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TSU Forensics Team brings home 74 awards after competing at state, national championship tournaments

Submitted by TSU staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The Tennessee State University Forensics Team had a fantastic two weeks, competing at the Tennessee State Championship Tournament, and the HBCU National Competition where the team aimed to defend their three-peat national title run.

In the back-to-back weekend tournaments, the team brought home a total of 74 awards.

Tennessee State University Forensics Team competes at the Tennessee State Championship Tournament and the HBCU National Competition, winning a total of 74 awards.

 The State competition took place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, from Feb. 18–19. More than any other group, the team won an astonishing eight state championships out of the twelve events offered.

1st place results from TSU Forensics Team students were:

1st Place Rhetorical Criticism

Maya McClary

1st Place Prose Interpretation

Chase Garrett

1st Place Program Of Oral Interpretation

Chase Garrett

1st Place Poetry Interpretation

De’Traelyn Hubbard

1st Place Radio Broadcasting

Akyra McDougal

1st Place Duo Interpretation

Aaron Anderson & Dwight DeBerry

1st Place Dramatic Interpretation

Aaron Anderson

1st Place Top Individual Competitor

Aaron Anderson

The HBCU National Championship was held this past weekend at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia from Feb 23-28. This year’s race was extremely close, and although the team fell short by six points to Howard University, the team departed as the most decorated team with eight national championships out of the twelve events offered. See results below:

1st and 2nd place results from TSU Forensics Team students were:

1st Place Prose Interpretation

Akyra McDougal

1st Place Program of Oral Interpretation

Aaron Anderson

1st Place Poetry Interpretation

Ashlynn Freeman

1st Place Informative Speaking  

Aliyah Holmes

1st Place Duo Interpretation

Aaron Anderson & Dwight DeBerry

1st Place Dramatic Interpretation

Ayana Nicholes

1st Place Slam Poetry

Iyanna Brazzile

1st Place Overall Individual Event Sweeps

2nd Place Overall Tournament Sweepstakes

Tennessee State University to Host Inaugural Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic

Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Teresa Phillips

– The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will host the inaugural Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic in the Gentry Center on Nov. 29-30

Named after TSU Director of Athletics and former head women’s basketball coach Teresa L. Phillips, the tournament will feature four teams from across the country, including Youngstown State, Nicholls State, Norfolk State and host TSU.

“We thought the Thanksgiving classic would be a great opportunity to give recognition to Coach Phillips,” said TSU head women’s basketball coach Larry Inman. “Not only was she a great basketball coach but she continues to be a proven leader in college athletics. It is an attribute to all her years of service to Tennessee State University.”

Teresa Phillips was head coach of the Lady Tiger basketball program at TSU for 11 seasons from 1989-2000. The three-time OVC Coach of the Year recorded 144 total wins while at the helm of the women’s basketball program. She guided the 1993-94 team to the program’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship, the OVC tournament title and TSU’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Phillips and her staff enjoyed another successful season in 1994-95 as the Lady Tigers (22-7, 12-4 OVC) claimed the regular season championship while earning its second consecutive tournament title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Phillips garnered national attention when she became the first woman to coach a Division I NCAA men’s basketball team in 2003. She is also an inaugural member of the Girls’ Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame and a 2008 inductee of the Lookout Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.

Recently, the Ohio Valley Conference named Phillips one of the league’s most influential women in its celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Just last year Phillips was featured on the Tennessean’s Legendary Ladies Elite 8 list in conjunction with the 2014 Final Four.

All contests of the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic will be played in the Gentry Center located on TSU’s main campus. For ticket information call 615.963-ROAR.

Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 29
Nicholls State vs. Youngstown State – 1 p.m.
TSU vs. Norfolk State – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Norfolk State vs. Nicholls State – 12 p.m.
TSU vs. Youngstown State – 2 p.m.

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Nashville, Tennessee 37209

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 42 undergraduate, 24 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.