HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (JUNE 30TH THROUGH JULY 6TH)
UMES Alum Maria Rodriguez (pictured) wins the 2014 USBC Queens Championship
UMES Alum Maria Rodriguez (pictured) wins the 2014 USBC Queens Championship

July 7, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features women’s basketball news, bowling alum wins title, men’s track & field star competes for his country, and more.

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Let’s jump right to it:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday (07/01), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball program announced the signing of three new recruits for the upcoming season: Shauntesha (Tesha) Bryant, Alexus Hicks, and Gabriella (Gabby) Odom.

“Alexus (Hicks), Gabby (Gabriella Odom), and Shauntesha (Bryant) will make a positive impact on our team,” said UMES Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor. “All three ladies come from winning backgrounds and will provide depth to our club.”

Last season, the squad finished 9-21 overall (4-12 MEAC).

BOWLING

On July 3rd, former UMES bowling superstar Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) won the 2014 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Queens Championship. Entering the final day, Rodriguez earned the top spot in the tournament and defeated two-time USBC Queens champion, Kelly Kulick, in dramatic fashion, 190-189.

"I couldn't believe it," said Rodriguez, who earned the $20,000 first-place prize and coveted Queens tiara. "I opened, and I still won. I wanted everything to be perfect, and it wasn't, but it turned out exactly how I hoped it would. I am so happy right now."

On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC).

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

This past weekend, junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica) competed for his country in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), located in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Simon participated in the shot-put competition.

Later this month, Simon will compete in another tournament at Glasgow, Scotland.

GENERAL

WEEHAWKS YOUTH CAMP

Earlier this summer, the UMES Athletics Department hosted the inaugural WeeHawks Youth Camp on their Princess Anne, Md. campus. The two-day camp featured over 300 Carter G. Woodson Elementary School students, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade and was organized by UMES coaches, student-athletes and staff.

“The kids had a lot of fun,” said UMES baseball student-athlete Stephen Bull. “The camp went well and I hope they got something out of the experience. We saw a lot of potential and some future Hawk student-athletes.”

To read more about the WeeHawks Youth Camp, please Click Here.

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