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Alabama Roadrunners Isaiah Lewis wins Maxwell teen wins Military Youth of Year for Alabama


MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Out of a group of 13 competitors, 15-year-old Isaiah Lewis, Maxwell Youth Center member, was selected as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Military Youth of the Year for the state of Alabama, April 10, 2015, at Auburn University's Dixon Conference Center, Auburn, Alabama.

According to the BGCA, the award goes to club members who embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles.

For winning the award, Lewis received a $5,000 scholarship and advanced to the Southeastern regional competitions in Atlanta, Georgia, this June.

For the competition, Lewis had to write three essays and give examples of his involvement in community service, academics and physical fitness.

"I'm extremely proud," said Diana Lewis, Isaiah's mother and Maxwell Youth Center administrative assistant of youth programs. "He works very hard.  He didn't do the activities to get recognized, he was recognized because this is what he does.  He's been taught what community service and giving back are, so it makes us proud that he has held on to those things and has put his best foot forward to let others know that young people have a voice, too."

Unlike most 15 year olds, Lewis spends at least six hours a week volunteering and extracurricular activities.  Lewis is in his school's creative writing club and runs with the cross country team. At the Maxwell Youth Center, where he has been a member for the past five years, he helps out with basketball and other sports.  And if that's not enough, he volunteers his time as a math tutor at his church.

"I rather help other people before I help myself because I have been taught that community service is a good thing," he said.  "I can help other people, put a smile on their faces and make them confident that they can do what I can do.  My mom and dad always help people; I just watched them. They inspire me to be a leader instead of a follower."

"I really can't express how great he is," said Sarah Darden, Maxwell Youth Center open recreational director. "He has a sense of humor, he's humble, he's respectful and he has a wealth of manners that most kids his age don't have.  He's just a really great youth to be around."

Leading up to the award presentation were three-days of social functions and social service projects for award nominees and family members.  One project involved putting together 1,000 bags of nonperishable food items to feed children who depend on school meals as a source of food.

Thomas Leads the Lady Tigers Win SIAC Opener Over Clark Atlanta, 74-63


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. 3/3/2015 - Fueled by four players reaching double-digit point totals, including another double-double for Joclyn Ramos, Stillman College defeated Clark Atlanta in the opening round of the 2015 SIAC Basketball Tournament, 74-63.  Joining Ramos in double-digit points were Schenia Battle, Samantha Thomas, and Angel Mitchell who scored a team-high 18 points. 

Stillman (11-16, 9-9 SIAC) played a slower pace in the opening of the first half before find rhythm and forcing Clark Atlanta into foul trouble.  The opening half of play saw the Lady Tigers shoot 39.4 percent from the floor, 13-for-33, including 1-of-5 from 3-point range.  Battle knocked down a long 3 at the buzzer after a CAU turnover with 0:04 as Fran Tyson took the inbounds pass and found Battle open for the shot.  Thomas scored 13 of her 17 points in the opening half of play as multiple players from Clark Atlanta found foul trouble defending the Lady Tiger inside presence.  Thomas provided Stillman the lead for good, 23-22, with 2:53 left before the half on a free throw attempt  on the 13th foul by the Lady Panthers of the half.

The second-half lead stayed in double digits and grew to as much as 20 with 8:12 to play when Mitchell converted a Clark Atlanta turnover into a layup to make the score 59-39.  Stillman shot 42.9 percent from the floor for the game, 24-for-56, while holding the opposition to 29.7 percent, 19-for-64.  The Lady Tigers still found trouble from the free throw line by converting just 52.3 percent, 23-for-44, for the game.

Mitchell scored her points on 5-for-8 shooting, while Battle scored 11.  Ramos registered her eighth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.  Earnicia Washington had a game-high three assists with Mitchell adding a game-high four steals. 

Three Clark Atlanta (9-16, 5-12 SIAC) players fouled out of the game.  The Lady Panthers were paced by All-SIAC selection Mykala Jones who scored 29 points.  Jones was the only Lady Panther to reach double-digits in the game. 

Stillman will now face Albany State, the No. 2 seed from the East, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Former Alabama Roadrunner Carter Posts Career High in AUM's First Win over Faulkner



MONTGOMERY, Ala. January 22, 2015--- Jatoria Carter scored a career-high 25 points and led the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team to its first victory over local foe Faulkner, 79-57, Thursday night at Tine Davis Gymnasium.

The win marked the first win in nine tries for the Warhawks (13-7, 4-4 SSAC) against their Montgomery counterpart.

En route to the win, AUM received scoring from of eight different players, led by Carter. In addition to her career-high point total, she added eight assists, six steals and five rebounds.

"Tori is really starting to grow into the role of floor general and understanding that this is her team," head coach Dan Davis said of his junior point guard. "We feed off her energy so much. Tonight she came out from the start and established the tempo. I thought she really did a great job of running the team."

Shanice Burnette finished with her first double-double of season, tallying 16 points and 14 rebounds. Kaylan Withrow registered 15 points. Jazmine Jackson and Reggotta Craig added seven rebounds each.

Faulkner (9-10, 4-5 SSAC) was led by Olivia Adamson and Kayla Tillman, who each had 15 points. Adamson also led the Lady Eagles in rebounds with six.

AUM took a quick 11-2 lead to open the contest, when Withrow knocked down a 3-pointer at the 16:11 mark of the half.  Leading by 10, 30-20, with 6:15 remaining in the period, the Warhawks closed the half with a 14-4 run, capped when Carter slashed to basket to beat the halftime buzzer with a layup. AUM led 44-24 at the break.

"That might have been our best half of the season from an execution standpoint," Davis said of the first 20 minutes. "I thought we were very poised, moved the ball well and took good shots. Faulkner is very always very good defensively, and never gives you anything easy, so you have to give our girls credit. Defensively, we did a really good job in transition. They (Faulkner) are so strong in transition, but we did a nice job of keeping them from getting those points. I thought our zone really gave them trouble tonight."

The Warhawks led by as many as 21 in the first period, after shooting 48.5 percent from the floor. Faulkner was held to just 25.7 percent shooting.

Early in the second half, the Lady Eagles narrowed the AUM lead to 16 points, 50-34, when Adamson registered her lone trey of the evening with 14:30 remaining.

Burnette responded with a 3-pointer of her own, which sparked a 10-2 run for the Warhawks during the next 2:09.

"Tonight, Shanice played like a senior that wants to play a lot more," said Davis. "She has the ability to play like that every night. She didn't let anything affect her and played with great intensity and effort. Even after missing her first couple shots, she settled in and played like she really wanted this game."

Lyndsey Macon gave AUM its largest lead of the night, 71-41, when she converted on both her attempts from the line with 6:24 to play.

Faulkner trimmed the deficit to as few as 20 points on a pair of occasions down the stretch.

For the game, AUM shot 43.1 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. Faulkner's bench held a 25-13 advantage in scoring, while the Warhawks controlled points off turnovers, 20-11. AUM also outrebounded the Lady Eagles by nine.

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