HBCU Sports Roundup


Here is what’s happening currently at some of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities:

Morgan State Bears: The media and fans always tend to make a big deal when athletes who care more about going to the next level (professional) to make big money than about education. Well this week, as we have shown in the past, this not always the case. Morgan State University had 55 student-athletes named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 2013 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. This recognizes the academic achievements of men and women from the 14 athletic programs in the last academic school year. What a wonderful honor! Congratulations!

The conference also honored student-athletes from the 13-member institution, including sophomores to seniors, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Coppin State Eagles: Congratulations to Marissa Freeman has signed a letter of intent to attend Coppin State University and play volleyball for the Eagles on Tuesday. Freeman graduated from Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas and will enroll at Coppin State in the fall. Also, Jack Kraft Coppin State was named to the All-Star game for the Beach League summer collegiate baseball league. Kraft, who will be a sophomore in 2014, plays for the Sting Rays and was one of nine outfielders selected for his All-Star team. Kraft is hitting .333 with two home runs and six doubles and he has driven in 15 runs.

University of the District of Columbia Firebirds: The University of the District of Columbia Athletic Department will host the inaugural Firebird Open Golf Tournament on October 14, 2013 at noon at the National Golf Club at Tantalon. The cost is $125 per person, which includes: one round of golf, range balls, lunch and a Firebird t-shirt. Also, hole sponsorships are available for $200. For more information on the event, visit: http://udcfirebirds.com/information/FirebirdOpen.

University of Maryland Eastern Shores Hawks: During the NCAA off-season the Hawks continue to shine on the diamond. Tim Gray and Jeffrey Fleetwood will represent their respective summer league teams as All-Stars this season. Gray earned All-Star status playing for the Murrells Inlet Tide of the Beach Collegiate Summer League in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 29 games, Gray hit .304 with six doubles, a home run and 15 RBI. He also walked 15 times with just 13 strikeouts. Fleetwood will play in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League All-Star Game on July 24th, serving as a player for the Winston-Salem Crushers. As of July 16th he has reached base in nine of his last 10 games, batting .200 with a team best four doubles and is second on the Crushers with six RBIs in 16 games.

That’s a look at HBCU sports for this week. Please send any questions, comments, or HBCU Sports and news to pdemps@btimes.com. You may follow Phinesse Demps on Twitter: @lfpmedia; Baltimore Times: @baltimore_times.