Athletic teams strive for excellence

Losing streak continues The baseball team (6-9) has lost four straight games. The latest loss , 7-1, came on Friday at home against Florida International University. The Rattlers will host Alabama A&M this weekend in a three-game series Friday and Saturday at Moore-Kittles Field.

Woods continues to lead RattlersThe Rattlers beat Morgan State Bears (69-56) Monday night in Baltimore. The men’s basketball team is on a three-game winning streak going into its last regular season game Friday against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach. Junior guard Terrence Woods scored a game high of 20 points as the Rattlers pulled away in the second half after being up by one (30-29) at halftime. Senior center Jermaine Hill also had a notable performance with a perfect 8-8 from the field, scoring 17 points. Junior forward O.J. Sumter pulled down 10 rebounds in limited minutes. In Saturday’s 73-69 overtime win over Coppin State, Woods drained 12 3-pointers, the MEAC single game record and the most made in a Division I game this season.

Lady Rattlers achieve first winning season in 3 yearsThe women’s basketball team locked in its first winning season in three years with a 63-45 win Monday over Morgan State in Baltimore, Md.The Lady Rattlers are also riding a three-game winning streak going into Friday’s match-up with Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach. A win over Bethune-Cookman would assure them at least a No. 4 seed in the MEAC tournament next week in Richmond, Va.

Bowling team to go to KentuckyCollege Bowling USA announced the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifier fields on Feb. 26. The Lady Rattlers will travel to Kentucky for the Louisville sectional beginning on March 22.Sixty four women’s bowling teams will compete for the top four spots each of the four sectionals in order to advance to the 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The other three sites for sectionals are Las Vegas, Chesterfield, Mo. and Downington, Pa.

Spring football practice startsSpring football practice and drills began Monday on the FAMU practice fields. The athletes will be at work again today and Friday before being given the Spring Break week off. They will resume practice March 17. The annual spring football game will be held April 5 at Bragg Stadium.

Irwin, Sandhu tie for third placeThe golf team finished second in the Mercer Invitational held last week in Macon, Ga. Pat Irwin and Jay Sandhu both tied for third with a two-day total of 148. Tirrell Baymon and Shaun McEwen tied for 21st as they shot a two-day total of 157. The Rattlers hosted the 2003 Florida A&M University Spring Invitational at Killearn on Monday and Tuesday.

Softball fights for win in Florida International TournamentThe softball team struggled this weekend in the Florida International Tournament in Miami. They went 1-4, dropping to 6-14 on the season.On Friday, the Lady Rattlers hammered the University of Buffalo 10-2, but were defeated by Furman 11-5. They lost again on Saturday, 8-1 to Tennessee and 4-3 to FIU. On Sunday, FAMU fell again to Furman 8-6. The Lady Rattlers will play in a similar tournament this weekend as they cross the tracks to compete in the Florida State Invitational.

Tennis team breaks evenThe men’s tennis team is now back at the .500 plateau (9-9) after going 4-1 over the weekend in the MEAC Spring Roundup in Raleigh, N.C .FAMU’s only loss was in Sunday’s final round to Hampton, 4-2.

MEAC Spring Roundup proves successful for Lady RattlersThe women’s tennis team posted a 4-1 record over the weekend in the MEAC Spring Roundup in Raleigh, N.C. Just like the men, the Lady Rattlers lost to Hampton on Sunday. They are now 5-4 and will host Michigan State today at 2:30 p.m.

FAMU gears up for relaysThe men and women’s track and field teams will host the 53rd Annual FAMU Relays this weekend. Action begins Friday.

–compiled by Ibram Rogers