The Sporting Life
By Maurice Berry
Well the semester is closing fast, soon seniors will graduate and the rest of us will go on summer break unless you are taking summer courses. I hope everyone is doing well and finishes the semester strong. I hope everyone takes something from this school year to help them with the years to come. I hope the freshmen have learned lessons that will help them in the next three years. I hope they have linked with upper classmen to gain knowledge and advice. They have been in the same place you are in now and you will be where they are soon, you will be called on to give advice to the next in coming class. We are supposed to look out for one another and pass the knowledge on. Bowie Sate University is as strong as the community that resides in it.
I want to send a shot out to our CIAA Championship winning Bulldogs bowling team, who defeated Elizabeth City State University 4-2 in the championship match. The Bulldogs were led by senior Verra Diggs, who was the tournament MVP.
Bowie State's tennis team fell to St. Mary's College of Maryland 7-2 in non-conference play. Bowie State's two wins came at number three singles and number two doubles. Senior Kyara Lombre (Mitchellville, Md., C.H. Flowers) defeated Katie Lackler 9-8 (21-19 tiebreaker). Lombre and junior Chelyce Fields (Suitland, Md., Suitland) won their doubles match, defeating the St. Mary's tandem of Beth Handy and Katie Lackler 8-6. There record now stands at 11-4. Come out and support the tennis team who finished third at the CIAA Championships last season and look to win it all this season.
Aaron Johnson was the top Bulldog at the Raleigh Relays, finishing third in the men's high jump, the indoor all-American cross the bar at 2.15m (7-00.-50). On the women's side, sophomore Elise Perkins (Trenton, N.J., Lawrence) placed 16th in the 5000-meter run (Section II), coming in with a time of 17:41.19.
The Bowie State women's relay teams had a pretty good day, placing 17th in the 4x800 (9:44.53), 21st in the 4x100 (48.81) and picked up 23rd place finished in the 4x200 (1:46.42) and 4x400 (3:58.04). The Lady Bulldogs also returned home with a 16th place finish in the 1600 Sprint Medley, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:18.23.
The softball team lost 5-2 and 10-1 to Slippery Rock and they beat Virginia State University 5-2, 5-4 to stay perfect in the CIAA Eastern Division. They lost to Wilmington (Del.) University, (11-9) in 8 innings and 7-3, with the lost the lady bulldogs lost back to back doubleheaders. Keep your head up Bulldogs. You have faced adversity before and have come out champions and I believe you will; do it again.