- Journal West
It was a big day last Friday for Winston-Salem State and nearly 60 athletes who graduated in a ceremony at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Justin Griffith, an assistant basketball coach at Winston-Salem State, is leaving to take a similar position at Mount Olive.
Time will tell if this recruiting class that Coach James Wilhelmi and his assistants landed is a good one.
Coach James Wilhelmi of Winston-Salem State arrived at the Bowman Gray Stadium field house dressed in a suit and tie as if he were ready to coach a game.
The late Clarence “Big House” Gaines put Winston-Salem State athletics on the map. It’s a legacy that the school isn’t taking lightly.
Jamel McAllister, a 6-7 forward from Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, has committed to play basketball at Winston-Salem State.
The Reynolda Rotary Club has stepped up in a big way since the death of one of Winston-Salem’s icons, Big House Gaines. It was Gaines, who was an original member of the Rortary Club, who made sure to be a part of the community and not just a basketball coach and athletics director at Winston-Salem State.
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, former WSSU and NBA star:
The beauty and elegance of the Big House Gaines-Clara Gaines relationship is still there.
I think it was right in the middle of an unmemorable Winston-Salem State basketball game this winter when it hit me. On April 18 there is quite a big 10-year anniversary and it has everything to do with WSSU.
Small forward T.J. Wilson has committed to play basketball at Winston-Salem State.
Rob Brown, the all-time leading scorer at Raleigh Millbrook High School, has committed to play basketball next season at Winston-Salem State,
HIGH POINT — When Maryland-Eastern Shore accepted a bid into the non-descript postseason tournament called the CIT, it became a big deal for Coach Bobby Collins.
WyKevin Bazemore, a four-year starter and four-time All-CIAA player, was named on the Daktronics/Division II All-Atlantic Region second team.
I’ll never forget what a coach told me when I was talking to him one day about Bobby Collins leaving Winston-Salem State to go to Maryland-Eastern Shore before this season.
As rookie seasons go, Coach James Wilhelmi had plenty of ammunition with a senior-laden Winston-Salem State basketball team.
CHARLOTTE – Over a three-day span at Time Warner Cable Arena during the CIAA Tournament I saw plenty and observed a lot.
CHARLOTTE — Livingstone never won a championship in the first 68 years of the CIAA Tournament.
CHARLOTTE – The best game I saw all year, maybe the best game I’ve seen in a few years, was Livingstone’s come-from-behind win over Winston-Salem State last Saturday.
CHARLOTTE – I’m not sure what Coach James Wilhelmi will say to his Winston-Salem State team before tonight’s CIAA championship game.
CHARLOTTE — Winston-Salem State wasn’t going to be denied a chance to play for the CIAA title.
With the Winston-Salem State-Fayetteville State semifinal CIAA Tournament game about nine hours away I couldn’t help but think about the two programs.
CHARLOTTE – There have been a lot of games this season where Winston-Salem State’s defensive intensity wasn’t there. But late Thursday night wasn’t one of those games.
CHARLOTTE — Winston-Salem State showed up at the CIAA Tournament in a defensive mood and it showed on Thursday night against upset-minded Shaw.
(All games at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte)
CHARLOTTE — Defending men’s champion Livingstone used a scoring spurt midway through the second half on its way to an 83-69 win over Lincoln (Pa.) on Thursday night in quarterfinal action in the 70th CIAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Winston-Salem State has gotten used to playing in prime time at the CIAA Tournament.
CHARLOTTE — Shaw showed why it is the CIAA four-time defending champion with a dominating performance over Winton-Salem State in the conference quarterfinals Wednesday.
Anthony Gaskins scored 14 points as the St. Augustine’s men defeated Elizabeth City State 61-54 in the first round of the CIAA Tournament in Charlotte.