For seniors McKinley McNeill of Parkland (Class 4-A) and Tony Davis of Atkins (Class 1-A), winning titles in the 400-meter dash was a grand way to close out their high school careers as the undisputed No. 1.
Three more basketball seniors at Quality Education Academy recently announced where they will continue their careers.
Just because Winston-Salem State’s softball team has no departing seniors, it doesn’t mean recruiting is at a standstill. On the contrary, coach LaTaya Hilliard-Gray will continue to add new people to the fold, and for good reason.
Angelique Reynolds became a high school track and field coach in a round-about kind of way. Her master plan was to run track at Wake Forest University and go to school on an academic scholarship.
This year, the Rams’ reign as CIAA diamond kings ended in a manner that was shocking and unexpected. WSSU (31-22) breezed through the first two rounds of the conference tournament, but had a crash landing in the final round. In losing twice to Chowan, the Rams surrendered the league crown.
Pape Ndiaye of Quality Education Academy will continue his basketball career at the next level. Ndiaye, a 6-9, 225-pound senior power forward, recently signed a national letter-of-intent with Fordham University (N.Y.). The Rams compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Reynolds hurdler Gabriel Hammonds could be a surprise factor in these final weeks of high school track and field.
Briyonna Gambrell’s decision to try track and field was transformative and life-changing. In the not too distant past, Gambrell was clearly treading down the wrong path at North Forsyth.
WSSU, which finished the season at 30-23, delivered a comeback win (5-4 over Chowan) in the finals of the CIAA Tournament to earn its second trip to post-season play in three years. Even so, the make-up of this year’s squad is not quite the same as the team that advanced to the playoffs in 2014.
As league tournament champs, the Lady Rams earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Atlantic Regional which begins today (May 5).