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The Rams open first week of fall practice
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Rams of Winston
Salem State University
(WSSU) are gearing up for
another year on the grid
iron. They are seeking to
capture their second con
secutive CIAA champi
onship, anil their fourth
The Rams will hold
their "Meet the Rams Day"
on Saturday, Aug. 20. Fans
and alumni can come out to
meet their favorite players
or get to know the new
The Rams go into the
year as the preseason
favorites to walk away with
the crown but will face
tough opposition en route
to a championship birth.
The team reported to
campus for fall practice
Tuesday, Aug. 9, with the
first practice taking place
last Tliursday, Aug .11.
The Rams will return
seven starters on offense
and six on defense. They
have three players selected
to the preseason All-CIAA
First Team. The honorees
are offensive lineman Tim
Samuels, kicker Will
Johnson and offensive line
man Jac'que Polite.
WSSU will open up
once again. They lost last
year's season opener
against the Braves 17-7.
This year the game will be
at Bowman Gray Stadium
and the Rams seek to
reverse their fortunes from
a year ago.
Xavier Quick and
William Belcher look to
pace the Rams on offense
as the leading rusher and
See Rams on B2
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Sophomore quarterback, Rod Tinsley Jr. (14), throws a deep ball to his speedy wide receiver.
Jamboree gives coaches
a look at their teams,
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Newbridge Bank Invitational Jamboree at Mt.
Tabor High School featured a number of Forsyth County
High School Varsity and Junior Varsity teams along with
other teams from surrounding counties. Glenn, Reagan
and of course Mt. Tabor were among the Junior Varsity
teams from Forsyth County. They were joined by
Northwest Guilford, Central Davidson, West Stokes and
East Davidson High Schools.
The Jamboree was a way for the players to scrimmage
playing against athletes from a different school in a con
trolled environment. Each team was given 10 plays to run
against the other .teams defense and then they were to
switch. Each team during the scrimmage were given two
sets of 10 plays on offense and defense.
Each team was set to play two scrimmages to give
their coaches things they could look for to improve upon
as well as positives they can reinforce during practice.
Every coach was into the game as if it were the playoffs
and showed a lot of intensity.
Tiesuan Brown, JV head coach for Mt. Tabor, said, "At
Mt. Tabor, we always expect to be good on both teams.
The last two years we have won 17 games with three loss
es and I want to keep that good tradition going. We have
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Josh Howard opens up about PIU job
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
NBA All-Star Josh Howard
recently accepted the head coaching
position at Piedmont International
University. He looks forward to
bringing his brand of basketball to the
Bruins, which will focus on defense
Howard played his collegiate bas
ketball at Wake Forest University and
graduated in 2003. He went on to
have a stellar career in the NBA with
He said when he was offered the
position by University President Dr.
Charles Petitt, he heard his grand
mother's voice telling him to "come
on back." Howard's grandmother
passed away in May. He said she was
a very big influence in his life so
when the coaching opportunity pre
sented itself it seemed like perfect
Howard said he further knew this
was the right choice for him as he was
offered the head coaching position on
July 26 and that was the same day his
former head coach at Wake Forest.
Skip Prosser, died nine years earlier.
"Coaching was something I was
building up toward doing, but I didn't
think it would happen this fast," said
Howard. "The blessing presented
itself, so I had to take it. With me
hearing my grandmother's voice and
me being offered the job on the day
coach Prosser passed, those were two
signs for me to take this position."
With his extensive knowledge of
basketball he has absorbed from
coaches over the years, Howard envi
sions himself being a teacher of the
game. He wants his players to under
stand that there is more to life than
just basketball and to be leaders in the
He said he has learned a lot from
coaches like Skip Prosser, Don
Nelson and Avery Johnson. He will
implement bits and pieces he has
learned from them all and incorporate
that into his teaching of the game to
"I want to give my players this
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