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Richard Bland College
8311 Halifax Dr
Petersburg VA 23805

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Dr. Debbie Sydow

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Statesmen Soccer Opens Season With A Pair Of Victories
August 27, 2014

The Eddie de Souza era began with a strong showing, as the Richard Bland Statesmen Men's Soccer team opened up the 2014 season with a 2-1 victory over conference foe Wake Tech Friday afternoon at Statesman Field.

 Wake Tech jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 21st min but the Statesmen rallied back with two unanswered goals to take home a 2-1 victory. The Statesmen's first goal of the 2014 season was scored by freshman forward Godfred-Obed Baisel in the 36th minute to tie the game 1-1. The goal was assisted by sophomore MF/D Andrew Piner. The Statesmen took the lead for good in the 74th min as freshman Jerry Thomas II knocked in the game winning goal to give the Statesmen their first win of the year. Goalkeeper Kameron Smith had a strong showing saving seven of the eight shots that came his way.

The Statesmen's first year head coach Eddie de Souza, who previously was the Associate Head Coach at Longwood University, was pleased with the team's effort, "I think the players played very well and stuck with the game plan. I was pleased with their hustle and focus during the game against a very good Wake Tech team."

 The Statesmen continued their opening weekend success with another victory at Statesmen Field, capturing a 4-1 win against Prince George's Community College (MD) Sunday afternoon.

The Statesmen jumped out to a 2-0 lead going into the half, behind two goals from freshman forward Oded-Baisel. The Statesmen started the second half with the same intensity getting a goal from fellow freshman forward Kevin Fredricksson in the opening minutes. The Owls were able to score a goal in the 53rd minute, but the statesmen responded with a late goal by freshman F/D Georges Weekes in the 88th minute to cement a 4-1 victory.

After the game, Coach de Souza had this to say about his team's performance, "today we got the result that we wanted but we played a little sloppy. I was expecting more from our team, so we have some things to work on. We play a very good Patrick Henry team on Friday, so we are going to have to step up our game if we expect to win on the road."

The Statesmen's next game is this Friday 8/29 at Patrick Henry Community College at 5 P.M

December 4, 2013

Petersburg, VA, December 4, 2013- The Richard Bland College Statesmen will carry their undefeated record (7-0) into tonight's game versus Pitt Community College from Greenville, NC. The Bulldogs are 3-2 and have had back-to-back 20-plus win seasons.

The Statesmen look to continue their run into this weekend's games to remain perfect at 10-0. Tonight's game will be a good match-up for the Statesmen as they look to receive quality minutes from their bench. The Statesmen roster will be tested as all of the players seem to be prepared for their opportunity to contribute to the team's early season success.

Richard Bland has celebrated equal success in the former years in the NJCAA, capturing the Region X Division II title in 1989 & 1990. In the first season returning, the Statesmen have their eyes set on adding to the trophy case. The fact that the Statesmen are in the conversation among the nation's top teams, prove to be a great start.

November 26, 2013

Petersburg, VA, November 24, 2013-Tavon Mealy matched last nights scoring effort with 23 points to lead Richard Bland College (7-0) over Montgomery College by the score of 116-94. The Statesmen continues their winning streak to seven games in a row.

The Statesmen jumped out to a 15-5 lead early in the first half, enroute to extending their lead to 57-34 at the intermission. Richard Bland continued their offensive execution into the second half, leading by as many as 23 points. Montgomery College closed the lead to 11, (89-78) with 8:31 remaining only to allow the Statesmen to open up the lead and close out the game. Micah Thomas came up with 21 points nailing five of his seven three point field goal attempts. Melvin Gregory had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and frontcourt mate Avery Ugba chipped in with 19 points and grabbed 13 boards to his credit. Reserve point guard Trayvonte Brown tossed in 12 points and dished out seven assists and pulled down five rebounds.

The Raptors were led by D'Angelo Vaughn and Timothy Christian who had 20 and 19 points respectively. Andre Gaines and Shaun Lee-Pender both contributed 14 points apiece for the visitors. The Statesmen are back in action after the Thanksgiving break on December 4, 2013 at home against conference foe Pitt Community College, the scheduled tip off is for 6 pm.

November 26, 2013

Both Richard Bland College and Brunswick Community College came into the game missing several key contributors which proved to be a test for each squad. The Brunswick Dolphins however had their three main scorers on hand which kept the contest interesting. The Statesmen sunk enough free throws down the stretch to defeat the NJCAA Division I program from Supply, NC 89-81.

The Dolphins kept things interesting after closing the double digit first half lead to only five at halftime as the Statesmen led 41-36. In the second half, the Statesmen jumped out to a 19 point lead midway through the second half, in which the Dolphins were able to close the lead with their press attack. The Statesmen handled the press and closed out the game.

The Statesmen were led in scoring by Micah Thomas' 19 points and three assists, Avery Ugba recorded his second straight double-double with a 16 point 17 rebound effort. Jareese Cooley had 13 points including a monstrous dunk in the first half that ignited a run by the Statesmen and Tavon Mealy added 12 points to go along with nine rebounds. The Dolphins were led by Cam Jones, who led all scorers with 26 points. The Statesmen end the weekend at 3-0 while the Dolphins suffer their first loss of the season.

The Statesmen will be back in action on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 against the Bobcats of Bryant & Stratton College from Virginia Beach, VA. The tip off is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

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November 26, 2013

Petersburg, VA, October 31, 2013- The Richard Bland College added excitement to the campus during their version of midnight madness, but only during the day. The purpose was to allow the students, staff, and faculty a glance at the student-athletes and build upon the enthusiasm as everyone is anticipating the opening tip-off.

The Statesmen will take the court with some local talent from the area, as well as, the Tidewater area and a few imports from Maryland. The team is comprised of Armstrong High School product Tavon Mealy who was the 2013 Capital District Player of the Year last season, as well as a 2012 Capital District  first team performer in Micah Thomas from Highland Springs. Hanover High School's Trayvonte Brown will add depth at the point guard spot, while Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) standout LeQuan Thomas and Marquis Powell from Riverdale Baptist High School (Md.) will share point guard duties as well. The guard spots are rounded out by Khaaliq Fletcher (Phoebus HS/Hampton, VA), Jeremy Saunders (Kecoughtan HS/Hampton, VA), Brian Atkins (Aberdeen HS/Aberdeen, MD), Jareese Cooley (Hugenot HS/Richmond, VA), and Evan Bates who played locally at Cosby High School in 2012.

In addition to Mealy, the frontcourt is also manned by 6'8" Forward Melvin Gregory (Weems, VA/Lancaster HS) a transfer from Mt. Saint Mary's (Md.), Avery Ugba (Blake HS/Silver Spring, Md.) who joins the Statesmen after a prep season at Southern Tech in North Carolina. Andre Stanley (Landstown HS/Virginia Beach, VA), Drew Walton (Bethel HS/Hampton, VA), and Gage Yesbeck (Central Virginia Homeschool/Richmond, VA) will add depth at the post position for the Statesmen.

The Hawks from the College of Southern Maryland finished the 2012-13 campaign with a record of 12-19. They return guards Juwan Cole 5'9" guard who was the teams leading scorer last season with 16.6 ppg and three rebounds per contest. Alongside Cole is 6'4" guard/forward Sigourney Jackson who tossed in 10.2 ppg and climbed the boards for six boards per outing. The Hawks are coached by Allan Hoyt who begins his seventh season.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 pm with doors opening up at 4:00 pm as we welcome all alumni and former student-athletes to join us for this memorable occasion.

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