ASU Team Vies for National Championship Title at Honda All-Star Tournament

Three Alabama State University students won third place at the Morgan State Regional Competition, now they will vie for the championship title by going head-to-head with other colleges at the 2020 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament on March 28-April 1 in Torrance, California.

Representing ASU at the nationals are quiz bowl team members Elija Stewart, senior math education major; Nailah Thomas, senior English major; and Wyman Kirby, junior political science major. Endia Harris (team captain), a senior political science major, was unable to attend the regional tournament but she will participate at nationals.

“We took third in the regional competition at Morgan State while handicapped with one player missing, but we won’t have that problem at the national tournament,” said Dr. Mark Hill, team coach and associate professor of English.

The ASU team will compete in a fast-paced buzzer question-and-answer game that combines academics, pop culture, African-American history and sports in a format emphasizing quick recall. The team has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

The four-member team will match their intellect with 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)  across the country,  including  Bowie State University, Cheyney University Of Pennsylvania, Howard University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of the District of Columbia.

The Alabama State University’s  2020 Honda All-Stars team poses for a photo on the campus mall,Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The team will head to California for the national competition in March. Pictured from l-r are Nailah Thomas, Jayden McCall, Wyman Kirby, Endia Harris, Dr. Mark Hill, and Elijah Stewart.

To prepare for the nationals, the ASU team will study two to three times a week with resource materials, books and games, in addition to scrimmaging with other nearby institutions.  

Hill noted that the quiz bowl team is always recruiting new members.

“It is more of a club than an exclusive organization,” Hill said. “Historically, only the honors students were aware of its existence, but we take anyone who likes trivia and competition.  There is also scholarship money available.”  

Honda established the Honda Campus All Star Challenge in 1989 as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for books and tuition, scholarships, enhancement of student programs and other investments to improve campus facilities.

“I cannot express my appreciation enough toward American Honda for working with so many HBCUs over the past three decades,” Hill said.  “Their generosity has allowed countless students not only academic opportunities, but a community of connections that is as strong as any other organization I’ve seen.  I am proud to have worked with the program for the past five years, and I look forward to seeing Honda help future generation of students build careers, lives, and families through its program.”

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– Written by Hazel Scott/ASU.

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.

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