B \ 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 ( Continued from page 1) (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. IIP 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.