|NCCU’s Joyce gets preseason honor|
|Published Thursday, February 7, 2019|
Former Hampton sports information director Maurice Williams has returned to the MEAC as its new assistant commissioner of media relations. Maurice worked at HU for 10 years before leaving for the University of Tennessee. But, sometimes, the grass is not greener on the other side.
Anyway, CC is glad Maurice is back. We already can see a difference.
The tennis team got in the win column with a 7-0 victory over Division II Johnson C. Smith.
And so it begins, spring sports. Softball opens the season this weekend in the Chef Celeste Softball Challenge at Southern University. Will they be getting any Celeste pizza? The Eagles play Southern, Alabama State, Howard and Prairie View A&M in the two-day tourney.
The Falcons begin softball play Feb. 13 against William Peace. SAU finished 17-10, 13-3 CIAA last season, and won the Southern Division. The team lost to Fayetteville State in the tournament’s elimination bracket but it did earn the NCAA Division II batting average crown at .359.
Junior shortstop Haley Sessoms and sophomore Mechelle Moss were selected preseason all-conference.
The Bears start softball play Feb. 16 at Newberry. Shaw finished 12-20 overall, 8-8 CIAA last season. Christina Coleman is the new softball coach as well as volleyball.
2018 MEAC Player of the Year Corey Joyce has been voted the 2019 preseason player of the year. Joyce batted .358 with a slugging percentage of .542. He also smashed the school record for doubles with 15.
Teammates Carter Williams was named to the All-MEAC first team and Timmy Fischvogt to the second team.
The Eagles begin the quest for their first MEAC baseball title on Feb. 15 at the Durham Athletic Park. NCCU takes on Canisius College in a three-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But, as CC always say, while they can’t win a conference championship, they can send players to the pros. Guess the latter is more important than the former.
In basketball, wasn’t it about this time last season that folks were grumbling about coach LeVelle Moton’s coaching? Well, they’re back at it again. Just can’t take losing to North Carolina A&T, eh?
Two Falcons came away with first-place finishes at the Carolina Challenge last weekend in Columbia, South Carolina. Baron Freeman won the 5,000 meters, and Jeremiah Bridges took the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.25.
In baseball, CC must have been on vacation when this was announced. We didn’t know the program has been suspended for three years. We went online to get the new schedule and saw nothing. Coming back, eh? We’ll believe it when we see it.
Philadelphia Tribune sports editor Donald Hunt wrote a nice article on star Amir Hinton. Check it out when you can. According to the article, Hinton is getting noticed from scouts and coach Joel Hopkins says ESPN is planning on doing a feature. Still, there was one, and only one, Ronald “Flip” Murray. And if you don’t know who he is, walk over to the closest mirror and slap yourself. Hard!
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