In the Bonus: Bowie State at ECSU Basketball

Elizabeth City State went 1-1 for its Winter Homecoming on Saturday against Bowie State.

The Lady Vikings rallied from a 13-point third quarter deficit to beat the Lady Bulldogs 57-55.

The past two home games, the ECSU women have shown grit along with the growing pains of a young team.

As for the men, the Vikings are slumping at the worst time.

After beginning 2016 with four consecutive wins, the Vikings lost their fourth consecutive game, falling to the Bulldogs 72-65.

All four losses have been in CIAA Northern Division games.

Before the game, senior guard Miykael Faulcon was presented his 1,000 career point game ball in front of the Winter Homecoming crowd.

Faulcon surpassed the mark during the Jan. 9 home contest against Johnson C. Smith.

All-Academic Team

ECSU announced the Athletic Director’s All-Academic Team from the Fall 2015 semester.

In order to make the list, a student-athlete had to have a 3.0 grade point average or above.

Name               Sport
Melissa Borum Bowling
Khadijah Bryant Women Basketball, Cross County
Diamond Davis Softball
Chelsey Elliott Volleyball, Women’s Basketball
Jonquin Elliott Men’s Cross Country
Jefferey Flores Football
Rachel Gilikin Softball
Morgan Howell Softball
Iran James Football
Matthew Jones Football
Daquan Neal Football
Jasmine Nixon Women Basketball, Cross County
Daniel Nobles Golf
Johnny Nunn Football
Dwayne Ponton Golf
Melissa Reid Women Basketball, Cross County
Efrain Rosado Men’s Cross Country
Stanley Speed Football
Jonathan Stroud Football
John Tatum Men’s Basketball
Alton Turner Football
Kelsey White Softball
Darren Wilson Football
Nathaniel Wilson Men’s Basketball
Zhana Winters Volleyball
Kyrell Wright Men’s Basketball

In total, 26 athletes made the list.


Video: Zack Valentine NFL gold football presentation

On Monday, Edenton held a pep rally for alum Zack Valentine, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. The 1975 John A. Holmes grad gave the school a gold football to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s showcase game. It also makes Edenton eligible for grant money through the NFL. Click here for the video.

Basketball Rewind — Lincoln (Pa.) at ECSU

ECSU concluded a lengthy home stand on Wednesday as they hosted Lincoln (Pa.).

In the men’s game ECSU fell to Lincoln 83-74.

Miykael Faulcon scored 22 points to lead the Vikings.

Before tip-off of the men’s game, former longtime ECSU men’s basketball coach Robert L. Vaughan was recognized for his 88th birthday.

For more on coach Vaughan and the men’s game click here.

The Lady Vikings ended the home stretch on a high note as they defeated the Lady Lions 65-62.

Imani Heggins led the Lady Vikings with 15 points.

Basketball Rewind — Currituck at Pasquotank

Pasquotank hosted Currituck in a pair of Northeastern Coastal Conference matchups on Tuesday.

Lindsey Lykins scored 16 points, while Jessica Smith followed with 12 as the Currituck girls basketball team defeated Pasquotank 44-38.

Amaya Simpson led Pasquotank with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Panthers in defeat.

In the boys contest, Pasquotank rallied in the final quarter for the 53-49 win.

Corey Jackson led Pasquotank with 24 points, while Tre Burton led Currituck with 19 points.

Basketball Rewind — Pasquotank vs. Northeastern at ECSU

Pasquotank and Northeastern renewed their rivalry on the hardwood on Friday night at the Vaughan Center.

In the girls contest, Pasquotank held on for the 65-62 win over the Lady Eagles.

Amaya Simpson led Pasquotank with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Trey Carver put on a dunk show for Northeastern in the boys contest.

Carver, a senior, scored 24 points to lead NHS past Pasquotank 67-49.

Rewind — Johnson C. Smith at ECSU basketball

Elizabeth City State split a basketball double-header against Johnson C. Smith at the Vaughan Center on Saturday.

In the women’s game, Johnson C. Smith beat ECSU 66-53.

Jalyn Brown led the Lady Vikings with 17 points in the loss. The setback placed the Lady Vikings in last place in the CIAA Northern Division.

CIAA women's basketball standings as of Jan. 10, 2016
CIAA women’s basketball standings as of Jan. 10, 2016

ECSU defeated the Golden Bulls 81-71, in the men’s contest.

Senior Miykael Faulcon went over the 1,000-point mark in his career at ECSU in the second half. Faulcon finished with 25 points.

DeCarlos Anderson led the Vikings with 28 in the win.

The Vikings are 2-0 on the CIAA portion of the home stand. The Vikings host Winston-Salem State on Monday.

The recent surge by the Vikings has placed them tied for third place in the Northern Division.

CIAA men's basketball standings as of Jan. 10, 2016
CIAA men’s basketball standings as of Jan. 10, 2016

ECSU can make up more ground in the standings as Chowan and Lincoln (Pa.) come to the Vaughan Center for the final two games of the current six-game home slate.

Camden’s Scott Jones remarks on retirement

One of the last things Scott Jones wanted was to draw attention to himself, even upon his retirement from Camden County High School after more than two decades as a coach, teacher and athletic director.

“You see what’s he making me do,” Jones said to Camden boys basketball coach Mark Harnly, who assumed the AD role at the school, when talking about me interviewing him and taking photos.

“You need to do it,” Harnly replied. “You deserve it.”

Jones would prefer digging ditches, but by looking at the number of reads online, Facebook and Twitter comments and likes to Sunday’s story, Harnly was right.

I thought I’d throw in some added comments from Jones and others interviewed that didn’t make it in the retirement piece below. Feel free to share your favorite moments or sayings from the Camden native.

On his cold exterior as a first impression:

“I ain’t going to light up a room when I come into it by any stretch of the imagination. Once you get to know me and see how I am, yes, I have a great time with coaches and people in general.”

His constant maintenance of the football/baseball field:

“I was blessed when got here, agriculture teacher Terry Forehand kept the field maintained. It was his baby, and when I became football coach part of the responsibilities were to help with the field. It was immaculate and I felt very fortunate that it was like that. It’s an unwritten thing that you don’t practice on this field. It’s become mine and it’s a labor of love. I love cutting the grass and making it look right and getting it right for Friday nights. To me Friday nights are not just for the football team. It’s for the band and whole community. I want it to be a showplace for when people come here and say, ‘Man that is a great looking field. I would love to play on that field.’”

On his wife’s support:

“She’s raised our daughter, and I’ve taken a lot of problems home, and she’s listened to all of them. She’s the main cog in me being able to do this stuff out here. She’s never said anything about the time I spend out here, because she knows it has to be done and only a certain amount of people that can do it or are going to do it. She’s the best.”

Why retire now?

“It has a lot to do with my family. Having the chance to see my granddaughters grow up now and spend time with my wife, that’s played a huge part of it.”

Camden girls basketball player Tyrelia Sawyer-Mercer:

“He was always in my ear bugging me to do better, and I didn’t understand then what he meant until my junior year when I got most improved. He’ll say, ‘When I stop coaching you, that’s what you should worry.'”

Camden football, boys basketball player Ja’Kori Evans:

“It’s how much he cares about not only his athletes but his students. He cares a lot and actually pushes you to do your best every day. He teaches you a lot. He is Camden. Whenever you see him you kind of get a little extra happiness in your day. If you’re down, you see coach Jones, you always feel a little better. It’ll be weird without him.”

Evans on Jones’ work ethic:

“He would do push-ups after practices just to show us he could do it, too. He definitely wanted to show he could still outwork us. When he flips the hat around, old man Jones is coming out.”

Camden girls basketball player Janah Hassell (no relation to me, I get that a lot BTW):

“The last three games I probably cried after every single one, because he’d give us a speech. He said he had been coaching for 28 years and was glad this team would be the last one he’d ever coach. It tore us all up.

“If I’ve needed help with anything I’ve always gone to coach Jones. I’ve cried on coach Jones’ shoulder, I’ve laughed on coach Jones’ shoulder, he’s always been there.”

Camden girls basketball player Carlia Harrell:

“He says he takes every day as his last because he said he wasn’t suppose to be here (a freak shooting accident could have cost him his life as a youth). So everything he does he does it like it’s his last day.

“(Jones said after one game) You guys might take this seriously, but I take it seriously because I have a limited time with you guys. We’re playing and have the rest of the season but we didn’t think we’re his last team.”

Edenton athletic director Wes Mattera, who played under Jones when he returned to his alma mater in 1992:

“He’s put Camden back on the map. When I first came to high school we went through some lean years and weren’t as talented. Coach Jones came from New Bern in 1992 and brought a whole new mentality.

“He’ll tell you his legacy is built on the kids that he’s impacted, people like myself and Jon Blank (now coach at Washington). I owe everything to coach Jones, he got me my first job (as a high school football assistant coach) after coming home from Ferrum after a year as a GA (graduate assistant), and I was going to go back to GA. He put his neck out for me and made that recommendation (to New Bern and coach Chip Williams). I’m greatly in debt to him.”

— Owen Hassell