FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 10 - 16, 2011

Saint Paul's to discontinue athletics
Seeking to address "long-standing financial problems"
The Board of Trustees at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va., a 123-year old private historically black Episcopal institution, has decided to shut down its entire Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association-affiliated athletic department effective July 1st of this year while it battles financial difficulties. The decision was made last Thursday and athletic department officials were notified of layoffs Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. A statement from the school's public relations office referred to the move as a "bold step towards restoring financial stability" to the institution. The statement acknowledges that St. Paul's has operated with a balanced budget in two of the last three years with athletics but that "long-standing financial problems have yet to be resolved." This year the St. Paul's Tigers and Lady Tigers fielded CIAA teams in seven men's and seven women's sports. The departure of St. Paul's will reduce the CIAA's NCAA Division II roster to 12 member institutions. A statement on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association website in reaction to the decision reads: "It is with much sadness that the CIAA has learned of the dissolution of the athletic program at St. Paul's College. The CIAA remains dedicated to the welfare of each affected student athlete and will make every effort to protect their interests. In anticipation of the discussion of this matter at the CIAA Board of Directors' meeting slated for this week, the conference and Commissioner will wait to make any official comment until after its conclusion." The statement from the school indicated that St. Paul's President, Dr. Robert L. Satcher and his Executive Committee are establishing a schedule for implementation of a "full-scale intramural program" for its students and says that once the college becomes financially stable again, "consideration would be given to reinstating the athletic

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KERRY: Loss of St. Paul's will reduce CIAA to twelve members. Commish to talk after this week's Board meeting.



Former Florida A&M basketball standout Clemon Johnson has resigned as head men's basketball coach at Alaska-Fairbanks to become the next head coach at his alma mater. In four years at AlaskaFairbanks, Johnson compiled a 28-74 overall record with the NCAA Div. II Nanooks. JOHNSON Johnson played for the Rattlers from 1974-78 where he set single-game (25), season (412) and career (1,494) rebounding records. Those records still stand and he still ranks in the top 20 in scoring with 1,381 points. After graduating from FAMU with a degree in economics, Johnson was drafted into the NBA by the Portland Trailblazers in the second round of the 1978 draft. He played in 761 professional games with four difference teams including the Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Seattle Supersonics. Johnson retired from the NBA in 1988 and went on to play five years of professional basketball in Italy. He then began coaching at the high school level in Florida before taking on a coaching internship with the Atlanta Hawks in 2006 and eventually making his way to Fairbanks the next year. Johnson succeeds Eugene Harris who was fired in March following a four-year stint as head coach. The Rattlers were 12-20 last season. CHARLOTTE, NC. – In a closed-door meeting of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors, the group of thirteen presidents and chancellors received a report from St. Paul's College President, Dr. Robert L. Satcher, Sr. of the action taken last Thursday by the SPC Board of Trustees to discontinue its athletic program. On behalf of the CIAA Board of Directors, Chairman and Livingstone College President, Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. "received the report with sadness, but also recognizes that since the college is no longer participating in collegiate athletics, it will not continue as a member of the CIAA. In accordance with that fact, the Board acknowledges that the CIAA's Two-Year Transfer Rule will no longer prove relevant for St. Paul's College student-athletes who wish to transfer to any CIAA school." The Two-Year Transfer Rule is instituted when a studentathlete transfers between two conference member institutions. The discontinuance of the college's membership cancels the effect of this rule. CIAA Commissioner, Leon G. Kerry, is available for comment after the conclusion of tomorrow's board session.


PORT ST. LUCIE - Fla. – The BethuneCookman men's team captured the Division I title and Virginia State took home the Division II title Sunday in the 25th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management. The 54-hole championship was contested at the PGA Golf Club. B-CU held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round and finished with an 887 total, 12 strokes ahead of Texas-Pan American. Savannah State finished in third place overall in the division. Freshman Matthew McKnight led the Wildcats and was also the Division I medalist, firing a final-round 71 for a 1-under-par 215 total. PGA Professional Scooter Clark led B-CU to the title in his first year at the helm of the Wildcats. In the women's team division, Texas-Pan American held off Hampton by two strokes in a thrilling finish. Defending champion Bethune-Cookman was third. B-CU senior Kim Wong took home medalist honors for the women's team division following a playoff with Hampton's Kayla Williams. In Division II, Virginia State brought home its first-ever title, defeating Lincoln (Mo.) by seven strokes. Winston-Salem State finished alone in third place. VSU head coach Jeff Hamilton paced the Trojans win. John Cole of Fayetteville State was the Division II medalist, finishing with a threeday total of 220. The 25th edition of the championship featured nearly 160 players representing 40 colleges and universities.

B-CU, Va. State prevail in PGA Minority Golf Tourney




Women’s Team Division 1. Texas-Pan American (+57) 310-307-304—921 2. Hampton (+59) 312-311-300—923 Kayla Williams 73-78-76—227 Nicole West 79-76-72—227 Dionne West 79-81-82—242 Iman Ellis 81-76-75—232 Sydnee Mack 85-90-77—252 3. Bethune-Cookman (+99) 322-324-317—963 Kimberly Wong 74-77-76—227 Vanessa Adarme 77-83-74—234 Marie Bergelin 84-85-84—253 Miranda Rose 87-81-83—251 Maxine Gardner 90-83-90—263 4. S. Carolina State (+104) 331-307-330—968 Honesty Biggers 81-79-76—236 Marina Terry 85-77-84—246 Tiana Jones 81-72-83—236 Cabriel Duren 84-79-87—250 Allison Brown 104-100-110—314 5. Lincoln (+151) 354-330-331—1015 Kaitlyn Scwartze 83-77-75—235 Kimberly Whitworth 90-84-84—258 Shea Colley 83-79-83—245 Hannah Sprague 98-90-89—277

1. Bethune-Cookman (+23) 300-295-292—887 Rafael Abad 76-77-73—226 Emmanuel Petrich 80-77-79—236 JaMichael Jones 77-70-76—223 Alexander Clapp 75-82-71—228 Matthew McKnight 72-71-72—215 2. Texas-Pan American (+35) 300-301-298—899 T3. Savannah State (+43) 308-298-301—907 T3. Tennessee State (+43) 307-300-300—907 5. Florida A&M (+47) 311-300-300—911 6. Alabama State (+55) 307-299-313—919 7. Texas Southern (+56) 303-313-304—920 8. Maryland-Eastern Shore (+82) 310-314-322—946 9. North Carolina Central (+87) 316-320-315—951 10. Alabama A&M (+133) 355-318-324—997 11. Prairie View A&M (+134) 344-331-323—998

1. Virginia State (+63) 315-307-305—927 Stephen Genchi 78-77-75—230 Stuart Larus 82-78-77—237 Brian Wood 77-76-78—231 Mike Swope 87-76-80—243 Rashad Hunt 78-81-75—234 2. Lincoln (+70) 318-303-313—934 3. Winston-Salem State (+86) 328-317-305—950 4. Morehouse (+90) 319-323-312—954 5. Fayetteville State (+101) 322-327-316—965 6. Benedict (+129) 338-333-322—993


Spring Championship Results
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Norfolk State men's and women's track and field teams swept the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. The Norfolk State women tallied 140 points to win their second overall outdoor title and first since 2001. The championships also mark the first time that both men's and women's programs won outdoor titles during the same year since a sweep in 2001. Defending champion Hampton finished a narrow second in the women's competition with 139 points while North Carolina A&T finished third with 124 points. South Carolina State's Shamire Rothmiller tallied 23 points to earn the outstanding field athletic award. Norfolk State's Shanneka Claiborne posted 22.5 points to earn outstanding runner honors. Rothmiller won three field events including the discus (40.85m), javelin (38.27m) and shot put (14.15m). Claiborne took first place in the 100 meters (11.43) and 200 meters (24.03) and ran a leg in the 4x100 meter relay race to earn a first place victory in 45.41. Norfolk State's Ronda Berard was selected as the women's outstanding coach. In men's action, the Spartans tallied 162 points en route to their sixth consecutive Men's Outdoor Track and Field title. Maryland-Eastern Shore finished second with 137 points and Morgan State followed in third with 72 points. Hampton's Damon Dixon posted 23 points in the field events and was named outstanding field athlete. Mustapha Habbani tallied 30 points on the track to earn outstanding runner. Delaware State's Leslie Murray captured gold in the 400 meter hurdles breaking a 32-year old record in 50.29. The previous mark was 50.31 held by Howard's John Branch. Dixon earned outstanding field honors after finishing among the top five

Norfolk State sweeps MEAC track titles

in the high jump (2.10m), pole vault (4.18m) and javelin (44.52m). Habbani swept the distance running events finishing first in the 5000 meters (14:44.94), 1500 meters (3:55.81) and 3000 meter steeplechase (9:22.70). Norfolk State's Kenneth Giles was named the outstanding coach for the sixth year in a row.

IRONDALE, Ala. – Jackson State won its first-ever SWAC softball championship on Sunday, May 8. The Lady Tigers defeated defending champion Mississippi Valley State, 6-2 at Shea Brothers Complex, earning the SWAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Jackson State entered the tournament as the second seed in the eightteam double-elimination field. The Lady Tigers were one game from elimination but came back to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alcorn State twice to stay alive. JSU never trailed in the championship finale to MVSU. Second baseman Wendi Reed put the Lady Tigers on the board with a solo home run and JSU plated another run for a 2-0 lead after one inning. Reed scored again in the third to push the lead to 3-0. MVSU closed to 3-2 in the bottom of the third but home runs by Reed and Anesha McClendon put the game out of reach. JSU and first-year head coach Rick Fremin will now await its seeding into the NCAA Tourney. The selection show airs Sunday, May 15 at 9 p.m. CST on ESPNU.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM CeCe Kolesar, UAPB; Kiah Williams, SU; Audrey Phillips, SU; Jasmine Hubbard, Alcorn State; Bianca Armstrong, Alcorn State; Nicole Burr, MVSU; Alex Robertson, MVSU; Janell Plaza, JSU; LeEthel Guillory, JSU MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Wendi Reed, JSU

Jackson State wins first SWAC softball title

NCAA DIV. II SOFTBALL • CIAA Champion Winston-Salem State will take on top seeded Indiana (PA) in the opening game of the NCAA Div. II Atlantic 1 Softball Regional Friday, May 13 at 11am at IUP's Podbielski Field. • SIAC Champion Fort Valley State will travel to Huntsville, AL as part of the NCAA DIv. II South 1 Softball Regional. They will meet top seeded Alabama-Huntsville at 4:00pm on Friday. NCAA DIV. I GOLF • The SWAC champion Jackson State Tigers will head to Ocala, Florida to participate in the NCAA East Regional May 19-21, which will be hosted by the University of Florida. The Golden Ocala Golf Course is where the event will be held. JSU will be the No. 14 seed. NCAA DIV. I TENNIS • Men's and women's MEAC Champion, SC State, will take on Florida at UF's Linder Stadium in Gainesville. The Bulldog men (13-4) will take on the seventh-seeded Gators (18-8) on Friday, May 13 at 3pm. The Lady Bulldogs hit the court against the No. 1 nationally ranked Lady Gators (25-1) Saturday, May 14 at noon. • SWAC Champions Alcorn State and Southern will travel to College Station, TX for their first round matches. ASU's men (9-8) will face host and 9th seeded Texas A&M (27-5) on Friday, May 13 at 2pm at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Southern's women (12-9) will face 12th seeded Florida State (15-8) Saturday morning, May 14 at 9am. NAIA BASEBALL • The Edward Waters College Tigers (33-24) will be the No. 5 seed in the Daytona Regional and will meet former GCAC member and No. 4 seed William Carey (30-25) on May 12.
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(Standings and Weekly Honors)



Bethune-Cookman Delaware State Norfolk State NC A&T State Md. Eastern Shore Florida A&M Coppin State


18 11 9 9 7 6 2

0 7 8 8 11 12 16

32 23 19 19 8 17 5

20 24 26 27 37 35 38



MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Alejandro Sanchez, Jr., 2B, B-CU - Hit .538 with 6 RBI and two home runs in 3-1 week. Had 7 hits in 13 at-bats and had 10 putouts and 6 assists. PITCHER Gabriel Hernandez, So., P, B-CU - Finished 1-0 vs. DelState with 0.00 ERA and struck out five in 6.1 innings. He walked one. ROOKIE Justin Bhatti, Fr., P, NSU - Collected a win with a 2.79 ERA vs. Florida A&M. Pitched 9.2 innings, striking out eight and walked two.

Delaware State Coppin State Morgan State Howard Hampton Md. Eastern Shore SOUTH Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M Norfolk State SC State NC A&T State


11 9 9 8 6 2

4 6 6 7 9 13 0 4 6 9 11

29 16 16 16 13 7 28 25 22 10 8

17 14 25 25 35 40

MEAC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT May 12-14, Ormond Beach Sports Complex Ormond Beach, Fla MEAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT May 18-21 Jackie Robinson Park, Daytona Beach, Fla. SWAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT May 18-22 Fairgrounds Field Shreveport, LA




12 8 6 3 1

23 24 21 42 34

Southern Grambling State Prairie View A&M Texas Southern Ark. Pine Bluff EAST Alcorn State Miss. Valley St. Jackson State Alabama State Alabama A&M

16 14 13 10 7

8 10 11 14 17 4 9 9 18 16


26 21 23 23 11


18 24 19 25 34 23 31 22 26 32

19 14 12 6 5

22 18 23 14 9

MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Jordan Reid, Jr., OF, DSU - Hit .667 with 2 RBI, 1 triple, 2 doubles as the Lady Hornets cliinched the N. Div. title witrh a sweep of MSU. Scored 3 runs and had 6 hits in 9 at-bats. PITCHER Allison Garcia, Sr., P, B-CU - Finished 2-0 with 3.21 ERA vs. NC A&T. Struck out 8 and walked 4 in 14 innings. ROOKIE Stephanie Sarris, Fr., P, DSU - Pitched 6 innings and had 0.00 ERA vs. MSU. Allowed 3 hits and 0 walks in 3-game series.