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Thursday, April 20, 2006
For the Week of April 18-24, 2006
Photo by Yusuf Davis
FVSU’s Lynnsey Dailey
won seven individual
events at the SIAC Track
T ALABAMAA&M SECOND NATIONALLY;
SIAC CROWNS CHAMPS; NEW WSSU COACH
WInthtop Sports Photo
East Carolina head
coach takes over at
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
STOKES TO LEAD LADY RAMS:
Winston-Salem State Director of Athletics Dr. Chico
Caldwell last week named Dee
Stokes as the school's new head
women's basketball coach. Stokes has
12 years of coaching experience and
spent the last two seasons as an assis
tant under Bud Childers at Winthrop
University. "The search committee
that was assembled for this hiring was
extremely excited about the quality of
the candidates that the search generat
ed, and we are happy to bring in Dee
as our new head women's basketball
coach. We are happy that she brings
with her a Division I playing and
coaching background and understands what it takes to build a
program, both academically and athletically," said Caldwell.
Stokes served as the head women's basketball coach at East
Carolina from 1998 through 2002, played college basketball
at Wake Forest for two seasons before transferring to UNC-
Charlotte from where she graduated in 1993. She replaces
John Williams who was released at the conclusion of the
2005-06 season. She worked as an assistant at the University
of Alabama-Birmingham, Murray State, Texas A&M and
Nebraska until 1998 when she was hired at ECU. She guided
ECU to three consecutive winning seasons from 1998 to 2001
marking the first time in 14 years that feat had been accom
plished, " I look forward to the challenge of taking this pro
gram from its transitionary period into NCAA Division I,"
Stokes said- She inherits a Lady Rams' team that went 10-18
last season, their final year in NCAA Division II and the
CIAA- WSSU will begin the second year of a five-year
NCAA transition period as the Rams and Lady Rams make
the move to full NCAA Division I member status during the
WEEKS IN, WOODS OUT: Second base-
man Michael Woods, selected out of Southern in the first
round of the 2001 draft - 32nd over
all - was released last week by the
Detroit Tigers. In 2004, his best sea
son in the Tigers' fanii system. Woods
hit .281 at Lakeland (Fla.) and
appeared to be progressing up the
team's minor league ladder. But he
slipped to .231 last year at Erie (Pa.)
and is now out of the organization.
Woods had two major knee surgeries
and hit just .205 in Class A in 2003.
Meanwhile, fellow second baseman
and Southern product Rickie Weeks,
the first round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003, began
his first full season at the major league level when the 2006
season began. Weeks, who was called up to the parent club on
June 10 last season, finished the year hitting .239 with 13
home runs and 42 RBI in 360 at bats. He was third in home
runs among rookies and tied for eighth with three others in
RBIs. This season he's hitting .282 through 12 games with no
home runs and two RBIs. Weeks was the NCAA batting
champion, won the Golden Spikes Award and was Baseball
America's College Player of the Year after his junior season at
Southern. He was the second overall pick in 2003.
LINCOLN CIAA BOUND?: The Lincoln
University (Pa.) Board of Trustees voted Saturday to revive
the school's football program, establish a marching and pep
band and authorized President Ivory V. Nelson to petition for
membership in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association, where it is a charter member, "We recognize that
there are challenges ahead, but we are extremely excited with
the board's decision,” Nelson said. "We strongly believe the
action of the board will boost school pride for our students,
faculty, staff and alumni." CIAA Commissioner Leon G.
Kerry Tuesday acknowledged receipt of Lincoln’s petition
and said the matter would be discussed at the CIAA Board of
Director's meeting in May. Although a date has not been
announced, the university expects to play a full Division II
football schedule in fall 2009 after a club season in 2008.
After launching its football program in 1894, Lincoln has not
played the sport since 1960. Lincoln, which now competes as
a Div. HI independent and a member of the Eastern College
Athletic Conference, will seek financial support from alumni,
corporations and other friends to assist with the upgrade of
the athletic program.
WEEKS: 2B phenom
currently batting sixth
in Brewers' order.
©AZEEZ Commjnications, Inc. VOL. XII, NO. 37
2006 BLACK COLLEGE BASEBALL (Standings and Weekly Honors)
Eiiz. City Stale
* Atmletic Confebewe
0 21 21
5 18 20
5 12 23
CHRIS HENAULT, Jr., SS, B-CC, New ipswicti, NH-
Hil .417 going 5-ICf-l2 with 4 RBI and 2 runs sored.
R1ANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Jr., LHP, B-CC,
Barcelona, Venazuala • Earned second ompiete-
game shuiort In 4-0 win over Nctiok State. Gave up
Iwo hits and strudi out 12 with no walks. Improved lo
3-0 in theMEAC, 6-1 Overall.
JOSE ORTIZ-RIVERA, Fr., CF, B-CC, Juncos,
Puerto Rico • Hit 417 going 5'd-t2. Had Iwo dou-
Finished week wlih 3 doubles. 4
7 7 15 16
Lane .3 1
i Won Toimameni Chairpicnshlp
SIAC TOURNAMENT MVP
ERIC LOVE, ALBANY STATE • Kil .333 with i
and a hone ntn in Ihe championdiip game.
' Athletic Coherence
16 6 19 20
12 8 18 16
12 6 18 15
MARIO SPANN, Sr, OF SU Baton Rouga, LA -In
2-0 week, hit .727(8-11) With one Ihple, 1 HR and 2
MICAH RNCH, LHP, Jr., ALCORN ST, Decatur,
GA - 3 appearances. 2-0 record while pAching 11.2
innings with 10 Ks and 0.77 ERA. S-0 on seasim with
Savannah Stale 2i 14
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
KYLE JONES, ln»DH, Sr., West Virginia
State, Poitstswm, PA - Was B-fOi-lS, (.444)
with three home runs and 15 RSIs as Yellow
Jackets were 6-0 in the week Blasted his tSth
HR lo become WVSU single-season leadei.
His three-njn blast was dWeience in win over
Ohio Valley. Leads tha NCAA ON. II ranks In
Ala. A&M finishes as national runners-up
Lady Bulldogs bow to Fairleigh
Dickinson in NCAA bowling final
HOUSTON - Alabama A&M's magical run
through the NCAA Women's Bowling National
Tournament came to an end here Saturday in a 4
games to 1 loss in the national title match against
The Lady Bulldogs, seeded fifth after the
qualifying round, defeated two-time defending
champion Nebraska for the second time in the
tournament in the first session Saturday, advanc
ing to the final with a 4-2 win over the
Comhuskers. The Lady Bulldog's first loss in the
tournament was a close 4-3 decision to FDU
Whitney Smith proved why she is one of
the most clutch rollers in the country in the sec
ond Nebraska match. Leading in games 1-0 after
a 209-198 opening victory, A&M looked dead in
game two. The Lady Bulldogs trailed by 31 pins
entering the final frame. An open set by the
Comhuskers left the door open for Smith to push
her team ahead 2-0. She responded with three
strikes to close out the 200-199 win.
Nebraska answered the 2-0 lead with two
straight victories, 189-181 in game three, and
212-157 in game four. The biggest break of the
match came in game five.
With A&M leading through the fifth frame,
Shanice Graham and Smith left the door open,
much like Nebraska had done in game two.
AA&M Sports Photo
RUNNERS-UP: Alabama A&M knocked off
top-ranked Nebraska twice before bowing to
Fairleigh Dickinson twice including in the final
match of the NCAA Bowling National
Needing a strike to seal the game and a 3-2
lead, the Huskers' anchor lost the handle of the
ball and hit just five pins. A&M won 194-190,
and cruised past a deflated Nebraska team in
game six, 214-169.
The momentum was tough for A&M to
carry over into the finals as tighter lane condi
tions and national television cameras were pres
ent for the championship match. Still, the Lady
Bulldogs had their chances splitting the first
two contests. FDU won the opening game 209-
165, with A&M bouncing back 184-148 in
The tournament MVP. anchor Lisa
Friscioni from FDU, won a head-to-head match
with Smith in frame 10 of game four. The
Knights won the game 172-165 and held a 3-1
SIAC crowns spring champions
lead. FDU closed out the match in game five hand
ily 196-165. For their efforts, Smith and Graham
were named to the all-toumament team.
Alabama A&M head coach Jeff McCorvey
was obviously well pleased with his teams' per
The other black college teams in the champi
onship, Bethune-Cookman and Maryland-
Eastern Shore bowed out earlier in the competi
B-CC qualified Thursday as a seventh seed
and faced No. 2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson and No.
3 Central Missouri State in Friday's opening day
completion. The Lady Wildcats, making their sec
ond straight appearance in the championship, lost
both matches by 4-2 scores and were eliminated.
B-CC competed with the minimum of just five
(5) bowlers - Sarah Circle, Angela Murrell,
Ashlee Jack.son, Tanya Henry and Ta'Sheika
Green. Erica Crawford could not make the trip
because of illness. "I'm very proud of what we did
with just five players," said B-CC head coach Jerry
Norris. "This team accomplished a lot this year."
AA&M pulled off its first upset as they
squeaked by No. 4 seed UMES 4-3 in round one.
UMES was later eliminated by New Jersey City 4-
2 to finish in seventh place. Seniors MareEtta
Lewis and Sandra Maresca bowled their last
matches for the Hawks,
"We’ve absolutely had a great season," said
UMES coach Sharon Brumwell whose team will
compete in the U.S. Bowling Congress
Championships in two weeks.
by Eric Moore
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) held its Spring
Sports Championships in Tuscaloosa, Al. crowning champions in baseball, softball,
tennis and outdoor track. Hosted by Stillman College, the events ran for five days
under nearly perfect weather conditions.
Track & Field
Despite a 78-point individual performance by Fort Valley State sprinter
Lynnsey Dailey, Albany State held off the Lady Wildcats to take the women's
team title in outdoor track, 293 to 205.5.
Dailey won seven of eight events, setting a new SIAC record in the 100 meter
hurdles. After taking the heptathlon title on Friday, the meet's top overall performer
and women's track event MVP took first place in the 100 meters, 100 meter hur
dles, 200 meters, 400 meters. 400 hurdles and long jump. Her only was a sec
ond-place finish in the triple jump.
Albany State countered Dailey's effort with strong performances by field event
MVP Shannon Armbrister and teammate Niki Giles. They combined for 48
points in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. ASU finished 1-2-6 in the pole
vault and 2-3-4 in the high jump to pick up another 40 points. Llonisha Lee's wins
in the 800 and 1500 meters coupled with victories in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays
and scoring finishes in the events that Dailey won gave the Lady Golden Rams their
The Albany State men were not able to knock off defending champion
Morehouse in men’s track, falling to the Maroon Tigers 236.5 to 194.5. ASU's
Marcus Jackson earned track MVP honors and teammate Brandon Roulhac took
field MVP recognition but it wasn't enough to counter the depth of the Maroon
Tigers who scored in every event except the javelin.
Albany State picked up the baseball title going undefeated for the tournament
and knocking off Stillman, 6-4 in the championship game. The Golden Rams
scored 48 runs in their four victories, including a 13-8 win over regionally-ranked
Miles. ASU was led by tourney MVP Eric Love who batted .333 for the tourna
ment with 9 RBIs and a home run in the championship game. As a teami Albany
State batted .355 for the tournament. Morehouse finished third..
Kentucky State breezed through the tournament with wins over Stillman (14-
7), Fort Valley State (7-3) and two close victories over Benedict (2-1, 6-4). The
Thorobrettes had 55 hits over four games for a team batting average of .444.
Tournament MVP Laura Stokes led KSU, batting .583 with 15
total bases in 12 plate appearances. She also picked up two victo
ries and a save as a relief pitcher.
Ttiskegee won SIAC titles in both men's and women's tennis.
The Golden Tiger men defeated Morehouse with LeMoyne-Owen
finishing third. Tuskegee upset top-seeded Clark Atlanta to take
the women's title. Benedict finished third.
SPRING SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CIAA (Petersburg, Va.)
Wednesday, April 19
TENNIS Virginia State
Thursday, April 20
Whaley Colbert Field, VSU
10am, 1, 4 pm
River's Bend, Chester, Va.
12 n, 2:30, 5 pm
Friday, April 21
TRACK & FIELD
Petersburg Compl. & VSU
10 am, 12:30, 5:30
Whaley Colbert Field
11 am, 2:00pm
Saturday, April 22
TRACK & FIELD
Whaley Colbert Field
MEAC (Raleigh, NC)
Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23
TENNIS Millbrook Tennis Center
Sunday, April 15 -
Fuesday, April 18
Dancing Rabbit GC, Philadelphia, Ms. 9 am
Thursday, April 20
- Sunday, April 23
City Park, Alexandria, La.
2006 BLACK COLLEGE SOFTBALL (Standings and Weekly Honors)
J. C. Smilh
2 8 3 21
CIAA PLAYERS OFTHE WEEK
TRICtA CORBIN. Fr., OF/C, BSU, GIsn Buinie, UD
• IBhNs In 30 at bats. .500, with six doubles and 1
triple Also had 24 RBI andSstolen bases
HEATHER ENDERS, Fr., P/38, BSU, Glen Burnle,
MO • 4-2 wllh 1.46 ERA In 24 Innings. Gave up 17
HEATHER ENDERS, Fr., Pj3B, BSU, Glen Burnle,
MD. 16 Ol 23. .696 wllh 4 doubles, 1 HR and 13 RBI.
FRED BURROUGHS, BSU - Completed regular sea-
scai ranked 9lh in NCAADtv. II Md-Allanbc Region.
FloridaAiM 14 0 33 22
Hampton ,10 4 28 19
Beth.-Cookman 10 4 26 24
Delaware State 8 4 22 19
Howard 8 6 21 18
Norfolk State 7 7 19 22
NCA&T State 4 7 14 31
S. C. State 4 8 7 29
Morgan Stale 4 9 8 22
Coppin Slate 4 10 12 25
Maryland-E. S. 0 14 3 34
HEAC PUYERS OFTHE WEEK
CAMILLE WHIHAKER, Sr., SS, HOWARD, LA, Ca. -
Hit .571 Wllh 6 RBI. ind. 8 doubles and l HR as Lady
Pirates werl 4-2. Had 12 hits. 9 for edra bases.
DANIELLE SUMMEROUR, So., P, CSU, Detroit • 2-1
with 2.49 ERA $ving up 19 hits. 7 earned runs in 19.2
Innmgs. Threw first CSU shutout since '04 season in
win over UMES. Cave up 3 hits, ^luck cut 6.
KENDRA SAUNDERS, Fr., SS/3B, UMES,
Mississauga, Canada ■ Avenged .365 with 2 RBI,
induding adouble and HR. HR ve. Hampton was 3lh d
the season. Also had 13 assists ahd i2pui cuis.
Ft. Valley State
e Kentucky Stale
Lene 0 2
4 Won Toumameht Championship
SIAC TOURNAMENT MVP
LAURA STOKES, KENTUCKY STATE • Batted .563
wdh ts tdal bases In 12 plate appearances. Also
pidtad up Iwo wins and a save as a relief piicher.
Its with a 0.37 ERA while holding
PUYERS OFTHE WEEK
LEENA WORREU, Tennessee State ■ Hit
a home run in Ihe Lady Tigers' 3-2 loss to E.