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HUDDLE: Players huddle before the game, giving each other
support and confidence before the game ahead.
Photo by Jane Falkowski
Oh Happy Day - Members of St. Aug’s basketball team celebrate the school’s first CIAA
Championship with a 76-64 victory over Fayetteville State, Saturday at the Joul Robinson
Stadium in Winston-Salem.
Falcons
wear
CIAA
crown
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(15-14) within 58-30 with a
little more than three
minutes left.
Most Valuable Player,
Bernard Heard, saved the
Falcons. His two free throws
and dunk with less than two
minutes to play gave the
Falcons a 62-53 lead and the
space they needed to hold on
to the championship tide.
Heard and Eric Harris
both scored 18 points, and
Elliott added 13 for the
Falcons.
But it was a team effort
all the way. Lafonte Moses,
an all-CIAA performer,
scored only seven points but
grabbed nine rebounds. Joe
Best helped with six
rebounds, and Keith Hines
and Julian Pitt played
valuable minutes.
The champsionship was
a perfect ending for Heard
who also snatched eight
rebounds,
“I am just so happy,”
Heard said. “In the last few
minutes, I just told the
players to get me the ball.”
Harris, Moses and Elliott
joined Heard on the all-
CIAA Tournament Team.
Heard led St. Aug with
21 points against Elizabeth
City State. Harris and
Harrington added 12 each.
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SHOOTING - Basketball players shoot around before game.
The Pen, March 1997 page 8
Thoughts on the tourney
Fans loved it all
By Jane Falkowski
Even though the CIAA tournament was expensive, I
wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything. It was a
thrill for all of us to see the Falcons win their first ever confer
ence championship.
Here are some observations from Falcon fans:
• Seeing administration and loyal fans waving flags
and ringing Falcon bells;
• Watching James Burt Development, endure flash
backs of previous championships lost;
• Seeing loyal alumni teary-eyed and proud beyond
belief;
• Talking with fans from other CIAA teams who pulled
for the Falcons;
• Watching the women’s team come together, play tough
and just miss upsetting favored Bowie State;
• Seeing, if only from a distance, the great “Earl the
Pearl” Monroe and his legendary coach Clarence “Big House”
Gaines;
• Watching the women’s alumni game and learning that
women professional players can earn minimum of $40,000 a
year;
• Observing Bernard Heard and other Falcons’ exem
plary behavior, on and off the court;
• Hearing that Wanda Henderson, senior cheerleader,
was named All-CIAA cheerleader;
• Knowing that former Falcon track standout, Randall
Evans, ran the fastest 60-meter dash in the world on the same
day the basketball team won the CIAA;
• Knowing that the track team is on its way to the
nationals once again;
• Basking in the pride that only winning can bring;
• Wondering if the old adage will come true—that
winning sports teams increase contributions and enrollment;
• Hearing many words of wisdom from fans, including,
“I may be tired now, but I know I’ll be ready for a full day on
Monday because I’ll be inspired by this weekend.”
• And this, “Wait ‘till next year. The women only lose
one player, and Tyrone Outlaw will be on the men’s team. It’ll
be another great year!”
VICTORY - Julian Pitt carries out the traditional victory
celebration by cutting the net.
Lady Falcons celebrate good year
SIDELINE - Players even have fun on the sidelines. Left to
right: Eric Harris, Keith Hines, Rashad Goggins, and Lafonte
Moses.
By Rukel Faulcon
This year’s Homecoming
game by the Lady Falcons
was a memorable one. With *
the final score 88-/47
the Lady Falcons prevailed
winning against Barber
Scotia. Although this team
has had its ups and downs,
it is striving to be on top.
The women won the
Homecoming game by
working hard as a team.
Coach Lunsford says the team
did well, there was just a slight
lack of intensity. Over all its
been a rebuilding period for
the squad.
The team has players that
are making the rebuilding
process a little easier-players
like Tinita Vick, who had an
outstanding game with 22
points, and 10 steals;
Anastacia Sands, who had a
great game with 18 rebounds.
The whole team worked hard
for that win, showing that the
team is moving in the right
direction.
Coach Lunsford also says
that this team is talented. The
record might not show it, but
he says the team has true
game and skill.
The girls are on a high
going into the CIAA Tourna
ment with a two game
winning streak.
    

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