Your inside access to the Delaware State University softball team. Posts from coaches, players and support staff.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Day in the Life of Sabrina Quarles

One of the most often asked questions that someone asks our athletes when they visit DSU is,"What does a typical day look like for you?" One of our players sat down with me to answer this question for all of our viewers. Sabrina Quarles is a sophomore outfielder from Artesia, California. She is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Journalism. She is also minoring in Textiles and Apparel with the intent of becoming a Fashion Journalist one day.

Here is a typical Wednesday for Sabrina:

5:15am- Wake Up
6:00-6:30am: Conditioning
6:30-7:45am: Team Hitting
8:00am: Breakfast at Starbucks
9:00-9:50am: African American Music 
10:00-10:50am: Apparel Construction 2
12:00pm: Lunch at the Cafe
2:00-2:50pm: Introduction to Art
4:00-5:30pm: Team Defense
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00-9:30pm: Study
9:00pm: Drink tea
9:30pm: Go to bed

This wraps up the day for Sabrina. Wednesdays are her busiest days. Thursdays, however,  she has only one class in the morning and the whole afternoon to herself. This allows her to do homework, nap, or have some down time with her friends. Here is a short interview we did about her schedule and activities she likes to do outside of softball.

Favorite class? Reporting and writing because it focuses on my major and it is something I am really interested in. We do mock journals as if we were the journalist covering a story.

What do you do in African American Music?- We learn about a different culture of music. It is a very hands-on class. We learned to play the drums.

What is Apparel Construction 2? I learn how to create garments. I have to cut the pieces out, sew them together, and fit them on a mannequin. Our final project is going to be designing a 3-piece outfit.

Currently Sabrina is adding a pocket onto a pair of pants.
What are some of your weekly hobbies? Playing with the adoption dogs at PetsMart, trying different restaurants, and baking in the dorm toaster oven.

What is a piece of advice you would give to incoming student athletes? Have an open mind. Some majors require classes that you do not think are relevant, but it puts you out of your comfort zone and it could be fun. Also, make sure you don't put too much on your plate at once. DSU offers a lot of resources to help you with schooling and managing your time, but you have to take advantage of it.

Coming to college as an athlete can look overwhelming and scary, but if you manage your time correctly you will be able to fit everything into your day. Sabrina has found a schedule that allows her to complete all of her school work, attend practice and class, have time for friends, and even go to bed at the same time every night.

Continue to look out every Monday for a new post from your DSU Softball Hornets.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Favorite Place on Campus

Hello everyone, 
This week we asked some of the team what their favorite place on campus is and why.

My favorite place on campus is my dorm room. I love being there because I really enjoy spending time with my roommates. They're so much fun to hangout, and relax withHannah Shields, FR

My favorite place to be on campus is in our suite because I love hanging out and laughing with my roommates.  - Micaela Cummings, FR


My favorite place on campus is the Village Cafe because it's where I get to eat my meals and socialize with my friends. Sometimes they even have chocolate ice cream with sprinkles. ☺    - Danielle Velez, SR

My favorite place to be on campus is definitely the DSU athletic training facility. This is my favorite place to be because of the top of the line equipment. It is a place where I get to do what I enjoy with my teammates and athletic trainers supporting me each step of the way. 
- Sabrina Quarles, SO

After long days of classes, softball and work I often look forward to being in my room where I can relax. I do my best to complete my work during the day so I can avoid having to do any work at night in my room. 
- Jessica Shalongo, JR

  My favorite place to be on campus is the science center because I never got lost there.

- Mika Lumsden, JR 

My favorite place to be is the MLK building because of all the different events that are held so it's a great time to interact with peers. Also there is a game room.

- Alexis Goldsby, SO

My favorite place to be on campus is at the Conrad because I love to eat.

- Khaliyah Flournory, JR

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome Back!!

It's 2017!!! It's time to get down to business on a new semester and a new season. The Hornets braved the snow storm and made their way back to school. Safely back on campus, they hit the ground running. This week, they are hitting the weight room, turf, and the classroom hard in their pursuit of excellence. With the start of a new year, the girls have a lot to look forward to. We asked all of the players to tell us a little bit of what they are looking forward to in 2017.

What is your New Year's Resolution?

"My New Year's Resolution is to better myself. I plan to start new habits like saving money, eating better, and drinking more water."- Alexis

"My New Year's Resolution is to not stress the little things and enjoy 2017 with my awesome teammates."- Micaela

What class are you most excited about?

"I am most excited about taking Anatomy and Physiology 2. It's going to be a challenging class, but I find learning about the human anatomy is extremely interesting."- Jasmine

"I am most excited about my military science class. The class teaches us and helps us prepare to be future leaders in the United States Army." Jordan

What is the best part about coming back to DSU?

"The best part about coming back is being with my team, continuing my education, and no sales tax in Delaware."- Mika

"The best part about coming back is being with my suite mates and the rest of my team." Kaleigh

"The best part about coming back is being back with my teammates and being able to go into my first collegiate season with them."- Desiree

How are you feeling going into your last semester at DSU?

"I'm excited to get out into the work force and begin my adult life. I am going to miss playing softball for DSU and I also will miss the friendships that I have gained by being here."-Tara

"I am sad that it is my last season playing softball, but I am also ready to enjoy every moment of it. I am extremely anxious to finish my undergrad and start working towards my career."-Dani

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

"I am looking forward to being a part of the Delaware State softball program for a second season. I can't wait to make my mark on the team and continue to strive to be my best. I look forward to competing both physically and mentally with my teammates by my side. This season will be filled with traveling, hard work, and great memories."- Sabrina

"I am looking forward to getting to experience an opportunity to travel with my teammates to new places." - Jess

"I am looking forward to traveling with my teammates and experiencing the game and facilities against higher ranked teams."- Khaliyah

"I am most looking forward to playing with the team and building more memories as we compete against other teams in the country."- Vanessa

The Hornets are excited to spend the 2017 season with all of you. Thank you for all of your support. Join us at the Hornet's Nest this season for our home games.

Home Game Schedule
March 18 & 19- University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
April 4- Drexel University
April 14 & 15- Morgan State University
April 22 & 23- Howard University
April 26- University of Delaware

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Where are they now? Chelsea Stern

Owings, Maryland native Chelsea Stern had an excellent career at Delaware State University from 2009-2012. She proudly wore #5 and spent her playing time in the Outfield. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is pursing her career goal of becoming a police officer. 

Chelsea finished career with a .972 fielding percentage. In 2011 she lead the team in walks (14) and finished 3rd on the team in stolen bases (7). She boasted a .354 batting average in 2010 with a .441 on-base percentage. 

We interviewed Chelsea to see where she is now.

What did you do after graduating?

"After graduation I began working Asset Protection at Target, waiting for my time to try and be a police officer." She now resides in Ownigs, Maryland.

Accomplishments at DSU?

"I made some great memories at DSU. I like to teach by example and one of my favorite memories is seeing a little girl's Little League card with her favorite player as me. I may not have played a lot, but that didn't mean I wasn't always working hard at practice. I always cheered on my teammates and helped anyway I could; even of that meant being a bullpen catcher for the pitchers to warm up!"

Tell us about some of your favorite moments at DSU.

"Favorite memories were anytime that I was with my teammates. They became my life long friends. We all get together every now and then and just catch up and reminisce about the good ol days! Being a D1 athlete and a full-time student has set me up for success in the real world. DSU has helped me manage my time and playing softball has helped me always work hard in the professional field."

Before DSU, Chelsea attended Northern High School in Owings, Maryland where she earned county Softball Player of the Year, First Team All-SMAC, and First Team All-Met honors her senior season. She helped lead her team to a regional and state title her senior year. Chelsea also excelled at soccer in high school, earning First Team All-County and First Team All-SMAC honors her junior year and winning a regional title her senior year.