For the Week of May 14 - 20, 2013
Bethune-Cookman sweeps MCGC titles
By Randy Stutzman PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It was an exciting final round at PGA Golf Club on Sunday that included two playoffs, with both the men's and women's teams from Bethune-Cookman University claiming titles at the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management. In the women's division, Bethune-Cookman defeated the University of Texas-Pan American on the first playoff hole to claim their championship-record 10th overall title. Both teams finished with a 909 total then headed back to the 18th hole on the Ryder Course for the playoff. In the playoff, each team took the four lowest scores of the five players who played the hole. Bethune-Cookman finished with a total score of 1 under par, while Texas-Pan American finished 1 over par on the playoff hole. Chicago State University finished alone in third place overall at 935. The Bethune-Cookman women's team was led by Andrea Orozco, who was also the team medalist, finishing with a 54-hole total of 4-over-par 220. The B-CU men's team also won in exciting fashion, making up a four-stroke deficit in the final round, and winning by a single stroke over 36-hole leader Texas-Pan American. Alabama State finished third, 12 strokes behind BethuneCookman. The Wildcat men, who finished with an 883 total, were led by freshman Ryan Fricker. The Englishman shot a final-round 71 on the Wanamaker Course to finish third in the men's Division I medalist race. "We really didn’t play well yesterday and almost let the Championship slip away," said Fricker of the team's play Saturday. "I was happy to help the team today and it felt good to win this championship in my first appearance. It was really cool.” PGA Professional Scooter Clark, the head coach at Bethune-Cookman, was extremely pleased with both team's performances in the final round. "It was a long and a very stressful day out there," said Clark, who is in his third year as head coach. "But both teams really grinded and I am just thrilled to take home both titles in this incredible tournament. It is really satisfying." In Division II, Lincoln University from
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TOP GOLFER: Edward Waters' Kevin Parker (r.) with Brown Capital Management President Keith Lee (l.) after sparkling 6-under 210.
WILDCATS WIN!: Members of the Bethune-Cookman men's (l.) and women's (r.) teams pose after sweeping titles at the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The men erased a four-shot deficit on Sunday to claim a one-shot victory. The women needed a onehole playoff to claim their 10th overall title. Both victories were over UT-Pan American.
XAVIER LANDMARK DEMOLISHED; WSSU TO HOST DIV. II BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
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WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
NEW ORLEANS — The Barn, one of the enduring symbols of Xavier University of Louisiana, was razed this week. Demolition of the 1,300-seat gymnasium — which opened in 1937 and was the home of XU's The Barn Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the home facility for teams in men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball — began Monday morning. The final XU competition at The Barn was a five-set women's volleyball victory against city rival SUNO on Nov. 1, 2012. XU's basketball teams played their final games at The Barn on Feb. 13, 2012, and swept a doubleheader against Tougaloo. The Convocation Center, a $25 million facility with seating for as many as 4,500, opened in early November to replace The Barn. Both XU basketball teams played their 2012-13 home schedules there. The women's volleyball team played its home matches at The Barn during the fall of 2012 and will begin competition in the new facility in September. "The Barn had a lot of wear and tear, and Xavier outgrew The Barn over the years," said Kenneth St. Charles, XU's vice president for institutional advancement. "With the Convocation Center, we now have a facility which can house the entire campus." The Barn suffered significant damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and it qualified for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. When FEMA gave Xavier the option to use that money for a new facility, the university opted to build instead of renovate The Barn. "But under those conditions," St. Charles said, "Xavier's use of FEMA funding for the Convocation Center required us to tear down The Barn." Xavier's spring commencement, scheduled for Saturday in the Convocation Center, will mark the first time since 1983 that an XU graduation is held on campus. The offices of basketball coaches and the athletics trainers are in the Convocation Center. The Convocation Center Annex, a three-story building about 30 yards from the new arena, opened in November to house the other coaches, athletics and recreational sports administrators, health and physical education classes and instructors. Xavier officials have yet to determine the future of the space created by The Barn's demolition.
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MORE WINNERS!: Members of the Talladega College team (l.) accept their trophy as champions of the NAIA Division at the 27th National Collegiate Minority Golf Championship Sunday. It was the second overall title for the Tornado. Robert Grant (c.) of Alabama State captured the Men's Independent Division title in a three-person playoff. Grant holed out from 133 yards on the 18th hole to get into the playoff then birdied the hole in the playoff to get the win. Zach Smith (r.) of Virginia State finished with Division II medalist honors with an even-par 216 total.
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Jefferson City, Mo., took home its fifth overall title, closing with a final-round 302 and an 898 total. Texas A&M International finished second at 922, while Virginia State University finished third at 932. The Blue Tigers of Lincoln University were led by Steven Mallow, who finished with 4-over-par 220 total. Zach Smith of Virginia State claimed Division II medalist honors, finishing with an evenpar 216 total. In the Men's Independent Division, Robert Grant of Alabama State won an exciting three-person playoff to earn the title. The England native holed-out from 133 yards for eagle on the 18th hole to force the playoff, and hit his approach, on the same 18th hole in the playoff, to two feet for birdie to capture the title in his first attempt. In the NAIA division, Talladega (Ala.)
College captured its second title overall title in the Championship and first since 2010. The Tornado led throughout the Championship and finished well ahead of Edward Waters of Jacksonville, Fla. Kevin Parker of Edward Waters claimed the NAIA division medalist honors, finishing with a sparkling 6-under-par 210 total. The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management, which is celebrating its 27th edition this year, originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament, and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship. In 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the championship by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund.
Spring Sports Round-Up
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CIAA champion Winston-Salem State will play host and SIAC champion Stillman hits the road to Tampa, Florida as the NCAA Div. II baseball playoffs begin this week. WSSU (38-11), ranked 23rd and 24th in national polls, will host six Atlantic Regional teams in the double elimination tournament at Wake Forest’s Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park beginning Thursday, May 16 thru Sunday, May 19. The Rams secured the #2 seed and host site following an announcement Sunday evening by the NCAA. WSSU will face the #5 seed East Stroudsburg (33-16). The Warriors are the champions from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. In the Atlantic Region, Millersville (38-6) from the PSAC is the #1 seed. They will face #6 seed Concord (36-18), winner of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The #3 seed is Seton Hill (39-15) of the WVIAC and the #4 seed is Shippensburg (28-20) from the PSAC. Stillman will face the South Region's top seed and host the University of Tampa (39-10) Thursday at the University of Tampa Baseball Field. The South Region will feature several national powers as four of the last seven NCAA II national champions will be among the field. Host institution Tampa (39-10) won the 2006 and 2007 championships and will be joined by fellow Sunshine State Conference member Florida Tech (32-17). Last season's region and national runner-up Delta State (42-9-1) will join West Florida (35-12), who won the 2011 crown as it represented South Region and Gulf South Conference, along with the 2013 GSC champion Valdosta State (33-16). This will be the 6th time in seven years that Stillman will participate in the South Region Tournament. Last season, the Tigers and head coach Dony Crawford made history by winning their opening round game against host school Tampa 6-5 in 13 innings before continuing to turn heads defeating Nova Southeastern 6-4 and UAH 11-5. The Tigers fell in the regional final to Delta State. The championship provides for eight regional sites hosting six teams. All regionals are double-elimination tournaments and will be played May 16-19. Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 25-June 1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The finals will be hosted by Mount Olive and the town of Cary, N.C.
WSSU at home, Stillman travels in NCAA Div. II baseball playoffs
Alexandria Robertson was named tournament MVP. Robertson finished MVSU's six-game tournament slate hitting 8-for-20, with three runs scored, four RBI, five doubles, and one home run. In the deciding game, she went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
SWAC SOFTBALL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Alicia Lorenz, Nicole Bur, Mississippi Valley State; Brehanna Rodrigues, Meagan Dixon, Bailey Patt - Alabama State; Cally Falls, Leanna Flores - Prairie View A&M; Canessa Swanson - Jackson State TOURNAMENT MVP Alexandria Robertson, MVSU
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NCAA SPRING SPORTS PLAYOFFS
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ATLANTIC REGION 1 California (Pa.) 13, Chowan 0 Lock Haven 10, Chowan 2
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Hampton won the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship on Saturday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex after splitting two games with Norfolk State. The Lady Pirates won their first MEAC title since 1996. In beating the Spartans 7-3 in the second game, the Lady Pirates (34-24) won their 15th game in their last 18 tries. Norfolk State (3122) won the first game 10-3, forcing another contest. Head coach Trena Peel was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach. Freshman Taylor McCoy (Riverview, Fla.) was named Most Outstanding Performer, and she was named to the All-Tournament Team along with junior Margaret Wilkins (Tustin, Calif.) and sophomore Jailynn McCoy Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.).
2013 MEAC All-Tournament Team Madison Hedderly, Amber Hallman - Savannah State; Simone Ceasar - BethuneCookman; Rachel Meagley, Rochelle Sablay - Delaware State; Robyn Mitchell, Jamie Schulle, Haley Ward - Norfolk State; Taylor McCoy, Jailynn Jackson, Margeret Wilkins - Hampton
ATLANTIC REGION 2 Kutztown 3, W. Va. State 1 W. Va. State 8, Shippensburg 2 Bloomsburg 6, W. Va. State 2 SOUTH REGION Valdosta State 8, Albany State 4 Tampa 6, Albany State 2
NCAA Div. I Softball championship quest begins for Miss. Valley State, Hampton
NCAA DIV. I MEN'S TENNIS
Tennessee 4, S. C. State 0 Baylor 4, Prairie View A&M 0
North Carolina 4, S. C. State 0 Texas A&M 4, Southern 0
NCAA DIV. I WOMEN'S TENNIS
NCAA DIV. I WOMEN'S GOLF
AUBURN REGION (24 teams) Alabama State - 994 (+130) - 24th Top eight teams advance
MVSU takes SWAC softball title; Hampton prevails in MEAC
ATLANTIC / EAST SUPER REGION (20 teams) Bluefield State - 913 (+61) - 7th Virginia Union - 984 (+132) - 20th Nick Dent, Bluefield State 224 (+11) T6th
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DECATUR, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State downed Alabama State 11-3 to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference softball championship Saturday at Wilson Morgan Park. After dropping its first game of the tournament, MVSU (25-30) won five straight en route to its conference-leading eighth overall SWAC title. The victories include six consecutive crowns from 20042009. MVSU gathered 13 hits and was powered by Nicole Burr at the plate in the deciding game. Burr finished 3-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored, Robertson and four RBI.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MEAC champion Hampton and SWAC titlest Mississippi Valley State will both play on the home turf of their opponents as they open play in the NCAA Div. I Softball Championship. Oklahoma was named the No. 1 seed in the 64-team field. The Sooners, champions of the Big 12 Conference, are 47-4 and will play Marist, an automatic qualifier from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.NCAA Softball Hampton's Lady Pirates will travel to Gainesville, FL to play No 2 seed and host Florida on May 17 at 6 p.m. South Florida and Georgia Southern are the other two teams in the Gainesville Regional. MVSU will head to Mobile to face No 13 seed and host South Alabama on May 17. Mississippi State and ACC Champion Florida State are also in the Mobile Regional. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top-16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend. Only 11 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and nine are in this year's bracket.