HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (JANUARY 27TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 2ND)
UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas (pictured) looking forward to the new season
UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas (pictured) looking forward to the new season

Feb. 3, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball succeeding off the field, bowling earns MEAC recognition, weekly results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and former UMES basketball alum Tim Parham.

Let’s jump right in:

BASEBALL

Despite a demanding offseason workout schedule, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team found time to succeed inside the classroom and community. The Hawks steadily volunteered from September to Christmas while producing 22 student-athletes with 3.0 grade-point-average (GPA).

In less than two weeks (02/14-02/16), UMES opens on the road as they travel to Tampa, Fla. to face the University of South Florida.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Saturday (02/01), the men’s basketball team came up clutch when it mattered most as the Hawks held off a furious second-half charge by North Carolina A&T to claim victory, 67-63, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Hawks in the game, scoring 26 points. Junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 16 points and three assists in 40 minutes of action while senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had 12 points and six boards in the victory.

Later today (02/03), the Hawks host North Carolina Central University (NCCU) inside the Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday (01/29), the Lady Hawks held on to defeat New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 68-61, to end a 10-game skid. UMES bench outscored NJIT, 52-6, led by freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) posting a new career-high 27 points. Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) combining for 23 points while Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) anchored the defensive end, tallying three blocks and seven rebounds in the victory.

Three days later (02/01), the women’s basketball team suffered a setback as they fell to North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), 73-63 Long paced the Hawk attack, registering a game-high 22 points, while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) had 10 points and nine boards. Other notable Hawk performances included Sweeney recording 12 points and Udoji added five points and nine boards in a losing effort.

This evening (02/03), the Lady Hawks continue their home-stand against the Lady Eagles of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Game-time is slated for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

Last Monday (01/27), women’s bowling Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) won her first UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week award this seaon, along with Dillon Simon (men’s track & field), for her performance at the Kutztown Invite. Alvarado averaged 211.7 pins-per-game with a game-high 247 while guiding the team to a Kutztown title.

Two days later (01/29), Alvarado was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Kutztown Invitational.

Last weekend (01/31-02/02), UMES traveled to Arlington, Texas to compete in the annual Prairie View A&M Invitational, located at the International Training & Research Center (ITRC). On the first day (01/31), the women's bowling team finished in fourth place after tallying 3,788 pins over five four-game Baker matches. Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) tossed 18 strikes and 15 spares in her 40 frames on the first day. In the second day (02/01), the Hawks managed to post a 3-2 overall record, but dropped to fifth place overall. Freshman Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) tallied 1,002 over five games on Saturday.

In two weeks (02/14-02/16), the bowling team heads to H-Town, Houston, to compete in the Kat Klash. The tournament begins Friday (02/14) at 10:30 a.m. (CST)

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Jan. 25th, UMES track & field team participated in the Navy Invitational, located in Annapolis, Md. Senior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica) finished second in the 200-meter dash with a 22.05 time whereas freshman Orwell Maylor (St. Catherine’s Jamaica) placed third in the 400-meter dash with a flat 50 seconds. Junior Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) finished third in the long-jump with a distance of 6.41 meters while Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) set two records by shattering his own previous school record in the weight-throw with 19.61 distance and field-house record in shot-put with 18.64 meters.

Two days later (01/27), Simon earned his fourth UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week honor, alongside Mariana Alvarado (bowling), for his performance at the Navy Invitational.

On Jan. 30th, Simon won the MEAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors for his performance in the Navy Invitational.

This weekend (02/07-02/08), the track team goes back to the Big Apple, New York City, for the final time this season to compete in the Collegiate New Balance. The meet time will be released at a later date.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Jan. 25th, the women’s track & field team competed in the Captains Invite, located in Newport News, Va. For the third time this season, the relay team won the 4x400 race, led by freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), and freshman Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.).

 On Feb. 7-8, the Lady Hawks travels north to New York City to participate in the Collegiate New Balance. Times are to be announced later.

SOFTBALL

This weekend (02/07-02/09), the softball team opens its 2014 campaign in Charleston, S.C. to compete in the Charleston Southern Tournament and looks to improve from last season.  In his ninth overall season, UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas adds new blood to his established veteran casts, led by Morgan King (Danville, Ill.), Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.), and Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.).

Last Saturday (02/01), College Sports Madness announced its Preseason All-Conference teams and Gomez and King were selected to College Sports Madness 2014 MEAC Preseason Second Team All-Conference.

The Lady Hawks finished 14-35 overall (5-13 MEAC) and placed fifth in the MEAC Northern Division.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

Maryland Eastern Shore athletic program announced its eleventh featured UMES Hall of Famer to be spotlighted in Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray, Kim Hall. Hall’s spotlight continues UMES’ countdown to the 2014 UMES Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th.

Hall was a three-year member of the UMES men’s basketball team, including a member of the first regular-season undefeated Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) team (1969-70). Despite his basketball success, Hall was more known for his baseball abilities. In 1971, Hall was the first UMES baseball player to be drafted by a Major League Baseball (MLB) affiliated team as he was selected in the 20th round by the Baltimore Orioles (No. 476 overall). After his playing career, Hall returned to UMES as an assistant coach for the basketball team and helped lead the team to the 1973-74 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). In 2004, Hall was inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame.

Tim Parham

UMES basketball alum, Tim Parham, has the ability to entertain millions across the world despite never playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6’9 forward has seen his fair share of time abroad over the past decade while competing in 14 different countries. His basketball career helped him secure a spot as an action simulator with Electronic Arts (EA) Sports in its NBA 2K series.

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