Former Maryland State College tailback one of 25 finalists for Black College Football Hall of Fame

PRINCESS ANNE — So far, three former Hawks are enshrined in the Black College Hall of Fame, a venture started in 2010. Now Johnny Sample, Art Shell, and Roger Brown might have some company in this new yet vaunted hall, as former Hawks tailback Emerson Boozer was selected as one of the 25 finalists for […]

The second annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem field is set

PRINCESS ANNE — After a successful launch in the 2014-15 basketball season College Court Report has announced that Mascot Mayhem will return this season with 64 mascots. There are a total of four regions each hosting 16 mascots.

Last year Harry the Hawk took home the inaugural title of the “NCAA’s top mascot.” This season their new mascot HH3 will compete. He joined forces with Harry last year to help take on various task and appearances in the community.

“As a small website owner, and an avid basketball fan, it’s gratifying to know that a contest that was started by a Canadian resonated so well with American basketball fans all across the United States,” said College Court Report owner Tyler Bennett. “The first contest went so well, and brought a lot of attention to the site and created such a buzz that we felt it would be an injustice to not do it again this year. Overall, there are 64 mascots in the field. We went through all of the mascots and, with some outside assistance, were able to narrow the field down to the desired four regions of 16 mascots each.”

Harry took on birds like UNC-Wilmington’s Sammy the Seahawk, The Oregon Duck and YoUDee from the University of Delaware. In the final round, it was Harry who defeated Bradley University’s Kaboom on November 8th.

Museum in Annapolis showcases Hawks athletic history

PRINCESS ANNE — It’s no secret to alums and many others connected to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that there have been plenty of great moments from its athletic teams. Now a museum in Annapolis is preparing to show off some of the relics from past achievements in the illustrious history of the Hawks.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, dedicated to preserving Maryland’s African American Heritage, will host an exhibit entitled Hometown Teams: How Sports shaped America. This six-week showcase created by SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service) highlights the country’s fascination with sports and how sports can connect to American culture. Five sites in Maryland were chosen to display this exhibit, including Banneker-Douglass.

Additionally, each host created a companion exhibition to run in conjunction with the SITES exhibit. The Banneker-Douglass Museum’s exhibition is entitled Untold Stories: Athletes of Maryland’s Four Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In order to secure artifacts for their display, the museum partnered with four local HBCU’s—UMES, Coppin State, Morgan State and Bowie State. Each school provided a litany of items which will be showcased at the museum.

Hallie Gregory to be entered into MEAC Hall of Fame

PRINCESS ANNE — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame Class. Among the five new members will be UMES’ own Dr. Hallie Gregory, who served as the school’s athletic director for 10 years and helped make significant advancement for the school’s athletic department.
In his very first biography written for the 1989-1990 media guides, it stated that “his task is to expand the facilities and to enhance the athletic programs.” Did he ever. Responsible for the planning and building of the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, Gregory advanced UMES Athletics into a facility that today still stands as one of the best in the conference.
In advancing athletics, Gregory made several key hires along the way, including current head track and field coach Ernest Barrett, who has produced five conference championships and 17 All-Americans in his tenure, including the men’s cross country championship this past fall. Gregory also oversaw a track and field program that won five MEAC Championships prior to Barrett’s hiring. A former collegiate Track coach at the Coast Guard Academy, Gregory produced two Division II National Champions and six All-Americans during his tenure and knew a quality track coach when he saw one.
Also important to note was the hiring of former men’s basketball coach Rob Chavez. Chavez, who only coached at UMES for two seasons, caught Gregory’s attention. Also a former collegiate basketball coach with two conference championships to his credit, Gregory made the hire that would produce a winning record in the 93-94 season, the first for the school since the 1980-81 season.

From parades to street sweep, Hawks give time and effort to address needs of Lower Shore

PRINCESS ANNE — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s athletic department encourages its students to “Fly Higher, Prey Harder and Squawk Louder”. This encouragement expresses the desire for UMES athletes to be unparalleled in academic success, steadfast and competitive on the field of play, and active participants in the community as Hawks.

While the baseball squad still has to wait a couple of months before they can officially “Prey Harder”, they used the autumn season to make great strides in terms of academic achievement and community service.

Consisting of 33 student-athletes, all members of the team have been supportive of these efforts, which start in the classroom. That is evidenced by their grade point averages (GPA), which have been updated to include the 2014 Fall Semester that concluded last week. Of those 33 students, 21 of them received GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Four of them had GPAs between 3.5 and 3.9, while five more received a 4.0; straight A’s for their courses.

The good marks should come as no surprise—this past May, UMES honored its baseball team for having the highest collective team GPA for men’s sports at the school.

Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the baseball team’s participation in community service, engaging in several different events on the Lower Shore. This goes all the way back to September with a street sweep in the town of Princess Anne. The entire team cleaned up town streets and a city park along with other student-athletes and members of the UMES community. Later in September the team joined many other Hawk athletes in the Relay For Life at Perdue Stadium, honoring those who have been afflicted by cancer.

UMES Athletics loses two distinguished Hawks

PRINCESS ANNE — Two great alumni of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore passed away earlier this month, and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics remembers their lives by the great contributions they made on the fields in Princess Anne and beyond.

Willie Wyatt, a quarterback for the Maryland State Hawks football team and pitcher on the baseball team, passed away in Tennessee at the age of 78 earlier this month. Wyatt excelled in both sports early on, but after injuries derailed his football career, he focused on baseball and upon graduation in 1963 was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played a brief minor league career before injuries once again caught up with him.

Nicknamed “The Rolls Royce”, Benedict Cayenne, a track superstar for the Hawks in the 1960s, also passed away from cancer in New York earlier this month at the age of 70. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Benedict came to Maryland State in the 1960s and made outstanding contributions to the track & field team.

When he wasn’t running in big time events, he served his native Trinidad & Tobago as a policeman. He was inducted in the UMES Hall of Fame in 1984, along with Wyatt.