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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lady Rattlers finish second place in MEAC Bowling Championship

Katherine Jones was named to the MEAC All-Tournament Teacm
The Lady Rattlers mounted a run in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Championship that put them in position to unseat the University of Maryland Eastern Seaboard (UMES), the defending champion. But a tiebreaker frame gave the Lady Hawks the opportunity to prevail with their seventh MEAC Bowling title.

The Lady Rattlers fought from the loser’s bracket to win the opportunity to face the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies, shutting them out 4-0, to earn the bid to play for the title.

With UMES sitting in the winner’s bracket, FAMU had a tall order to defeat the Hawks twice consecutively to win the championship.  They took care of the first game, defeating UMES 4-3, after falling behind 3-1.  With games of 191-183, 211-165 and 205-181 the Rattlers set up a winner-take-all showdown for the MEAC crown.

Friday, March 21, 2014

FAMU cheerleaders take second place in MEAC

The FAMU Cheerleaders represented the Orange and Green with excellence by placing second  during Sunday’s 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championship. Morgan State repeated as the overall champion.

Seven teams from the conference competed in the championship and three performed exhibition routines. The evening was also highlighted by performances from four area Hampton Roads high school teams.

The South Carolina State Bulldog was crowned the champion of the MEAC Mascot of the Year Award, an honor presented by Clear Channel.

FAMU’s Shelinka Cunningham won the All-Stars Division. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

FAMU softball team happy to be back in its home park

By Jonesa Rodriguez
FAMU Sports Information Intern

 After not being able to play on their home field all last season, the Lady Rattlers Softball team, are returning this year to a new and improved field.

“It wasn’t quite the same as being in our park,” said assistant coach Lori Goodart, “but our fans did a great job of making it feel like a hometown game.”

Due to repairs being made to the field, the Lady Rattlers had to play at various locations such as FSU, Messer Park and FAMU’s intramural field.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Grice named 2014 MEAC Player of the Year

Jasmine Grice was named the 2014 MEAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced today. Grice, a graduate student from Quincy, Fla., was voted as the player of the year by the coaches and sports information directors of the MEAC.

Grice, led the conference in scoring, averaging 25.4 points , while grabbing 6.4 rebounds per-game. She shot 40 percent from the field (150-of-381) and 83 percent from the free throw line. She also led the country in steals, grabbing 3.9 per game, which was tops in NCAA Division I. She finished with five double-doubles, including a 27 point, 10 rebound game against Bethune-Cookman.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Grice leads NCAA DI in steals

FAMU point guard Jasmine Grice is making a run at the Lady Rattler Basketball history book with three regular season games left in her final season.

The former All-State guard from nearby Quincy, Florida’s East Gadsden High School, who was voted Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year prior to the start of this season, is currently leading NCAA Division One in steals with 101 in 27 games (3.7 average).

That puts her 9th on the FAMU single season steals list, just one steal ahead of her 10th  place standing of 100 steals in 30 games in 2013.

Grice’s nation-leading pace puts her on track to become the third Lady Rattler to lead the nation in steals.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Lady Rattlers place 2nd in MEAC indoor track championship

The Lady Rattlers nearly pulled off a major upset in the 2013-2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championship in Landover, Md.  The team fell 14 points shy of defending champion Hampton University in a bid to unseat them in the top spot.

Head Coach Darlene Moore has brought the team quite a way since being chosen to lead the program four years ago. 

“When I got to FAMU in 2010, we didn’t score a full point in our first championship,” Moore said.  “Actually, it was 0.25 of a point.  It challenged me internally to rebuild this great program to its rightful place atop the MEAC.  With the great history of FAMU, we are returning to where we belong, and that’s at the top of this conference.”

Led by senior sprinter Nakia Linson, the team racked up  a total of 133 points.  Linson took second place in the long jump, with a leap of 6.01m (19-08.75), third place in the 60m dash at 7.46 and third place in the 200m dash in 24.36.  She also helped the 4x400m relay team to a fourth place finish with a time of 3:50.03.

Distance runner Effiey Kosgei paced the pack, winning the 3000 meter run in 10:36.77, while placing third in the 5000 meter run (18:43.08).

The men’s track & field team placed fourth overall in the championship. Deon Clifford, won both the 3000 meter and 5000 meter runs, and was named the meet’s outstanding  male athlete.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

FAMU’s Duncan named MEAC Pitcher of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has honored FAMU baseball player David Duncan its Pitcher of the Week.

Duncan (P, GS. Stark, Fla.) pitched six innings, allowing six hits and one earned run, in a 3-2 victory against the U.S. Navy. He also struck out six opponents.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Frankie Rolle Rattler Basketball great dead at 89

Frankie Shannon Rolle 
Frankie Shannon Rolle who captained FAMU’s undefeated 1943 women's  basketball team and became only the fourth woman inducted into FAMU’s sports Hall of Fame in 1979 has died. She was 89 years old.

Rolle was a 1946 physical education graduate of Florida A&M, and earned her master’s in guidance counseling and school administration at Indiana University, at a time when southern universities would not admit blacks into grad school.

According to a Miami Herald article, Rolle is credited with transforming Miami's Coconut Grove community into a real-life CheersThe old TV sitcom’s theme song touted the fictional bar’s reputation for drawing people together, “where everybody knows your name.”

Rolle and her late husband, jazz musician Billy Rolle, also are responsible for bringing to life the Grove's famed Goombay Festival, along with a group of merchants from Grand Avenue and the Bahamas Tourist Office in the mid-1970s, the article said.

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“She was like the matriarch of this community,” said Barbara Jordan, who served with Rolle on the board of the Helen B. Bentley Community Health Center in Coconut Grove.
“Whatever there was that needed to be done, Frankie would step in and do her share. She was like a mother to many people,” Jordan said. “You would be surprised at the number of people she helped with getting an education.”

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Three Rattlers elected to SIAC Hall Of Fame class

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) will induct three FAMUans into its 2014 Hall of Fame class. Andre Dawson, Clemon Johnson and Willie Galimore will be honored in a ceremony that will take place in connection with the 2014 SIAC basketball championship in Birmingham, Ala., on March 5.

FAMU was a member of the SIAC from 1913-1979. The Orange & Green established its dominance over the conference’s football division during Alonzo “Jake” Gaither’s tenure as head coach of the Rattler gridders. Gaither captured 22 championships in 25 seasons as head coach.  That feat has not been duplicated, since. FAMU also won several basketball championships and stood out in baseball, and track and field.

This year, the SIAC Hall of Fame will pick up induction into the Hall of Fame after an absence of 13 years.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MEAC names Jamie Adams Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named FAMU’s Jamie Adams its Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

Adams (G, 5-10, 185, Sr., Chicago, Ill.) averaged 21.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two conference wins over North Carolina A&T and S.C. State. He scored 27 points, shooting 63-percent from the field, with four rebounds, six assists and four steals in a win over South Carolina State.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

FAMU softball hosts annual alumni game

The FAMU Lady Rattler softball team kicked off its 2014 season in traditional fashion, with its annual alumni softball game. The annual game matches past softball greats against the current version of the Lady Rattler softball team.

Head coach Veronica Wiggins uses the game for two purposes.  The first is to see her new team perform in game-time situations.  But, the second, and probably more important reason, is to make a connection between generations.

On Saturday, freshmen players from the team who hadn’t played a game as Lady Rattlers had the opportunity to play against FAMU and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Famer Amber Alford and a host of former FAMU softball players.  After the game, all current and former players huddled in centerfield and talked about pride.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

International track star Deion Clifford joins FAMU runners

Earlier this week, FAMU Head Track Coach Wayne Angel announced that Deion Clifford, the number two ranked steeple chase runner in Canada, has transferred to A&M from Benedict College.

Clifford, originally from White Rock, British Columbia (Canada), racked up awards in the SIAC, before coming to FAMU.  He was the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Eastern Division athlete of the year (2013), winning both the steeple chase and the 1500m run in the SIAC championships. For his accomplishments, he was awarded Benedict College’s MVP and athlete of the year awards for 2013.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rattler hoopers snap losing skid with 75-70 win in Las Vegas

The FAMU men’s basketball team snapped its five-game losing streak with a 75-70 victory over Sacred Heart University (SHU) in its final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

Jamie Adams poured in a game-high 23 points, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Trey Kellum was the only other Rattler in double digits with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

After shooting just 27.5% (11-of-40) from the floor in the first half, FAMU began starting the half hot, hitting 5-of-6 shots to take a 38-32 lead with 15:37 remaining. After exchanging a few baskets back and forth, Steve Glowiak ignited Sacred Heart with back-to-back three-balls to cut the Rattler lead to 43-42 with 12:18 left.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Grice earns her second MEAC Player of the Week award

On Monday, Jasmine Grice picked up her second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week award of this season.

Grice, a guard from Quincy, Fla., led the Lady Rattlers in scoring in three contests last week, including her second 30-point performance of the season. Grice averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals. She registered 30 points, including going 12-of-12 from the foul line, and pulled down nine rebounds against Norfolk State.

At the beginning of this school year, the MEAC also named Grice its co-preseason Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

1967 Orange Blossom Classic featured as cover story in American Airlines Magazine

The historic 1967 Orange Blossom Classic between FAMU and Grambling University is the cover story of the November 15 issue of American Airlines’ publication, American Way.

Written by Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of the book Breaking the Line, the article describes how two rival football teams, with two star quarterbacks under the leadership of two legendary coaches revolutionized college sports and transformed the NFL. FAMU coach Jake Gaither with quarterback Ken Riley, along with Grambling’s Eddie Robinson and James Harris made a profound difference in how America finally came to appreciate the talent of black athletes.  For a 30-year period, the Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami was the most important annual sporting event and the largest annual gathering of any kind for African Americans.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holmes looks to offseason to build Rattler football program

As the game clock struck the 00:00 mark during the 2013 Florida Blue Florida Classic, Earl Holmes was ready to take responsibility for the disappointing season. 

“You won’t hear any excuses from me or my coaching staff…this season was what it was.  Now we have to be smart and strategic in how we move forward.  So many times we were in the games and just couldn’t get over the hump,” Holmes said.

On Sunday, Holmes became the third FAMU first-year coach to fall to the Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). William “Billy” Joe fell to the Wildcats during his inaugural season in 1994, 27-24 and Rudy Hubbard lost to B-CU during his first year in 1974, 6-0.

But the most painful part of 2013 was the 0-5 record that Holmes’ team amassed on its own home field. That was demoralizing to both the student-athletes and fans.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

B-CU clinches FCS playoff berth with 29-10 victory over FAMU

Defense wins championships, and Bethune-Cookman’s back in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs after a controlling defensive effort against FAMU Saturday in the 2013 Florida Blue Florida Classic.

Quentin Williams and Isidore Jackson each rushed for two touchdowns as the Wildcats downed the Rattlers by a score of 29-10 in front of an announced crowd of 45,321 Saturday afternoon inside the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The Wildcats (10-2 overall, 7-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) defeated the Rattlers (3-9, 2-6 MEAC) for the third consecutive time, earned a share of the conference championship  for the third time in four years and clinched an automatic berth to next weekend's FCS Playoffs.