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BY ORAIO T. GREENLEE
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There's a rich sports heritage at Parkland High
School. But up to now, there has never been an avenue
tor the Mustangs to honor the career achievements of
their top athletes, coaches and administrators in a formal
setting. That's no longer the case.
Parkland has established a Sports Hall of Fame for
the first time in the 50-year history of the school.
Induction ceremonies are set for Sept. 1. The first class of
honorees will be recognized at Farkland's home football
game against Winston-Salem Prep on Sept. 2.
"I don't know why it's taken so long for this to come
to pass," said Lin wood Jerald, Falkland's athletics direc
tor. "The program has gone through some ups and downs
over the past 50 years. But the organizing committee has
put in a lot of work since last spring, and we're going to
make this happen. These are some exciting times for
Nominations are now being accepted for the Hall of
Fame. All nominations must be accompanied by hard
copy documentation in order to be considered by mem
bers of the Hall of Fame's selection committee.
To start the nomination process, go to the Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools web site at
http://wsfcsJcl2.nc.us Click on "Select a School" and
look for the "High School" tab, then choose Parkland
Once you're on the school's site, click on the "Athletics"
tab and go to "Parkland High School Sports Hall of
Fame" in the drop-down menu.
To complete the process, download the nomination
form and follow the instruc
tions as outlined. The dead
line for accepting all nomi-p
nations is April 15.
Send all nomination
Lin wood Gerald, athlet
Parkland High School
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iouu Brewer Koaa
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
For additional information, call the school
Three Rams selected
to preseason baseball
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Black College Nines' has released its preseason HBCU All-American team, and the
Winston-Salem State University Rams have three preseason selections.
WSSU starting pitcher Sam Burton, and relief pitcher Eric Corlett were selected to
the first team, while outfielder Jayson Baytop was selected to the second team 2016
Preseason All-American list.
Sam Burton went 6-1 in 2015, with a 2.37 ERA in 76.0 innings pitched. He allowed
just 45 hits and 20 earned runs, while leading the team in strikeouts with 71.
Eric Corlett went 6-2 last season out of the bullpen in 23 appearances with an ERA
of 5.81. He pitched 48.0 innings, striking out 50 batters.
Jason Baytop, a St. Augustine's transfer, finished second in the CIAA in batting last
season, hitting .421, with 67 hits, 13 doubles, five triple and four home runs. He was also
second in the CIAA in stolen bases with 21.
110 WSSU Student-Athletes Named To Fall 2015 Daan's List
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110 WSSU athletes make Dean's List
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The Winston-Salem State University Department of
Athletics is proud to announce 110 student-athletes named
to the WSSU Fall Dean's List.
The CI A A Football Champion Rams led the way with
30 student-athletes on the list, while baseball finished sec
ond with 18 student-athletes. WSSU cheerleading had 14
members, CIAA Women's Cross-Country Champion,
indoor and outdoor track had 13- members and CIAA
Volleyball Champions Rams had 11 members. -
Students are eligible to be named to the Dean's List at
the end of each semester based on,a student's status as a
full-time student (12 semester hours and above). Dean's
List honors are awarded only to those students who earn a
scholastic grade point average <Sf 3.0 or higher in 12 or
moref'credit hours of graded coursework at WSSU jp an
academic semester, with no grade below C and no incom
plete (I) grades on the report.
"In order to be a student-athlete, it takes dedication
and time management in the classroom and on the fields
of competition. WSSU Athletics takes much pride in pro
viding the athletes the resources and tools necessary to
succeed," says Director of Athletics Tonia Walker.
"We are_ thankful for the strong partnership of the
UCALLtlJniversity College and tTifel^g.i-eaming)-staff
and their time and effort to monitor anaguide our student
athletes academically. This type of academic success
speaks to the coaches and athletic staff who are constantly
supporting their teams in the classroom and being a part of
positive encouragement for their Winston-Salem State
University education," added Walker.
See the JisJ at
http://www.wssurams .com/gent ral/Deans_List_2015.
Rams Fall at
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Winston-Salem State freshman William Crandell fin
ished with a career high 18 points, but it wasn't enough as
the Rams would fall 84-67 to the Chowan Hawks on
Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Helms Center on the Chowan
With the loss, Winston-Salem state
falls to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in the WT A . ^
CIAA, while Chowan improves to 11- fl
3 overall, and 4-0 in the CIAA.
The Chowan Hawks started on fire
and quickly ran out to a 10-point lead
at 14-4. A Demone Harrison 3-pointer
cut into the Hawks lead, but Chowan kept their foot on the
gas and would head into the locker room at the half with a
commanding 41-26 lead at the break.
The second half would prove to be much of the same,
as the Rams struggled to consistently put anything togeth
er offensively, and Chowan would push their Jead up to as
many as 23 points at 62-39 with 9:30 minutes left to play.
Chowan maintained a lead of 17 or more points for the
remainder of the contest before securing the 84-67 victo
The Rams were led in scoring by William Crandell.
who finished with a career high 18 points, to go with his
seven rebounds and assists, while Carlos Rankins added
12 points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Jerome
Simmons added eight points, two rebounds, one assist and
one steal, and Terrell Leach and Ray von Harris each
chipped in seven points. Harris also pulled down four
Chowan was led by Kortez Smith who pumped in a
game high 26 points, followed by Andrew Lopez, who
added 25 points. Joe Goodwin and Carlos Arroyo each
chipped in nine points, with GootTwin pulling down seven
rebounds and Lopez grabbing five boards. Josh Mellette
added seven rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will wrap up this three game
road trip on Monday night when the Rams travel to
Elizabeth City State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Rams defeated Elizabeth City State 73-68 in over
time on November 21 in a non-conference tilt played at
the?E Gaines Center on the WSSU campus.
Thabiti Davis chosen for NCAA
and NFL Coaches Academy
University wide receivers
coach Thabiti Davis has
been selected to participate
in the 2016 NCAA and
NFL Coach Academy, Feb.
19-21 in Tampa, Fla.
Davis finished his first
season as wide receiver
coach for WSSU with the
Rams claiming the 2013
Davis is definitely no
stranger to the city of
Winston- Salem, as he had
a successful career at Wake
Forest University (1994
96). During his career,
Davis was a standout
Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC) receiver under the
guidance of head coach Jim
Caldwell. In 1996 he
ranked third in the confer
ence in receiving with 60
receptions and was named
to the All-ACC team by the
Football News for his
Following his stellar
collegiate career, Davis
enjoyed a strong profes
sional career that included
stints with the New York
Barcelona (1999) and
Berlin (2000) of NFL
Europe, and spent five sea
sons as a wide
receiver/linebacker in the
Arena Football League.
Upon realizing that he
could tot play forever,
Davis started Transition
Player Development (TPD)
in 2005. TPD is a company
that strives to deliver a con
tinuum of consistent serv
ices designed to enhance a
between physical condi
tioning and athletic devel
opment. Davis created an
avenue for educating and
training athletes to be well
rounded in physical condi
tioning and sport specific
athletic preparation. This
endeavor paved the way for
his transition to the other
side of the whistle.
The NCAA and NFL
Coaches Academy pro
vides current, full-time
coaches at NCAA member
institutions, some of whom
are former NFL athletes, to
expand their knowledge
and insight into the world
of intercollegiate football
During the three-day
academy, the NCAA lead
ership develop- I
ment staff and I
the National I
League Player I
are able to edu- I
cate and train I I
ipants in a vari
ety of areas that
encourage effective coach
ing and improve student
athlete well being at both
the intercollegiate and pro
fessional levels. Topical
education and conversation
during the academy may
include: effective commu
nication with campus and
the importance of building
culture focused on the
overall success of the stu
dent-athletes both on and
off the field; budget man
agement of a football pro
gram; coaching strategies
? As a participant at this
academy, Davis will gain
knowledge from a variety
of workshops and interac
tive-discussion sessions, as
well as networking with
individuals that include the
other participants, NCAA
and NFL staff and other
key resources in the indus
try. Keynote speakers have
Included Arizona State
head coach Todd Graham
Baylor University heac
coach Art Briles, legendary
NFL coaches Dan Reeve;
and Dennis Green, NFI
Hall of Famer Mike
Singletary, and Tyrone
Willingham, former heac
coach at Notre Dame
Stanford and the University
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