Winston-Salem State will meet Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II championship game on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Winston-Salem State (14-0), the No. 1 Black college football team in the country, crushed West Texas A&M, 41-18, in the national semifinals.
Connell Maynor is the head coach of Winston-Salem State. The Rams head coach was recently named the Regional Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Maynor is 34-3 in three seasons at Winston-Salem State. He has guided the Rams to back-to-back CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) titles and consecutive Super Region One championships. This will be his first trip to the national title game.
Tyreek Duren named Big 5, A-10 player of the week
Tyreek Duren, La Salle point guard, has been named Big 5 Player of the Week and Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week. Duren scored a career-best 29 points in the team’s 82-57 win over Penn State. Duren also had 12 second half points against Northeastern and hit the game-winner with 1.2 seconds remaining to give the Explorers the 66-64 win. He had four steals and three assists against Northeastern.
Ronell Williams earns D-II AFCA All-America honors
Ronell Williams, West Chester University sophomore linebacker, was named to the AFCA Division II All-America team by the American Football Coaches’ Association. Williams, a Chester High product, becomes the 11th AFCA All-American from West Chester and the first since 2008 when Mike Washington was selected at wide receiver. Williams is just the third defensive player from WCU to be named an All-American, joining Chuck Weber (1952) and Lee Woodall (1992), and the first sophomore to earn All-America status in school history.
Williams led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in tackles this fall with 119. He ranked 11th in Division II in tackles, and his three interceptions ranked fourth in the country among linebackers. Williams registered seven tackles for a loss, forced a fumble, broke up one pass, was credited with a quarterback hurry and posted 1.5 sacks on the year as well.
The Golden Rams’ middle linebacker was named first team all-conference as well as first-team All Super Region 1. Williams was also an academic all-area for his classroom work. He maintains a grade-point average above 3.0.
Lincoln U. tops Cheyney in Battle of the Firsts
Lincoln University defeated rival Cheyney University in men’s basketball, 91-84. Jason Saab scored a game-high 27 points for the Wolves (3-4) in a losing effort. Cheyney also received contributions from Brandon Norfleet (14 points), Deshawn Curtis (12 points) and Calvin Brown (11 points).
George Jackson was the leading scorer for Lincoln U with 23 points. Derrick Washington had 21 points off the bench. The other double figure scorers include Kenny Sharpe (20 points) and Will Cole (12 points).
In women’s action, Lincoln U. edged Cheyney, 74-68 in overtime. Tamara Russell led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves. It was Russell’s first collegiate double double. Cheyney’s Kyra Hines and Faye Dunston chipped in with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Lincoln U. received 21 points from Denyse Moore and Courtney Smith.
Chester-Neumann-Goretti game to air on ESPN2
Chester High and Neumann-Goretti, two of the country’s top high school basketball teams will face each other on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Chester ranked No. 5 in the country. Neumann-Goretti is rated No. 16. Chester features All-American Rondae Jefferson who will play his college basketball at Arizona next year. The Clippers have a 58 game winning streak. Chester has won back-to-back state championships.
Neumann-Goretti has won three consecutive state titles. The Saints are led by 6-foot-5 senior John Davis and 6-foot-3 junior Ja’Quan Newton.