Sports news and notes, 6/16
Several HBCUs players have been selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Here is the latest list (UPDATED 6/20):
Bethune-Cookman redshirt junior shortstop Demetrius Sims, Miami Marlins
North Carolina A&T pitcher Noah “Cutter” Dyals, Atlanta Braves
Florida A&M utility player Aubrey McCarty, Colorado Rockies
Norfolk State pitcher Devin Hemmerich, Los Angeles Dodgers
NSU’s Alex Mauricio, New York Yankees
Jackson State outfielder Bryce Brown, Tampa Bay
Alabama State pitcher Austin Bizzle, Minnesota Twins
Alabama A&M pitcher Brandon Marsonek, Oakland A's
Grambling State pitcher Tanner Raiburn, Boston Red Sox
• Broncos reinstate T&F program. Somebody has money. Fayetteville State announced last week that it is reinstating its women’s track and field program for the upcoming season. Athletics Director Anthony Bennett has hired Inez Turner as head coach.
“I am particularly excited about expanding the participation opportunities for prospective female student-athletes,” Bennett said. “It is a natural step to meet the interest and abilities of female athletes in our region.”
Bennett hired away another Winston-Salem State coach in Turner, who led the Rams track program for eight seasons. She won nine total conference titles and was named the CIAA coach of the year.
“I thank God for what I have achieved at WSSU, but I am ready and excited for this new challenge,” she said. “When I researched the area, the local schools and the community, Fayetteville State is a great place to start a true track and field program from scratch.”
• JCSU recruit. Johnson C. Smith men’s basketball has signed Ian Jones of Durham School of the Arts. According to DSA athletics director Mark Kadlecik, Jones is the first player in program history to earn a basketball scholarship.
• VUU televises games. Virginia Union will televise its first two home football games live on Comcast and Verizon. The first is Sept. 9 against Newberry College, and the second is Sept. 16 versus Winston-Salem Sate. Not only should that be a good game, but the Panthers will honor former VUU coach Willard Bailey. And if you don’t get Comcast or Verizon, all home games will be streamed on VUU’s website. Can somebody clone AD Joe Taylor?
• Basketball camp. St. Augustine’s men’s basketball is hosting a high school team camp this Saturday on campus. Eight teams will compete in 12 games beginning at 9 a.m. The camp is free and open to the public.
9 a.m. – Knightdale vs. N. Lenoir
10 a.m. – Broughton vs. SW Guilford
11 a.m. – Wake Forest vs. Parrott
Noon – George Washington vs. Gates
1 p.m. – N. Lenoir vs. Broughton
2 p.m. – Knightdale vs. SW Guilford
3 p.m. – Wake Forest vs. George Washington
4 p.m. – Parrott vs. Gates
5 p.m. – N. Lenoir vs. George Washington
6 p.m. – SW Guilford vs. Knightdale