Coming from some 7,500 miles away, Micah Kipruto and Enos Rotich feel right at home on America’s oval tracks and cross-country trails.
Virginia Union University has the potential to turn this weekend’s homecoming into showtime.
Virginia State University has won five straight games with a relatively soft schedule. On Saturday, Oct. 19, easy street ends.
All aboard the Trojan Express. It’s hard to say what’s rumbling louder nowadays — Virginia State University’s offense or the Amtrak trains passing within earshot of campus.
Winston-Salem State University has named an athletic scholarship honoring ESPN sports- caster Stephen A. Smith, a 1991 alumnus of the university.
Traditionally, schools try and book a “sure win” for homecoming to please the returning alumni. Not so this Saturday, Oct. 12, when the CIAA heavyweight Virginia Union University Panthers go up against Lincoln University of Pennsylvania for the Lions’ homecoming.
The Richmond area wasn’t without rooting interests at the 2019IAAFWorldAthleticsChampionships in Doha, Qatar. Two medalists — one gold, one silver — are linked to Central Virginia.
Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray signed a lucrative four- year contract with the NFL Arizona Cardinals worth more than $35 million. Early indicators suggest he may be worth every penny.
The spotlight will be on the quarterbacks this Saturday, Oct. 5, at Virginia State University. Both Cordelral Cook of the host VSU Trojans and Torrin Campbell of visiting Shaw University are building All-CIAA credentials.
The Virginia Union University Panthers have played like Houdini in their last two outings, escaping disaster on their home field. This Saturday, Oct. 5, the Panthers hope to take that magic to Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., in a battle of CIAA championship contenders. In sports jargon, there’s winning by a nose, by a hair, even by a split second. In defeating Winston-Salem State University last Saturday, VUU won by an instep — that of soccer-style kicker Jefferson Souza. The final score: 16-15. The Brazilian born Souza booted three field goals during the game at Hovey Field, most dramatically a game-winning 25-yard field goal with a mere 21 seconds left. VUU fans are getting accustomed to being nervous. The week before, the heavily favored Panthers weren’t assured victory over Johnson C. Smith University until Sterling Hammond’s interception and touchdown return in the game’s closing minute. Jarrett Sumiel was the Panthers’ late-game defensive savior against Winston-Salem State. The defensive back from Westmoreland blocked a Rams punt with 1:52 to go and recovered on the Winston-Salem State 19-yard line. That set up Souza’s decisive kick that pushed VUU’s record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA. Tabyus Taylor led the Panthers’ ground-and-pound running game with 76 bullish yards. The junior from Hopewell also caught two passes for 30 yards and returned a kickoff for 58 yards. Panthers quarterback Khalid Morris hit 11 of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown to former Highland Springs High star Jaiden Reavis. Tyrone Glanton and Hammond spearheaded the Panthers’ defense against Winston-Salem State. Glanton, a graduate student from Miami, was in on eight tackles and has 31 stops for the year. Hammond, arguably the CIAA’s top NFL prospect in years, had seven tackles against the Rams and has 40 for the season. Like VUU, upcoming opponent Livingstone College also is enjoying life on the gridiron. The Blue Bears are 4-0, with wins over Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Allen University of Columbia, S.C., and most recently a 35-19 victory over Lincoln University. Livingstone travels best by the arm of quarterback Miles Hayes. The Miami native has hit 68 percent of his passes. He averages 204 yards through the air with eight touchdowns. Livingstone appears to be on the uptick under fifth-year Coach Daryl Williams. The Blue Bears were 0-10 in 2017 and 3-6 a year ago, including a 52-19 loss to VUU at Hovey Field. Livingstone’s only CIAA titles came back to back in 1997 and1998, while VUU has won 11 CIAA crowns, most recently in 2001. This is a pivotal game for both teams. With tough schedules looming, both need a victory to remain viable candidates for the CIAA cham- pionship game in Salem.
Charles Hall was merely a background figure — little more than an extra — last season for Virginia Union University football. This year, he has become a leading man.
If Virginia State University is to be successful this fall, it needs to dominate the Carolina portion of its schedule. So far, so good.
If the NFL’s African-American head coaches were to throw a members-only party, they could hold it in the front seat of a Buick.
Phillip Sims left Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake as the most prolific passer in state history. Some of that aerial artistry seems to have rubbed off on his prized passing pupil at Richmond’s John Marshall High School. Coach Sims, who coaches the John Marshall Justices, sees some of himself in senior, third-year starter Aarek “Rico” Thomas.
Two seasons ago, Virginia State University featured the CIAA’s premier running back in Trenton Cannon, who is now with the NFL’s New York Jets. Last Saturday, it looked almost like Cannon had returned to Ettrick for a curtain call.
The Virginia Union University Panthers were underdogs the first two weeks of the football season. But they just may be the big dogs for the rest of the season.
Jaylen Tyler scored three touchdowns in Thomas Jefferson High School’s opening 48-6 win at Colonial Heights High School. Shamar Graham tallied three touchdowns in the home-opening 56-6 rout of Armstrong High School on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels have wrapped up their season. And while Richmond wasn’t the best team in the Eastern League, the Flying Squirrels were best at drawing fans.
The New York Yankees are a diverse bunch fueled by numerous African-American and Latino players.
Virginia Union University has scaled one mountain. Now the Panthers are looking to climb another.
Turnovers taste great fresh off the griddle, but can cause indigestion on the gridiron. Virginia State University is 0-1 largely because of its inability to hang on to the football.
Raynard Revels II, a former linebacker, is now tackling a new assignment. The native Richmonder has been chosen for NASCAR and Rev Racing’s Drive for Diversity Pit-Crew Program in Charlotte, N.C.
Coach Reggie Barlow’s first two seasons at Virginia State University resembled a smooth ride with a finely tuned engine. Last season was more like smoke steaming from the hood.
Virginia Union University and Hampton University are about to dust off one of the HBCU’s oldest gridiron rivalries.
Football recruiters have worn a path between Norfolk State University and Richmond area high schools.
It’s official. Deondre Francois is Hampton University’s starting quarterback.
Baseball is helping put Curaçao on the map.
Jefferson Souza has transitioned nicely from kicking a round ball to kicking one that’s oblong.
Football Coach Alvin Parker’s maiden season at Virginia Union University was a rousing success. The Panthers went 8-2, outscored the opposition 452-189, and narrowly missed the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Any Washington Nationals victory sets off celebration throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and far off as Oceania.
Norfolk State University football fans won’t have to leave the comfort of home to follow the Spartans this season.
Virginia Union University women’s basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has been named HBCU Coach of the Year by HBCU Digest.
Seven down and one to go. The Washington NFL team concluded its preseason workouts last Sunday at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond.
Athletes from historically black colleges and universities are getting harder and harder to find on NFL rosters. The Washington NFL team has just one player from an HBCU, and he’s not sure he’ll make it to opening day.
Hampton University’s football prospects have just become brighter. Quarterback Deondre Francois is the latest addition to the Pirates’ Big South Conference roster.
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s recent Inner City Classic held in Metro Richmond was a smashing success. It had tremendous talent, exciting games and tip-top organization. But here’s the problem: The showcase tournament wasn’t held anywhere near the hustle and bustle of Richmond’s inner city.
Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and embarked on arguably one of the most illustrious careers in baseball lore. Ronald Acuna Jr., who broke in with the Atlanta Braves last season, shows signs of following a similarly star-lit course.
Norfolk State University football seems to be stuck in the middle of the MEAC pack.
Hopewell baseball is No. 1.
Leadersport, under the direction of former Virginia Union University basketball standout and later Panthers head Coach Luqman Jaaber, is holding a free training session 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County.
There’s still plenty of twinkle left in Huguenot High School’s former basketball stars. The Falcons rule the roost today as champion of the inaugural Richmond Public Schools Alumni Basketball Showdown.
The U-14 Henrico Stars are the undefeated and undisputed champions of the annual Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s Inner City Classic.
Richmond Public Schools is turning back the clock on basketball. Players from bygone decades will be dusting off their jump shots in the inaugural RPS Alumni Showdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
Aspiring ballplayers from through- out the United States and the Caribbean are converging on the Richmond area this week for the National Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inner City Classic.
The Virginia Interscholastic Association held its fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 28 in Charlottesville.
How far Washington goes in the NFL East may rely on how much fuel Adrian Peterson has left in his tank. Recent statistics indicate he’s nowhere near empty.
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League is warming up for two end-of-season tournaments on area diamonds.
Cherry Pick’d Boxing & Fitness is where young people go to work up a sweat, release frustrations and get a handle on life.
If the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a catch phrase for next season, “Home Sweet Home” might do.
Doug Williams was the first African-American quarterback to make an impression with the NFL’s Washington franchise. Dwayne Haskins figures to be the most current.