|NCCU baseball earns top MEAC honors|
|Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019|
The CIAA conducted its annual Spring General Assembly meeting and end-of-year awards on Tuesday in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore, not Charlotte, eh? The honeymoon is definitely over.
Bowie State’s Clyde Doughty Jr. and Virginia State’s Peggy Davis were named co-athletics directors of the year. The Trojans earned both the Loretta Taylor and C.H. Williams All-Sports Awards, given to the top women’s and men’s athletic programs.
Claflin student-athlete LaKaylin Lee earned the CIAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.
Thirty-eight student-athletes graduated last weekend in 11 different majors. Twelve were first-generation grads.
The ladies’ tennis season came to an end Monday with a 4-0 loss to No. 2 seed Charleston (WVa.) in the NCAA Tennis Atlantic Regional. Unfortunately, the Bears had to forfeit a couple of sets, which gave Charleston a 3-0 lead before a point was played. Shaw’s record ends at 17-10.
A hearty congratulations to sports information director Jolisa Williams who was named the John Holley SID of the Year. It’s her second honor in three years. Shaw athletics hasn’t had it this good since Sherry was SID. Leave it to the ladies to get the job done.
For the second consecutive season, junior Corey Joyce has been named the MEAC baseball player of the year. Joyce has won a top award in all three years after being voted the rookie of the year in 2017.
He batted .343, with a slugging percentage of .527 and on-base percentage of .444. Joyce also led the conference in runs scored with 48.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Miller captured the rookie of the year award after recording a program freshman record with 73 strikeouts, fourth in the MEAC.
Carter Williams was voted to the first team, while teammates Caleb Coyle and Josh Brammell were named third team.
The MEAC Baseball Championship is this week in Dayton Beach, Florida. Is this the year for the Eagles to finally get over the hump? If women’s basketball can break their tournament game losing streak, surely baseball can end its championship jinx.
In basketball, LeVelle Moton’s star continues to rise. Moton, along with Bruce Weber of Kansas State and Mike Hopkins of University of Washington, will help coach the USA U19 World Cup Team.
Kudos to senior Tyre Gathright, right, on earning the CIAA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. Gathright posted a 3.24 cumulative GPA while averaging 20.8 points per game.
The Bears had 42 student-athletes graduate last weekend, representing all 13 sports. Football led the way with nine grads followed by volleyball with seven.
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