HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Ackeem Smith (pictured) qualified for the championships in the 110m hurdles
Ackeem Smith (pictured) qualified for the championships in the 110m hurdles

June 5, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Although the 2012-13 sports season is nearing a close, the University of Maryland Eastern has plenty of news to announce. The outdoor track and field teams have had a pair qualify for the NCAA Championships and the volleyball team has made several important announcements. The baseball and bowling programs have made a few things official and the athletics office has produced several general releases that carry strong importance.

Let’s take a look at action from the past two weeks:

BASEBALL

The UMES baseball team has announced that several of its key players from the 2013 season have signed to play in a handful of different collegiate summer leagues.

Freshman pitcher Jordan Bone (Pittstown, Pa.), junior first baseman Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) and sophomore utility Joshua James (Milford, Del.) will all play for the Winston-Salem Crushers of the Carolina-Virginia Summer Collegiate Baseball League.

Freshman third baseman Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) and freshman shortstop Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) will each take their game to Sherrill, N.Y., to play with the Sherrill Silversmiths in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL).

Junior outfielder Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) makes the trek to Groton, Conn., to play with the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), while junior pitcher Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) is set to play with the Herndon Braves of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Junior pitcher Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) has committed to play with the Auburn Wildcats of the Pacific West Baseball League for the second consecutive summer.

There are five others that will play in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League. Sophomore catcher Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.), sophomore second baseman Brady Bassford (Olney, Md.), sophomore closer Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.), junior sophomore James Smith (Florence, S.C.) and junior Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) will all represent UMES.

BOWLING

It has been recently announced that junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team.  The four-time National Champion carries a 4.0 grade point average and is at the top of her sport in winning and at the top of her classmates in grades, achieving near perfection in her college career.

She was a first-team selection in the University Division for women's at-large teams for the second straight year. She is one of only two DI women's bowlers in the country to earn the recognition. She also won the NCAA's Elite 89 award for the second year in a row.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Assistant men’s basketball coach G. Jamal Brown has been selected to attend the Achieving Coaching Excellence Program (ACE). This program is run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and is a four-day intensive curriculum that covers both on-and-off court instructions.

The ACE Program is a four-day intensive curriculum that covers both on-and-off court instructions.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals with a 51.97 finish in the 400m.  Her effort qualified her for the NCAA Championships on June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Senior Emilie Ducados finished in 2:10.12 in the 800m, while senior Gayon Evans ran an 11.85 in the 100m. Freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) ran a time of 11.01.06 in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) threw a 14.68m in the preliminary shot-put and sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) posted an 11.93m jump in the triple jump.

For her efforts, Guion-Firmin was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of May 31.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

Junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals with a 13.71 finish in the 100m hurdles. His effort qualified him for the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Freshman Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) competed in a pair of events as he tossed the shot-put 16.54m and the discuss 51.55m. The men's 4x100m relay team ran a 40.39 finish in the preliminary round as junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), senior Nyls Nubret (St. Francis, Guadalupe), junior Marcus Wallace (Winter Gardens, Fla.) and Ramone Waite finished seventh in the event.

For his efforts, Smith was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of May 31.

VOLLEYBALL

UMES head coach Millicent Van Norden has added two more freshmen, Arielle Bothelo and Sonia Rosales, to the team for the 2013 season.

Also, Van Norden will run her first volleyball camp in Princess Anne from July 15th-18th. The camp is open to girls from 2nd grade through 12th grade, offering high level training that is both fun and challenging.

PECKS … PECKS … PECKS

GENERAL –

  • The Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic and Junior Tournament will be held June 11-12 at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md.
  • Art Shell has been inducted into the Divisional College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on May 30

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