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Women’s basketball signs 3 recruits

The Southern women’s basketball team signed three recruits Thursday.

The lone high-school recruit is Courtney Parson, the starting point guard and a captain on the Dillard High School team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was the national runner-up this past season. Parson, 5-foot-5, averaged eight points, five assists and five rebounds.

The other two are junior-college transfers — Deja Clay, a 6-3 center from Atlanta who averaged eight points and six rebounds at Pensacola Junior College, and Tashi-ana Thompson, a 5-8 guard from Lithonia, Ga., who averaged 13.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds for East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.

 

 

 

 

No baseball Saturday due to rain; Sunday up in the air

The Southern baseball series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend at Lee-Hines Field has been shortened to no more than two games because of continuing rain forecast into the weekend.

No game will be played Saturday, but the teams hope to play one or two games Sunday. A decision is expected Friday on whether the Golden Lions will travel on Saturday in hopes of playing Sunday.

The Jaguars’ mid-week home games against Baton Rouge Community College and UNO, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, were canceled due to rain. The field was unplayable Thursday and coach Roger Cador said the forecast calls for a 90 percent chance on rain Friday and 100 percent for Saturday, when rain could be heavy.

 

 

 

 

SWAC, MEAC champions to meet in new bowl game

The champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will meet in the newly created Celebration Bowl beginning next football season.

The inaugural game will be played Dec. 19 in the Georgia Dome and will be televised on an ESPN Network.

Southern, which lost to Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game last season and won the conference title two years ago, will be ineligible for the game unless the NCAA lifts the postseason ban that it placed on the program more than a year ago because of inadequate reporting of student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates.

 

 

 

Women now top seed, will face Mississippi Valley

The Southern women’s basketball team was elevated to the top seed in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament and will face eighth-seeded Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Toyota Center in Houston.

The change was made in the wake of regular-season champion Texas Southern withdrawing from the tournament Monday after SWAC-imposed suspensions for a fight against Southern last Saturday left the Lady Tigers without enough players to field a team.

Each of the remaining eight teams had their seed increased by one and the opening game between Valley and Alabama A&M scheduled for Tuesday night was canceled.

The tournament will now begin with a game between No. 2 Jackson State and No. 7 Alabama A&M at noon Wednesday.

On Thursday, third-seeded Alabama State will play sixth-seeded Grambling, which was originally scheduled to face the Jaguars, at noon. Fourth-seeded Prairie View and fifth-seeded Alcorn State will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday and the winner of that game will meet the winner of the Southern game in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.

The championship game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff is not participating in the tournament because of NCAA probation.

The Jaguars are expected to dress just six players Wednesday because six were suspended for their role in Saturday’s brawl and a seventh – reserve guard Keonia Parrish – was dismissed from the team by Southern for her involvement.

 

 

SWAC women’s tournament bracket in state of flux

The opening game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament between eighth-seeded Alabama A&M and ninth-seeded Mississippi Valley State was postponed Tuesday.

The SWAC office was reworking the bracket in the wake of top-seeded Texas Southern withdrawing from the tournament after SWAC-imposed suspensions resulting from a brawl with Southern last Saturday left the Lady Tigers unable to field a team.

The changes could affect the runner-up Jaguars’ seeding, opponent and/or game time. Southern is scheduled to play seventh-seeded Grambling at noon Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The SWAC announced Tuesday’s postponement in a statement released five hours before the scheduled tip-off.

Here’s the statement:

“Due to changes in the tournament bracket, tonight’s Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball game with Alabama A&M University and Mississippi Valley State University is cancelled. The teams will compete at a later date within the 2015 SWAC tournament.

“All game times for the remainder of the tournament are accurate. There will be matchup changes released at a later time.”

It’s unclear whether A&M and Valley will “compete at a later date within the 2015 SWAC tournament” against each other as scheduled or not. It appears likely that the SWAC will move everyone’s seed up one spot, which would make the Jaguars the No. 1 seed and have them facing Valley.

Stay tuned.

Four basketball player receive SWAC honors

Two days after the Southern women’s basketball team won a share of a second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, three of the Jaguars players were honored by the conference.

Guard Kendra Coleman was named to the All-SWAC first team on Monday, forward Jasmine Jefferson was named to the second team and forward Briana Green was named Freshman of the Year.

Southern men’s guard Adrian Rodgers was named to the all-SWAC second team.

Coleman, a senior from Donaldsonville, La., led Southern with a scoring average of 13.9 points. Jefferson, a senior from Miami, averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 15.6 rebounds and Green, who’s from Fort Lauderdale, started 18 of the 25 games in which she played, averaging 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

The Jaguars earned a share of the SWAC title last Saturday when they defeated Texas Southern 51-49 in a game halted with 12:36 left because of a double-forfeit in the wake of a bench-clearing brawl.

Both teams are awaiting word from the conference office on potential punishment that could affect them in this week’s SWAC tournament at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Both teams play in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Southern faces Grambling at noon.

Texas Southern’s Alexus Johnson, who was a central figure in Saturday’s brawl, joined Coleman on the first team. TSU’s Johnetta Hayes-Perry was chosen as Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Tigers to a 16-2 SWAC record and 19-10 overall record.

The other members of the first team were Alabama State’s Britney Wright and Jasmine Peeples and Prairie View point guard Jeanette Jackson, who was named SWAC Player of the Year. Peeples was also named Defensive Player of the Year.

Alcorn State junior forward, Norianna Haynes was named Newcomer of the Year.

Jefferson was joined on the second team by guards Brittney Strickland (Alabama A&M) and Brianna Sidney (Texas Southern) and forwards Norianna Haynes (Alcorn State) and Ayanna Hardy-Fuller (Jackson State).

Rodgers, a junior from Atlanta who transferred from South Carolina Upstate, led Southern with a scoring average of 13.2. The Jaguars men open SWAC tournament play against Alabama A&M at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The TSU men’s team was 19-12 overall and won the SWAC with a 16-2 record. The Tigers had non-conference wins at Michigan State and at Kansas State. TSU’s Mike Davis was named Coach of the Year and Tigers senior guard Madarious Gibbs was named Player of the Year.

Gibbs was joined on the first team by Alabama State guard Jamel Waters, Alcorn State forwards LeAntwan Luckett and Marquis Vance and Alabama A&M center Nick West. Alabama A&M guard Ladarius Tabb was named Newcomer of the Year and Alabama State’s Steve Rogers Jr. was Freshman of the Year.

Joining Rodgers on the second team were Tabb, Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Marcel Mosley, forward Maurice Strong of Alabama State and Prairie View center Reggis Onwukamuche (Defensive Player of the Year).

The All-SWAC basketball teams are voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors as well as selected media members.

Southern, Texas Southern brawl under review

Officials from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Southern and Texas Southern are evaluating a brawl between those two schools women’s basketball teams in a game Saturday night in Houston.

The brawl, which involved cheerleaders and spectators, came while the Jaguars held a 51-49 lead with 12:36 left, and caused a double-forfeit, giving Southern a victory and a share of the regular-season title. Both teams finished the regular season 16-2.

The Tigers will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament by virtue of having outscored Southern in two meetings. They won the first meeting 62-48 on Jan. 5 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Southern is the No. 2 seed and both teams will begin play in the SWAC tournament Wednesday.

The question yet to be answered is which players will be unavailable because of their involvement in the brawl. SWAC officials were evaluating the incident Sunday and did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Southern athletic director William Broussard, who attended Saturday’s game, was compiling a report to file with the conference office.

Texas Southern issued a statement on the incident Sunday morning.

“At Texas Southern University we hold our student-athletes to high standards in regards to sportsmanship and personal conduct,” TSU director of athletics Dr. Charles McClelland said in the statement.

“An unfortunate incident occurred during the second half of our women’s basketball game with Southern University that undoubtedly does not reflect the core values and principles that we expect our student-athletes to exhibit at all times. Both institutions along with the conference office are in the process of reviewing the incident and gathering additional information.”

Southern begins SWAC tournament play against seventh-seeded Grambling at noon Wednesday in the Toyota Center in Houston. The Jaguars and the Tigers split their regular-season meetings as the home team won each time.

Southern and TSU need to win two games each in the tournament to set up a rematch of Saturday’s contest in the tourney final this Saturday. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but the Jaguars are on NCAA probation so if they win the tourney the runner-up will get the NCAA bid.

The Southern men, who fell to 13-5 with an 88-78 loss at Texas Southern on Saturday, are the No. 3 seed. The Jaguars will begin tourney play against sixth-seeded Alabama A&M at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Southern swept the regular-season meetings.

 

Baseball schedule altered by weather

The weather has forced changes to the weekend baseball series between Southern and South Dakota State at Lee-Hines Field.

The opening game Friday has been moved from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. because of near-freezing temperatures forecast for after sunset. Jagurs coach Roger Cador said the teams tried to schedule the game even earlier in the day, but  couldn’t get an umpring crew any earlier.

Sunday’s single game has been moved to Saturday and will be part of a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. That move was made because of the potential for rain Sunday. Both games will be nine innings.

Southern is 2-6 and the Jackrabbits are 2-5. South Dakota State also added a game against Belhaven College at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.

Football recruiting class ranked No. 5

Southern has the fifth-best football recruited class among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to a website that tracks recruiting.

FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (Boxtorow.com) released its ninth annual recruiting rankings based on “research conducted that came from school releases, local newspaper articles and recruiting boards.”

Jaguars coach Dawson Odums completed his third recruiting class, which consists of 27 players, last week.

Boxtorow.com singled out several members of the class, which includes 14 players from Louisiana. The website mentioned two of the nine defensive linemen in the class – Rivals two-star defensive end Jahmal Tillman from Helen Cox in Harvey, La. and Christopher Jones from Franklin High School.

Others mentioned were offensive linemen Jodeci Harris from Plaquemine (6-7, 310) and Mason Sims (6-4, 315) from Benjamin Mays in Atlanta, wide receiver Jaquel Gant from Donaldsonville and linebacker Calvin Lunkins from Warren Easton linebacker Calvin Lunkins. Both are Rivals two-star recruits.

The website noted that Gant received offers from several schools, including Cincinnati, Tulane and Memphis.

Only one of the Jaguars’ Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals made the top 10. Alcorn State, which beat Southern in the SWAC title game last December, was No. 7.

North Carolina Central had the top-rated class followed by North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman, Southern, Florida A&M, Alcorn State, Tennessee State, Norfolk State and Hampton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguars get 27 new players

Southern received signed scholarship papers from 27 football recruits Wednesday.

Here’s who Southern has on board:

Name                           Hometown/HS                              Pos.                 Ht.       Wt.

Elijah Allen                 Denton, Texas/Ryan               CB                   6-0       185

Andrea Augustine       Monroe/Carroll                     S                      6-3       190

Jaylon Brinson            Tallahassee, Fla./Godby       C                     6-1      270

Ceajae Bryant             Spring, Texas/Westfield       DL                  6-1 270

David-Michael Carrell Bourg/South Terrebonne  LS              6-0       258

Joe Davis                     New Orleans/J.S. Clark               DE/TE     6-4       245

Montavius Gaines       Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna     S                6-2      180

Jaquel Grant                Donaldsonville/Donaldsonville  WR     6-1 195

Jodeci Harris               Plaquemine/Plaquemine              OL       6-7  310

Thaddeus Hoffer        Madison, Wisc./Madison East  DE/TE  6-5    235

Demario Houston        Shelby, N.C./Shelby                     CB      5-11 175

Christopher Jones        Franklin/Franklin                         DT       6-2       265

Jaron Johnson              Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial   DE     6-2    245

Collin LaGarde           New Orleans/St. Augustine       OL      6-3    310

Calvin Lunkin             New Orleans/Warren Easton     LB      5-11  225

Nicholas McDonald    Summit, Miss./Southwest CC  LB     5-11     195

Taylor Merritt              Arcadia/Arcadia                                  P      6-1     180

Austin Opara               Spring, Texas/Westfield                 TE    6-2     245

A.J. Palomino              Atlanta/Newton                                  LB      6-1    220

Stacy Piro                    Houston/Furr                                       WR    5-11  170

Brad Porter                 Amite/Amite                                       DE      6-2      250

Mason Sims                 Atlanta/Benjamin Mays               OL       6-4     315

Loren Tademy             Stockbridge, Ga./Woodland     DE       6-3    265

Jahmal Tillman            Harvey/Helen Cox                         DE       6-2    250

Timothy Thompson     Jackson/East Feliciana              ATH  5-11  170

Tedric White               Jefferson/Riverdale                      DE/TE  6-4   245

Jordan Williams          Lafayette/Northside                    LB       6-1     225