Coronavirus concerns impacting sports too

Penn State Harrisburg’s Donyae Baylor-Carroll dribbles up the court, defended by John Hopkins University’s Conner Delaney in the NCAA Division III tournament on March 6. Aside from the team, media and essential staff, the gym was empty due to an elevated fear of the coronavirus spreading. John Hopkins won 104-96.


The coronavirus is taking its toll on the sport world too.

The NBA is suspending the rest of its season because of the coronavirus.

The Ivy League cancelled its basketball tournaments. Regular season champions Yale (men) and Princeton (women) will be honored with their automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Miami Open was still scheduled for March 23-April 5. The two-week tennis tournament features the top men’s and women’s players in the world drew nearly 400,000 spectators last year to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Other professional and semipro teams have cancelled locker room interviews to prevent the spread of the virus.

Professional leagues around the world are also playing without spectators.

There are also concerns that the virus could affect the Summer Olympics in Japan this summer.

Lady Wildcats look to win MEAC tourney

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament tipped off as scheduled on Tuesday with first-round action.

The Lady Wildcats, having won 15 games in a row and regular season champs, are the top seed but could be challenged by the Norfolk State Spartans who have the home court advantage.

Conference tournaments are always hard to win.

B-CU (23-5, 16-1) played Maryland Eastern Shore (9-21, 5-11) on Wednesday, after the Daytona Times’ deadline.

All MEAC Second Teamer Ashanti Hunt (8 ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.9spg), All MEAC First Teamer Amaya Scott (13.1ppg, 6.3 rpg) and All-MEAC Third Teamer Daniella Hatcher (11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg) pace a balanced Lady Wildcats squad.

On the men’s side, the Wildcats (16-14, 10-6) are the fourth seed and play Morgan State (15-16, 9-7) in the quarterfinals on March 12.

B-CU is led by two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year Clentrell Pope (14.2 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.3bpg) and All-MEAC Second Teamer Isaiah Bailey (15.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 spg). Pope also made All-MEAC First Team.

Joe French and Tatum Hayes made All-MEAC Rookie Teams for the men’s and women’s programs, respectively.

Bethune-Cookman’s Lady Wildcats took on Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday at The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.

Thompson named AD of the Year

Bethune-Cookman University Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn Thompson has been named an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year (ADOY) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The award highlights the work of athletics directors at all levels of college sports for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

The award covers seven divisions (NCAA Football Bowl Series, Football Championship Series, Division I-AAA, Division II, Division III, NAIA/Other Four Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).

Winners will be recognized on June 9 at 4 p.m. at the NACDA’s 55th annual Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Twenty-eight awards will be given out; 22 are first-time winners.

Thompson is the only HBCU athletic director to receive this honor in 2020.

He is the longest-tenured AD at the Division I level.

He runs a department that oversees a 17-sport division and is the executive producer of BCU’s Cateye Network. During his tenure, Thompson has directed the Wildcats to 71 championships.

In 2015, B-CU named Thompson its Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Local sports watching coronavirus developments

The Florida High School Athletic Association and Volusia County School District continues to watch coronavirus developments.

Locally, there haven’t been any sporting activities canceled.

Both organizations urge people to follow guidelines and standards set by the Florida Department of Health.

City still seeking young players

The City of Daytona Beach Cultural & Leisure Services still needs players and volunteer coaches for youth sports programs.

Youth soccer is for youth ages 4-12. Instructional Clinics take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at Derbyshire Sports Complex at 849 Derbyshire Road on certain days during the week. The season begins March 28.

T-Ball is for kids ages 4-6. All games, practices and clinics are at Derbyshire softball fields. Clinics are Monday through Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Baseball is for kids ages 7-12. Practices and games are at Bethune Point Park at 11 E. Bellevue Ave. Clinics are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bethune Point. The season runs March 20 to May 9.

The registration cost for each sport is $40. Parents can register their kids at City Hall at 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. or call 386-671-8337 or online at


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