Alabama State football to host Women’s Clinic

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University football program, in conjunction with their spring football game, will be holding a Women’s Clinic at the ASU Stadium. Admission is just $25 and due at the door, although registration is limited to the first 100 participants who register on-line.

 

The clinic allows participants to get an inside look at the Alabama State football program, and will start at 9 am with doors opening at 8:30 am. Registration starts March 26 and runs through April 15, with the clinic on April 29.

 

This year, head coach Brian Jenkins is awarding the first eight people to register for the clinic a coach’s shirt and sideline access during the spring game.

 

In addition to the exclusive look inside the Alabama State football program, participants will receive a t-shirt and a light lunch, while learning more about the game. Athletic (comfortable) dress is recommended but not required.

Faulkner University plays Tournament Games Tonight at Cramton Bowl

The Faulkner University men’s & women’s basketball teams will be playing in the SSAC tournament games tonight at Cramton Bowl.

The women will play Martin Methodist at 8 pm
Then the men will play Loyola at 9:45 pm

Faulkner sweeps Stillman in extended-inning showdowns

Written by Ryan Bartels

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Faulkner (4-6) battled to a 3-1 victory over Stillman College with a two-run eighth inning in this afternoon’s opener before again utilizing the international tie-breaking run in the eighth inning to earn the sweep with a 2-1 win here in the nightcap.

Caitlin Perry (2-1) allowed just a single earned run on four hits while striking out nine batters to claim the opening victory in a complete game performance.

Tori Davis (1-2) clinched her first win of the season while also pitching a complete game in the second event. The junior gave up no earned runs and just three hits while striking out six at the plate.

Leadoff hitter Hannahlee Harris was 5-for-8 on the day with an RBI and a run.

Alicia Richardson was 3-for-4 in the second game and Bailee Trotter was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the opener.

Faulkner will next enter the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores next weekend. The Lady Eagles open the three-day event against Concordia University (Mich.) at 9 a.m. on Friday.

No. 2 Faulkner Pummels Shawnee State in Series Sweep

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (10-1) responded to last night’s second game loss with brutality at the plate in this afternoon’s doubleheader blasting of Shawnee State. The Eagles scored in five of nine innings in the 15-7 Game 1 victory before icing the Bears 9-0 in the seven-inning finale here at Harrison Field.

After posting three runs in the first inning Faulkner sparked a seven-run second inning with a leadoff homer from Deivy Palmeiro in the second.

Shawnee State logged two immediate outs before the Eagles lined up seven singles and capped the scoring spree with a bases-loaded walk to move into a 10-1 lead.

The Bears retaliated with six runs on five hits in the third inning, but the offensive threat stopped there.

Meanwhile, Faulkner delivered five more runs over the ensuing four innings to finalize the lopsided win.

Mike Peters anchored the Eagle defense for 2 2/3 innings in the opener and allowed five earned runs on as many hits while striking out four batters.

Tylier Campbell (1-0) locked down the win over the following 3 1/3 innings while allowing just two earned runs on three hits and booking a pair of strikeouts.

Jose Agosto and Tanner Disibio allowed no hits in two and one inning of work, respectively.

The second game looked much like the first, but with a scrappier Eagle defense.

Israel Fuentes (1-0) delivered five solid innings from the mound in the second game shutout. The sophomore right-hander fanned seven batters and allowed just three hits in five innings of work.

Preston Szuch and Tra’mayne Holmes each logged a no-hit inning from the rubber in the nightcap.

Holmes was even better at the pate for the Eagles going 5-for-7 with five RBIs and four runs on the day.

Reid Long was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs in the series while Olivier Basabe was 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored in the opener.

Palmeiro was 3-for-7 over two games and knocked in three runs while scoring twice, once in each game, on his own home runs.

Paolo Montezuma knocked in three runs on two hits in the second game while Luke Parker when 2-for-3 and scored.

Faulkner will hit the road for the first time this season Monday afternoon when it heads to Tuscaloosa to take on Stallman College. First pitch in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Alabama State to host ASU Invitational beginning Friday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University tennis teams will play their first home matches of the season beginning on Friday morning with the Alabama State Invitational to be played at the Olean Black Underwood Tennis Center.

 

The teams will play host to Presbyterian College, Alabama A&M University and Jacksonville State University over the weekend-long tournament. Play will start at 10:00 am Friday morning with Alabama State facing Presbyterian (both men and women), which will be followed by Jacksonville State (4-0 men, 2-1 women) and Alabama A&M at 12:30 pm. The opening day of the tournament concludes with Presbyterian (2-3 men, 4-2 women) taking on Alabama A&M at 4 pm.

 

The tournament continues on Saturday with each team in action beginning with Jacksonville State and Presbyterian at 10 am, followed by Alabama A&M (0-5 men, 0-0 women) facing Alabama State (0-3 men, 1-2 women) at 1 pm.

 

The teams will conclude play on Sunday as Jacksonville State and Alabama State will meet in the only match of the day, beginning at 1 pm.

 

The Lady Hornets enter the match following a decisive 7-0 victory over Savannah State in their last match, nearly two weeks ago. In that match, Alabama State lost just 22 games in the seven matches that were played and picking up straight set wins in all five singles matches.

 

Meanwhile, the Alabama State men’s tennis team enters the tournament following their last match in which they fell 4-3 to South Carolina State. In that match, the Hornets picked up wins at number one and three singles, as well as picking up two of the three doubles matches (winning the point).

Mobile rocks Faulkner 89-53

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Written by Ryan Bartels

MOBILE, Ala. – Faulkner rolled Mobile 74-66 at home in early January, but the Rams (14-8, 8-6 SSAC) retaliated with full force here in tonight’s Southern States Athletic Conference showdown blasting the Lady Eagles (16-9, 8-7 SSAC) 89-53.

Mobile opened the contest with an 8-0 run and never trailed while slowly expanding its lead throughout.

Faulkner, which has been short-handed for the last several weeks, added a new name to the injured list on Saturday. Chelsea Burt, who took a hard knock in the William Carey game, was out of commission this evening leaving the lineup ultra thin at the point guard position.

A slowly-recovering China Leary, who’s booked less than three minutes of action since the Coastal Georgia event on Jan. 14, did her best to work through a nagging injury and help pace the team at that position, however. The senior finished the game 2-for-2  with four points and a pair of rebounds in just under 12 minutes play.

Faith LeGate led the Lady Eagles on both sides of the ball with 16 points and six boards.

Olivia Adamson added eight points, four rebounds and two steals to the team totals while Courtney Yarbrough had seven points and a pair of rebounds.

Faulkner will next travel to No. 24 Loyola for another league battle on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in New Orleans.

Alabama State holds off Mississippi Valley State for second straight win

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University men’s basketball team picked up its second consecutive victory on Monday night as the Hornets held off Mississippi Valley State, 71-66, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

 

“It was a good win for us and our program,” Alabama State head men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson said. “They (Mississippi Valley State) got us at their place and it was their first conference win. We’ve been pushing ourselves to get two in a row and we were able to do that with these last couple of ballgames. What we have to do is take care of business at home and we did that. We played well enough to win. It wasn’t pretty and it was a game of free throws and turnovers. But we were able to hold on. We just have to continue to find a way to win.”

 

Alabama State (6-16, 5-6 SWAC) shot 25-of-51 (49 percent) from the floor and 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

 

Tony Armstrong came off the bench and scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the first half to pace the Alabama State offense. He was 6-of-10 shooting and also added five rebounds and two blocks. Reginald Gee finished with 11 points, two boards, one block and one assist, while Torloft Thomas chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

 

Mississippi Valley State (4-20, 4-7) was held without a field goal for the first 6:13, which allowed Alabama State to grab a 9-3 advantage after a bucket by Gee with 15:34 remaining in the first half.

 

The Devils fought back and grabbed their first lead (20-19) since 2-0 after a jumper by Isaac Williams with 7:08 left. But baskets by Armstrong, Glenn Holloway and Rodney Simeon gave Alabama State a 27-20 advantage with a little over three minutes remaining in the opening half.

 

Mississippi Valley State quickly answered and used a 10-5 run to close out the first half, cutting the Alabama State lead to 32-30 at the break.

 

After Marcus Romain gave Mississippi Valley State a 38-36 lead with 17:36 left, Alabama State responded with a 16-5 run, capped by a three-point play by Thomas with a little over 10 minutes to play.

 

The Delta Devils closed the gap to 54-51 after a bucket by Williams, but the Hornets quickly answered and pushed the margin to 60-51 after a free throw by Mikel Tyson with 5:47 remaining.

 

A key 3-pointer by Terrance LeFlore gave Alabama State a 66-57 advantage with 2:18 left, but Mississippi Valley State used a 7-2 run to close the gap to 69-66 with 23 seconds remaining. That would be as close as the Delta Devils would get as the Hornets got two free throws by Gee to seal the victory.

 

Romain paced the Mississippi Valley State offense with a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. He also added six boards and two assists. Williams tallied 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist as the Delta Devils shot 22-of-59 (37 percent) from the field and 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) from the charity stripe.

 

Alabama State returns to action with a 5 p.m. tip-off on Saturday against rival Alabama A&M in a SWAC contest at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. In the previous meeting this season, Alabama State held off Alabama A&M as Gee, Armstrong and Simeon combined for 42 points in a 57-55 victory on Jan. 14.

 

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Faulkner halts William Carey comeback, wins 66-63

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Faulkner (15-8, 7-6 SSAC) led by as many as 15
points deep in the third period, but a resilient William Carey (4-13,
2-10 SSAC) squad clawed its way back to within a single point with
just 10 seconds to play. Smooth free throw shooting from Kayla Tillman
and a Hannah Vest steal ultimately secured the 66-63 Southern States
Athletic Conference win for the Lady Eagles here at the Reed Green
Coliseum on the campus of Southern Mississippi this evening.

Chelsea Burt led all scorers with 19 points and added six assists and
four rebounds.

Vest, who went 4-for-7 from behind the arc, closed play with 18
points, five rebounds and four steals and assists.

Faith LeGate followed with 11 points and six rebounds.

Faulkner will next travel to Mobile for an SSAC battle against the
Rams. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Adamson’s last-minute basket lifts Faulkner over Blue Mountain

Written by Ryan Bartels

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – Faulkner’s (15-8, 7-6 SSAC) Faith LeGate hit a crucial first free throw with just five seconds on the clock to tie tonight’s Southern States Athletic Conference battle with Blue Mountain (6-11, 4-9 SSAC), but after missing her second shot from the stripe, Olivia Adamson secured the offensive rebound and put-back to give the visitors the 61-59 victory.

The Lady Eagles led for just 22 seconds of the first 38 minutes in the ball game and trailed by as many as 15, but by the two-minute warning Faulkner had forced the contest into a dead heat.

Kayla Tillman, who booked 12 points for the Lady Eagles in the outing, secured half her scoring with a pair of late, must-have 3-pointers to offset sharp shooting from the Toppers’ Andrea Lewis and keep the visitors in the fight.

Tillman knocked down a long shot at the 2:18 mark on the back end of a LeGate steal to give the visitors their first lead since the first quarter.

Lewis answered with a basket reclaiming a one-point advantage on the ensuing possession, but Tillman was at it again from behind the arc 13 seconds later giving Faulkner a slight edge.

Lewis countered with a 3-pointer of her own pushing Blue Mountain into another one-point cushion until LeGate’s trip to the free throw line.

LeGate dominated for Faulkner posting 27 points and eight rebounds.

Adamson also had eight rebounds and offered up seven points.

The Lady Eagles will next travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., where they will take on William Carey in more SSAC action. The contest will be hosted by Southern Mississippi in light of the tornado damage on the Crusader campus a few weeks ago. The contest is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum. Faulkner defeated William Carey 76-74 in their previous matchup this season.

Faulkner University Football Signs Young Talent

by Tripp Reynolds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner head football coach Charlie Boren and his staff have announced 38 new additions to the Faulkner football roster. The current signing class is comprised of 28 high school signees and ten mid-year transfers.

 

The prep class is highlighted by three outstanding offensive skill players in Lassiter (Ga.) running back Mason Waters, Andalusia (Ala.) running back Jamal Hourel and Charles Henderson (Ala.) athlete Jabronski Williams.

 

Bo Morgan, the Eagles’ new recruiting coordinator and receivers coach, was instrumental in finalizing this year’s class.

 

“We’re really excited about this group, especially the skill guys,” he said. “Waters is a great all-around back, but more specifically, he has the ability to be the home run threat out of the backfield and that’s something Faulkner has been missing the last few years. It was a real coups for us to be able to pull a high school player of his talent out of the Atlanta area. That’s not something we’ve had a lot of success with in the past.”

 

“Hourel is a bigger back, the kind of guy who can move the chains,” Morgan added. “We had to fight off some bigger schools to get him, but he’s really excited to be an Eagle. Joe Jones has been our top back going on four years and we’re hoping Hourel can learn from him this season, rack up some carries and take over that mantle in the future.”

 

“Williams is a Swiss Army knife,” Morgan said. “He was a great running back in high school, but he’s so quick and has such good hands that we’ll be able to move him all over the formation. We can’t wait to unleash him on the jet sweep.”

 

Faulkner signed a host of defensive standouts as well including Andalusia (Ala.) linebacker Antonio Gurley, Baldwin County (Ala.) defensive back Deshaun Love and Adamsville (Tenn.) linebacker Tanner Atkins.

 

“Gurley is a really physical player who will provide immediate depth inside,” Morgan noted. “He’s a big hitter who will have a chance to play on every special team as a true freshman.”

 

“Love is a really long defender,” Morgan said. “He’s impressive in coverage and provides run support from the backfield.”

 

“Atkins is a great athlete with a real head for the game,” Morgan said. “He plays great in space and is dangerous coming off the edge. You can tell he learned a lot in his two years at IMG Academy in Florida before finishing out his career at Adamsville.”

 

Boren is excited about the current list of signees, but admits that the search for additional weapons isn’t over just yet.

 

“Overall, we feel great about this group, especially the incoming freshman,” he said about his fourth recruiting class. “We think we’ve added a lot of depth and we were able to hit just about every corner of the state. A big thing that I love about coaching in the NAIA is that we’re not necessarily done at this point. The big schools are limited to how many guys they can sign, but we’re not. We still have some irons in the fire for 2017 and we’re already working on next year’s class as well.”


Here is the complete list of Faulkner signees to date:

 

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

 

Jordan Alexander – OL – 6-4 – 260 – Alexander City, Ala. (Benjamin Russell HS)

Tanner Atkins – LB – 6-1 – 215 – Adamsville, Tenn. (Adamsville HS)

Robert Brown – DB – 5-10 – 10 – Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County HS)

Paul Daniels – TE – 6-5 – 240 – Plantersville, Ala. (Dallas County HS)

Alex Delvalle – OL – 6-0 – 290 – Enterprise, Ala. (Enterprise HS)

Robert English – LB – 6-3 – 200 – Elba, Ala. (Elba HS)

Josh Evans – K – 5-8 – 170 – Morris, Ala. (Mortimer Jordan HS)

Kam Ford – WR – 6-0 – 170 – Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)

Logan Goodman – LB – 6-1 – 190 – Tallassee, Ala. (Tallassee HS)

Antonio Gurley – LB – 6-0 – 215 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Garrett Hallmark – DB – 5-10 – 170 – Helena, Ala. (Helena HS)

Brady Hancock – DB – 5-9 – 170 – Tallassee, Ala. (Tallassee HS)

Jon-Halston Hill – FB – 5-10 – 190 – Gardendale, Ala. (Gardendale HS)

Jamal Hourel – RB – 5-10 – 215 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Decarlos Hurt – DB – 5-11 – 180 – Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)

Deshaun Love – DB – 5-10 – 180 – Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County HS)

T.J. McMiller – LB – 6-1 – 200 – Northport, Ala. (Tuscaloosa County HS)

Phillip Parrish – OL – 6-3 – 290 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Landon Pinckard – LB – 6-2 – 220 – Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery Catholic HS)

Devin Pittman – WR – 6-1 – 180 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Alvin Renteria – K – 5-7 – 140 – Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)

Dylan Sturgill – LB – 6-1 – 215 – Chatsworth, Ga. (North Murray HS)

Mason Waters – RB – 5-10 – 190 – Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS)

De’Keith Whatley – WR – 5-10 – 160 – Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS)

Zack Woods – RB – 5-9 – 150 – Andalusia, Ala. (Andalusia HS)

Dontavious Williams – RB – 5-7 – 190 – Elba, Ala. (Elba HS)

Jabronski Williams – ATH – 5-10 170 – Troy, Ala. (Charles Henderson HS)

 

MID-YEAR SIGNEES

 

Hassan Bailey – WR – 6-0 – 190 – Plant City, Fla. (Butte College)

Mason Blocker – QB – 6-3 – 200 – Covington, La. (Jones County CC)

Ja’Quez Bowser – DB – 5-10 – 180 – Jacksonville, Ala. (Alabama State University)

Rock Gallion – DL – 6-4 – 320 – West Point, Miss. (University of West Georgia)

Tre’ Garland – DB – 6-3 – 210 – Thomasville, Ga. (Jacksonville State University)

Daniel Johnson – LB – 6-0 – 220 – Senatobia, Miss. (Delta State University)

Branden Keding – OL – 6-1 – 305 – San Jose, Calif. (Foothill College)

Chris Lundy – DB – 6-1 – 180 – Sunnyvale, Calif. (Foothill College)

Quincy Robinson – OL – 6-5 – 270 – Plant City, Fla. (Butte College)

Malik Washington – OL – 6-3 – 280 – Santa Clara, Calif. (Foothill College)

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