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Applewhite named to NABC All-District 2nd Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Junior forward Damani Applewhite was named to the NABC All-District Second Team announced by the The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The 2018-19 NABC Division I All-District teams, are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.

The Fayetteville, North Carolina, native, earned his second postseason award after recently being named to the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-MEAC Second Team. Applewhite led the team in scoring this past season averaging 16.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. He also reached a career milestone this season scoring his 1000th career-point against Bethune-Cookman on March 2nd.

“It's always great to be acknowledged by your competitors. Damani has earned this recognition through his hard work and dedication to basketball and our program here at South Carolina State,” said head coach Murray Garvin. “We all know that his best basketball is still ahead of him and we look forward to his senior year in 2019-20.”

Claflin baseball visits Paine

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Claflin University baseball team will travel to Paine College of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest at Lions Field.

 Claflin will take a 14-9 record into the game after falling to intrastate rival Francis Marion University 10-5 the last time out.

 Paine is 3-14-1 with a six-game losing streak and 2-8 at home this season. The Lions three victories came over area foe Voorhees College (11-0), Saint Anselm College (10-9) and Miles College (8-1).

 The Panthers will be facing their third team from the SIAC this season. Claflin departed the conference in the summer of 2018. The Panthers won both of their previous two series against SIAC opponents, Miles 2-1 and Tuskegee University 2-1, finishing with a 4-2 record.

 In those six games, Claflin batted .366 (71-for-194) with 45 runs scored and six home runs.

 For the season, the Panthers are batting .309 with 12 home runs and 176 runs scored for a 7.7 per game average.

Craig Hopkins leads the Claflin offense with a .438 batting averages along with team-highs in home runs at four and RBIs at 25.

 Gerardic Dobbs is the other .400 hitter for the Panthers at .402 with a team-high 33 hits, while Eric McElveen is hitting .390 with 30 hits.

 Claflin pitching trio of Makai Holloway, Dillon Parker and Cleveland Westbrook all have three wins on the season.

 Following the Paine matchup, Claflin will be off until next weekend when they host another SIAC member in Morehouse College. The three-game series consist of a double-header on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a single game on Sunday at 1p.m.

Claflin softball sweeps Fayetteville State

Claflin University pitchers recorded two shutouts as the Lady Panthers softball team remained unbeaten in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play, sweeping the Broncos of Fayetteville State University, 8-0 and 3-0, Saturday at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg.

The sweep gives Claflin its 22nd win of the season and 10th win in the conference

Fayetteville State drops to 3-17 and 3-5 in the CIAA.

Freshman pitcher Bre’Zhay Chambers set the tone for the day, finishing game with a one hit shut-out -- her fourth of the season. Chambers recorded eight strikeouts with just one walk against 19 batters faced.

The Broncos' one hit came in the final inning of the 5-inning run rule game.

The Lady Panthers' offense knocked out 10 hits over five innings. Ashley Thomas and Kaela Robinson led Claflin with two hits each. The Lady Panthers had eight different runners to cross the plate in the win.

The Broncos' defense was more solid in game two, holding Claflin to just three hits and three runs.

Kayla Cato hit a home run in the bottom of the six for one of the three runs by Claflin in game two.

 LaKaylin Lee, and Chelise Morman scored the other two runs in the game.

Shaniya Thomas was solid on the mound for Claflin, holding the Broncos to just one hit with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

The Lady Panthers will step out of conference, Wednesday when they host Benedict College in a doubleheader at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg

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