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Vikings locked in to non-conference games

ECSU Notebook

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After a difficult non-conference schedule last season, ECSU football coach Earnest Wilson and the Vikings will have a more manageable slate this fall.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Elizabeth City State football team has, for the most part, set the non-conference portion of its schedule for the next two seasons.

The Vikings will face Central State (Ohio) and North Carolina-Pembroke for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

ECSU will travel to Central State on Sept. 2 to open the 2017 campaign.

According to documents obtained from ECSU via a public records request, the Marauders are scheduled to visit Roebuck Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018.

Central State is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and posted a 1-9 record last season.

Along with facing ECSU on Sept. 9 at Elizabeth City, UNCP is set to host the Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

North Carolina-Pembroke had a successful 2016 campaign.

The Braves posted a 10-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

According to both contracts, ECSU is not scheduled to receive a payout, but there is a financial penalty if a school decides not to play.

ECSU's matchup against fellow Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Fayetteville State at the Down East Viking Football Classic on Sept. 16 is designated as a non-conference game.

According to the contract between the two schools, ECSU is set to pay Fayetteville State $10,000 to participate in the 20th edition of The Classic at Rocky Mount.

Last season, ECSU defeated Morehouse College 35-30 at The Classic.

For making the trip from Atlanta to Rocky Mount, Morehouse received $12,000 from ECSU last season.

The upcoming non-conference slate is more manageable than last season when the Vikings faced two Football Championship Subdivision teams in Norfolk State and Fordham.

ECSU posted a 5-5 record last season.

SOFTBALL RANKINGS

The CIAA released the softball preseason all-conference team and predicted order of finish on March 16.

ECSU was selected to finish fifth out of the six-team CIAA Northern Division.

The Lady Vikings were tabbed to finish 10th overall by the CIAA coaches.

Chowan was picked to win the North, while Winston-Salem State got the nod for the Southern Division’s top spot.

ECSU did not have a player named to the league's preseason all-conference team.

Former Perquimans softball players Danielle Baccus and Haley Cooper made the preseason team representing Chowan.

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