Fall 1997

Dukes Digest


Football Guide Wins National Recognition

JMU's 1996 football media guide, which chronicled JMU's 25th anniversary football season, was judged the nation's third best such Division I-AA publication by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Among more than 100 Division I-AA football programs nationally, only Nicholls State University (La.) and Marshall University (W.Va.) were judged to have produced better guides in 1996.

The award was announced at the college SIDs' annual workshop in New Orleans. A committee selected by the association judged the entries.

JMU's guide was produced by the university's sports media relations staff with design and photography assistance by JMU's offices of Publications and Photography. It was printed by Good Printers Inc. of Bridgewater.

Haley Retires; JMU Rookie Trio Seeks Spots Charles Haley, who played with the Dukes from 1982 to 1985, announced his retirement from the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League prior to the 1997 season. Haley, a defensive end, is the only NFL player to have been a member of five Super Bowl championship teams, twice with San Francisco and three times with Dallas.

Haley was the first JMU player to receive first-team Division I-AA All-America honors and the first Duke to be selected in the NFL draft when San Francisco made him a fourth-round choice in 1986. Among the NFL's top pass rushers, he was the 1990 National Football Conference defensive player of the year. He completed his career with 97.5 career sacks, including 16 in 1990 when he led the NFC.

Haley was inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame in 1996. He is JMU's career tackles leader with 506, and he was the 1985 Virginia Division I defensive player of the year. He had more than 100 tackles in each of the final three collegiate seasons.

Haley is the last of the "first generation" of JMU Dukes to play in the NFL. Former Buffalo place-kicker Scott Norwood and Washington receiver Gary Clark retired earlier in the '90s. All three of the former Dukes were All-Pro selections during their careers.

Earlier this season, a trio of Dukes was attempting to secure roster spots with NFL clubs. Macey Brooks was chosen in the fourth round of last spring's draft by the Dallas Cowboys. A 6-foot-5 receiver, Brooks completed his JMU career as the program's touchdown receptions leader with 25. Tight end Ed Perry finished with 113 catches and six touchdowns with the Dukes and was made a sixth-round choice by Miami. Wide receiver Jay Jones signed as a free agent with the New York Jets, but was released during the preseason. Jones ranked among Division I-AA's top kickoff-return specialists and led the Dukes with 63 receptions in 1996.

Quarterback Mike Cawley, who holds numerous JMU passing records, played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League this summer. Cawley was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1996 draft by Indianapolis.

Dillard's Dukes Third In Preseason Head coach Sherman Dillard will have four starters among 11 returning lettermen in his first season of calling the shots for the JMU men's basketball program. With that much experience returning, Colonial Athletic Association coaches have projected the Dukes to finish third in the nine-team league. Old Dominion is picked to finish first, followed by East Carolina and the Dukes.

Leading the list of returning starters is senior forward Chatney Howard (Davidsonville, Md.), who made a favorable impression in his first season in a JMU uniform. Media members who cover the CAA voted him as a first-team All-CAA selection, and he was named to the CAA all-tournament team. Senior center Lamont Boozer (Rock Hill, S.C.) and junior guards Eugene Atkinson (Newark, N.J.) and Ned Felton (Jersey City, N.J) have been in the Dukes' lineup as a group since the last month of the 1995-96 season. The only starter lost from last year's 16-13 squad, which advanced to the title game of the CAA Championship Tournament, is forward Charles Lott. The Dukes also lost key reserve Ryan Culicerto, who was a crowd favorite at the Convocation Center.

Howard led JMU and was fourth among CAA players in 1996-97 with a 16.3 points-per-game average, and he was also a second-team selection to the state sports information directors' All-Virginia team and to the All-District III squad. He led the Dukes or tied for the team lead in scoring 16 times and in assists 12 times. He also contributed a team-best 51 three-point field goals and averaged a team-high 34 minutes-per-game played.

Atkinson was second in scoring and rebounding on last season's team with averages of 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. After moving from forward to guard last season, he shot 47.8 percent from the field overall and 35.8 percent from the three-point range. He was named to the CAA all-tournament squad.

Boozer was fourth in scoring (9.8) and third in rebounding (5.3) a year ago, and he shot 55.4 percent from the field. Felton averaged 5.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and a team-high 2.5 assists in his first full college season after joining the Dukes midway through 1995-96.

Among the returners, three appeared in 24 or more games, including junior forward Fred Boyd (Lubbock, Texas), sophomore guard Jamar Perry (Pleasantville, N.J.) and sophomore center Rob Strickland (Pleasant-ville, N.J). The team's only newcomer is freshman guard Dwayne Braxton (Dillwyn, Va.).

The 1997-98 squad came together in early August for a two-week trip to Europe. The Dukes will play a 16-game CAA schedule and will square off against defending national champion Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl Classic. The CAA Championship Tournament takes place Feb. 25-March 1 at the Richmond Coliseum.

Childers Seeks the Right Blend

The first challenge for first-year JMU head coach Bud Childers is to decide who will take the floor for the 1997-98 women's basketball team. Childers, who took over the program after guiding Louisville for eight seasons, has a pair of starters, six other returners and six new arrivals on the Dukes' roster. The preseason coaches' poll has the Dukes picked sixth among the nine teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Junior guard/forward Kish Jordan (Harrisonburg, Va.) and junior guard Hope Cook (Gladys, Va.) are the two players with starting experience. Jordan was the only Duke to start every game during last winter's 19-9 campaign. She ranked third among the Dukes with her scoring average of 10.3 points per game and was second on the squad in rebounding, hauling in 5.5 per contest. Cook averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23 starts, but her playing status this winter depends on how she has recovered from knee surgery. She was rehabili- tating the knee throughout the preseason.

Sophomore guard Mistiza Colebank (Virginia Beach,Va.) was honored by the CAA coaches by being named to the league's all-rookie team. She played in all 28 games, two as a starter, and averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while backing up point guard Holly Rilinger, the Dukes' all-time scoring leader. Guard Nyesha Basey (Martinsburg, W.Va.) is the lone senior on this year's team. She contributed off the bench with 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing, while making appearances in 20 games.

Junior forward Manika Herring (Bethel Park, Pa.) and junior center Akosua Demann (San Rafael, Calif.) were frequent substitutes last year. Herring averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds while Demann added 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. The Dukes will also have a pair of redshirt sophomores in Rose Fox (Janes-ville, Wis.) and Sonya Nichols (Chicago, Ill.). Both were limited last year by injuries.

Junior Shirlence Archer (Sandersville, Ga.) tops the list of newcomers. A guard/ forward, Archer transferred from Barton County Community College in Kansas where she popped in 16.5 points and grabbed 7.0 rebounds while on her way to all-conference and all-region honors. Childers brought in three freshman guards in Kia Cole (Reston, Va.), Mandy White (Columbus, Ohio) and Becky Wollenberg (Annandale, Va.). White and Wollenberg averaged more than 20 points a game and snared 7.0 rebounds each outing and earned all-state honors. Cole netted 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Angela Madeira (Mohrsville, Pa.) and Stacey Todd (Englewood, Colo.) bring impressive rebounding numbers as frontcourt players. Madeira tallied 9.0 rebounds per game for Schuykill Valley High, and chipped in 10.3 points. Todd finished her senior year at Cherry Creek High School with an average of 8.9 rebounds and 8.2 points.

The CAA Championship Tournament will be held Feb. 25-March 1 at the Richmond Coliseum. The champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Schroeder Wins National Award

JMU tennis player Tory Schroeder ('97) of Chapel Hill, N.C., is the winner of the 1997 Tennis Magazine/ Arthur Ashe Jr. Collegiate Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Tennis legend Stan Smith presented the award Aug. 22 just prior to the start of the U.S. Open at a luncheon hosted by Rolex, Tennis Magazine and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

As part of her stay at the Long Island tennis club, Schroeder played doubles with her mother, other collegiate all-stars and Rolex executives.

Schroeder played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Dukes throughout her four-year career. She was captain of the 1996-97 tennis team. She and doubles partner Karen Piorkowski reached as high as No. 21 in the Rolex Collegiate Rankings.

Off the court, Schroeder graduated cum laude in May with a degree in health assessment and promotion. She received funding for a $10,000-plus grant proposal for a breast cancer education program in Harrisonburg.

"We are all proud of Tory for receiving national recognition of those qualities which we were able to enjoy daily," says JMU women's tennis coach Maria Malerba. "Tory has provided JMU with a wonderful legacy of leadership and sportsmanship both on and off the court."

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