HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (SEPTEMBER 23RD THROUGH 29TH)
Roger Brown (pictured) among finalists for the Black College Hall of Fame
Roger Brown (pictured) among finalists for the Black College Hall of Fame

Sept. 30, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features Pedro Swann’s interview, UMES Athletes of the Week, volleyball weekend results, and general information including two UMES alumni named finalists for the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Let’s get started:

BASEBALL

Last night (Sept. 29th), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Head Baseball Coach Pedro Swann was featured on “Blacks DO Play Baseball,” a segment done by a Dallas, TX radio station. The live interview took place at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) while lasting approximately an hour. The interview discussed Swann’s playing career and experiences as the Hawks’ head coach.

On Oct. 5th, the team will open up their preseason schedule against Salem Community College (CC) at Hawks Stadium.

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Sept. 23rd, Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain) was named the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week along with Petra Jerabkova (Volleyball). Rmidi took home his third consecutive PRMC UMES Athlete of Week award this season after his performance at the Cappy Anderson Invitational on Sept. 21st. The event took place at UMES Cross-Country Course where Rmidi placed sixth in the event (27:39.13).

The men’s cross-country team next outing is Oct. 5th at the Farm Run Invitational in Dover, Delaware.

GOLF

On Sept. 25th, UMES golf team finished seventh overall at the par-72, Myrtle Beach National West Course in Myrtle Beach, SC. Senior Michael Veveka (Brunswick, MD) tied 31st in the event including a record-setting performance on day one. Veverka scored a 69, which was the lowest mark ever tallied by a UMES golfer in the program’s three-year history. Freshman Norman Blanco (New Orleans, LA), Sophomore Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, MD), and Senior Paul Cecil (Severn, MD) finished 41st, 42nd, and 44th, respectively.

VOLLEYBALL

On Sept. 23rd, Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) was named PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week along with Khalil Rmidi (Men’s XC). Jerabkova earned her second PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week honor this season after her performance at the Blue & White Classic in Buffalo, NY. Jerabkova had 13 kills, 32 assists, and 13 digs in the three matches.

On Sept. 27th, the Lady Hawks defeated Delaware State University (DSU), 3-1, to extend the nation’s longest home-match winning streak (31). The team picked up their first conference victory of the season and improved to 2-11 overall (1-0 MEAC).

Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) had 12 kills followed by Lauren Berry’s (Bloomington, IL) 11 kills. Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA) and Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) each had 10 kills. Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) had a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs. Senior Jingqiao (Beijing, China) led the team in digs (23) followed by Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX) with 14 digs.

On Friday (Oct. 4th), the Lady Hawks will host Howard University at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Match time is 7:00 p.m.

GENERAL

BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

On Sept. 24th, the Black College Football Hall of Fame (HOF) announced the 25 finalists. UMES’ Running Back Emerson Boozer and Defensive Lineman Roger Brown were among the finalist on this year’s ballot. Boozer was a four-year letterman as a running back for former UMES Head Coach Vernon “Skip” McCain. Boozer amassed 2,537 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns during his career. Boozer was named twice to the First Team All-America by the Pittsburgh Courier.

Brown was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American (1958-1959) and Pittsburgh Courier Negro All-American selection. During his four-year career, the Hawks posted a 24-5-1 overall record while holding opponents to 7.3 points per game (ppg). In 1957, Brown led UMES to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Title.

The Black College HOF Class of 2014 will be announced Oct. 23rd. The 5th annual enshrinement ceremony is hosted by the Atlanta Falcons, a member of the National Football League (NFL).

RELAY FOR LIFE

On Sept. 27th, UMES Athletic Department joined with the Wicomico County American Cancer Society to participate in its Relay For Life event at Perdue Stadium. This was the fourth year as a proud participant in the event.

Student-athletes and administrators endured the weather and stayed overnight at the stadium. Many overnight walkers, including UMES student-athletes, felt that if cancer will not sleep, then neither should those that have been touched by the effects of cancer.

Any donations made on behalf of the UMES Hawks went directly to the American Cancer Society.

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