A bill circulating in the halls of the state legislature would allow those with permits to carry concealed weapons on UNC campuses. WSSU’s police chief is against it. Learn more.

The City of Winston-Salem wants to sell Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium. And, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University want to buy them respectively. But, what city and university officials are learning is that city residents have strong points of view about how the deal is done. Read more here. Learn more.

No one can deny that 2012 was a monster year for WSSU athletics. The university paid tribute recently to the athletes, coaches, and staff that helped make school history. Learn more here.


Freshman Josh Aubrey in action during recent court battle in the CIAA.

The Winston-Salem State Rams (13-8) will make their second trip to the NCAA postseason for the second time in three seasons when the team takes on the Charleston (WV) Golden Eagles (19-5) in the 2013 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region #2 Tournament. The Rams will take part in the tournament after winning their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) men’s tennis championship in school history.

The Rams earned the automatic bid after winning the conference championship and stopping the eight-year reign of the Shaw Bears. The Rams took a 5-2 win over the Bears in the semifinals of the 2013 CIAA Tournament. This season’s trip to the postseason will be the second in three years for the Rams, who earned an at-large bid during the 2011 season.

The Rams and the Golden Eagles met earlier this season with the Golden Eagles taking a 5-0 win over the Rams in Charleston, West Virginia. With a win, the Rams will face the winners of the Shepherd/West Virginia Wesleyan match.

The opening round of the 2013 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday in Bluefield, West Virginia; however, times have not yet been announced. For more information on Rams tennis, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.

Contributing Writer, Lamont Hinson CIAA Spring Sports


Rams claim their third straight CIAA title

Congratulations WSSU Baseball Team. Roll Rams! Roll.

Congratulations WSSU Baseball Team. Roll Rams! Roll.

On the third and final day of competition at the 2013 CIAA Spring Sports Festival, Winston-Salem State University defeated Chowan University 9-1 in the championship game to claim their third consecutive conference title at the Whaley Colbert Field on the campus of VSU. The Rams finished 3-0 during the tournament in order to hoist the championship plaque.

WSSU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with three runs in the first inning. Chowan went three up and three down in the top of the first. The Rams produced three hits and three runs in the bottom of the first, including a RBI double from Tyler Hickernell.

Both teams went scoreless in the second and third innings. The Hawks earned a run in the fourth off a RBI single from Evan Holton. The hit from Holton scored Brandon Mack from third base. The inning came to a close with one run, two hits, an error, and two left on base. Unfortunately, that would be the only run generated by Chowan in the contest.

Winston-Salem State responded with two runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to secure a victory. Neither team scored after the sixth inning. First baseman Aaron Jones had clutch day at the plate for WSSU with four hits off five at-bats, three runs scored and a RBI.

Hickernell controlled the game on the mound and picked up the win. He pitched eight innings with five strikeouts, only allowing six hits and one run scored en route to being named Tournament MVP. Seth Mahaffey checked in for the save in the ninth. He struck out two, walked one, and had one ground out.

The Rams earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs and await the tournament seeding announcement for their opponent.

Here is a complete breakdown of the 2013 CIAA All-Tournament Baseball Team:

2013 CIAA Baseball All-Tournament Team

NAME                                                 POSITION                                        SCHOOL

Colton Gunn                                    Pitcher                                              Virginia State

Levi Grassley                                    Third Base                                       Winston-Salem State

Nicholas Christopher                    Short Stop                                       Virginia State

Tyler Hickernell                               Pitcher/DH                                      Winston-Salem State

John Hunter                                     First Base                                         Chowan

Aaron Jones                                     First Base                                         Winston-Salem State

Blake Leebrick                                 Catcher                                            Chowan

Percy Evans                                      First Base                                         Virginia State

Ryan Moore                                     Designated Hitter                        Chowan

Evan Holton                                      Outfield                                           Chowan

Rafael Gonzalez                              Second Base                                  Winston-Salem State

Josh Markins                                    Utility                                                Virginia State

2013 CIAA Baseball Tournament MVP

Tyler Hickernell Pitcher/DH          Winston-Salem State

By the way, Winston-Salem State University Rams baseball has cracked the Collegiate Baseball Magazone’s Top 30 in the new baseball poll for the week of April 22, 2013.
The Rams come in tied for the 30th position with Angelo State and Sonoma State. WSSU took home its third consecutive CIAA Championship over the weekend, with a 9-1 win over Chowan.

WSSU, 12-6 winners over Wingate, will play at Norfolk State (May 1st), at Mount Olive (May 5th) and at Francis Marion (May 6th) before the NCAA Division II Regionals , May 16-19.

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