HBCU News:S.C. State to Face Georgia in NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, May 2, 2017—South Carolina State will take on the University of Georgia on Saturday, May 13 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship in Athens, Ga., as the 64-team was announced Tuesday afternoon on NCAA.com.

The Lady Bulldogs, which defeated Hampton 4-3 on April 22 to win the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, will be among four teams in Athens, along with the host Bulldogs, Oregon and North Carolina State. South Carolina State will face Georgia on Saturday at 12 p.m. – following the Oregon-N.C. State match at 9 a.m.

The two winners will meet in the second round on Sunday, May 14 at 2 p.m.

On top of hosting the first and second rounds, Georgia picked up the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament.

South Carolina State has won 12 of the last 13 MEAC titles in women’s tennis.

HBCU Sports News:Florida A&M to Face Georgia in NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, May 2, 2017—Florida A&M will take on the University of Georgia on Friday, May 12 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship in Athens, Ga., as the 64-team was announced Tuesday afternoon on NCAA.com.

The Rattlers, which upset top seed South Carolina State 4-2 on April 22 to win the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, will be among four teams in Athens, along with the host Bulldogs, South Florida and Duke. Florida A&M will face Georgia on Friday at 2 p.m. – following the South Florida-Duke match at 11 a.m.

The two winners will meet in the second round on Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

On top of hosting the first and second rounds, Georgia picked up the No. 13 overall seed in the tournament.

Florida A&M is making its first NCAA appearance since 2000, the last time the Rattlers won the MEAC title.

HBCU Sports News: NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show to Air Thursday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Alabama State and individual low medalist Daniel Racioppa of Alcorn State will find out where they will be headed for the NCAA men’s golf regionals, when the NCAA men’s golf championship selection show airs Thursday morning.

Alabama State won its sixth consecutive SWAC men’s golf championship last month, to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Racioppa will be representing the SWAC as an individual, winning low medalist honors at the SWAC Men’s Golf Championship to become the first individual champion in Alcorn State men’s golf program history. Racioppa finished the tournament at one-over-par (71, 73, 73) and overcame a three shot deficit entering the final round.

The NCAA men’s golf selection show can be viewed on Thursday, May 4 at 11 a.m. CT on the golf channel.

HBCU Sports News: MEAC To Host 2017 Men’s And Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday, May 4-6, at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.

Competition will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the beginning of the men’s decathlon, and the women’s heptathlon will start at 1:15 p.m. The men’s discus will follow at 2:30 p.m., with the women’s high jump and discus kicking off at 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles will follow at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals at 5:50 p.m. The men’s high jump will begin at 6 p.m., and semifinals of women’s and men’s 200-meter dash will begin at 6:10 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.

The day will wrap up at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with the women’s and men’s 10,000-meter run.

Friday’s action will kick off at 9 a.m. with the continuation of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon. Field events will start at 11:30 a.m. with the women’s long jump and shot put, and running events will kick off at 2:50 p.m. with the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

The day will wrap up at 6 p.m. with the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The competition wraps up on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the women’s pole vault, after which the finale for the men’s pole vault, men’s and women’s triple jump and men’s and women’s javelin will be held. Track events will start at 1 p.m. with the running of the women’s 4×100-meter relay.

The women’s 4x400m relay and men’s 4×400-meter relay, at 4:35 and 4:55 p.m., respectively, will wrap up the event. The awards ceremony will immediately follow the last event.

Bethune-Cookman is the back-to-back-to-back MEAC Track & Field Champions on the men’s side and is looking to extend its streak in 2017. While that’s an impressive feat, they still have a ways to go as Norfolk State won seven straight from 2006 to 2012 under head coach Kenneth Giles.

Florida A&M has won the past two MEAC Championships on the women’s side and a win in 2017 would mark the second time in six seasons that a team has accomplished a three-peat as Hampton won three straight from 2012-2014.

Only South Carolina State and Hampton have won five consecutive outdoor titles in MEAC history on the women’s side.

After winning both the men’s and women’s MEAC Championship on the indoor side this past winter, North Carolina A&T State sets out to capture its first men’s title since 1996 and first women’s title since 1995.

A complete schedule of events for the 2017 MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships is available at www.MEACSports.com

HBCU News:Albany State University names new head football coach

ALBANY, Ga. – The Albany State University director of athletics has selected a new head coach for the university’s Golden Rams Football Program. Gabe Giardina, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Charleston Southern University, begins his head coaching duties at ASU April 24, 2017.

Giardina, selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants following a national search, has more than eight years of experience in football leadership roles at the collegiate level.

Both ASU President Art Dunning and Director of Athletics Sherie Gordon said the university’s focus on student success played a major role in the selection of the coach and thus they greatly valued the input of student-athletes in the selection process.

“We wanted a strong leader with a plan and genuine passion about the social and academic development of our young men,” Gordon said. “We wanted someone committed to recruiting in the state and in bordering states. We wanted someone who could connect with our student-athletes and engage positively with the university and the Albany community. We wanted a winner. We have found that person in Gabe Giardina.”

“I met with our director of athletics after four finalists came to campus for a series of interviews. Upon completion of that process, I accepted her recommendation for this appointment,” Dunning said. “Having a head football coach who is committed to building character, promoting academics as a priority and working to ensure that our players graduate into meaningful careers aligns directly with our goal for student success. I am pleased to welcome Coach Giardina and his family to Albany State University. I look forward to working with him to develop and sustain a winning football program on and off the field of play.”

“Wimberly and I could not feel more blessed and excited to join the Albany State family. We are glad to make our home at a place with such a rich history and tradition,” Giardina said. “From the moment this process started we could sense and feel the passion and commitment that both Dr. Dunning and Sherie Gordon have for the development of the student athlete as a whole person. We are going to win with culture, character and integrity. We want to be Albany’s team!”

Giardina continued, “We are going to be a bright light in this community that alums and community members will be proud of by the way our young men compete on the field and by the way they conduct themselves off the field. It is our goal that all our players have the type of experience that truly transforms their lives and puts them on a path to do the same for others, all while bringing home championships to southwest Georgia.”

During his recent tenure at Charleston Southern University, led by a multiple option offense, CSU’s football team amassed 36 wins in four seasons, the most winning four years in that program’s history. The team won two Big South Conference championships in 2015 and 2016, and made two NCAA playoff appearances. In 2014 and 2016, the offense averaged more than 400 yards per game. Charleston Southern ranked 14th in the NCAA Division I FCS Coaches Poll at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Giardina also has three years of experience as an assistant head coach and special teams and running back coordinator at CSU. He served as an offensive coach for wide receivers at Delta State University in 2012.

Building character and scholarship in football players is just as important to Giardina as building a winning team on the football field. Under his tutelage, five CSU players earned national and conference academic honors.

As a student and graduate assistant for the University of Alabama, Giardina worked for both Mike Shula and current Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. He played for the Crimson Tide from 2000 to 2003. He appeared in nine games and earned Academic All-SEC honors in 2003.

Giardina and his wife Wimberly, a board certified music therapist, have three children, Frank Foster, DeAra and Whitt.

What others are saying about Gabe Giardina:

“Gabe did a great job for us at The University of Alabama, and we appreciate his contributions to our program. The characteristics that made him a good coach while he was here will be the same that make him a successful coach at Albany State and we wish him the best of luck.”

Nick Saban, Head Football Coach, The University of Alabama

“Gabe Giardina is not only a talented and intelligent football coach, he is a wonderful leader, developer and molder of young men. There will be no shortage of energy, passion and maturity as he leads the Albany State football program. His development as a coach is a direct reflection of his core values of faith, integrity and the importance of family.” Mike Shula, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

“Gabe has been in preparation for this opportunity for many years. He is a leader of men who gets the most out of his players. Gabe is demanding yet passionate in his relationship with his players. He has the utmost integrity and will communicate a clear vision for the football program. He and his beautiful wife Wimberly will be a valuable addition to the Ram family and the city of Albany. This is the beginning of something very special for Albany State football.” Jamey Chadwell, Offensive Coordinator, Coastal Carolina University

James Fortune releases NEW SONG and cover for upcoming Album DEAR FUTURE ME, Available For Pre-order Now

An astonishing collection comprising 17 tracks in total, James Fortune & FIYA’s new album DEAR FUTURE ME also features the standout songs “Expectation”, “More Like You” and “Free Indeed”, as well as featured appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Todd Galberth, and Joseph “JoJo” Clarke.

Check out the videos for “I Forgive Me” and a behind the scenes clip for “Dear Future Me” below:

James Fortune: “I Forgive Me” video


Behind the scenes video in the studio for “Dear Future Me”


James Fortune & FIYA: DEAR FUTURE ME, Available for Pre-Order Now

Release: June 23, 2017(FIYA World Entertainment/Entertainment One Music)

Album Track Listing

My Letter

Dear Future Me

It Gets Better

I Forgive Me

I Forgive Me Reprise (feat. Todd Galberth)

Favor of God (feat. Zacardi Cortez)

The Halftime Show (Favor of God Reprise)

You Rescued Me (feat. Tasha Cobbs)


You Still Love Me (Interlude)

I Wouldn’t Love Me (feat. Kierra Sheard)

Dear Mirror (feat. Isaac Carree)

Where Are You Now (Interlude)

More Like You


Free Indeed

I’m Healed By The Blood (feat. Joseph “JoJo” Clarke)

Apple Music


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HBCU News:Women’s Golf Selection Show To Take Place Thursday

outhwestern Athletic Conference women’s golf champion, Texas Southern and individual medalist Chanelle Avaricio of Alabama State will find out where they will be competing in the NCAA women’s golf championships, with the selection show set to take place on Thursday.

Texas Southern advances to the NCAA championship after winning its first SWAC women’s golf title in program history last week in Alexandria, La. The Tigers finished with a team score of 636 to finish atop the leaderboard of SWAC women’s golf.

Avaricio will represent the SWAC at the women’s golf championships as an individual, after capturing low medalist honors for the third consecutive year, by firing a two-dat total of 11 under-par (66-67-133).

18 teams and six individuals will compete at each of the four NCAA regional sites. Six teams and three individuals will advance from each regional site to the finals. There, 24 teams and 12 individuals will compete for the NCAA title. The regional round of competition will be held from May 8-10.

The NCAA women’s golf championship selection show can be seen on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. CT on the Golf Channel

HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Baseball Recaps: April 25


PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View struggled in a 17-4 loss to Incarnate Word on Tuesday.

The Panthers would get an early 1-0 lead after the first inning. However, it would be all Incarnate Word from there. Prairie View would trail 9-1 after the third inning of the contest.

The Panthers would get two runs in the bottom half of the fifth, making the score 11-3. But the deficit would be too much to overcome, leading to the loss.

Cody Den Beste would go three-for-four with two RBIs and one run scored in the loss.

Samford 31, Alabama A&M 1


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M would fall, 31-1 to Samford on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs were outmatched form the beginning, trailing 2-0 after the first, and 10-1 after the second. The Bulldogs would not be able to mount a comeback, generating just five hits in the loss.

Pierre Brewton would drive in the lone RBI for the Bulldogs in the loss.

Grambling State 15, Texas College 4 (Game 1)

Grambling State 17, Texas College 0

BOX SCORE (Game 1)

BOX SCORE (Game 2)

GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State baseball team routed Texas College in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, winning 15-4 and 17-0 at R. W. E. Jones Park.

In the first game, Grambling (17-25) scored 15 runs on 10 hits. Wesley Drain, Tray Bell and Rafael Ramirez each had two hits. Ramirez had two home runs and five RBI.

Anthony Hernandez picked up his second win of the season after pitching five innings and giving up four hits and four earned runs while striking out three batters.

The Tigers set season-highs of 17 runs, 17 hits, 17 RBI, five doubles and three homers in game two. Chris Perez, Ace Felder, Bell and Ramirez all hit doubles in the night cap and Daniel Barnett, Matthew Fountain and Perez hit home runs.

Marshawn Taylor went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Perez was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Each of GSU’ starters had at least one hit.

Jonathan Reid improved to 1-2 on the season with the win. He tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out nine batters in six innings.

Grambling has a key SWAC matchup this weekend when it hosts Texas Southern. TSU (15-24, 13-7 SWAC) is currently in first place in the Western Division, while GSU (17-25, 11-8 SWAC) is second. The three-game series begins with a 6 p.m. game on Friday, followed by games at 3 p.m. game on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Courtesy of Grambling State Sports Information

Northwestern State 11, Mississippi Valley State 1


NATCHITOCHES, La. – Mississippi Valley State fell to Northwestern State 11-1 on Tuesday. The Delta Devils would total just five hits in the loss.

MVSU would fall behind early. The Delta Devils would trail 3-0 after two innings. MVSU would allow seven runs in the sixth, to make the score 11-0.

The Delta Devils would get its only run of the contest in the seventh, but would not be able to carry the momentum for the remainder of the game, leading to the loss.

Southern Louisiana 21, Alcorn State 3


HAMMOND, La. – A hot-hitting Southeastern Louisiana squad ended on the front end of a 21-3 decision over the Alcorn State University baseball program in seven innings Tuesday at Pat Kenelly Diamond.

The Braves (10-26, 6-12 SWAC) scored all of their runs in the first inning to jump in front 3-0. It came via a three-run bomb to left field by senior Jason Saenz. It was his second homer of the season and Alcorn’s 13th as a team.

The dinger scored junior Wallace Rios Jimenez who started the game with a walk. It extended his on-base streak to 33 contests.

The homer also plated senior Walter Vives who knocked two hits in the affair. It marked his 12th multi-hit game of the year which ties Rios for a team-high.

SLU (25-15, 12-9 SLC) took control with eight runs in the first and five more in the second to lead 13-3. The Lions took advantage of five errors by the Braves in the game.

Senior Reginald Johnson got the start for Alcorn and gave up eight runs, but only two were earned. Sophomores Devon Key and Joe Smith made appearances out of the bullpen.

Courtesy of Alcorn State Sports Information

HBCU Round-Up:MEAC Announces Weekly Softball Honors

Hampton freshman Brianna Anderson was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Delaware State’s Tara Tursellino earned Pitcher of the Week honors, while teammate Jordan Casey was named Rookie of the Week.

Anderson (OF, 5-5, Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) batted .467 in five games last week. She had seven hits, including two doubles and three RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .529. Anderson also stole five bases, with three coming against non-conference opponent Radford. Defensively, Anderson picked up six putouts with a .600 fielding percentage.

Tursellino (P, 5-6, Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.) went 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA against Maryland Eastern Shore and Howard. She pitched a total of 20 innings, in three games, while surrendering three runs and striking out 20. Tursellino also broke the school record for most wins (46) and established a new team record for complete game victories (36) in the 3-2 win over Howard.

Casey (INF, 5-3, Fr., Fredericksburg, Va.) went 5-for-11 behind the plate in four games last week. She recorded a .466 batting average with one double and one walk, while driving in two runs, in a three-game sweep of Delaware State. Casey also stole one base in the 10-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore.

Other Top Performers

Desiree Moreno (DSU) hit her first career grand slam to give the Hornets a 10-0 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore.

Allie Hotetz (HAM) finished the week with a 1.12 ERA, in 16 innings pitched, with seven strikeouts.

Adrienne Guerra (MDES) recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts against Morgan State.

Amy Begg (MSU) currently leads the MEAC in strikeouts (149) after fanning 12 batters in two wins over Morgan State.

Kate Vosper (MSU) had three hits, including two home runs, in a three-game sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Zadia Davis (NCAT) batted .571 with eight hits in four games last week. Recorded a double in the team’s win at Campbell while also scoring a total of three runs with a stolen base.

Zadaisha Waddell (NCAT) finished the week with a 2-0 mark, a save and 14 strikeouts.

HBCU Round-Up: April 21-23 Weekend Outdoor Track and Field Update

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Morgan State men’s track & field team captured second place in the 14th Annual MSU Legacy Track Meet at a rain-soaked Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University.

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Lady Bears Place Second in Legacy Meet


BALTIMORE, Md. – The 14th Annual MSU Legacy Track Meet came to a close on Saturday evening at a rain-soaked Hughes Stadium. The Towson Tigers captured the 2017 Legacy Meet team title with 126 points to successfully defend their 2016 crown.

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Track posts 25 Top-5 finishes at USF Invite


TAMPA, Fla. – B-CU track and field dominate the USF Invite with over 40 Top-10 finishes.

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Hield, Quinonero Highlight Weekend for Hawks Track

Virginia Challenge Results | Morgan Legacy Results

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Jennaya Hield and freshman Neus Quinonero headlined the Hawks weekend in track and field, which was split between the Morgan Legacy and the Virginia Challenge.

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15 IC4A/ECAC Qualifying Times for Track at Duke Invite


DURHAM, N.C. – The Hampton University track teams participated in the Duke Invitational this weekend at Morris William Stadium and came away with 15 IC4A/ECAC outdoor championship qualifying times in the 45-team meet.

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Aggie Distance Runners, Throwers Take Center Stage

Duke Invite Results | Morgan Legacy Results

DURHAM, N.C./BALTIMORE, Md. – With most of the sprinters sitting out this week, the North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams relied heavily on the distance runners and field performers to put up numbers at the Duke Invitational and the Morgan State Legacy Track and Field Meets.

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White Breaks Meet Record at Duke Invitational


DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central sophomore Bethany White broke the meet record with a winning time of 11.61 seconds in the women’s 100-meter dash at the Duke Invitational on Saturday.

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Track Teams Combine for 15 Top-10 Finishes at USC Open


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina State track and field teams combined for 15 top 10 finishes, including two runner-ups, Saturday at the USC Open in Columbia.

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