HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (JANUARY 6TH THROUGH 12TH)
UMES Baseball Head Coach, Pedro Swann, (pictured) has seen 12 student-athletes commit to play in the 2014 collegiate summer leagues so far
UMES Baseball Head Coach, Pedro Swann, (pictured) has seen 12 student-athletes commit to play in the 2014 collegiate summer leagues so far

Jan. 13, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball summer league commitments, volleyball adds new recruit, weekly results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray.

Shall we begin?

BASEBALL

Last Monday (01/06), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team announced 12 student-athletes committing to play collegiate summer baseball for this upcoming summer as they will scatter throughout seven different leagues. The following UMES student-athletes include:

  • Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.V.) – Haysville Aviators (Walter Johnson Baseball League)
  • Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) – Winston Salem Crushers (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League)
  • Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Sherrill Silversmiths (New York Collegiate Baseball League)
  • Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) – West Virginia Miners (Prospect Baseball League)
  • Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) – Sherrill Silversmiths (New York Collegiate Baseball League)
  • Joshua James (Milford, Del.) – Winston Salem Crushers (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League)
  • Brock Long (Bear, Del.) – Team Pending (Beach Collegiate League)
  • Skylar Murray (Millsboro, Del.) – Catawba Valley Stars (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League)
  • Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) – Petersburg Generals (Coastal Plain League)
  • James Smith (Florence, S.C.) – Winston Salem Crushers (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League)
  • Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) – Vienna River Dogs (Cal Ripken Collegiate League)
  • Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) – Petersburg Generals (Coastal Plain League)

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. 6th, the men’s basketball team dropped their conference opener to Savannah State University (SSU), 66-42. Junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied a game-high 17 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied 11 points and three boards in the loss.

Two days later (01/08), the Hawks fell to the Bulldogs of South Carolina State University (SCSU), 78-71. Baxter scored a game-high 23 points after going nine-for-14 from the field. Juniors Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Isaac Smith III (Chicago, Ill.) each posted seven points and three steals in a losing effort.

On Jan. 11th, the men’s basketball team held its own against the MEAC’s top team, but the Hawks’ late charge proved to be too late, as the men fell to Norfolk St., 66-62. UMES was led by Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.), who had a team-high 11 points and six boards. Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) was four-of-five from the three-point line as he recorded a career-high 12 points and Baxter had 10 points for his 10th double-digit point performance of the year.

This Saturday (01/18), UMES travels to our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. to square off against Howard University. Game-time is slated for 4:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Saturday (01/11), the UMES women’s basketball team fell to the Spartans of Norfolk State University (NSU), 73-66. Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) led the Hawk attack, recording her fourth-career 20+ point performance with a new career-high 29 points. Other notable performances included UMES bench, led by Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.), TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.), and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.), tallying 27 points. All three Lady Hawks notched nine points in a losing effort.

On Jan. 18th, the Lady Hawks travel to face Howard University inside Burr Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Jan. 4th, there were plenty of top finishers at the UMES Invitational inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, including senior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) taking the 200-meter dash while men’s 4x400 meter squad, consisting of Hakeem Harris (Wilmington, Del.), Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.), Orwell Maylor (St. Catherines, Jamaica), and Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), won their race as well. Other notable Hawk performances included Yamousa Cisse (Lanham, Md.) winning the pole vault, Nicarge Arnold (Castries, St. Lucia) taking the long-jump, Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) victorious in the triple-jump, and Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) won the shot-put and weight-throw.

Exactly two days later (01/06), Simon earned UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week honors, alongside Shauntel Lucious (Indoor Track), for his performance at the UMES Invitational.

This Friday (01/17), the track team hits the road as they will compete in the Great Dane Classic in New York City. Meet time is to be announced later.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Jan. 4th, the women’s indoor track & field team had a few first-place finishes, including Shelasia Leitch (Newark, N.J.) winning the 60-meter Hurdles whereas Shauntel Lucious (Newark, N.J.) taking the high-jump and pole vault. In her efforts, Lucious was named UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with Dillon Simon (Indoor Track & Field).

Last Thursday (01/09), the Lady Hawks competed in the first of two meets at the Naval Academy and picked up several victories, including first-place in the 500-meter, 4x400 meter relay, and triple-jump. Notable Hawk performance included Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) finishing second in the 200-meter with a 26.14 time while Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won first-place in the 500-meter.

On Jan. 17th, the Lady Hawks go to the Big Apple, New York City, to compete in the Great Dane Classic. Meet time will be released at a later date.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Wednesday (01/08), the volleyball team announced Rondolyn Bryant as their first new Lady Hawk to join the team next season. Last season, Bryant attended McKinley High School (New Orleans, La.) and guided the team to a playoff berth in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Tournament. Bryant finished her senior campaign with 67 kills, 30 blocks, 23 digs, seven service aces, and two assists.

“We are thrilled to have Ro (Rondolyn) join us next season,” said Millicent Van Norden, UMES Volleyball head coach. “She is an all-round athlete and provides depth to our team.”

The Lady Hawks ended the 2013 season 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC) and looks to return back to their winning ways during the 2014 volleyball season.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

Last Monday (01/06), the UMES athletic program announced its ninth Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray, featuring Theopolis “Sonny” Lloyd. Lloyd’s spotlight continues UMES’ countdown to the 2014 Hall of Fame induction, which takes place on Feb. 14th.

In 1977, Lloyd was inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame after playing four seasons with Hawks’ basketball team (1953-56). In his final season (1956), the 6’7” big man led the team to its first-ever Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship after scoring 91 points across three games to set a new tournament record. In that same season, Lloyd averaged 23.2 points-per-game (PPG) and guided the team to an undefeated season.

In 2012, Lloyd was named to the 25th Anniversary CIAA team and recognized as the 100 Greatest Athletes in CIAA History.

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