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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Washington D.C. Area Sports Update 10/16/2011


(WEST GROVE, Pa. – October 14, 2011) Senior Tariq Jones rushed for a career-high 171 yard on 33 carries to help lead Bowie State to a 22-10 road win at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and improved the BSU record to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the CIAA.

Jones scored the games’ first six points on the opening possession, rushing in from seven-yards and senior Michael Gagne added the extra point, giving Bowie State an early 7-0 lead at the 9:52 mark of the opening period.

Gagne booted a 28-yard field goal at the 12:08 mark of the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead.

Lincoln’s Kyle Jaska kicked a 29-yard field with 5:04 left in the first half to trim the Lions deficit to 10-3.

BSU’s Gagne drilled a 38-yard field goal with 6.9 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 13-3 advantage heading into halftime. Bowie State controlled the ball in the first half, eating up 21:26, running off 13:36 in the first quarter.

Lincoln quarterback Doug Cook rushed for a five-yard touchdown at the 11:53 mark of the third quarter and Jaska’s extra point cut the margin to 13-10. The Lions used up 3:01 capping off an 8-play, 60-yard opening second half drive.

Bowie State’s Oladimeji Layeni sacked Cook in the end zone for a Bulldogs safety, giving the guest a 15-10 advantage with just under six minutes remaining in the contest. Bowie State capitalized on the Lincoln free kick when Reid faked a handoff a scampered around left end for a 36-yard touchdown run, which was the longest run of his career. Gagne converted the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 22-10 cushion that held up for the rest of the game. Reid, making his first start of the season, completed 9-of-15 passes for 58 yards.

As a team, Bowie State rolled up 363 yards of total offense, 305 via the ground. The Bulldogs accounted for 82 total plays compared to 47 for the Lions.

Lincoln (2-5, 2-3 CIAA) was led on offense by Cook’s 163 passing yards and was paced by Daron Jones and Brandon McElwee with a game-high 19 tackles each.

Besides Jones’ output, junior Ramono Flowers carried the ball 14 times for 63 yards and redshirt freshman Kendall Jefferson added 42 rushing yards on nine carries. Freshman Khari Lee led the BSU receivers with 20 reception yards on three catches. Junior Bekewele Amadi led the Bowie State defense with seven total tackles and junior Antonio Bond added five tackles in the victory.

“The win was something we definitely needed but Tariq played a great game tonight and answered the bell as our senior running back and we knew we had to run the ball in order to be successful said BSU third-year head coach Damon Wilson.

Bowie State continues its six week road trip, traveling down tobacco road to face the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University – Saturday (October 22nd) at 1 pm in ECSU’s Roebuck Stadium.



(BOWIE, Md. – October 13, 2011) The visiting Wildcats of Wilmington (Del.) University knocked off Bowie State 3-0, defeating the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14 in non-conference volleyball action. The loss puts Bowie State’s record at 7-18 on the year while Wilmington improves to 12-7 overall.

As a team, Bowie State wrapped up the evening with a minus .037 attack percentage and gave up 12 service aces. Wilmington closed out the match with a positive attack percentage of .347.

The BSU Lady Bulldogs were paced by freshmen Jenahye’ Johnson (Baltimore, Md.) and Cara Nance (Island Lake, IL) with six and five kills respectively. Junior Jasmine Nixon (Middletown, N.Y.) added three kills and fellow junior Symone’ Jordan (Accokeek, Md.) along with freshman Paige McIntosh (Tucson, Az.) contributed one kill each.

McIntosh added a team-high 11 assists and Nixon had two service aces and seven digs, both team-highs.

Wilmington’s Wildcats were led by Kaitlin Shorter (Pasadena, Md.) with a match-high eight kills to go along with a team-high three blocks. Ann Marie Scarfo (Newark, Del.) knocked down six kills and added one service ace and five digs. Shannon Rumple (Fallston, Md.) paced the guests with 16 assists and 11 digs.

Bowie State returns to action with another non-conference match, Tuesday (October 18th), hosting Washington Adventist University at 6 pm in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena.


Allison Fischer by Maria Koklanaris Bonaquist of the Reston PatchLandover, MD -- Alison Fischer has been named the new Head Coach of the D.C. Divas. Alison is an original Diva having played for the Divas since its first season in 2001, so she will bring a wealth of football experience to the position. In the 2011 season she was elected a team captain by her team mates and played defensive back on a squad that held opposing teams to an average of only one touchdown per game during the regular season. Off the field Alison is a civil engineer and heads a group maintaining the Dulles Airport runways. Owner Paul Hamlin commented, “I’m proud that the Diva’s will be one of the few teams in all of women’s football with a female head coach. Again, the Divas are leading the way in women’s football.”

Joining Alison’s staff in the new position of Assistant Head Coach is Dan Tovar. Dan was the head football coach of the So Cal Scorpions of the former Women’s Professional Football League when they won their championship in 2007. He is a graduate of the U.S Naval Academy where he played linebacker for its Sprint Football team.

Finally, Eric Evans will be the Divas new offensive coordinator. Eric has been our quarterback and wide receiver coach for the past few years and knows the Divas offensive team very well. He played quarterback for Morgan State University.


(BEAVERTON, Ore. – October 13, 2011) The Division II Bulletin released its monthly (October/November) newsletter and the Bowie State University men’s basketball team is ranked 8th in the Division II Preseason Poll.

Coming off its first Division II national championship, Bellarmine College is the No. 1 team in the 2011 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 ranking. Rounding out the top five are Alabama-Huntsville, BYU-Hawaii, Missouri Southern and Findlay.

The second five includes Lincoln Memorial, Tarleton State, Bowie State, Colorado School of Mines and the College of St. Rose.

The Bowie State University men’s basketball program continues to gather momentum and looks to follow up a highly successful 2010-2011 campaign in its third year under head coach Darrell Brooks.

“I really think we can be very good this season. We’re deep and pretty athletic and I really like our experience this year. If we can rebound and defend, we can be a good basketball team,” Brooks said.

Last season, the Bulldogs reached the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament and won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division crown with an 11-1 mark, while finishing a CIAA best 16-2 in the conference and 23-6 overall. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in six seasons last year.

The future looks bright for the Bulldogs, who will have four seniors returning including senior 7-foot forward/center Travis Hyman, who had a CIAA high 104 blocks last season to go along with 15.2 points per outing after earning CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. Senior point guard Darren Clark was amongst the conference leaders in assists with 114 last season while starting 28 of 29 contests and averaging 15.1 points per game. Senior guard Jay Gavin, who started all 25 games he appeared in, returns after averaging 8.6 points along with senior forward Ali Djim.

The Bulldogs will be bigger than they have in recent seasons with the addition of junior transfer Branden Doughty (6-8, 210 / Coppin State), junior junior college transfers Demeatric Scott (6-7, 210 / Hagerstown Community College) and Najee White (6-8, 238 / Hagerstown Community College) to go along with freshman Joel Clemons (6-7, 211 / National Christian Academy).

As a team, the Bulldogs led the CIAA in scoring at 81.3 points per game while yielding 74.8 points per game. The Bulldogs led the conference in blocks last season with 163.

The Bulldogs will open the 2011-2012 season with an exhibition against George Washington University (11/6). The team will kick off the regular season at the Clarion Classic and will face West Virginia State University – Friday, November 11th. The team will begin its home schedule Tuesday, December 6th against California University of Pennsylvania.


Team (2010-2011 Record)

1) Bellarmine (33-2)

2) Alabama-Huntsville (29-5)

3) BYU-Hawaii (22-9)

4) Missouri Southern (26-5)

5) Findlay (24-4)

6) Lincoln Memorial (27-3)

7) Tarleton State (26-4)

8) Bowie State (23-6)

9) Colorado School of Mines (24-6)

10) St. Rose (22-9)

11) Central Oklahoma (30-4)

12) Alaska Anchorage (24-10)

13) Southern Indiana (24-6)

14) West Liberty (33-1)

15) Queens (N.C.) (21-8)

16) Indiana (Pa.) (26-6)

17) Benedict (21-8)

18) Georgia Southwestern (20-9)

19) Metro State (22-8)

20) Kentucky Wesleyan (19-10)

21) Humboldt State (26-4)

22) Augustana (27-4)

23) C.W. Post (21-10)

24) Seattle Pacific (20-10)

25. Winona State (20-10)

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