Eric Studesville, Denver, brings number of Black coaches to eight

Concordia splits; former prep stars play in college

by Kwame McDonald

Black NFL coaches went 5-4 in week 14. Winners are Tampa Bay (RAHEEM MORRIS) 17, Washington 16; Indianapolis (JIM CALDWELL) 30, Tennessee 27; Pittsburgh (MIKE TOMLIN) 23, Cincinnati (MARVIN LEWIS) 7; San Francisco (MIKE SINGLETARY) 40, Seattle 21.

Losers were Cincinnati (LEWIS); Chicago (LOVIE SMITH) 10, New England 36; Denver (ERIC STUDESVILLE) 13, Arizona 43; and Minnesota (LESLIE FRAZIER) 3, New York 21.

Black coaches’ totals at Week 14: Vikings (2-1), Pittsburgh (10-3), Chicago (9-4), Tampa Bay (8-5), Indianapolis (7-6), San Francisco    (5-8), Cincinnati (2-11), and Denver (0-1). Totals: 43-39.

Concordia women 2-0, men 1-1 over weekend

MAURIKA HICKMAN scored 19 and 25 in back-to back games to lead the Concordia women’s basketball team to two victories. These wins bring the victors to a 2-2 conference record.

In the first game, Hickman was ably supported by teammates. In the 79-64 win over Minnesota State-Mankato, she scored 19 points. She was supported by ZORAA QUOIE with 13, RACHEL HANSEN with 12, JINEEN WILLIAMS with 12 and ARI JOHNSON with 10.

In a 68-52 win over Southwest Minnesota State, the Golden Bears were again led by Hickman, who scored 25 points, Williams 12 and Quoie 10.

Hill single-handedly stings Golden Bear men

MARCUS HILL, a Brooklyn Park senior, who graduated from Breck High School, hit his first six shots, all three-pointers, on his way to a 28-point performance to lead Minnesota State-Mankato to a 95-82 victory over Concordia.

Other locals who contributed to the win were CAMERON HODGES, Minneapolis, who prepped at Robbinsdale Cooper, with 17, Jefferson Mason Crystal (Robbinsdale Cooper), 17, and Anthony Brant of Inver Grove Heights (Tartan), 3. COURTNEY TYLER paced the Golden Bears with 24 points; he was supported by the OLAFESO twins PETER and KENNY with 16 each.

The Golden Bears redeemed themselves by winning a 67 to 66 thriller over Southwest Minnesota State. They were led by PETER OLAFESO, 19; ISAIAH THOMAS, 14; and COURTNEY TYLER and BRENT BARZ with 10 each. This brings Concordia to a 2-2 conference record.

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