Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hornets Have a Lot of Work to Do After Their 1st Win

It was a playoff type atmosphere at Memorial Hall, and its only the first game of the season. During the Hornets 63-56 victory over Washington Adventist back on November 14, the young Hornets made a lot of mistakes that would've cost DSU the game.

-The Hornets were shooting their shots in a hurry on fast breaks instead of setting up on offense like they always do. Some of their shots were off target and some of their shots didn't even hit the rim. Plus there was also a fastbreak missed dunk by Marques Oliver that made hornet fans riot Memorial Hall and forcing coach Greg Jackson to take him out of the game for a few minutes. No wonder DSU shot 36% from the field and 31% from three point land.

-The Hornets second mistake was turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. The Hornets made 15 turnovers in that game and made coach Jackson scratching his head and looking for answers. Once again they didn't slow down the ball during most of the game.

-Last but not least missing a lot of free throws. DSU made their 1st three free throws in the 1st half, but in the second half the Hornets shot 48% from the free throw line and 54% for the game. Hornets practice your free throws.

This is a very young Hornets team that has a lot of work to do in so little time this season. DSU has to mature every single game in order to compete for a MEAC Championship come March.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lady Hornets Volleyball Gained Momentum with a Home Winning Streak

With the MEAC Volleyball Tournament coming up on November 17th, the Delaware State Lady Hornets volleyball team wanted to build momentum by trying to win the final four home games of the season.

Guess what, mission accomplished because defeated four MEAC teams in a span of a week.

Lets start with last weekend with November 5 and November 7 when the lady hornets sweep both Morgan State and Coppin State 3-0. Both of those games were season sweep.

Then on Veterans Day, Lady Hornets Hornet had a great battle with Howard University in 3-1 victory thanks to Jessica Croucher's 12 kills.

Last but not least in their home finale on November 12, the Lady Hornets had to win the final two series to beat North Carolina Central 3-2.

Playing in her final game as a DSU Hornet, senior Sarah Wheatcort had her very first career triple double with 12 kills, 17 assists, and 14 digs.

During the lady hornets four game winning streak, DSU has owned opponents in attack percentage 27% to .08%.

Now that the regular season is over the lady hornets will begin the MEAC Tournament as the number two seed when they take on Norfolk State Friday in the quarterfinals. Good luck to the Lady Hornets volleyball team in the MEAC Tournament.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Anthony Glaud Having a Field Day on Senior Day

During the Hornets 29-7 victory over North Carolina Central, Hornets quarterback Anthony Glaud knew he must perform well in his final home game in a DSU uniform because he makes any more turnovers, that will mean that's his Hornet career will end on a very sour note.

So what did Anthony Glaud do to impress Hornets fans, by completing 80% of his passes without committing a turnover.

Glaud was nearly perfect all game long ever since the start of the first possession. Glaud was spreading the wealth to six different Hornet receivers that allowed him to throw for 224 yards and almost half of those yards belong to new favorite target Justin Wilson, who finished with eight catches for 124 yards.

Glaud also made some key running plays that lead that help the Hornets extend their scoring drives.

-During the Hornets opening drive of the game Anthony Glaud used a quarterback sneak from the Eagle one  yard line to scored the hornets first touchdown of the game.

-On the Hornets third possession of the game, Glaud ran for 15 yards and two 1st downs that lead to the Hornets 2nd touchdown of the game.

-On the Hornets 1st possession on the 3rd quarter, Glaud found a big whole to gain 15 yards to the North Carolina 27 yard line that set up the Hornets third touchdown.

Anthony was all over the field for DSU and the Eagles defense had no answer throughout the entire game. Now lets see if Anthony can finished the season on a very strong note and try to win the final two road games of the season versus Norfolk State this Saturday and Howard November 20.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Disappointing Performance by the Hornets Defense

What is wrong with the Hornets defense? Are they afraid to tackle? Do they keep getting burned by the offensive line? Do they stay on the field too long ? Did they allowed too many big plays for big yards?

All the questions were answered in the Hornets 38-21 home defeat at the hands of South Carolina State.

The Hornets defense were off to a great start in the 1st quarter by forcing South Carolina State to fumble the football twice deep into Hornets territory.

However, from the 2nd quarter through the 4th quarter, the Hornets defense went to sleep in a hurry creating a bunch of gaps for Bulldog quarterback Malcolm Long to throw some great passes to nine different receivers, run for the first downs, also allowed his teammate running back Chris Merrill to run 171 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown.

The Hornets defense has allowed a total of 464 offensive including 253 yards on the ground for a total of 24 points.

I bet the Hornets defensive coordinator Ray Petty is going to have sleepless nights once again just like that Bethune-Cookman game and the Morgan State game last month. What can the hornets defense do to help the Hornets offense? Something tell me they have a lot of work to do throughout the rest of this season and the off-season before the 2011 season returns. Besides next year the Hornets defense is only going to lose three seniors on defense so I won't bash on the Hornets defense too much but they need to find in fill the holes they created in order to create turnovers and less yards.

Plenty of Tricks and Treats for Hornet Fall Sports

There were plenty of tricks and treats for Delaware State Hornets sports on Halloween Weekend. Now the question is where do start with the tricks (bad news) or the treats (good news).

Lets start with the treats for DSU Sports:

Lady Hornets Volleyball
Friday October 29
It was a great historic home win for the lady hornets volleyball team as they snap UMES's 36 MEAC match winning streak by winning 3-2 in five sets (18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13). For University of Maryland Eastern Shore it was their 1st loss since November 9, 2006 against Morgan State.

The Lady hornets had a two big advantages during their win by outhitting the Hawks with a .254 hitting percentage (61 kills/25 errors/142 attacks) to the Hawks .201 hitting percentage (58 kills/29 errors/144 attacks). Also DSU had 11 blocks to the Hawks six in order to secured the victory. This should gain even more momentum throughout the rest of the season for lady hornets volleyball.

Men's and Lady Hornets Cross Country
Saturday October 30
Plenty of treats to go around for the men's and lady hornets cross country team as they both finished in the top 10 at the 2010 MEAC Cross Country Championships

The lady hornets finished 4th in the standings thanks to a great performance by All-MEAC honoree Dashera Richardson who finished 7th out of the 78 runners with a impressive time of 18:41.70 in the 5K course.

Meanwhile the Hornet men finished 6th in the standings thanks to All-MEAC honoree Andre McDonald who finished 14th in the 8K course with a career best of 26:28.30.
There were also some tricks as the Hornets come up empty handed in their defeats.

Hornets Football
October 30
The Hornets football team wanted to make a statement at home versus the two time MEAC Champion South Carolina State. Instead that statement was wipe off cleanly from the start in a 38-21 defeat.

DSU started strong in the 1st quarter when the Hornets scored but since then, the Bulldogs outscored the Hornets 38-14 from the 2nd quarter to the 4th quarter. The only bright spot for Delaware State was Justin Wilson who had a career field day nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.

The Hornets defense allowed the Bulldogs to racked up 464 yards on offense. That's a chunk full load of yards for a defense who is last in the MEAC in the giving up yards per game.

Lady Hornets Volleyball
October 31
I guess Howard University wanted more candy than the lady hornets volleyball team because DSU lost 3-2 on the road. The Hornets lost the fifth and deciding game thanks to six attack errors.

Erica Tajchman had made 1,000th kill in a losing effort for the lady hornets.
Maybe its was all the ghosts and goblins they tried to haunt DSU Sports during Halloween week, but no matter what they will always call the ghostbusters. In other words Hornets will look to wrap fall sports on a strong positive note in November. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Turnovers Doomed the Hornets at Morgan State's Homecoming

This is one game I will soon try to forget because the Delaware State Hornets football team has made one the worst offensive performances in the Al Lavan era since 2004.

During the Hornets 34-24 defeat at the hands of Morgan State, the Hornets committed not one, not two, not three, but six turnovers.

Here's the breakdown of how the Hornets committed the most unexcused turnovers ever made:

-In the 1st quarter, Delaware State committed three turnovers on the 1st three possessions. On the Hornets opening drive, quarterback Anthony Glaud threw his first interception to Morgan State's Reshaude Miller and return it 31 yards to the Hornet 37 yard line that allowed Morgan State to worked a short field to scored a touchdown.

-On the second possession, Jaashown Jones (22 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown) fumbled the football just as the Hornets were getting inside Morgan State territory.

-On the Hornets third possession, Glaud threw his 2nd interception to Morgan State's Rich Ndubueze.

-In the 2nd quarter, the Hornets offensive line broke down big time when Anthony Glaud was sacked by Morgan State's Chris Eugene that allowed to ball to come out and allowed the Bears defense to recovered the fumble.

-With just 20 seconds before halftime the Hornets was trying to get at least field goal range instead Anthony Glaud threw his third interception to Reshaude Miller and returned 61 yards to the DSU 25 just as time expired

-After Morgan State scored the go-ahead-game winning touchdown, Delaware started their final drive at their own 12 yard line with very little time left and instead of trying to playing run and lateral, Anthony Glaud fumbles the ball again after getting sacked by Justin Young followed by the scoop and scored 2 yard fumble return by Sheldon Marques to make the scored accurate.

I'm pretty sure the Hornets quit on themselves and Al Lavan is running out of options on what this football team can do to make good plays and finished ball games without making mistake after mistake after mistake. Well the Hornets better fix them quit because this Saturday DSU will take on the two time MEAC Champion South Carolina State at home. Trust me there will no treats, no tricks for Delaware State instead they need a miracle and a little luck in order to start a four game winning streak.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jones' Running Game Helped the Hornets Get their 1st Win

Jaashown Jones running game proved to be factor in the Hornets 31-26 victory over North Carolina A&T back on Saturday.

Jones made this Hornets's Homecoming a memorable one by carrying the ball 30 times for 144 yards and a touchdown that seal the Aggies fate.

Jones also made key runs on key drives that help the Hornets scored touchdowns especially in the red zone.

In the 1st quarter Jones ran for 35 yards for the 1st Hornets scored. Then in the 2nd quarter, he ran 19 hard earn yards to help Nick Elko throw a touchdown to cut the Aggie lead to 14-12 before halftime.

Late in the 3rd quarter Jones kept the adrenaline going, Jones ran 20 yards to help Anthony Glaud throw a touchdown pass to Justin Wilson to give the Hornets a 18-14 lead.

Finally in the 4th quarter, Jones ran another 30 yards to help Glaud throw another touchdown this time to Lerrone Moore to increase the Hornets lead to double digits 25-14.

Let's face it, Jones and the entire Hornets football team are tired of losing ever since very 1st game against Southern University in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge back last month on Labor Day Weekend.

Back on October 9th in the Hornets 47-24 lost to Bethune-Cookman Jones really wanted to get back on the field because he had over 90 yards rushing in the 1st half and didn't return for the rest of the 2nd half.

Jones said it best in the October 14 article of The News Journal that if you don't win at practice then you will lose the game.

If DSU can stick to the running game with Jaashown Jones against Morgan State, South Carolina State, North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, and Howard then the Hornets offense can provide a well place touchdown drives to at least win three more ball games.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hornets Football in Familiar Territory

As the Hornets football get ready to play Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Al Lavan has been in this predicament before when starting the season 0-4.

During his very 1st coaching tenure of 2004, the Hornets lost the first four games of the season before getting their 1st win against Hampton at home. After that first win, the Delaware State finished with a 4-6 overall record, 4-3 in the conference.

On the October 6th article of The News Journal, Coach Lavan told reporters that one thing he like about his football team is that they are showing confidence and they are playing hard with confidence.

Its very good to stay positive and besides the Hornets have done well on offense by making plays and marching down the field but they couldn't able to score points in the red zone.

Back on October 1, the Hornets made 89 plays but only ending up scoring 14 points versus Hampton.

Its also the little things including special teams, where the offensive line couldn't protect the punter for punts and the place kicker for field goals. Also the defense can not afford to stay on the field for a very long time because they are undersized and they will give up big plays with big yards.

Saturday the Hornets will have their hands full against the highest scoring team in the MEAC Conference the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Will the Hornets continue to stay positive and get their first win of the season? That answer will come Saturday night in Daytona Beach.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Missed Chances in the Red Zone and a Bad 4th Quarter Doomed the Hornets Again

On a rainy Thursday night, the Delaware State Hornets football team didn't let rain affect their quest to get their 1st win of the year. Then again, game changers cost the Hornets to be winless again that frustrates Hornets fans everywhere from the almost 100 fans that brave the rain to all the viewers staying dry watching the game on ESPNU.

During the Hornets 20-14 lost to Hampton, had some golden opportunities to scored in the red zone but instead the Hornets end up with no points.

In the 1st quarter, Delaware State had two chances to score in the red zone. On their first visit to the red zone, Delaware State started their opening drive from the Hampton 17 yard line after a Travis Tarplay's 65 yard kickoff return. The Hornets went 8 plays and 14 yards only to be turned over on downs at the Hampton 3 yard line. That should've been 6 points.

Also in the same quarter, the Hornets went on a 12 play 56 yard drive only to have running back Jaashawn Jones fumbled the ball at the Hampton 11 yard line. Once again that should've been another 6 points.

In the second quarter, the Hornets were marching down the field once again with a 8 play, 56 yard drive only to have it turned over on downs again at the Hampton 15. Frustrating enough another 6 points that should've been scored.

Finally during the fourth quarter, the Hornets had the ball at the Hampton 12 yard line after recovering a Hampton fumble. Instead they went 4 plays -8 yards on that drive and yes the Hornets turned it over on downs at the Hampton 20. That could've been another 6 points scored.

Not only did the hornets had problems scoring in the red zone, but they are having problem in the fourth quarter.

After taking a 7-6 lead early in the 4th quarter on a trick play by Darrius Jackson in the red zone, the Hornets defense allowed Hampton to scored 14 straight points and out gained the Hornets 168-56.

Also the Hornets offense continued to struggle with Anthony Glaud over throwing short passes and bad passes are allowing the Hornets receivers to drop passes, and lack gaining yards on the ground.

Sure the Hornets scored late again with 23 seconds left thanks to backup quarterback Nick Elko's final touchdown drive, but it didn't save the hornets to win the fourth quarter once again.

In the fourth quarter, the Hornets are having trouble finishing the game yet again. It was the same issue last season, and 2008. The main reason is their inconsistency on the field. They made the plays they were told but they need one big push to finished the job and win the game. However if the Hornets don't score in the red early and all game long then DSU might goes winless this season. That's something Hornet fans don't won't to see.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Rough Tuesday for Lady Hornets Sports

Usually, everyday people start their week off with the case of the Mondays. The Delaware State Lady Hornets volleyball and soccer didn't had the case of the Mondays instead they had the case of the Tuesdays (well for one night only to end the month of September).

Lets start with the Lady Hornets volleyball team who took their 5 match winning streak on the road in a Route 1 Rivalry game versus the University of Delaware.

During the Lady Blue Hens 3-0 victory, Delaware kept the lady hornets in checked the entire match holding them to .030 hitting percentage and kept DSU to scored in the teens (15, 19, and 17) during the three game set.

Now the lady hornets has less than 10 days to prepared for their MEAC conference opener at home versus Hampton.
It was a heartbreaking game for the lady hornets soccer team as they tried to get their second win of the season or at least get a tied at home. Instead a goal that was deflected by a Delaware State helped Lafayette to secure a 1-0 victory.

Not only did the lady hornets soccer fall to 1-10 on the season but its 7th time that Delaware State has been shutout this season.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lady Hornets Volleyball on a Hot Streak

How hot are the lady hornets volleyball team? No, I'm not talking about their uniforms, I'm talking about their impressive five match winning streak. Last weekend the Lady Hornets were a perfect 3-0 at the Lafayette Invitational by beating Quinnipiac 3-2 to snap a seven match losing streak, LaSalle 3-0, and Lafayette 3-1.

Elisa Hermann led all tournament players with 38 kills, while Erica Tajchman was the tournament leader with a 27% hitting average. Also Martina Ferrari was the leader in assists (9.08pg) while her teammate Sonja Banicevic lead all tournament players with a averaged of 5.42 digs per game

Then the winning streak continued at the Spartian Invitational back on Saturday when Delaware State defeated Davidson 3-0 and Norfolk State 3-2.

Four different lady hornets collected double figures in digs with Banicevic leading the way with 26.

The lady hornets are are now 7-8 and looking to gain even more momentum heading into their showdown versus University of Delaware tonight in Newark, Delaware.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

At Long Last A Win for Lady Hornets Soccer

After all those shutouts, close losses, and blowout loses, its nice to say that the Lady Hornets soccer team has won their 1st game of the season.

Sunday's 3-1 home victory over Wagner broke a 21 game winless streak dating back from September 19, 2009 vs Delaware. This was also the Lady Hornets 1st victory since September 14, 2009 vs VMI.

The Lady Hornets had a season high 13 shots and 11 shots on goal. Their offense woke up in a big when the lady hornets scored two goals in the 1st half.

In the 18th minute, Jeanette Salgado fired a 30 yard shot into the goal to give the DSU their 1st lead of the game and Theresa Wappett scored the lady hornets 2nd goal 20 minutes later (38th minute).

After halftime, Delaware State were able to maintain the lead throughout the entire game.

Also the reason why the Lady Hornets get their 1st win is because of goal keeper Courtney Hass who recorded 12 saves when Wagner had several scoring chances after cutting a 2-1 lead in the 2nd half.

I'm pretty sure the Lady Hornets Soccer will use this game as momentum when they tried and get their 1st road win of the season vs Canisius on Friday.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Missed Scoring Chances in FAMU Territory Cost the Hornets the Game

This game frustrates the Hornets football team and the fans during the Hornets 17-14 lost to Florida A&M. Think about the Hornets had four chances to score in FAMU's territory and come up with 0 points and two turnovers.

Whats worst is that the Hornets didn't have their place kicker Mario Diaz-Aviles on the field because he injured his leg back on September 5 vs Southern.

Lets break down the Hornets four missed opportunities to scored in FAMU Territory:
  • Back in the 1st quarter the Hornets couldn't convert on a 4th down and turned the ball over on downs at the FAMU 19 yard line.
  • Then in the 2nd quarter Jaashawn Jones fumbled the ball at the FAMU 16 yard line giving FAMU the football back.
  • In the 3rd quarter Anthony Glaud threw a interception at the FAMU 6 to John Ojo
  • Last but not least the 4th quarter jitters. With under 4 minutes left, the Hornets had the ball at the FAMU 31. Instead of going for it on 4th and 6 they decided to punt the ball.

  • In the final drive of the fourth quarter, on a 4th and 2 at the FAMU 38, Anthony Glaud was sacked by the Rattlers defense that allowed them to win the game.
The Hornets was in a disadvantage and it hurt them in the long run on special teams and offense.

I have to give the Hornets defense credit they prevent FAMU from doing anymore damage in the game. As for the Hornets offense, they almost had everything right, getting 1st downs, running the ball well, and throwing the ball (except for a some drop, penalties, and overthrown passes).

The Hornets did better than their last game vs Southern but once again the little things and  4th quarter jitters came back to haunt the Hornets again. Delaware State would've been 2-0 instead they are 0-2.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hornets Just Couldn't Finished the Job they Started

Back on Sunday I was watching the MEAC/SWAC Challenge between Delaware State University and Southern University on ESPN and I was so excited for the season to start. When the game started, I knew right away that the Hornets were ready for the challenge after having a strong spring practice in April and a hard working training camp back in August.

Even though the Hornets was doing good there were plenty of game changers that lead Southern to a 37-27 victory.

The 1st game changer happened in the 2nd quarter after the hornets scored two touchdowns. After the 1st touchdown Larrone Morre was the holder for kicker Mario Diaz-Aviles to make the extra point. Instead Morre fumbled the snap and tried to run but Southern's defense tackled both of them.

Game changer number two: After the 2nd touchdown the Hornets had a new place holder, Hornets punter Martin Kano. Just like Lerrone Morre's fumbled the result was the same as Kano fumbled the snap and once again Southern's defense held them at bay but this one was different because Southern's returned the blocked extra point and took it downfield to cut the Hornets lead to 19-16.

The third game changer occurred after the Hornets score a touchdown on the 2nd drive of the third quarter, everything went upside down. The Hornets defense were on the field for too long allowing Southern University to drive down the field and scoring points especially the 4th quarter. The Hornets defense were on the field for over 10 minutes in the 3rd quarter and almost six minutes in the 4th quarter. Not only was the defense was on the field too long they were Hornets players (both offense and defense) were getting hurt due to heat cramps because of the new turf that was made in the Florida Citrus Bowl. The temperature on the turf was 95 degrees and rising and I'm not talking about the weather forecast either.

The 4th game changer occurred in the 4th quarter when the Hornets offense running game was out of sync and poor time management because the Hornets would've have time to throw the ball down field and scored a touchdown then get a onside kick to tried to get the ball back. Instead time played against them. Then the Hornets defense didn't get mature in the fourth quarter to allowed Southern to scored 21 points in the final period to win the game.

I knew this is a young team but the Hornets did not need to blow a 11 point lead to lose the game. Al Lavan and the Hornets will use this game as a learning tool and prepared for Joe Taylor and Florida A&M in their home opener this Saturday night in Dover. I checked the weather forecast and the field will not be as hot as Orlando because the game time temperature will be anywhere between the 70s and 60s. This Saturday night will be no excuse for the Hornets. This season the Hornets football season theme will be to start strong and finished the job.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Not a Fun Labor Day Weekend for Hornets Sports

I hope everyone had a wonderful labor day weekend spending time with family & friends playing games, watching TV, hanging out, having good conversations, and throwing the best bar-b-que's ever.

Unfortunately, the Hornets football, soccer, and volleyball teams went through a very tough labor day weekend that ended in defeats.

Let's start off with the Lady Hornets soccer team.  They were trying to get their first win of season and just like last year, the lady hornets couldn't get a lot of offensive help as they lost two road games to Binghamton 1-0 on September 3 and Cornell 6-0 on September 5. Whats more bad news is that not only did the lady hornets lose their first four games of the season, but they where shutout for three straight games. Ouch.

The Lady Hornets volleyball team had a one day stay at the Buffalo Invitational losing a tough match to Central Connecticut State 3-2 and Buffalo 3-0. During the lady hornets lost to Central Connecticut State, the lady hornets had chances to put the lady Devils away but Central Connecticut State rallied and won the the last two matches to secure the win. The host Buffalo took the lady hornets to the limit and couldn't let DSU get any wins in three straight matches.

Now on the Hornets football team. Everyone was hyped to see the Hornets football team return to their winning ways. Instead they blew a 11 point lead in the second half as Southern University took advantage of the Hornets fatigue and beat DSU in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge 37-27. The two highlights of the game belong to Larrone Morre and Andre Carrol. Larrone was great on offense and special teams posting 186 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. He scored a 90 yard touchdown return and a 86 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Plus Andre Carrol made a career high of 13 tackles for the Hornets defense that stayed out on the field for a long period of time. I will have more on the MEAC/SWAC game between Delaware State and Southern on my next blog.

Now that the long tough Labor Day weekend is over let see if the Hornets fall sports can get back on the winning track throughout the rest of September.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hornets Football Season Preview

Well, well, well Hornets fans its time for the 2010 Delaware State Football season to begin starting this Sunday vs Southern University in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

Now everyone knows that I'm so hyped up about the upcoming season but most Hornets fans already at a cause for concern because the Hornets football team are having trouble winning games ever since they won the MEAC Championship back in 2007.

Ever since the Hornets won the MEAC title, the Hornets arehave a combine record of  9-13, plus there are some games the Hornets should've been won but end up in losses.

This season the Hornets only have eight starters returning on offense & defense and a whole lot of young players who will either start or be back up for the first time this season.

After last year's toughest schedule the Hornets still have a challenging year this year by playing FAMU, Coastal Carolina, Hampton, Morgan State, North Carolina A&T at homecoming and two time defending MEAC Champion South Carolina State.

Hornets head coach Al Lavan knows what kind of season his football team will get into thats why he had selected five captians to lead the Hornets this year.

On offense it will quarterback Anthony Glaud, who threw over 1,200 yards last year and ran for five touchdowns, offensive lineman Darryl Hicks, and wide receiver Lerrone Moore.

On the defensive side of the ball it will be defensive tackle Andre Carrol and cornerback Francis Adjei.

With a whole lot of young players on this team, the Hornets will face adversary once again. Even though the Hornets won't win the MEAC chmapionship this year, I'm pretty sure the Hornets will finished the season with a winning record of either five or six wins this season.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hornets Summer Wrap-Up 2K10

It was a quiet off season for Delaware state hornets athletics. There were some new recruiting regarding Equestrian, Soccer, and Volleyball. We have Hornets athletes that have honored by the MEAC and of course football, football, football.

Lets begin with Lady Hornets Equestrian, they were the main story of the summer since Delaware State decided to cut Equestrian last year. According to the July 28 article of The News Journal, after cutting the sport in January, DSU pledged to honor the scholarships of the affected athletes. 15 of the 20 women (including lead plaintiff Caroline Foltz of Dover, Delaware) decided to sue to save the team. The university later agreed to fund equestrian for one more season this coming academic year. Experts says that it will be its last is becoming more unlikely since the school is letting the sport Equestrian stay for one more year.

Now Delaware State is faced with not only budject problems for women sports, but Title IX violations. The University wanted to add competitive cheerleading but the court wouldn't allowed it.

Here is the main problem, Delaware State University female population is 60% but the female athletes are only 44% while the male athletes are 56%. That's a big deference. Can Delaware State University find a way add more women's sports to recruit more females to play sports and cut equestrian without any budject problems? This story between Delaware State University and the Equestrian team is far from over.
Meanwhile back on June 14 the Lady Hornets equestrian team had recruited six new riders (three English and three to compete for the Western squad): Taylor Scuse, Victoria Keen, Brittany Good, Erin Engard, Brooke Mazjuin, and Lauren Voss. These riders are highly skilled and proved to be a great asset to the Lady Hornets equestrian team.
Also there was more recruitment in Lady Hornets Volleyball. On June 21, Hornets recruited three new freshmen for the 2010 volleyball season: Middle blocker Brooke Redmon, Sonya Inderbitzen, and Jessica Brocher. These ladies has great skills and have what it takes to help the Lady Hornets Volleyball to another winning season.
Finally, the Lady hornets soccer team has recruited seven new soccer players from high school: Alexandra Broksy, Kathryn Marie Melore, Elizabeth Olivier, Darcy & Kelly Pelz Butler, and Kaitlyn Schech. These players will provide dept, skill, and knowledge to help the hornets win some good games this season.
Football season is about to start and the MEAC is expecting the Hornets to finish 7th in the MEAC. The Hornets are a pretty young team this year and might finished with six or seven wins this year. I will explain later on my next blog.

So without further let the 2010-2011 Delaware State Hornets sports season begin. HORNETS!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lady Hornets Softball Season Wrap-Up

The Delaware State Lady Hornets softball team finished the season with a winning record despite losing to Florida A&M in the MEAC Tournament back on May 14th to end the season.

None the less, the lady hornets were picking up some impressive numbers during the 2010 season.

At the plate, Delaware State finished 2nd in the MEAC in batting average (.319), 2nd in hits (410), tied for 1st with Howard in doubles (82), and tied for 2nd with Florida A&M in walks (131).

The Lady Hornets knew what head coach Jeff Savage main goals, get runners on base and scoring runs. Why do you think Delaware State is tied in Howard in runs scored per game (6.17) and 2nd in the MEAC in hits per game (8.54)?

That answer is simple clutch hits equals clutch runs by clutch players. Jeff Savage has seven Hornets batting .300 or better:
-Jo Jo Shields (.306)

-Sherelle Sheppard (.310)

-Andrea Waters (.314)

-Breanne Parr & Janelle Lukens (.328)

-Tawny Reeger (.340)

-Rachel Carroll (.342)

-Chelsea Stern (.354)

-Jordan Reid (.456)

Plus the lady hornets have made 94 stolen bases to lead the MEAC. The reason for that success to apply runners in scoring position to score runs even it mean making sacrifice flies and bunts.

Also the lady hornets pitching staff has improve from the last two season finishing 5th in Earned Run Average (3.44) and find ways to make outs with a fielding percentage of .948 (5th in the MEAC).

I know the lady hornets will be back better than ever and bring home another MEAC Championship next spring.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hornets Track & Field April/May Wrap-Up

Five April and May events were in the books for the Delaware State Hornets men's and women's track & field team. The Hornets are continuing to make great finishes including making history at Penn Relays.

Let start with the weekend of April 3 at the Florida Relays where the Hornet men had set a school record in the relay time of 3:17.60, nearly a second ahead of runner-up Florida (3:18.47).

Also Delaware State also took fourth place in the 1600-meter relay at the Florida meet with a time of 3:06.80.

On that same weekend some of the Hornets participants were at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Smith took home first place in the triple jump, topping all competitors with a leap of 14.16 meters (46-05.50) and Tyquan Brown was second in the 400-meter dash (47.77 sec.) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (21.90).

University of Delaware Open April 11
On the ladies side this event belong to Tracey Fan Fan as she took home top 10 finishes:

-2nd in the 100-meter hurdles (15.08 seconds)

-3rd in the 400-hurdles (1:06.11)

-2nd in the 400-meter relay team (48.27 seconds)

On the men's side, the Hornet men had seven 1st place finishes:
-Ryan Carter was involved in three first place finishes the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70 seconds, the 1600-meter relay team and anchored DSU's winning 100-meter relay squad.

Carter teamed with Tyquan Brown, Donte Holmes and Kevaughn Laviea to post a winning time of 3:15.95 seconds in the 1600 relay. He was joined by Brown, Larrone Moore and Darius Sivels on the first place 400-meter relay team.

Holmes was the winner in the 400-meter dash. He topped the field with a time of 47.86 seconds while Kelli Thibou took first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.25.

Eric Smith was the top performer in the triple jump. He followed his first place showing with a winning jump of 14.25 meters.

Sivels also topped all collegians in the long jump with a top leap of 6.91 meters.
April 20
Morgan State Legacy Meet

The Lady hornets may have finished ninth in team standings but they made eight top 10finishes.

Avery Cloud-Klein had the Hornets' best performance, finishing third in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:00.09.

Krystina Muhammad was sixth in the triple jump with a top leap of 11.26 meters (36-11.50 feet). Wendi Clark was ninth in the triple jump (10.54 m).

Dashera Richardson was seventh in the 800-meter run (2:21.28), while Nykeisha Sewell (4111 points), Kristen Johnson (4091) and Tracey Fan Fan (4040), were seventh to ninth, respectively, in the heptathlon.

Victoria McGroary was ninth in the pole vault (2.25 m).

On the men's side the Hornet men finished 4th in the standings while winning three events.

John Sutton took first place in the javelin with a top throw of 53.20 meters (174-06 feet).

Larrone Moore topped the field in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.56 seconds, while Donte Holmes posted a time of 1:52.52 to win the 800-meter run.
Penn Relays The Weekend of April 23

The Hornet men were making their marks at the Penn Relays after finishing second in the sprint medley relay Championship of America. The DSU team of Ryan Carter, Larrone Moore, Kevaughn Laviea and Donte Holmes posted a time of 3:18.40, trailing only LSU's 3:17.65. The Hornets finished ahead of Texas A&M (fifth), Arkansas (seventh), Louisville (ninth) and Clemson (10th) in the race.

They also finished second in the IC4A 800-meter relay with a school record of 1:23.85seconds just behind first-place Hampton (1:25.85).

It marks the second time that the Hornets have established a school record in the 4x200-meter relay this outdoor season.
The Hornet Invitational May 1

Talk about home field advantage in Alumni Stadium, both the men and lady hornets track & field team finished 1st in the overall team standings.

On the ladies side, Tracey Fan Fan took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.95. Fan Fan also ran the lead leg on the Hornets' first place 4x100-meter relay team. She joined Calisa Emerson, Kendra Mayers and Nykeisha Sewell to post a winning time of 47.24 seconds in the 400 relay.

Fan Fan finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.44 sec.), and ran the third leg on DSU's runner-up 4x400-meter relay team. The Hornets were clocked at a season-best 3:48.42 in the 1600-meter relay, 1/100th of a second behind first place Lincoln (3:48.42).

Dashera Richardson won the 800-meter run. Richardson topped all competitors with a time of 2:18.49.

The Hornets had second place finishes from Mayers in the 400-meter dash (56.79 sec.) and Shaquana Neils in the 5000-meter run (28:11.66) while Kristina Muhammad was third in the triple jump (11.38 meters), and Avery Cloud-Klein was third in the 1500-meter run (5:14.53).

On the men's side Larrone Moore recorded an individual win and contributed to two first place relays in the 200-meter dash (21.05 seconds), the 4x100-meter relay (41.25 seconds), and the 4x400 meter relay (3:12.16).

Donte Holmes also took first place in the 800-meter run wit a time of 1:51.86.

Other Hornet winning performances included Kevaughn Laviea and John Sutton. Laviea was clocked at 51.94 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles, while Sutton had a top throw of 53.09 meters to win the javelin.
The men's and lady hornets outdoor track & field team has a great season and this weekend they will tried to become MEAC Champions or finished in the top 10 at the MEAC Championships.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lady Hornets Equestrian Season Wrap-Up

Its been a up and down season for the Delaware State Lady Hornets equestrian team. At the beginning of season, the lady hornets were ready for another great season of competition plus they signing their best recruit.

During the first three months of the season the Lady Hornets fought hard against great equestrian teams like South Dakota State, Texas Christian, Delaware, Auburn, Tennessee-Martin, Kansas State, and Baylor.

When January came, everything changed from good to bad to worst. Athletic Director Derek Bell and the university announced to drop men's tennis and equestrian due to budget problems.

That announcement didn't sit well with entire lady hornets equestrian team so they took immediate action by staging a protest that in from of the administrative building. Also the equestrian team was also taking DSU to court for violation Title IX.

Even though the lady hornets fought hard to keep the sport they love, they also had other competition to deal like Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina, New Mexico State, and Scared Heart.

After all the court room drama and the previous news stories from Delaware news medias were taking place, Lady hornets equestrian will stay for one more year.

Since next year will be their last year of equestrian, the lady hornets will show the Delaware State Athletic department that equestrian will be a competitive team no matter budget crisis they are in.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Young Hornets Shows Improvement During the Spring Game

Yesterday I didn't get a chance to go to Hornets Spring Game scrimmage. But when I read the article from The News Journal about the spring game, the Hornets were finding signs of good progress.

It all starts with Hornets quarterback Anthony Glaud. Glaud was finding his receivers left, right, and the middle of the field were he went four-for-four on a 80yard scoring drive.

Then, it was on to the defense when last year the Hornets keep giving opponents big plays. during the spring game, the defense made two interceptions. One by Chris Johnson and other by Terell Talbert who return that pick for a touchdown.

A lot of backups and starters are filling the right notes, as they expected from a young team, to bring big accomplishments this season.

I still think the Hornets have a long way to go. Even though spring practice is over there is summer practice to deal with before the regular season begins.

Overall I just hope the Hornets continue to build that momentum come summer camps and September.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lady Hornets Bowling Season Wrap-Up

The 2009-2010 Lady Hornets bowling had a great year and picking up where they left off from last season. With their new coach Ricki Williams-Ellison and the a great roster, the lady hornets finished their season with a record of 98-36.

Delaware State were bowling for strikes, spares, 7/10 splits, and no gutter balls to become MEAC regular season champions.

Delaware State were playing tough opponents such as University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Arkansas State, New Jersey City, Kutztown, and other top bowling teams in the nation.

In the MEAC Tournament, the lady hornets were the number one seed but it wasn't easy to say the least especially in the championship round versus UMES. UMES forces Delaware State to a winner take sudden death elimination game. The Lady Hornets prevail and went on to become the two time MEAC tournament champions.

In the NCAA Tournament, the lady hornets wanted to get to the NCAA Championship and become National Champions. However, it was short stay as the lady hornets as they lost in a double elimination game against number three seed Vanderbilt and number two seed Arkansas State.

The Lady Hornets proved to the MEAC Conference that even though with a new coach and new squad they are here to compete winning bowling games and Baker matches. Come next year the lady hornets bowling team will be stronger than ever.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pretty Good March For Lady Hornets Softball

It was a good March for the Delaware State Lady Hornets softball. Through 18 games in the month of March the Lady Hornets head into April with a 10-8 record batting .304 and averaging 5.7 runs per game.

The Lady Hornets can find ways to score with their baserunning and putting the ball in play but their pitching needs improvement.

The Lady Hornets pitching ERA is 11.85. Yikes!!! I'm pretty sure their starting pitching can do a lot better espcially in April and May. Already through April 6 the Lady Hornets were swept at the hands of Howard Univeristy.

Can the Lady Hornets continue their winning way or will they will end up in a long slump?

A Difficult March for Hornets Baseball

For a minute I thought the Hornets baseball will have a great start to the 2010season. Instead the Hornets were on the outside looking in.

During their 14 game stretch non-conference schedule in March, the Hornets finished the month with a 1-13 record with bad offense batting .219 and averaging only 3.4 runs a game. The reason why the numbers was so low is because the Hornets were falling behind early in a big hole and couldn't get out of a jam.

Its not just the offense its also their pitching performance as well. Their ERA is disappointing 13.77. The Hornets have to do a better with their pitching command if they wanted to win a lot a ball games and dethrone Bethune-Cookman.

April looks bright for the Hornets with good home game. Through April 6 the Hornets took two of three from University of Maryland Eastern Shore on the road.

Now the Hornets are looking to proved to the MEAC Conference they can be a good contender when they play Towson (two times), Coppin State (three times), University of Delaware, Florida A&M (three times), Georgetown, and Norfolk State (three times).

Lets see if coach J.P. Blandin can find a different strategy to find ways to score and get their pitching performance in order.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lady Hornets Bowling 2X MEAC Champions

Even with a new coach, the results remain the same for the Delaware State Lady Hornets Bowling team as they are the two time MEAC Tournament Bowling Champions.

The Lady Hornets were the number one seed in the MEAC Bowling Tournament with wins over Bethune Cookman (first round), Norfolk State (second round), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (third round).

In the championship round, both teams went back and forth in Baker play. Tied at three games, the Lady Hawks topped DSU 206-205 to force another match in the double-elimination bracket.

With everything on the line, the lady hornets didn't panic as both teams went back and forth again until the fifth and decided match has started. It appears to be a best of three as the lady hornets won the fifth match but UMES refused to quick to win the sixth match and forced a the seventh and final match.

Lady Hornets dug deep and pull off the victory in the final match to the MEAC Tournament Champions.

I am so proud of the lady hornets for what they accomplish this year. Also for new coach Ricki Williams-Ellison its was a wonderful start to her coaching career during her first year as lady hornets bowling coach.

Now the lady hornets are heading for the NCAA Bowling Tournament for the second straight year whoever their opponent is, the Lady Hornets will be ready to pick up where they left off. Last year, the lady hornets posted their first NCAA tournament victory and went on to the final four only to lose in the semi-finals to national champion Nebraska.

This year the lady will be stinging down pins and bowling for strikes in en route to hopefully become National Champions.

Stingers: The Hornets are the third team to win back-to-back MEAC bowling titles in the 11-year history of the tournament, joining Maryland-Eastern Shore (2005-08) and North Carolina A&T (2001-04).

This also marks the first time that a Delaware State team in any sport has captured consecutive MEAC championships since women's indoor track & field earned five straight titles from 1984 to 1988.

Once again congratulations to the Delaware State Lady Bowling team for becoming MEAC Bowling Tournament Champions. Good luck in the NCAA Tournament. HORNETS!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hornets Basketball Season Review (Men's Edition)

Lets just called the Hornets men's basketball season the almost-redeem team. The reason why I say that is because last season the Hornets only had eight wins all season, six of them where conference. Plus they had a lot of junior transfers but that plan didn't work and Hornets didn't play with a lot of heart. That can frustrated for Coach Greg Jackson, Sr.

This year is way more different. The Hornets was protecting homecourt, their defense was like the Detroit Pistons, find ways to score, keep opponents frustrated when they cant get the ball also letting the Delaware State crowd get into game by making more noise. Plus the Hornets proved doubters wrong because the Hornets were picked to finished ninth in the MEAC Conference. Instead they finished second. The reason why I say almost redeem season is to what happen in the MEAC Tournament but I will get those details later.

For now lets take a stroll down memory lane as we recap the 2009-2010 Hornets basketball season.

Home court advantage:
Hornets started the season 4-1

The Hornets started season fresh and was tested tough at home by Division I, Division II, and Division III opponents.

DSU 67, Holy Family 57
Hornets witnessed the debut of freshman Alibaba Odd, who became a fan favorite in Memorial Hall when he scored 15 points vs Holy Family. The Hornets defense forced Holy Family to commit 20 turnovers which result in 17 Hornets points off of turnovers.

DSU 60, Wilmington College 44
For the third straight year, Delaware State continued their winning ways against Goldey-Beacom's rival Wilmington College as three different Hornets scored in double figures but its wasn't their shooting. It was their defense and their free-throws that gave the Hornets the victory. Delaware State forced Wilmington College to commit 26 turnovers that result in 23 Hornets points. Also the Hornets made 85% from the free throw line in order to make up for their shooting troubles.

Maine 59, DSU 56
The Hornets almost did everything right: shooting 50% from the field, 46% from three point land, 75% from the free throw line, and used their full court press through most of the game. There were two mistakes that cost the Hornets the game. The first mistake was that they were get out rebounded by Maine's big men by getting second chance points. Second mistake the Hornets couldn't score a bucket in the final 2:47 of the second half.

DSU 59, Mary Washington 43
It wasn't the Hornets starters that helped win the game, it was the bench players that gave the Hornets momentum. Despite Marcus Neal performance (17 points and five three pointers), the bench gave a huge lift by scoring 29 points and the defense kept Mary Washington in check.

DSU 75, University of Delaware 67
It was the first state rivalry that everyone has been waiting for. For the first time since 2000 Delaware State and University of Delaware were duking it out on the hardwood and both teams didn't let the fans disappointed. The atmosphere was full of Hornet red all around Memorial Hall with very few Blue Hen fans. None the less it was the Frisco Sandidige Show scoring a career high 26 points. It also a free throw shooting contest but the Hornets were going to the free throw 40 times making 30 of those free throws. That's a lot of free throws.

Non-Conference Games Full Brick Walls; Hornets lose six straight games
The Hornets continued their non-conference schedule this time on the road trip and on the wrong side of the tracks scoring only 49 points a game. The one game that would've been a Hornets victory was against University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Delaware state had chances to win but missing key shots down the stretch cost the Hornets the game as they couldn't secured their first conference win. Other than that the shots were not fallen as the Hornets played tough teams like Arizona State, UCLA, Ohio State, and Arkansas.

I give Hornets credit versus Ohio State because they stay in the game for most of the 1st half. The Buckeye crowd was booing their own team and the Hornets did whatever to prevent Ohio State from scoring a lot of points. However without Evan Turner due to injury the Buckeyes manage some key runs on offense and prevent the hornets from making easy shots to pull ahead to win the game.

Then on the day before the New Years Eve, the Hornets were back home against Lehigh University. DSU came from behind and Jay Threatt tied the game with under 20 seconds left in the 2nd half. With time running out Threatt had a chance to be the hero instead he tried to draw the foul and the layup was missed followed by a missed put back by Marcus Neal as the game went into overtime. In the overtime period, the Hornets struggle on offense and defense as they were outscored 13-7 in a 73-66 defeat.

A Big Test to Proved Doubters Wrong
Now its was the moment of truth the MEAC Conference Schedule. The Hornets started the month of January 6-1 with making huge home wins over Winston-Salem State (at the buzzer), South Carolina State, and Hampton (snowstorm game).

Also the road wins over Coppin State (on ESPNU), Bethune-Cookman, and FAMU. The Hornets only lost came at the hand of Morgan State. DSU had a 15 point lead until the final seven minutes when Morgan State rallied to win to game thanks to a Hornet collapse.

In February and March 4, was a nothing but crazy defense, great plays on offense, fun memories and not so good memories.

The best games were the four game home stead where Delaware State went 3-1 with with wins over Bethune-Cookman, FAMU, and Coppin State. The most exciting game was the rematch between DSU and Morgan State. Morgan State tried to take the Hornet crowd out of the game but late in the second half the Hornets rally but fell short on a missed three pointer.

Last but certainly not least is the final home game of the year when we say goodbye to our Hornet seniors Frisco Sandidge, Marcus Neal, Greg Smith, and Kris Douse.

The Hornets were playing University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Even though the Hornets 57-37 win, it was the war of words between Hornets fans and Hawks fans. Hawk fans and cheerleaders tried to get the best of Hornet fans but DSU fans made the best noise with their chants, the trash talking and cheerleaders.
A Roller Coaster Ride in the MEAC Tournament
In the quarterfinals the Hornets were playing against Bethune-Cookman. The Hornets had commanding lead but the Wildcats refuse to quit in the second half as they made key buckets and free throws to rally. DSU struggle to survive but made sure Bethune-Cookman didn't win the game.

During the semi-finals against South Carolina State, the Hornets shooting was very cold as ice and the defense barely kept them in the game. During the final eight minutes of the second half, the Hornets rally making key buckets, free throws and picking up the defense as the Hornets take the lead. However, South Carolina State forced overtime with a game-tying three pointer to forced overtime.

During the overtime session, both teams traded baskets as the Hornets took a slight four point lead but South Carolina State made key free throws and rebounds to end the game and putting a heartbreak to the Hornets season.
It was a good season for the Delaware State Hornets basketball season. Their defense was great but their offense has got to score more points. this year the Hornets only average 58.5 points per game. If the Hornets don't score in the 60s or 70s next year, there will problems come next year for the Hornets.

If the Hornets can keep up their intensive defense, then the Hornets will able win a whole lot of games come next season.

Now that our four seniors are graduating, its up to Chad Wilson, Marques Oliver, Jay Threatt, and Trevor Welcher to pick up the pieces of where they left off. Will the Hornets continue their winning ways or will it be a sluggish year in 2010-2011 for Greg Jackson senior and the Hornets? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Roller Coaster MEAC Tournament for the Hornets

For the Delaware State Hornets men's basketball team it was both determenation and heartbreaking.

Last year the Hornets were one and done in a first round of the MEAC Tournament against Hampton University.

This year the Hornets played with heart and intensity to become oh so close from reaching the MEAC Championship game.

In the quarterfinals versus Bethune-Cookman, the Hornets were off to a great start shooting five three pointers, forcing Bethune-Cookman to commit 11 turnovers and fitting the right notes lead by Marcus Neal and have a 32-22 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, the roller coaster started. The Hornets had 43-24 lead until Bethune-Cookman began chipping away the lead by hitting their shots and making a 17 of their 21 free throws. I was saying to myself oh-no this can't be happening.

Delaware State didn't panic until the last 10 seconds of the game when Jay Threatt miss both free throws and Wildcats had the final possession with a chance to win the game or send it into overtime. The problem was that Stanley Elliot of the Wildcats missed a short jumper, and Alexander Starling's tip-in was disallowed after an officials' review determined that time had expired.

Hornets players and coaches were so disappointed after the game because they blew a 19 point lead only to win by only two points.

During the semi-finals against South Carolina State, the Hornets were having trouble shooting the ball and making free throws. Delaware State was fourtune to be down by only seven points at halftime.

During the first 12 minutes of the second half the Hornets were just shooting low percentage shots and the defense couldn't stop the speedy plays of the Bulldogs and just like that they were down 49-34.

I was keeping track of the game on MEAC and and I was praying for the Hornets to make a huge spark and start a rally.

Just like that during the final eight minutes the Hornets rallied with their defense, making high percentage shots, and making free throws when it counted.

The best one of all is when Delaware State made a 17-2 run which include Marcus Neal and Frisco Sandidge converting three-point plays during the Delaware State rally.

Hornets stretch the lead to to 55-51 with 80 seconds left in regulation.

I was on the edge on my seat hoping that Delaware State will finished the job and play Morgan State in round three instead it went down like crazy.

After Trevor Welcher made two free throws the Hornets were 20 seconds away from a date with destiny until South Carolina State made game tying three pointer and I was like oh no here we go again.

Jay Threatt was running down the court trying to make the game winning basket and draw contact, instead Threatt was called for the offensive foul.

The Bulldogs had five seconds to get a shot off to either tied or win the game.

South Carolina State appeared to win the gave at the buzzer in regulation when a desperation shot near half court by Brandon Smalls went high off the rim and through the net, but the Bulldog bench had called for a timeout before the shot.

So overtime began and I was hoping again that the Hornets would finished the job. I don't know how many times I said that.

Both teams traded baskets until South Carolina State took the lead and pulled away with a victory thanks to the Hornets missing several key buckets and free throws.

It was devastating and heartbroken at the same time. Give Hornets credit, they fought hard to come back and had several chances to put the game away.

However, missing shots, free throws, bad defense, and falling behind through most of the game cost the Hornets the game and the season.

Rest assure the Delaware State Hornets will be back better than ever in the MEAC Tournament.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lady Hornets Played With Heart in a Losing Effort

I give the lady hornets credit, they fought hard all night versus the University of Maryland of Eastern Shore.

During the lady hornets 58-55 heartbreaking lost on Senior Night the lady hornets we're falling behind all game until early in the second half when the lady hornets took a 10 point lead.

Lets think about it, throughout most of the season the lady hornets were falling behind early but manges to rallied, take the lead, and struggle to get back rhythm.

The lady hornets showed heart all game long, with defense, making some good shots and free throws.

The only thing that doomed the Lady Hornets was the Hawks defense and the let down of the second half by not scoring some good buckets when it matters and letting UMES getting to the free throw line.

Selena Galloway and the Lady Hornets wanted to win so badly because if the lady hornets won the game, they would have gained a lot of momentum for the first round of the MEAC Tournament.

The second half started with the lady hornets scored 15 straight point resulting a 22-1 run. In the final 12 mminutes, the lady hornets were in a six mintue drought until the final four mintues of the game when they had one final push before running out of time.

I feel the lady hornets pain all season with all the injuries and a very struggling offense the lady hornets had always send all their MEAC oppentents the same message: "We show heart and never quit."

That attitude will helped the lady hornets heading into Tuesday's MEAC Tournament win or lose and that's the bottom line.

The Battle of School Spirit: Delaware State University vs University of Maryland Eastern Shore

It was the last home game of the season and what a great way to end a winning season than to have the Delaware State Hornets play against another MEAC rival the University of Maryland Eastern-Shore.

This was more than just a game in the Hornets Nest, it was all who had the most school pride to help guide their team to victory.

I arrived at the lady hornets game first and I saw a long line of Hawks fans trying to get tickets to the game and I'm like when will the Hornet fans will show up?

I kept forgetting the DSU students had classes, rehearsals, jobs, and homework.

None the less I was enjoying the ladies game for a while until UMES fans starting to make a lot of noise and the UMES cheerleaders and dancers got into the act as well throughout most of the ladies game.

I wasn't going to sit there and let UMES take over the Hornets house so I begin standing up and give UMES an earful to get their attention. Quickly the battle had started.

During the first eight minutes of the second half the Lady Hornets had a double digit lead before UMES called timeout. I yelled at UMES fans yelling, "Why yall so quiet?!!!"

After the UMES time out, the lady Hawks chipped away the lady hornets lead and bringing the Hawks crowd back into game for the final 12 minutes of the second half.

As time went down on the Lady Hornets senior night, Hornet fans were slowly coming in filling in the seats to see if the lady hornets rally one more time. All of a sudden I became horsed so I decided to relax for the rest of the second half with the DSU Die Hards.

When the men's game started the atmosphere was loud, rockin', crunk, and down right crazy as fans from both schools duke it out for supremacy.

When UMES did a little chant "We're going make some noise," me and other Hornet fans repeat the same chant they did everytime the Hornets had the basketball. Hawk fans didn't like it one bit so they bring their flyswatters waving them in the air. Luckly for us Hornets fans we took one their flyswatters and threw it in the garbage.

There was more were that came as the war of words escalates in a heated battle.

During one the media time outs of the men's game the UMES Cheerleaders came on to mid-court to do a cheer but Hornets fans was booing so loud you can barley hear what the Hawks cheerleaders was saying.

Hawks fans up the ante by remixing the DSU I thought you knew what chant with UMES but DSU fans countered it very quick with our own DSU chant.

Don't get me wrong but almost most of the fans didn't pay attention to the game or the scoreboard for that matter.

All night long Hornets fans were all over UMES when we chanted "You Suck!!!"

When the second half started, the crowd intensify but soon the Hornet fans took over for the remainder of the game. I was trying to figure out what joke or chant the other Hornet fans were saying to the UMES male Cheerleader. Whatever the joke was the crowd got a big laugh and pointed him out like he got embarrassed on Showtime at the Appollo.

The Hornets fans were greeted to a treat when DSU's Roy from The Approaching Storm Marching Band took his pep band uniform off and show his cheerleading outfit and did conservative jump spits that got the crowd jumpin and loud.

As always we wrap up the night with the Get Up Crackhead song by the band that had the whole gym rockin as the Hornet crowd party the rest of the game and after the game as well as UMES fans sat quietly with nothing else to say.

This was the most fun game since the DSU/Morgan State game back on February 17 and the DSU/University of Delaware game back on December 1.

I'm glad over 1,400 fans had a great time battling against Hawks fans and hopefully next year DSU will bring more fun to the basketball games at a whole different level.

Hornets Defense Held UMES In Check

Thursday night was momentum time for the Delaware State Hornets men's basketball team, and a great way to build momentum is during Senior Night at Memorial Hall versus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

During the Hornets 57-37 victory, the Hornets offense were making shots left and right shooting 52% from the field. At the same time, the Hornets defense made sure the Hawks can only get to the free throw line one time and forcing them to committed 11 first half turnovers. The Hornets defense made six steals in the first half to make UMES night problematic.

In the second half, the Hornets took their defense to a whole new level by blocking shots, stealing the ball nine times, and forcing the UMES to committed 11 more turnovers, shoot 40% from the field with one assist and poor free throw shooting.

This was the fewest points the Hornets had ever let their opponent score this season.

Plus defense lead to good offense as the Hornets dominated points off of turnovers with 22 points of the teams 57 points.

Even though the Hawks had the crowd hype up most the game, UMES couldn't help themselves as the Hornets outscored UMES 15-1 in the final 3:11 to win the game thanks to some key free throws down the stretch.

Now that the Hornets secured the number two seed, lets see if the Hornet men can do a better job in this year's MEAC Tournament compared to last year.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lady Hornets Kicking Off the Season 4-0

During the first four games of the 2010 softball season, the Delaware State Lady Hornets Softball team is off to great start with a record of 4-0.

During the first four games of the season the Lady Hornets has scored nine or more runs this season.

No wonder this team is batting .423 with 18 stolen bases, 60 hits, 58 runs scored, 43 RBI's, and a slugging percentage .549.

Plus there are nine lady hornets who are batting .300 or better.

The lady hornets are following the Hornets baseball team formula of scoring more runs than home runs.

Now that March is here, the lady hornets, who predicted to finished third in the MEAC Conference, has a tall order ahead of them with University of Delaware and three classic tournament games to play.

Lets see if the Lady Hornets can continue their winning ways come April and May when the MEAC tournament starts.

Good Start for Hornets Baseball So Far

Batter up!!! Hornets baseball season has started and already Delaware State is off to good start to kick off the 2010 season.

Through March 2 (six games), the Hornets, who were predicted to finished fourth in the MEAC Conference, are playing .500 baseball and putting up good numbers in the MEAC Conference as they continue to strive for a winning season.

The Hornets are second in batting average (.262), fourth in slugging percentage (.387), number one in on base percentage (.429), number one in runs score (61), third in hits (62), number one in RBI's (49), second in doubles (11), fourth in total bases (82), first in walks (40), first in hit by pitches (13), first in sac-bunts (8), first in the batting average with the bases loaded (.400), and first with two-out RBI's (16).

Wow!!! That's a lot stats but hey the Hornets showed the MEAC conference that do a lot a hitting and scoring besides home runs.

Even though their pitching is not too great through six games (5.68 ERA), I'm sure they get that in order as the season continues in to the month of March with massive home games versus Temple, Fairfield, St. Peters, Georgetown, and Savannah State.

Also with key road for Hornets baseball, Delaware State vs University of Delaware March 16 in Newark, Delaware.