Lincoln lineman Solomon Bassett, lauded by CIAA

Lincoln University senior defensive lineman Solomon Bassett (Fort Worth, Texas/Boswell) was named the Central intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Pre-Season All-Conference Team as announced at The 2019 CIAA Football Media Day in Salem, Virginia.

In addition the conference announced its predicted order of finish as voted on by the league’s football coaches. The Lions were predicted to finish 12th overall.

Bassett is coming off a strong 2018 season which saw him earn several accolades of the course of the season and post-season. A first Team All-CIAA honoree, Bassett also earned Don Hansen Super Region Two All Region Third team honors and was named to the Division II All-ECAC Team.

In addition, Bassett was honored for his academic achievement, being named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. He was one of 24 football student-athletes across all divisions in the Philadelphia area to be named.

Remembering West Philadelphia’s Mark Dwight

Services were held on Saturday for former West Philadelphia High School basketball standout Mark Dwight Sr. A guard, Dwight died on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

“He made me a player that I became,” said Darryl “City Lights” Warwick, a cousin and former teammate. “I was a sophomore and he was a senior at West. He challenged you as a player.

Lincoln University’s Myles Markland honored by NABC

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced the 2018-19 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Lincoln University senior Myles Markland (Petersburg, Va./Matoaca (Richard Bland) was among the 822 athletes named to this year’s Honors Court. Markland holds the distinction of being the only men’s basketball student-athlete from an HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) institution in any division to be named to the 2018-19 Honors Court. He is the first Lincoln player in the institution’s Division II era to be named to the NABC Honors Court and one of two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) players named. (The second from Chowan University- a non-HBCU institution). ”As a coach, I am proud to see one of my players honored for their success in the classroom,” said Lions head coach Doug Overton. “Myles put in a lot of hard work for us during his time here at Lincoln and truly struck a balance between success on the court and his success in the classroom and I am thrilled to see him being honored by our coaches association.” A Mass Communications major, Markland will complete his degree in December 2019. He was in intern for the Lions’ Athletics Media Relations office in the spring of 2019.

McNabb, Dunphy, Wallace going into Philly Sports Hall of Fame

Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, ex-Temple coach Fran Dunphy and former Simon Gratz High and NBA standout Rasheed Wallace will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame later this year.

The three are part of a 15-member class that will be honored on Nov. 7 at the SugarHouse Event Center. McNabb, who spent more than a decade playing for the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted in 1999, is the team’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and yards. He guided the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. A member of the Eagles’ Hall of Fame, McNabb’s No. 5 jersey has been retired. Dunphy, who coached Temple into the NCAA Tournament, has just retired. He is the first coach to lead two Big Five programs, having coached at Penn from 1989 through 2006 before leaving for Temple. Dunphy won 10 Ivy League championships at Penn and was twice named Atlantic Ten Coach of the Year at Temple.

Wallace, was a schoolboy legend at Gratz. He was named the USA Today Player of the Year in 1992. He went to North Carolina and was the fourth overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. He spent 16 years in the NBA and was a four-time All-Star.

Former Eagle Troy Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowler who played at Pennsbury High School, will be honored. Vincent was the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2002.

Also being honored will be Mike Scioscia, a former baseball star at Springfield (Delco) who was a standout player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A two-time All-Star, he managed the Los Angeles Angels to a World Series title, one of his three championships.{div class=”card-content”}Jayson Stark, Suzy Kolber and the late Paul Owens will be honored. Stark, a former Philadelphia Inquirer writer who attended Lincoln High School will be honored Saturday at the Baseball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Spink Award. It is the highest honor a baseball writer can receive. Other honorees include late boxing champion Matthew Saad Muhammad; Al Cantello (Track and field); Bill Melchionni (Basketball); Charlene Morett (Field hockey; Clara Schroth-Lomady (Gymnastics); Eric Desjardins (Hockey); and Home Run Baker (Baseball). (215) 893-5746

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