HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (JANUARY 13TH THROUGH 19TH)
Tre-von Johnson (pictured) inks professional baseball contract

Tre-von Johnson (pictured) inks professional baseball contract

Jan. 20, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball alumnus signs pro contract, bowling’s international rankings, weekly results, and more, including the 2014 UMES Hall of Fame Class and the return of A Walk With A Hawk.

Let’s get started:

BASEBALL

Last Wednesday (01/15), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team’s all-time hits leader, Tre-Von Johnson, signed a professional contract to play for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the American Association of Professional Baseball. Johnson is the second UMES baseball player to sign a professional contract in the past year and fifth overall since 2008. Currently, Johnson is a UMES baseball assistant coach.

Next Month (02/14-02/16), the baseball team opens its 2014 campaign on the road in Tampa, Fla. to face the Bulls of South Florida University.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

On Jan. 18th, the men’s basketball team was unable to stop a vicious offensive assault as the Hawks were defeated by Howard, 88-55, in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play. UMES was led by junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.), who had a team-high 13 points on a 4-for-10 effort from the field, while junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had eight points and six boards.

On Jan. 25th, the Hawks travel south to square off against Bethune-Cookman University inside Moore Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (01/13), women’s basketball Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) earned her third UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week honor this season, along with Dillon Simon, for her performance against Norfolk State University (NSU) on Saturday, Jan. 11th. Long scored a career-high 29 points while shooting 8-for-15 from the floor.

Last Saturday (01/18), the Lady Hawks were unable to sustain the momentum after a strong first half as they fell to the Lady Bison of Howard University in overtime, 77-75. Long paced the Hawk attack, scoring a game-high 21 points, including 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) recorded a double-double off the bench, 14 points and 14 boards, while Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) notched10 points and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) added eight points in a losing effort.

This Saturday (01/25), the Lady Hawks head down to Daytona Beach, Fla. to face the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University. Game-time is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

On Jan. 15th, the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) released its first poll of the season and women’s bowling ranked fourteenth with 57 points. Webber International received seven first-place votes while tallying 314 points. Other notable institutions included Robert Morris-Illinois, Wichita State, and Wright State.

This weekend (01/24-26), the bowling team returns to action to compete in the Kutztown Invite, located in Reading, Pa.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Jan. 11th, UMES men’s indoor track & field team competed in the Navy Invite and saw multiple strong performances, including Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) finishing third in the men’s 400-meter dash, Naje Benton (Philadelphia, Pa.) placing third in the long-jump, and Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) setting a new school-record in the weight-throw, posting a 17.92 meter distance. In his efforts, Simon won the UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, alongside Jessica Long, for the third time this season.

On Jan. 25th, the team travels back to Annapolis, Md. to compete in the Navy Invitational. Meet time will be released at a later date.

 GENERAL

2014 UMES HALL OF FAME CLASS

Last Wednesday (01/15), the UMES athletic department announced its 2014 UMES Hall of Fame Class and six new members will be enshrined. The 2014 UMES Athletics Hall of Fame Class includes Dr. Hallie E. Gregory (Athletic Director, 1989-2000), Albert Santio (Men’s Track & Field, 1959-63), Thomas Stewart (Men’s Basketball1966-70), Donnell Boney (Men’s Basketball, 1982-86), Dawnette Douglas (Women’s Track & Field, 1989-94), and Clayton Nichols (Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1993-97).

The class will be inducted during Homecoming Weekend in a ceremony to be held on Friday, Feb. 14th inside the ballroom of the Student Service Center (SSC) on UMES campus.

A WALK WITH A HAWK

The return of A Walk With A Hawk features UMES women’s basketball Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.). The Eastern Shore of Virginia is typically regarded as a quiet sanctuary amidst the surrounding metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Washington, Hampton Roads, and Philadelphia. Evans comes from a town of more than 400 people where she followed in her brother’s footsteps to UMES with an academic scholarship. A high school standout, Evans caught the attention of UMES women’s basketball head coach Fred Batchelor.

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For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.