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Also Community, Religion and Classifieds march 26, 2015
It's a Wrap!
girls end
in success
In every way imagina
ble, Winston-Salem Prep's
girls owned this year's
Class 1-A state basketball
playoffs. The Phoenix
pulled it off by imposing its
collective will in every
facet of play.
Winning by comfort
able margins was the nor
mal order of business.
Prep's dominance was put
on full display in a 58-31
stomping of Riverside in
the state final. Now that the
Phoenix has its first state
championship tucked
away, what's next?
The good news for
Prep followers is that all
hands from this year's title
winning squad are under
classmen. Next season's
team will be comprised
mostly of seniors who
would like nothing better
than to put the finishing
touches on their careers by
winning back-to-back
For sure, expectations
will be off the charts and
for good reason. The
Phoenix got maximum
See WSP girls on B2
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Photo by Craig T. Greenlee
Championship game MVP Dominique Claytor (5) is
the emotional stablizer for Winston-Salem Prep's
Photo by Craig T. Greenlee
Championship game MVP Dominique Claytor (5) is
the emotional stablizer for Winston-Salem Prep's
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Loss keeps
W-S Prep
boys ready
for the fall
The returning cast for
Winston-Salem Prep's
boys' basketball team isn't
likely to need any prodding
when pre-season practice
begins next fall.
The memories of a 3
point loss in the Class 1-A
state championship game is
sure to remain fresh in the
minds of the Phoenix.
There's one banner
hanging inside Prep's gym
that will provide an ample
visual reminder.
This particular banner
recognizes WSP as the
state runner-up for 2015,
and it will stand out. That's
because there are four other
banners which symbolize
state championships won
by the Phoenix in previous
Prior to its 67-64 loss to
East Carteret two weeks
ago. Prep had won three
state championships in a
"Yes, we were disap
pointed with the loss," said
Coach Andre Gould. "We
See WSP boys on B2
Atkins girls foresee a bright season
When it comes to girls' basketball
at Atkins High School, times have
really changed.
In a three-year span, the Camels
have grown from being bottom-feed
ers to being a legitimate factor in the
ultra-competitive Northwest 1-A
Conference. Atkins had its best sea
son ever (17-5) and the oudook for
next season is very bright. Most of
that crew - which includes five rising
seniors - will return.
Atkins served notice at the start of
the season with an impressive show
ing at the Mary Garber Holiday Tip
Off Classic, the premier event for
girls' hoops in Forsyth County. Along
the way, the Camels posted impres
sive wins over West Forsyth and
Mount Tabor, two of the area's better
Class 4-A programs.
Even though they lost 54-50 in the
Garber final, there's no denying that
Atkins is a rising force. The narrow
loss came at the hands of Class 4-A
Reynolds, a team that won 27 straight
games before losing to Myers Park in
Charlotte, who repeated as state
Looking back over the season, the
holiday tournament wins signaled the
beginning of what would prove to be
a marvelous season. In conference
play, the Camels beat perennial
power Bishop McGuinness twice and
they split two games with rival
Winston-Salem Prep, which won this
year's Class 1-A state championship.
Atkins finished the regular season as
the Northwest runner-up behind the
"This group came in as freshmen,
but they had played in a lot of AAU
games and were already seasoned,"
said Coach Louis Lowery. "Still, they
had to go through the process of-^
See Atkins girls on B2
Photo by Craig T. Greenlee
Tyler Davenport (12) played solid at both ends of the
floor for Atkins.
WSSU Athletics announces Ariel V. Germain as director of marketing
Ariel V. Germain joins the Winston-Salem State
University staff as Director of Marketing, after spending
the last two years as Assistant Athletic Director for
Communications at Catholic University of America.
"Ariel is a great addition to our staff and brings a
plethora of experience from a number of university set
tings," said WSSU Director of Athletics Tonia Walker.
"She is in tune with the trends and current marketing
strategies that are certain to elevate the presence of WSSU
Germain joined Catholic University of America after a
one-year stint as the Assistant Director for Athletic
Communications at Howard University. During her
tenure, she was the primary contact for 17-of-the 19
sports, while launching a new athletics website and assist
ing on various marketing initiatives for the department of
Prior to relocating to the District of Columbia, she
spent three years at North Carolina Central University. At
NCCU, Germain served as the Assistant Sports
Information Director for two years ,
and a graduate assistant within the
department for one season, she was
the primary contact for volleyball,
women's basketball, softball and
men's and women's tennis.
Germain joined the NCCU
Sports Information Department fol
lowing an 11-month stint as the
Academic Support Assistant and
Compliance Intern at NCCU.
As a "double Eagle," she com
pleted graduate level course work
in athletic administration.
In December 2006, Germain earned a bachelor's
degree in mass communications with an emphasis in jour
nalism and a minor in English literature from North
Carolina Central University.
While at NCCU, Germain was a member of the
women's volleyball team. From 2002-05, Germain was
named to the 2002 All-Rookie Team, 2nd team All
Conference (2002-03), lsfirst team All-Conference
(2004-05). As a setter, she led her team to two back-to
back Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champi
onships. Germain still holds the career setting record at
NCCU with 4,036 assists.
Aside from her athletic accomplishments, Germain
served as president, secretary and student advisor to the
Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Attended the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)/ SAAC
Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., and received the
NCAA Division II Degree Completion Scholarship for the
fall 2006 semester. Germain was the sports editor for the
university newspaper The Campus Echo in the Final
semester of her matriculation.
In the spring of 2006, she was a marketing intern with
the formally known WLFL UPN 28/WRDC WB 22. Her
See Germain on B2
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