Ansley, St. Augustine’s set 4x100-meter relay record

From left, St. Austine’s 4x100-meter relay team of Taffawee Johnson, Burkheart Ellis Jr., Ramaan Ansley, Jermaine Jones ran a record 38.91 seconds, becoming the only Division II team ever to run under 39 seconds. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Ramaan Ansley, former Engineering and Science track and field star, was a huge part of the record-breaking St. Augustine’s University 4x100-meter relay team. St. Augustine’s ran a record 38.91 seconds, becoming the only Division II team ever to run under 39 seconds. It is the seven the fastest time in the country this season. The relay team won the NCAA Division II title. The Falcons also won the men’s NCAA Division II championship.

Bob Hopkins headed for Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Bob Hopkins, a former head basketball coach at Xavier University of Louisiana, has been selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Hopkins coached Xavier to NAIA District 30 men’s basketball championships in 1972 and 1973 and three victories in the NAIA Division I National Championship. Hopkins will be inducted on Nov. 24 at Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a three-day celebration of the sport.

Hopkins played for Grambling from 1952-56 and set an NCAA men’s career scoring record of 3,759 points. He’s still No. 2 on that list. He played four seasons in the NBA with the Syracuse Nationals and won more than 250 games as a men’s head coach at Xavier, Alcorn State, Grambling, Maryland Eastern Shore and Southern. He also coached the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics for part of the 1977-78 season and Grambling’s women in 1983-84.

Hopkins was 82-45 from 1969-74 as head coach of the Gold Rush, and his 1972-73 team — led by Donald “Slick” Watts and Bruce Seals — upset top-ranked and unbeaten Sam Houston State, 67-60, in the second round of the NAIA’s national tournament. Until 2012, the 1972-73 Gold Rush squad was the only Xavier University team in any sport to reach the NAIA national quarterfinals. Men’s tennis did it in 2012, and both the men’s and women’s teams accomplished that earlier this month.

He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1963, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame in 2009. Hopkins, 78, lives in a Seattle suburb.

Also inducted in November with Hopkins will be Tom McMillen, Marques Johnson, Gene Keady, Rollie Massimino, George Raveling, George Killian and the 1962-63 Loyola Universityb Chicago men’s team.

Philadelphia University to host Mary Kline Classic

The Mary Kline Classic, a high school all-star basketball game, will take place at Philadelphia University, 4201 Henry Ave. on June 2 at 5 p.m. The game will feature some of the top high school basketball players in the Philadelphia area and across the country.

Alex Kline, 18, is the organizer of this game to honor his mother, who pased away due to brain cancer when he was 10, after a five-year illness. Kline is one of the top basketball recruiting experts in the country.

General admission is $15.00 with student ID $12. Children pay $5 and a family of four $48. All proceeds benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For more infromation go to http://maryklineclassic.com/full-roster/.

Matt Brown signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last week, running back Matt Brown was ready to sign a contract with the Canadian Football League. Today, Brown has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. Brown is the fifth Temple player to sign with an NFL team this spring. He joins defensive back Maurice Jones (Chicago Bears), placekicker/punter Brandon McManus (Indianapolis Colts), offensive lineman Martin Wallace (Cleveland Browns) and defensive end John Youboty (Denver Broncos). Running back Montel Harris (Hamilton Tiger-Cats) signed with the CFL.

 

Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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