HBCU Sports Roundup

Over the past few weeks, we have heard some really great news concerning Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania: This weekend at the University of Maryland’s Coaches Camp. There were some big name coaches in attendance. I had the pleasure of meeting the NEW Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Kyle Adams. Congratulations to Kyle! He is very excited about the upcoming season, as well as the basketball camp that will be held August 5 – 8, 2013.

I will be heading up to Pennsylvania to learn more about the program and to check out the camp. By the way ladies, we have been told that they are looking for assistant coaches. So if you are passionate about basketball and are interested in getting into coaching, this is your chance! Contact the Department of Athletics or Kyle Adams at kadams@cheyney.edu.

Paine College: After decades without a football program (Paine College shut down the program in 1962), Paine College resurrected the program and in March of this year, hired Greg Ruffin. Ruffin has the task of putting Paine College back on the football map! Officially, games that matter will not be played until next football season (2014), but a few exhibition games will be played in October and November. This will give young men another location to look into. Congratulation goes out to Paine College and Coach Ruffin.


In other news, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 2013 television football schedule includes one of Morgan State University road games. The nationally televised games are part of the MEAC’s ongoing partnership with ESPN. Morgan’s contest against South Carolina State, originally slated for Saturday, November 16, 2013 has been moved to Thursday, November 14 as part of the ESPNU Thursday night lineup. The live broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. The 2013 MEAC football television schedule includes eight contests. Besides the designated ESPN televisions networks, all games will also be available on computers, smart phones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via WatchESPN.

2013 MEAC Football Television Schedule

Sunday, September 1 Florida A&M v. Mississippi Valley State

ESPN 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, September 26 Howard at North Carolina A&T

ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 28 Hampton at South Carolina State

ESPNU/ESPN3 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5 South Carolina State vs. North Carolina A&T

ESPNU/ESPN3 at 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 10 South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

ESPNU,7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2 Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central

ESPN News, Noon

Thursday, November 14 Morgan State at South Carolina State

ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 23 Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M

ESPN Classic/ESPNU at 2 p.m.

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

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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.

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We are two months away from the start of football season here in Maryland. One of the biggest HBCU’s Highlights will be the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ in Washington DC held at RFK Stadium. Again this year, it will be Howard University vs. Morehouse College. We are expecting another action packed down to the wire game just like last year’s game.

In the 2012 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, Howard defeated Morehouse, 30-29, before 16,911 at RFK Stadium. The game had eight lead changes, and an awesome scoring battle in the closing moments of the fourth quarter. This will be one for the ages as Morehouse looks to upset Howard this year and gain some revenge. This is something for the entire family not only for the game but the events prior, with festivities starting on Thursday:


All events are free and open to the public (football game excluded)


“The Game Before the Game”: Mordecai Wyatt Johnson – Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate

Howard University Cramton Auditorium 1 p.m. -4 p.m.

HBCU Alumni Mixer

JW Marriott 8 p.m. -10 p.m.


Pepsi® Fan Festival

RFK Stadium Festival Grounds – Lot 5 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® – Howard University vs. Morehouse College

RFK Stadium 3:30 p.m.


Chapel Service

Howard University Rankin Chapel at Cramton Auditorium 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

The Baltimore Times will keep you up to date with all the latest information right up until kickoff. You can also visit: http://www.nationsfootballclassic.com/

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

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— Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are not only known for their academics and sports, but also for their marching bands. One of the biggest, proudest bands has to be the Marching100 of Florida A&M University (FAMU), home of the Florida Rattlers.

The Marching 100 was suspended for nineteen months for serious infractions ranging from theft and destruction of property at an event they participated in Detroit, to the more serious hazing death of student, Robert Champion. FAMU interim President Larry Robinson announced his decision to lift the marching band’s indefinite suspension and implemented a set of rules and penalties meant to ensure something like this would never happen again. No timetable has been given as to when the Marching 100 will take the field. Let’s hope the band will be ready when it’s time to play the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats for their annual game, The Classic, November 23, 2013 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

In other HBCU News, the 6th Annual Atlanta HBCU Alumni Run/Walk event took place on Saturday June 29 with alumni representing their HBCU alma mater. Three thousand people took part in the event, which was established to raise money to contribute to a scholarship. While the event was mainly a fundraiser, it also helped raise awareness about the importance of being active to help prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes—diseases that are prevalent in the black community. It’s wonderful to see the black community working together for a great cause! Next year we want to see you and your family at the 7th Annual Event.

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 can follow Phinesse Demps on Twitter: @lfpmedia; Baltimore Times: @baltimore_times.

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The Historical Black Colleges and Universities sports roundup for this week is about training, signing, and moving on to bigger and brighter opportunities:

Delaware State University Hornets: Former Delaware State University pitcher Jordan Elliott has signed a contract with the Frontier Professional Baseball League’s Washington Wild Things in Washington, Pa. Elliott completed his Hornets baseball career this past season as the team’s all-time leader in pitching wins and innings pitched, while ranking third in strikeouts. Congratulations to Elliot and it is just a matter of time before we see him in the major leagues.

Winston Salem University Rams: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Football Championship Committee has unanimously selected Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) as the host institution for the 2013 CIAA Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, November 16. The CIAA selected WSSU to host the game at Bowman Gray Stadium following an evaluation process of bids that began in April. Most recently, the Football Championship Game was hosted at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Keep reading the Baltimore Times for information on tickets, times, and teams.

Coppin State Eagles: This past week the Coppin State Eagles had a few athletes sign letters of intent to play for the Eagles:

Head baseball coach Sherman Reed announced Bryant Miranda has signed a letter of intent to attend Coppin State University and play for the Eagles. Miranda attended Royal Palm Beach High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is scheduled to enroll at Coppin State in the fall of 2013. Also, Zollisca Sunkins has signed a letter of intent to attend Coppin State University and play women’s tennis for the Eagles announced head coach Diwani Lewis on Monday. Sunkins recently graduated from Varina High School in Richmond, Va., and will enroll at Coppin State in the fall of 2013.

University of District of Columbia Firebirds: Head women’s basketball coach Jay Butler and the University of the District of Columbia will host the 3rd annual Youth Basketball Camp at the UDC Gym this summer. The first session is already underway (June 24th-28th) and the second session is July 15th-19th. For more information on the basketball camp, visit http://static.psbin.com/v/0/6v8y37yecikjx2/Jay_Butler_Basketball_Camp_2013.pdf

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 can follow Phinesse Demps on Twitter: @lfpmedia; Baltimore Times: @baltimore_times.

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As we had into the summer months, expect a lot of changes, news, and information for HBCU sports. The Baltimore Times will be keeping you updated as you continue to support our Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Morgan State Bears: With football season just around the corner, the Morgan State Bears have one player college football teams will be keeping an eye on. College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA Defensive Back Award, and Morgan’s Joe Rankin earned a spot on the list. Rankin, a 2012 All-MEAC selection, ranked tied in the MEAC with 5 interceptions (T-1st), 11 pass deflections (T-4th) to go along with 46 tackles and blocked a field goal last season.

University of the District of Columbia Firebirds: University of the District of Columbia Interim President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr. and Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas, announced that Michael Riley has been hired to lead the University of the District of Columbia men’s basketball program. Riley is a Washington, DC native and a graduate from Cardozo High School, where he was a standout guard on the men’s basketball team. Riley earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors while at Cardozo and was also selected Most Valuable Player during his senior year. Riley was inducted into the Cardozo High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

Coppin State Eagles: The Coppin State women’s tennis team has received a Public Recognition Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for earning a high score in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. The women’s tennis team was recognized by the NCAA for the third consecutive year for earning an APR score that ranks in the top 10 percent nationally during the 2011-12 academic years. The Eagles also were recognized for the 2009-10 academic years and the 2010-11 academic years. Congrats to Coppin State for putting students first when it comes to athletics.

University Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks: Five-time National Champion Kristina Frahm has decided to step down as the head coach of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) bowling team and return home to Illinois to work in her chosen field of accounting. Frahm is one of the most decorated persons in athletic history at UMES. As a player she won three National Championships, the NCAA in 2008 & 2011 and also won the USBC Collegiate Championship in 2011. She was a four-time All-America performer and a National Rookie of the Year. As a coach she guided the Hawks to another NCAA title in 2012 and another USBC trophy in 2013.

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

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— Welcome to another week of HBCU Round-Up. Here is the latest on HBCU sports:

University of the District of Columbia Firebirds: In track and field, the UDC Firebirds are set to compete in championship events in Colorado on May 23trd-25th. Shauna-Kay Creary and the 4x400M relay team of Kaydian Jones, Jerily Benjamin, Rochelle Nelson and Simone Grant, will represent the University of the District of Columbia at the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s Track & Field Championships in Pueblo, CO. Creary and the Firebirds 4x400M relay team qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.

Delaware State University Hornets: In golf, the first-year Delaware State University women’s golf team made a respectable showing in the inaugural PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held at the PGA Golf Club May10 to May12, 2013. The Hornets were fourth among eight teams with a three round total of 968. Delaware State’s Aisha Peete shot a team-best 75 in the opening round. Nicole Rafer topped the team with day-two score of 79, while Mengxuan Gai had a final round score of 76 to lead the Hornets.

Coppin State University Eagles: The Mother’s Day event in women’s track and field saw some personal accomplishments: Christina Epps finished seventh in the triple jump on the final day of competition at the 2013 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Weaver Stadium on the campus of Princeton University. Epps earned a seventh-place finish with a jump of 40-6.25, which ranks as her second-best jump during the outdoor season. The Eagles also received a 17th-place finish from Alexis Easterling in the triple jump as she posted a mark of 37-8.50. Deandra Daniel notched a ninth-place finish in the high jump. She finished in a tie for ninth place by clearing 5-7.25, which is her third-best mark of the outdoor season.

Morgan State Bears: The Morgan State women’s track and field team also competed over the weekend in the 30th ECAC Outdoor Track & Field championship at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium at Princeton University. The Lady Bears finished with two top five finishes in the event finals and scored a total of 14 points to tie Maine for 22nd. The University of Connecticut captured the meet title with 73 points, followed by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (53 points) and host Princeton (51.50), who placed second and third, respectively.

That’s a look at HBCU sports for this week. Please send any questions, comments, or HBCU sports and news to pdemps@btimes.com.

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Morgan State: Morgan State’s Kimberly Fontaine went 3-for-3 with a game-high 3RBIs and Danielle Lugo added a 3-for-5 performance with two runs scored and 2RBI to lead Morgan State’s softball team to a 12-8 victory over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. The victory helped the Lady Bears win the weekend series, by taking two of three from the Lady Hawks and moved them into a tie for fifth-place with UMES. Morgan State however, holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over UMES.

Coppin State: Hampton softball’s Gabriel Ziller went 2-for-4 and scored a run, but Bianca Vallejo scored from third on a Coppin State throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning lifting Hampton to a 3-2 victory over the Eagles this past Sunday at Pirate Field.

University of District of Columbia: With some exemplary performances on both days of the inaugural East Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the University of the District of Columbia finished as the runner-up for the team title behind Georgian Court with a score of 162. “I am so proud of the effort we put in during this weekend, I can’t put it into words. I asked a lot of the entire team, ” Track and Field Coach Alton McKenzie said. “Even though we came up short, I’m overwhelmed with pride and joy knowing how much the team stepped up to the challenge and how well we performed during our first ECC Outdoor Championships.

Howard University: In its inaugural season as a Division I Women’s Lacrosse conference, the Atlantic Sun announced the first All-Conference Honors, which includes three Howard University student-athletes. Sophomore attacker Jaymie Cox was a unanimous first team choice, while midfielder Courtney Lackey was named second team and midfielder Victoria Lockhart received “Atlantic Sun Freshman Team” honors.