Saunders has the
look of a legitimate contender for a
state outdoor title. He ran 48.48 earlier
this season, which is the second-fastest
in North Carolina.
East Forsyth's Isis Brooks was a
multiple winner at the Brent (100
meters/200 meters /300-meter hur
dles). Still, Brooks could be hard
pressed to pull off a triple at the
Piedmont Triad Conference
Brooks (12.31 seconds in the 100;
25.42 in the 200)) will face-off against
two of the area's best sprinters in High
Point Central's Tamara Clark and
Charla Ward of Ragsdale. Clark has a
hand-held time of 11.54, which is the
fastest in the state.
The outlook for Brooks in the 300
hurdles is very favorable. She'll enter
the PTC Championships as the No. 1
seed whose time of 47.65 seconds is
by far the fastest in the conference this
season. Brooks' closest rival is Nascha
Blue of Glenn, who she defeated con
vincingly at the county meet.
Middle distance races
In the boys' 800, Vernon Espinoza
of West Forsyth and Mount Tabor's
Kenny Kniesel will be primed to win
at the Central Piedmont Conference
Championships. Both are ranked
among the state's top 10. Espinoza is
No. 4 at 1 minute, 56.15 seconds and
Kniesel is eighth at 1:57.30. At the
Brent, Espinoza called on his 400
meter sprinter's speed to pull away in
the late stages of the race.
Perhaps the most intriguing match
up at the CPC meet could be the girls'
800. Parkland's McKinley McNeill
(2:20.30) is a 400 specialist who runs
the 800 from time to time. Whether or
not she competes in this race at the
conference is anyone's guess.
If she does ran the 800, McNeill
will most likely face a stiff challenge
from versatile sophomore Tiara
Patterson-Mills of Mount Tabor
(2:21.85). That doesn't mean that it
will be a two-runner race race. Ellen
Spencer and Mackenzie Newsome of
West Forsyth will contend for top hon
The girls' 4x800 relay should
deliver some pulsating moments.
Mount Tabor rates as the pre-race
favorite. The Spartans foursome of
Jenna Lineberry, Leah Messenkopf,
Emily Reichert and Patterson-Mills
clocked 9:57.86 to win at the Brent.
Even so, with conference bragging
rights on the line, Reagan (10:03.12)
and West Forsyth (10:19.10) will push
the Spartans to the limit.
Three Brent Invitational champs sq
Forsyth't Breon Jenkins (second f
Sessoms of Carver (middle) won th
Saunders of Reagan (second from U
uared off in the boys 200. West
rom right) won the 200. Brian
e 100 and Chace Washington
rft) won the 400.
East Forsyth sprinter/hurdler his Brooks
(in black) won three individual eveills at
the county championships last weekend.
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of its next 10 games
through April 21. Wake
returns to townjpr a four
game home stand that
starts on April 24.
"It's up to us to play to
our level of ability," said
Coach Tom Walter.
"Offensively, we're bal
anced. There's power in
the lineup to hit home
runs. But we can also
steal bases and manufac
ture runs. This team is
built to beat opponents in
Wake Forest (22-16 as
of April 13) ranked sev
enth nationally in team
batting average (.313).
Statistically, the Deacons
rank among the ACC's
top three in most offen
sive categories, including
batting average, runs bat
ted in, home runs, slug
ging percentage and total
Craig has emerged as
a key factor in Wake
attack. The sophomore
first baseman is having an
All-American kind of sea
son. At the start of this
week, Craig ranked
among the national lead
ers in home runs (12),
RBIs (34), total bases
(110) and batting average
"There's no denying
that Will Craig has excep
tional ability," Walter
said. "But there's more to
it than him being a talent
ed player. He's a hard
worker who puts in the
time and makes every
effort to perfect his craft.
When you put all of that
together, you get out
Craig hasn't had to be
a one-man demolition
crew. He gets ample assis
tance from Nate Mondou,
who's hitting 366 with
nine homers and 49 RBls.
Fairchild (370) also
ranks among the ACC's
Top 5 in hitting.
Wake Forest has
proven itself as a run
scoring outfit. Yet, the
ability to go deep in con
ference tournament play
and the NCAA playoffs
hinges a lot on quality
pitching. On the whole,
the Deacons pitching staff
has had its struggles this
season (5.70 ERA is the
highest in the ACC).
In ace right-handers
Matt Pirro and Parker
Dunshee, Wake Forest
has two starting pitchers
who have more than held
their own this season.
Pirro (6-2, 3.04 ERA) led
the conference in wins
and he's struck out 49 bat
ters in 47 1/3 innings.
Dunshee (5-0 with 51
strike-outs in 46 innings)
is equally impressive. His
ERA of 2.54 was ninth
best in the league.
"Matt and Parker
throw as well as anybody
in the ACC," Walter said.
"When you have premier
pitchers like those two,
you always have a
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