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QEA basketball showdown
rescheduled for Saturday
BY CRAIG T. GREENLEE
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Quality Education Academy's basket
ball showdown that was postponed by last
weekend's snowstorm is now on "go"
Word of God Christian Academy
:omes to town on Saturday to play QEA in
a 7 p.m. contest. The game will feature a
total of eight players on both teams who
are acknowledged as college prospects.
The most anticipated match-up in this
game involves a pair of shooting guards
who are being heavily recruited by the big
time powerhouse programs.
In recent weeks, Deshawn Corprew of
QEA has become a hot commodity in the
eyes of recruiters. The 6-foot-5 senior
averages 23.7 points, 8 rebounds and 5
assists per game. Corprew's list of suitors
continues to grow. Such high-profile pro
grams as Louisville, UCLA, Kansas,Texas
and Florida State are targeting him.
Rawle Alkins of Word of God is a five
star recruit who was voted Player of the
Year in New York City last season while
playing for Christ the King. Alkins, also 6
foot-5, transferred to Word of God (located
in Raleigh) for his senior season. Word of
God is the same school that produced
NBA All-Star John Wall of the Washington
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believed to be among the schools on
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Although the Corprew-Alkins match
up is an intriguing one, the final outcome
of this game may not come down to these
two players. QEA could have an edge
because of post players Marsellis Purvis
and Pape Ndiaye. Purvis, a dependable
factor at both ends of the court, is getting
his share of college looks, but hasn't com
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recovered from a torn ACL that caused
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injury, Ndiaye had received offers from
Dklahoma, Washington State, Mississippi
State and UNC Charlotte.
Aside from Alkins, Word of God has
Four other players - Jalen Fomes, Brandon
Huffman, Blake Harris and Jalen Harris -
who have attracted a lot interest from the
rollege scouts. Fomes, a shooting guard,
las signed with UNC Wilmington.
Basketball league highlights players9 talents
BY KJ. O'NEAL
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
Monday, Jan. 13, Hanes Hosiery start
ed tip off with 6-10-year-old boys and girls
basketball. Hanes Hosiery Recreation
Center was jumping with lots of parents
and friends coming to support their kids.
The first game: Tar Heels versus Demon
The Deacons came off with the big win
thanks to leading scorers Evan Dunlap,
with 14 points, and Kemar Hinkson, with
six points. Dunlap is a great post player
and knows exactly how to find open team
mates, leading his team with assists, which
were caught by Hinkson for his six points.
For the Tar Heels, Kegin Sutherland
was the leading scorer with 10 points, fol
lowing Braylen Williams with his two big
free throws, which were needed at the end
of the game. Isaiah Smith and Christian
Moss also scored two points each. Despite
playing with a lot of hustle, the Tar Heels
couldn't pull away with the win, with a
final score of 26-17. ' ?
Blue Devils versus the Wolfpack
The Blue Devils pulled off their big
win against the Wolfpack 15-13, in another
6-10 boys game on Monday night. It was a
game shred with a lot of hustle and hard
work, and both teams were struggling to
find open passes and open shots. The game
was close, but Blue Devils pulled the win
thanks to leading scorer Rasiane Cousins,
number 22, and Mathias Banks, number
11, adding four points each.
The Wolfpack hung in there as best as
they could thanks to DJ Timmons, who
contributed to a great starting half with six
points and later ended the game with eight
points. Aqua vis Hickman and Kejo
Southerland helped out with their two
points each, but couldn't find enough open
shots due to the outstanding defense of the
Blue Devils' twin players, Malachi and
Lakers versus the Heat
The agesll-15 boys for the Hanes
Hosiery basketball league were looking
great Tuesday night, Jan. 14.
Nyseem Graham was the leading scor
er for the Lakers with 12 points. He was all
over the court. Following after him was
Jeremiah Hill with 10 points and Tamauri
Miller with eight points.
Deangelo Lawalairs led the Heat with
10 points, following Shannon Graham
with nine points and Quinton Hairston
with eight points. These young fellas
played their hearts out.
The Lakers left the gym victorious,
winning over the Heat with a final score of
Hawks versus the Celtics
Also on Tuesday night, the ages 11-15
boys had their game for the Hawks versus
the Celtics. Aaron Potter, with the Hawks,
had 14 points and was outstanding with his
ball handling skills. Potter and his team
mates dominated the game with their
unselfish play. Additionally, Timar
Jackson gained eight points and 12
rebounds for the team.
The Celtics leading scorer was Jaben
Mars with eight points. Following behind
him with six points was Welsey King.
Although the Celtics played hard and
strong, they couldn't pull it off, the final
Ultimately, Art Blevins, who is Hanes
Hosiery director and coach is in his 37th
year of coaching and directing basketball
leagues, was again pleased with this year's
turnout of both leagues, in which over 100
kids are involved. "Great bunch of kids
and wonderful Wake Forest Law students
that are serving as volunteer coaches, and
my great staff keeps me going," said
Blevins. "I am blessed in what I'm doing
and it keeps me young at heart! A lot of
people thought I retired when I ended the
'Hang the Net', but I'm still going strong!"
KJ O'Neal of Louisburg Junior
College is recreation leader for Hanes
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WSSU Classy Hat Affair now set for Saturday
SPECIAL TOTHE CHRONICLE
Due to a severe Wintry mix that began Thursday
evening and well into Saturday morning, the second annu
al She's Got it Covered, Classy Hat Affair has been
rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Grand Pavilion
Ball Room of the Embassy Suites Hotel, (460 N. Cherry
Street, at 10 am.
Tickets for the Scholarship Month event, at $100, can
?Through the WSSU Ticket Office
?By mail with checks made payable to the WSSU
Department of Athletics, Attn: Randy Butt, 1250 S. MLK,
Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27110
^ *Or by (ihone at 336-750-2141. ^
For further information regarding the event or details
around the postponement, please contact the Winston
Salem State University (WSSU) Department of Athletics
at 336-750-3344. For questions directly regarding tickets,
please contact Randy Butt at 336-750-2142.
Gold Medalist and two-time Olympian LaTasha
Colander-Clark will still give the keynote address for the
brunch, along with salutations from WSSU Chancellor
Elwood L. Robinson, WSSU Director of Athletics Tonia
Walker, CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWillianjs and
Zipporah Foster, a member for the historic 2015 CIAA
Championship Volleyball team.
The She's Got it Covered, Classy Hat Affair is a fun
filled celebration designed to raise funds and awareness to
improve equity and access for girls and women in sports.
The event will highlight the importance of female partici
pation in athletics: female student-athletes learn about
leadership, teamwork, and loyalty.
Young female student-athletes are shown to have
higher levels of confidence and self-esteem. Participating
in sports prepares young women for competition in the
workplace - in fact, 80 percent of women executives at
Fortune 500 companies played sports.
All proceeds from the brunch will go toward scholar
ships for the female student-athletes who participate in the
women's sports offered at WSSU including basketball,
cross country, cheerleading, softball, tennis, track and vol
leyball which will provide our female student-athletes
with scholarship support to achieve their goals both on
and off the field.
WSSU students arrive on campus with everything it
takes to succeed - intellect, commitment, and drive, yet,
the lack of sufficient financial aid oftentimes stands in the
way of graduation. Without private support for scholar
ships, it would be nearly impossible for most students to
achieve their ultimate goal to graduate., WSSU officials