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Sports 8 e Famuan Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sports 8
e Famuan
Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Andrade rules the mat in a male-dominated sport

Shari KareSh


The coaches call her grandma, her friends call her Mel, but everybody knows her as captain of the women’s varsity wrestling team. Melanie Andrade, a biology pre-med freshman, from Davenport, Fla. has been a

wasn’t fun to me anymore.”

Poinciana was crowded,

so they built a new school. Andrade and a couple of her teammates went to Liberty High School and wrestled for their new school. “My friends and I went to the new school and they didn’t have a team. They had a couple guy coaches with

year on the mat. Andrade started wrestling her freshman year of high school. She was looking for a sport to participate in, when one of her friends suggested

Andrade said. “There were only two from the old high school and three from the new one.” She was transferred to Ridge Community High

School, where she was the

practice, she was hooked. “I had never seen anything like that before,” Andrade said. “They were working on techniques and moves. It looked so intense and I wanted to try it.” Andrade said that wrestling is another world. Weight management is the biggest difference. “When you meet people in

only girl on a boys team. “The coach ignored me like I wasn’t there,” Andrade said. “Some of the guys were talking to me and told me that a few girls came out and quit, that’s why the coach didn’t take me seriously until after a year of wrestling.” FAMU’s wrestling program was dropped last year. To keep the program alive,

Andrade recruited five girls

you’re asked is how much do you weigh,” Andrade said.

Andrade moved around a lot in high school. She went to three different high schools and joined the wrestling team at each one.

for the team. Her teammates and coaches, recognized her determination and leadership skills. Thomas White, Andrade’s coach, gave her the title of captain because she leads

by example.

team, Poinciana High School, wasn’t the experience she hoped for. “I didn’t like the team I was wrestling on. The coach was mean and I got beat every single match,” Andrade said. “They would beat me in the beginning of the match. It

work out in the morning and keeps them focused on their studies,” White said. Saundrina Smith, a freshman pre-med biology student, is also Andrade’s best friend and teammate. “She isn’t going to tell you

Sports 8 e Famuan Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Queen-pin Andrade rules the mat in

Jasmine Mitchell The Famuan Melanie Andrade has been a wrestler since high school.

to run a mile if she isn’t going to do it. When I had to cut weight for a tournament, she ate healthy with me.” For Smith, Andrade’s level of committment does not change after practice is over.






mat. She


not only a great

captain but also friend,” Smith said.



Shari KareSh Famuansports@gmail.Com

Spring practice spurs optimism

Lamont WiLSon

staFF Writer

As spring practice continue, the Florida A&M football team is prearing to repeat as MEAC champions. This time, they want to drop the “co.” The Rattlers had a record of 8-3 and was involved in a three-way tie for MEAC championship with Bethune-Cookman and South Caroline State. Willie Ferrell is a returning linebacker and wants to repeat as a MEAC champion. “I feel that since our defense is coming back we should be on the same page. We will

pick up where we left off, with our intensity and our offense

said. “We should win and dominate our schedule.” The Rattlers lost key players last season and look to rebuild in those positions. “We have a lot of veteran players here that will help the new players out and teach them the defense as fast as possible,” Ferrell said. In the second week of spring practice, head coach Joe Taylor said he was happy with

the play he has seen.






pleased with the way things

are going now,” Taylor said.

we are practicing with our




leadership and experience,”






Taylor said. “Offensively we





enters his

haven’t been turning the ball

fourth year.

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over. On defense, we’ve been

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experience we have

here is great going into the

fourth year of the program. There is no resistance: they understand that hard work is the easiest way to success.” The annual spring game on Saturday will give the coaches a chance to evaluate the progress of this season’s training. “The team has worked hard in phase one of training by waking up at 5:45 a.m. doing the conditioning along with the biometrics,” Taylor said. “The team is working really hard.” Cornerback Terry Johnson said a lot of that hard work will pay off on the defensive end. “Our team starts on defense. Defense wins games and we have to get turnovers,” Johnson said. “We expect good things coming from our offense and defense. We have a lot of returning players and we expect big things from them this season.” Spring football will conclude on April 14, and the Rattlers will start their regular season on Sept. 2.

Lamont WiLSon Famuansports@gmail.Com

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The baseball team will have the opportunity to regroup after a disappointing trip to Daytona. The Rattlers have a home game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday against North Carolina A&T. This presents another opportunity

conference victory after an 0-3 start. The team sits in last place in the conference, but with the win could move ahead of Deleware State. With an 8-20 record, the team is still in the hunt for a chance at the MEAC title.

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The men and women’s teams will travel to Gainesville for the Florida Relays on Friday. After a strong showing at the FSU relays, the teams are poised

best talent. The two-day event will be held at the University of Florida. Leon Hunt and Damarrius Carroll

are expected to lead the men,

while Latoya Wright and Keelyn Flemming will spearhead the ladies. Florida will be led by Jeff Demps, who took first place in the 100-meter dash last year with a time of 10.11 seconds.


The Florida A&M softball team split a double-header against Troy University. The team used a four-run third inning en-route to a 6-0 win in game one. Jennifer Lindsey picked up the victory in game one for the Rattlers. Game two came down to the wire, as the Lady Rattlers fell 2-0. Troy’s Morgan Grove got the win in game two. The Rattlers’ next game will be against North Carolina Central

April 1 in Durham, N.C. at 1 p.m. The Rattlers sit at 11-15 and are in

of the MEAC.

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UCONN woman can cement legacy with Final Four play

Maya Moore has the chance to become the most decorated player in college history

Doug Feinberg

assoCiated press

Maya Moore is headed to the Final Four with a chance to pad perhaps the most impressive resume in the history of women’s college basketball with yet another championship. Connecticut’s latest star is already a four-time All-American with 3,000 career points. Nice personal milestones for sure, but far from the biggest prize. To her and the rest of the Huskies

straight national title.

Moore scored 28 points, including the

3,000th of her career, to lead top-seeded UConn to a 75-40 win Tuesday night against Duke and a fourth straight trip to the Final Four. “I don’t think about it right now,” Moore said about becoming the seventh Division I player to reach the 3,000-point mark. “Of course it’s really exciting to

be at a program where I’ve been able to

Coach Geno Auriemma wasn’t surprised by his star’s huge game.

Auriemma said. “You could just sense it. Too many games leading up to this where

things didn’t click for whatever reason. She doesn’t let a lot of big games go by without going off in a couple of them.” With two more victories, the Huskies will match the record for consecutive NCAA titles set by Tennessee (1996-98) and equaled by UConn (2002-04). Next up for Auriemma’s current juggernaut is Notre Dame on Sunday in

The two Big East teams are plenty familiar with each other having played

73-64 victory in the Big East tournament championship game. “It’s going to be rough,” Moore said. “We know each other so well and there are not a lot of surprises. It’s going to be a battle to grind it out. We’re representing well for our conference. It should be fun.” Throw in the football team reaching the

has been in all three events. “Take that!,” Auriemma said.

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